Chinese electric car maker Xiaopeng Motors, better known as Xpeng outside of China, shared its vision of flying cars through HT Aero last year. Fast forward to 2022, the company offers some updates on the development at Xiaopeng Tech Day.
Shows like M.A.S.K. and Back to the Future II set an unrealistic expectation for flying cars. I mean, when we talked about flying cars, most people would imagine a regular-looking car that, you know, just flies. Gullwing doors are a bonus, of course, but shouldn’t open like Matt Trakker’s Thunder Hawk in order to fly …
You are probably half-expecting the Fraundorfer Aeronautics Tensor 600X STOL Gyroplane to be an all-electric aircraft. Well, it is not, which is a surprise given how electric drive is all the rage in recent years. The Tensor 600X is a good’ol fossil fuel burner.
When aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce introduced the project plane ACCEL, it has a vision of becoming the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft. Fast forward to November 2021, the project plane, now dubbed “Spirit of Innovation”, is not only the world’s fastest electric aircraft but is also the world’s fastest electric vehicle of any kind.
Honda is no stranger to making things that fly. After setting its foot firmly in the private jet’s arena, the automobile company has revealed its plan for a “new mobility ecosystem”.
Radio control aircraft have been using battery-powered electric motors for decades and so why not a full-size aircraft? Oh, right. The range. That’s not to mention the awfully long time required for recharging. Notwithstanding those shortfalls, many aerospace companies are developing battery-powered aircraft, albeit mostly – if not all – are all short-range transportation. As …
Even before eVTOL becomes a norm, an aerospace startup is already planning to introduce what it called “flying electric hypercar.” And the startup, called Urban eVTOL (UEV), is not started by just anyone; it is by VTOL and eVTOL inventor, Pete Bitar, who has more than 14 patents under his belt.
It has been several years since a new personal air transport called Blackfly by Opener was revealed. The good news is, it is still alive. Yay. The California-based aerospace outfit has recently carried out a human flight demonstration at the EAA AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
So far, the so-called “flying cars” are mostly glorified, oversized drones and hardly can be called “flying cars”. I mean. When we mention flying cars, we expect something out of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997, Buena Vista International), or at least something like Matt Trakker’s Thunderhawk from the cartoon series, M.A.S.K.
As per the headline, the Nevada-based aerospace company is shutting down. This comes as shock – specially since two aerospace biggies, Boeing and GE Aviation, were Aerion‘s partners.