October 25, 2020
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Toyota-Backed Startup Successfully Tests Manned Electric Flying Car, Plans Launch By 2023

KEY POINTS

  • Tokyo-based SkyDrive successfully tests flying car
  • Startup claims its prototype is the smallest flying car
  • The vehicle may be commercially available in 2023

A Toyota-backed Japanese startup has said it successfully tested a manned flying car prototype, crossing a major milestone in the race to a trillion dollar futuristic industry that could transform urban transport. SkyDrive expects to market its flying car in Japan in 2023.

The company said its prototype is the smallest electric flying car. About 6.5 feet tall and 13 feet wide, the SD-03 prototype is a little bigger than a standard sedan. It can carry up to 500 kilograms and travel up to 60 kilometers/hour.

It hovered in an enclosed field in Japan before landing safely, the company said. It runs on electric motors that charge four pairs of rotors, lights and other parts.

SkyDrive chief technology officer Nobuo Kishi said the vehicle will

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Chinese Startup Xpeng Shows Off New Flying Vehicle At Beijing Auto Show

KEY POINTS

  • The flying electric car can carry two people and levitate from 5-25 m
  • It was not made clear when the car will hit the market
  • Alibaba-backed Xpeng went public on the New York Stock Exchange in Aug

Xpeng, an Alibaba-backed electric vehicle startup based in China that is developing a series of electric flying vehicles, unveled its first prototype at the Beijing Auto Show on Saturday.

The vehicle, named Kiwigogo, can carry two passengers and levitate at least 5 meters and up to 25 meters, the South China Morning Post reported. It looks like a drone and is installed with eight turbofans. Kiwigogo was developed by Xpeng Heitech, a tech unit of Xpeng (NYSE: XPEV).

The flying car is still in its concept phase and there is little clarity as to when it will hit the market.

“Xpeng’s efforts in the electric air-enabled mobility space will remain focused

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