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China’s EV upstart Xpeng ready to take off with flying permit


Xpeng, a Chinese electric vehicle upstart, is gearing up to launch its eVTOL into the air as it secures a key regulatory greenlight.
Aeroht, owned by Xpeng and Xpeng founder He Xiaopeng, just obtained a special flight permit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the country’s counterpart to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The authorization grants permission to Aeroht’s X2 electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft to fly with a pilot under spcial conditions. With the permit, Aeroht says it will launch a series of manned flying tests to accumulate data for future mass production.
X2, which Aeroht describes as a “flying car”, is a two-seat, carbon fiber quadcopter that sports no wheels — though the firm’s next generation aircraft appears to be a sedan with w …

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