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Xpeng-Backed Startup Says It’ll Deliver Flying Cars in 2024

Xpeng Heitech’s model will be able to drive on road, allegedly over 600 kilometres (370 miles) on a single charge, but it is not known yet how far they will be able to fly

The logo on an XPeng P7 electric vehicle is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange ahead of the Chinese company's IPO in August 2020. Photo: Mike Segar, Reuters.

 

Xpeng Heitech, a flying car startup backed by electric vehicle maker Xpeng Inc, said on Wednesday that it would deliver flying cars to customers in 2024.

The startup, founded in 2013 and funded by Xpeng and Xpeng’s chief executive He Xiaopeng, now employs 400 people and will expand its workforce to 700 people by the end of this year, company founder Zhao Deli told the World New Energy Vehicle Congress.

Xpeng Heitech’s model will be able to drive on road, Zhao said. The electric flying car will be able to drive over 600 kilometres (370 miles) on the road with single charge but Zhao did not say how far it can fly each time.

Other automakers that are developing flying cars in China include Geely’s Terrafugia, which is building a factory in central city of Wuhan. Volkswagen AG is also studying the industry in China.

Regulators in China, however, have yet to roll out detailed rules on flying vehicles.

 

• Reuters and Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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