Chinese Firm Tests Electric Flying Taxi In Dubai
Last Updated on: 11th October 2022, 05:01 pm
A Chinese firm has successfully tested an electric flying taxi in Dubai, offering a glimpse of futuristic technology that could one day whisk people through cities high above any traffic. The XPeng X2, developed by the Guangzhou-based XPeng Inc’s aviation affiliate, is one of the dozens of flying car projects around the world. Only a handful have been successfully tested with passengers on board, and it will likely be many years before any are put into service.
A Chinese company has announced that it has successfully completed a manned flight test of an electric flying taxi in Dubai. The sleekly designed vehicle can carry two passengers and is powered by a set of eight propellers. The company says it has a top speed of 130 km (80 miles) per hour.
The test flight was conducted in July 2021 and marks a significant milestone for the company as it continues to develop its electric flying taxi technology. The company says that it plans to commercially launch the vehicles in the near future, and is currently in negotiations with a number of potential customers.
The company says that its electric flying taxi technology is based on the same principles as traditional aircraft, and is designed to be safe and efficient. The vehicles are also environmentally friendly, as they do not require any fuel or emissions.
This latest development is another sign of the growing popularity of electric flying cars, which are said to have a number of advantages over traditional aircraft. They are reportedly more efficient and can be operated without any of the risks associated with flying conventional aircraft.
Electric Vertical Takeoff & Landing Vehicles
Electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, or eVTOLs, offer quick point-to-point personal travel, at least in principle. This type of vehicle could one-day ferry passengers across town high above congested roadways. However, the sector still faces major challenges, including battery life, air traffic control and safety, and infrastructure issues.
One of the most important is battery life. Electric vehicles rely on batteries to power their engines. They can be considerably more expensive than traditional vehicles, which means that they may not be feasible for widespread use.
eVTOLs have the potential to revolutionize personal transportation. They offer quick point-to-point travel at high speeds, without the need for a pilot. This could be particularly useful for city transportation, where traffic congestion is a major issue.