XPeng Aeroht flies tiltrotor eVTOL aircraft for take-off and hovering tests

The goal was to achieve technological verification of the model in full transition flight, flight control and pneumatic performance.

XPeng Aeroht (小鹏汇天), the eVTOL affiliate of EV maker XPeng (NYSE: XPEV), yesterday announced that it had completed the test flight of a tiltrotor eVTOL prototype.

The prototype, which Aeroht said is not final, was subject to vertical take-off, mid-air hovering tests to gauge its capabilities.

The goal was to achieve technological verification of the model in full transition flight, flight control and pneumatic performance.

Aeroht did not disclose where and when the test flight took place, though.

Prior to the latest prototype, Aeroht introduced X1 and X2, two “flying car” aircraft with a fixed-wing structure.

Previously, the company’s team had run tests such as iron bird test, flight test on a reduced-scale model, static test, ground resonance test, tethered flight test and others.

This time around, Aeroht’s tiltrotor prototype received a special flight permit from CAAC Central and Southern Regional Administration on December 20, marking a crucial step toward obtaining the coveted type certificate.

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