XPeng Aeroht debuted its X2 flying car in its first public flight Monday at Skydive Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
A video shared by the company shows the vehicle’s vertical takeoff, and onlookers can be seen recording the sight as the vehicle hovers in front of the Dubai skyline. The electric vertical takeoff and landing, or eVTOL, X2 has eight rotors that allow it to fly at altitudes of 3,200 feet and speeds of around 80 mph for about 35 minutes.
The X2 is the fifth-generation flying car from XPeng Aeroht, and features and enclosed cockpit as well as manual and automatic driving modes. The electric vehicle doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide emissions during flight, the company said.
The company said the aircraft is well suited for low-altitude city flights and short city journeys for purposes including sightseeing or medical transportation.
“XPENG X2’s public display in Dubai represents a significant milestone for XPENG AEROHT and the international achievement of flying cars,” Brian Gu, Vice Chairman and President of XPENG, said in a statement. “Dubai is a world-renowned ‘City of Innovation’, which is the reason we decided to hold the X2 first public flight event here. Today’s flight is a major step in XPENG’s exploration of future mobility.”
The flight was set to coincide with GITEX Global 2022, which began Monday. The technology show is one of the largest in the world, and takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
“GITEX has played host to pivotal moments over the years,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of Events Management at Dubai World Trade Centre. “We are proud to support the first public flight of the pioneering flying car XPENG AEROHT X2 in partnership with the Dubai International Chamber. Electric flying cars are the future of travel, and it is incredible to witness history in the making today.”
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