XPeng AeroHT ‘flying car’ will see mass production, pre-orders in Q4

At a press event held during CES in Las Vegas, XPeng’s electric aviation division AeroHT shared new details about two of its “flying cars.” In addition to live demonstrations of its eVTOL flying supercar, XPeng AeroHT shared that its modular “Ground Aircraft Carrier” will enter mass production.

AeroHT is an eVTOL-focused venture of XPeng Inc., the company’s majority owner and its founder He Xiaopeng. Since 2013, AeroHT has completed tens of thousands of safe flights on the way to the development and deployment of electric flying vehicles at scale.

Its mobility sibling, XPeng Motors, has delivered impressive technology in its own right, but many would argue that the AeroHT’s technology is even more exciting. During XPeng’s annual 1024 Tech Day event in 2022, AeroHT unveiled its seventh-generation flying car. Others have used the term loosely, but this prototype is a true EV that drives, deploys propellers, and can take to the skies.

Technology Day 2023 brought the debut of two new “flying car” designs, including a revamped version of the aforementioned flying supercar. New to the AeroHT family was an all-wheel drive EV 6×6 that features an eVTOL aircraft in its rear. This vehicle has become known as the “Ground Aircraft Carrier” and according to news from XPeng and AeroHT in Vegas today, it will enter mass production in 2025.

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The XPeng AeroHT flying carrier will begin pre-orders in Q4

During a press conference held live at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, XPeng AeroHT shared significant updates on the progress of its “flying car” technology. First, the land-based aircraft carrier pictured above is slated for full-scale production in 2025.

Before that, however, the company will open pre-orders for the modular EV/eVTOL combination starting in Q4 of this year. Described by its creators as “not just another concept,” AeroHT shared that the ground-based aircraft carrier has already completed all the necessary tests during its R&D validation phase and has now begun the preparation stage for mass production.

Although XPeng AeroHT states that the final design of the “flying car” is still under development, it should include the following specifications if and when it goes into mass production:

  • Grounded Module (BEV)
    • Accommodates 4-5 passengers.
    • The extended-range electric drive can recharge the eVTOL air module multiple times.
    • The three-axle, six-wheel configuration allows for 6×6 all-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering.
  • Airborne Module (eVTOL)
    • Fully electrically piloted aircraft capable of vertical take off/landing and low altitude flights.
    • Its electric drive system meets single point failure safety requirements.
    • eVTOL supports manual and autonomous flight modes.
    • 270° panoramic cockpit for two people offers a wide field of vision.

Despite pre-orders in the pipeline, XPeng AeroHT is not sharing exactly how much the ground-based aircraft carrier’s “flying car” will cost. XPeng founder He Xiaopeng said the carrier will be priced in the RMB 1 million ($140,500) segment. We’ll know more specific pricing once the company unveils its final design.

In addition, the large-scale production eVTOL carrier, the XPeng AeroHT, also wowed the CES crowd with its international debut and live demonstration of its flying supercar. The EV went into flight mode – unfolding its rotor-equipped arms before completing a successful vertical takeoff and landing.

When XPeng AeroHT unveiled the sixth generation of the flying car during 1024 Tech Day 2021, it was expected to arrive sometime in 2024 and cost less than RMB 1,000,000 (~$156,600). However, that no longer appears to be the intended arrival, as the production focus of the electric aviation arm appears to be on the land-based aircraft carrier, at least for now.

That’s not to say we won’t see this true flying EV reach production someday, and given today’s live demo, it looks more feasible than ever. For now, however, our eyes are on the fourth quarter of 2024, when pre-orders for land-based aircraft carriers begin.

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