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Chinese manufacturer announces flying cars for 2024

2021-09-15T21:05:27.268Z

A start-up from China would like to soon be delivering airworthy electric cars to its customers. However, some questions remain unanswered.



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The prototype of a flying car from the Dutch company PAL-V is presented at the IAA in Munich

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The Chinese start-up Xpeng Heitech aims to deliver flying cars to its first customers as early as 2024.

The company announced this on Wednesday.

According to this, the vehicle planned as an electric car should also be able to drive on the road and travel up to 600 kilometers on one charge.

However, the manufacturer did not disclose how far it can fly in each case.

Xpeng Heitech was founded in 2013 and is financed by the company Xpeng and its CEO He Xiaopeng.

The company now employs 400 people, and according to the founder, Zhao Deli, there should be a total of 700 by the end of the year.

Xpeng, also known as Xiaopeng Motors, describes itself as a manufacturer of intelligent premium electric cars and is popular in China primarily because of the smart driving functions of its models.

Other vehicle manufacturers, such as Terrafugia, are also developing flying cars in China.

VW would also like to take the first steps in this direction and is already planning a passenger drone in the country.

However, the Chinese authorities have not yet set any guidelines for air traffic.

nek / Reuters

Source: spiegel

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