HT Aero, a subsidiary of Chinese electric car maker Xpeng, has launched a new vehicle capable of flying in the air and driving on roads. The sixth generation HT Aero model was launched at Xpeng Tech Day on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
GUANGZHOU, China – HT Aero, a subsidiary of Chinese electric car maker Xpeng, launched a new flying car on Sunday that it says can also drive on the roads.
The company says it plans to launch it in 2024. The car is not currently commercially available. HT Aero said the final design may change.
The company said the HT Aero will have a lightweight, rotating design that folds away. This will allow the car to drive on the roads and then fly once the roundabouts are widened.
The company said the car will have a number of safety features, including canopies.
HT Aero is powered by Xpeng and its founder He Xiaopeng. The company raised $500 million last week from a number of outside investors, including prominent venture capital firms.
Flying cars – also called electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles – have received a lot of attention from automakers and start-ups.
However, there are a number of challenges for these compounds to become widespread including regulatory and safety issues.
The new HT Aero ground and air vehicle was launched at Xpeng’s Tech Day where the company also took the latest version of its advanced driver assistance system called XPILOT 4.0.