Lei Jun visits Xiaopeng flying car, low-altitude economy once again attracts attention

Sina Technology News On the afternoon of April 25, at the 2024 Beijing Auto Show, Lei Jun, founder of Xiaomi Group, went to visit Xpeng Huitian’s integrated land and air flying car, and exchanged questions about flying cars with He Xiaopeng, founder of Xpeng Motors. The audience continued Onlookers once again aroused people\’s close attention to the low-altitude economy.

As urban traffic pressure continues to increase, low-altitude economy is regarded as one of the potential solutions for future urban traffic. Data shows that 63.1% of Chinese consumers expect flying cars to solve traffic congestion problems.

With the comprehensive development and industrial advantages of China\’s new energy vehicle industry chain, my country has industry competitive advantages and industrial scale effects in many fields such as batteries, motors, and smart cockpits.

Because of this, the field of new energy vehicles, with batteries, motors, and electronic controls as the three major components, has a certain overlap with flying cars. As an important carrier of the low-altitude economy, many companies in the transportation field, especially new energy car companies, have turned their attention to flying. car.

Xpeng Huitian staff told Sina Technology that the Xpeng Huitian land-air integrated flying car displayed this time supports vertical takeoff and landing, and provides two modes of transportation: flight mode and land mode. When the land mode is turned on, the flight The car can automatically retract its arms and rotors.

Compared with traditional helicopters, Xpeng Huitian\’s integrated land-air flying car is easier to control and supports autonomous driving mode.

According to reports, this flying car is not a mass-produced version. At the International Consumer Electronics Show in January this year, Xiaopeng Huitian released a split flying car \”Land Aircraft Carrier\”. The split design used by the car is more in line with Xiaopeng\’s flying car. The mass-produced version uses pure electric drive for the aircraft part and extended-range power drive for the car part, and its appearance is more suitable for multi-person outdoor camping and other scenarios, and can carry 4 to 5 passengers. At the previous press conference, Xiaopeng Huitian said It was announced that reservations for the mass-produced flying car will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, and mass production and delivery are planned to begin in the fourth quarter of next year.

As the founder of Xiaomi Group, Lei Jun is a \”geek\” himself. Many of the products released by Xiaomi have demonstrated the exploration of cutting-edge technology. Many netizens have previously suggested on social platforms that Xiaomi develop flying cars. This time Lei Jun and He Xiaopeng On-site exchanges can also prove Lei Jun’s strong interest in this field.

In fact, the market potential in related fields is huge.

According to data released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the market size of China’s low-altitude economy will reach 1.5 trillion yuan by 2025, and is expected to reach 3.5 trillion yuan by 2035.

Accordingly, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has also issued relevant regulations to regulate and promote the commercialization process of low-altitude aircraft such as eVTOL.

It is worth mentioning that during this year’s Two Sessions, He Xiaopeng, Chairman and CEO of Xpeng Motors, as a representative, proposed the “Recommendations on Promoting the Application of Flying Cars and Facilitating the Development of New Productivity in the Low-altitude Economy”, calling for multi-party cooperation to accelerate the application of flying cars. .

(Luo Ning)

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