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Xpeng Motors may not be a household name stateside, but some investors may know that they recently debuted a US$1.7 billion stock sale last month. They’re using some of the new funds to develop a manned drone. The production model, introduced at the 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, will be able to transport two passengers and levitate up to 82 feet, powered by eight turbofans. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
This all-electric aircraft of sorts isn’t the company’s first, as to date, they’ve conducted nearly 10,000 safety tests that cover at least 15 of their intellectual property patents for flying cars. Unfortunately, government regulations have been their biggest hurdle, so there is no word yet on when or if we’ll see this in the skies.
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Xpeng’s efforts in the electric air-enabled mobility space will remain focused on R&D and experimental designs for the present. Xpeng will evaluate prospects in the space in details before proceeding with any substantial investment in this area,” said the Guangzhou, China-based company.