Chinese Xpeng unveils prototype flying car at Beijing motor show – rt business news

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    Le constructeur chinois de voitures électriques Xpeng a révélé qu'il travaillait sur un modèle de voiture volante et a présenté un prototype du véhicule au salon de l'automobile de Pékin - le plus grand événement international organisé pour l'industrie depuis le début de la pandémie.

</p><div><p>Lors de l'émission, qui a débuté samedi, le rival chinois du fabricant américain de véhicules électriques Tesla a déclaré qu'il souhaitait investir dans la technologie des voitures volantes.  Selon son PDG, He Xiaopeng, le constructeur automobile finance la start-up de taxi aérien Xpeng Heitech, dans laquelle il détient une participation majoritaire.
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The startup is behind the development of an ultra-low-altitude flying car resembling a drone, dubbed Kiwigogo. Equipped with eight turbojets, the vehicle can carry two passengers at an altitude of between five meters and up to 25 meters, according to Xpeng. Heitech said it has obtained 15 patents on its exclusive intellectual rights over seven years.

However, the levitating car is still in development and it is not known when it will be available on the market. Other automakers such as Toyota and Volvo owner Geely are also working on similar technology, while General Motors is reportedly considering the air taxi market.


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The Guangzhou-based EV maker did not say how much it would spend on developing the technology, but said it wanted to assess the prospects for the air mobility space before significantly increasing investment. Xpeng has acquired massive funds for research and development after its successful IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, which has raised around $ 1.5 billion.

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