HT Aero, a Chinese urban air mobility (UAM) company in which XPeng Inc. is an investor, has unveiled future urban usage scenarios for its fifth-generation flying vehicle XPeng X2 (‘X2’), including autonomous flight take-off and landing for specific city scenarios, back-end scheduling, charging and flight control. The XPeng X2 will be presented at the 13th Airshow China 2021, starting on September 28 in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.
The X2 is equipped with a robust, highly intelligent flight control system and superior autonomous flying capability, able to conduct autonomous flight route planning, all-round real-time imaging, real-time flight monitoring, two-way real-time communications, all-round environmental perception and autonomous return and landing.
It is powered by a highly efficient and convenient charging system, leveraging XPeng’s EV supercharging technology.
It is a pure electric two-seater enclosed-cockpit flying vehicle and an exploration of an aircraft-car integration with significantly improved effective load, passenger number, exterior design and flight control system than the previous generation.
In a press release, HT Aero states: ‘The XPeng X2 is the latest generation flying vehicle independently developed by HT Aero, having conducted more than 15,000 safe, manned flights. X2 is a pure electric two-seater enclosed-cockpit flying vehicle and an exploration of an aircraft-car integration with significantly improved effective load, passenger number, exterior design and flight control system than the previous generation’.
It adds: ‘X2 adopts a closed cockpit for the first time, with styling that shares the design language of the XPeng P7. It presents an elegant, minimalist and a teardrop profile. As well as its sci-fi appearance, X2 also takes into account high-efficiency aerodynamics to optimize flight performance’.
Jointly funded and controlled by Mr. He Xiaopeng, XPeng Inc. and ZHAO Deli, HT Aero has a team of R&D associates in multiple disciplines such as avionics, test flight, airworthiness, safety, structural mechanics, industrial design and embedded systems.
Established in 2013, it has accumulated 15,000 safe, manned flight experiences.