Thursday, June 8, 2023
News Watch: Xpeng X3 Flying Car Makes First Test Flight

Watch: Xpeng X3 Flying Car Makes First Test Flight

Xpeng's flying electric SUV takes to the skies

  • Drone-like car takes flight for first time

  • VTOL cars could solve traffic problems. For some

Chinese EV-builder Xpeng has just dropped a video of its new flying car prototype. Internally badged the X3, it’s like a large-scale quadcopter drone. A car with four rotors strapped to the top that can let it switch between driving and VTOL flying.

The video shows the Xpeng X3 taking off, making a small flight forward and then doing a hover. It’s not the most stable takeoff, but the ride looks to steady out after that. This is still just a prototype, so that’s likely an easy fix for the software team. After the hover, the X3 makes a turn and then comes back for an easy landing.

Earlier in October, the Xpeng X2 made its first public flight. This flying car concept is a quadcopter drone like the X3, but instead of wheels, it has helicopter-like skids. It’s heavy on the flying, but comes up short on the car part. The X3 has wheels, for a start. And the rotor blades are above head height, not the waist-cutting height of the X2’s.

Beyond the test flight shown, Xpeng says the X3 has undergone testing that included testing it in flight with a simulated motor failure. In drone mode, the car is flown using the wheel to rotate and the gear lever to go forward and backward. On the road, it’s driven like a normal car.

While VTOL flying cars have the potential to reduce on-road congestion, they present challenges of their own, including the need for drivers to learn to manage traffic in one additional dimension.


Trending Now

Mazda Canada Unveils Suna Edition for Four 2024 Models

Mazda Canada unveils Suna Edition for 2024 Mazda3 Sport, MX-30 EV, CX-30, and CX-5. Suna Edition features unique aesthetics, including a Zircon Sand...

Volvo Teases the Interior of the Upcoming EX30 Electric SUV

This new model will feature a single screen that will include driving information and the infotainment system. Four interior colours will be offered,...

The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 Stars as Autobot ‘Mirage’ in Latest Transformers Installment

"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" introduces the Maximals faction and features a Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 Autobot. Partnership with Porsche ensures authentic...

Ram Trucks Shows Off Brazilian Rampage

Ram has a Maverick-fighter, but not in the U.S. or Canada Rampage looks like a hot compact pickup Ram is showing off one of...

Lordstown Endurance Pickup Gets Disappointing Official Range Figure

Truck gets under 200 miles from a 109 kWh pack Less than half the efficiency of a Tesla Model X Lordstown Motors has run...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.