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Electric ‘Flying Car’ Completes First Public Flight in Dubai

On Monday, the Chinese tech firm XPeng Aeroht publicly tested its electric flying car, the XPeng X2, for the first time in Dubai.

According to a press release, the flight took place on the opening day of GITEX GLOBAL 2022 in front of 150 spectators at Skydive Dubai.

On its Instagram page, XPeng Aeroht posted a video of the “immersive flight experience” and invited fans to “take a ride” in the X2 flying car in the United Arab Emirates‘ capital.

“X2 flying car’s first public flight was a great success,” the firm captioned its post, adding, “Thanks for all the support!”

The vehicle’s test drive “represents a significant milestone” for the company and flying cars internationally, said Vice Chairman and President Brian Gu.

“Today’s flight is a major step in XPENG’s exploration of future mobility,” Gu added.

The press release also claimed that the flying taxi could operate in manual and autonomous modes and doesn’t emit carbon dioxide into the air.

On the company’s website, the vehicle has a maximum weight of about 1,675 lbs. and can fly for about 35 minutes at about 80 mph.

The firm claims that the two-seater aircraft will be “perfect for short-distance city journeys” while remaining “suitable for future low-altitude city flights.”

The flying car’s first public trip “will change the game of future mobility,” said acting president and CEO Hassan Al Hashemi.

“The flying car is the epitome of ambition, innovation, and future-oriented vision that has always inspired Dubai and its leadership,” Al Hashemi explained. “Today, we witnessed a historic moment that will define the next 50 years.”

According to the Associated Press, several challenges still need to be resolved before flying taxis can start transporting passengers throughout Dubai and probably other cities worldwide. These issues include vehicle battery life, infrastructure, and air traffic control.

Though it’s unknown when the flying taxi will be made accessible to the general public, the future still seems promising.

Trixie LohMirmand, Executive Vice President of Events Management at Dubai World Trade Center and GITEX GLOBAL’s organizer, said, “Electric flying cars are the future of travel, and it is incredible to witness history in the making today.”

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