Aeroht (小鹏汇天), a XPeng ecosystem company and leading eVTOL startup in China, yesterday signed an agreement to sell 100 of its futuristic flying cars to an urban transportation research institute in eastern China’s Jiaxing City.
The flying car model, known as “Land Carrier,” will be provided to the Nanhu Land-Air Coordinated Transportation Industry Institute of Jiaxing, a city about an hour from Shanghai.
The car, developed by Aeroht, features a six-wheel SUV resembling Tesla’s Cybertruck, combined with a hexacopter drone with foldable blades.
The car and drone can join up or disconnect depending on circumstances.
Equipped with an extended range hybrid powertrain, the car comes with three axles and six wheels, capable of achieving a 6×6 all-wheel drive mode and rear-wheel steering.
The drone part is a manned eVTOL hexacopter that supports a manual or automatic driving mode.
Additionally, the drone can charge its batteries when it’s tucked away inside the trunk of the vehicle.
Built with dust- and water-proof materials, the hexacopter emerges from the back of the car and spreads its wings.
According to media reports, the research institute will use the two-in-one product for experiment in public land and water transportation management, shuttle service between airports and aerial delivery.
The tie-up is fixated on the value of this contraption in public service, Aeroht said in a statement.
The startup showcased the flying car at the 1024 AI Day event of EV maker XPeng (小鹏汽车, NYSE: XPEV), its parent, on October 24 this year.
The order placed for 100 flying cars this time is the largest ever since the fancy-looking product made its debut.
According to Aeroht, it is designed to meet the needs of individual users and public service agencies, such as patrol and emergency rescue.
“‘Land Carrier’ is an all-round transport, with a future of applications in every realm,” Aeroht said.