Flying carmaker EHang has introduced a new long-range battery-powered autonomous aerial vehicle which it said is designed for intercity travel.
The VT-30, which can ferry up to two passengers at a time, features a cruising range of 300 kilometers, nearly 10 times that of its current flagship product, the EHang 216, which is able to fly just 35 kilometers on a full charge, EHang said in a statement on Wednesday.
The new self-flying transporter is outfitted with eight lifting propellers on its sides, a propeller at the rear, fixed wings and a rudder at its tail, a structure EHang said will enable the vehicle to realize both vertical and gliding takeoff and landing while satisfying the need for long-range transportation.
EHang said that it has so far conducted a series of tests involving vertical takeoff and landing, with plans to do more to improve the vehicle’s stability and safety in different conditions.
Guangzhou-based EHang has touted the EHang 216 as key to its global urban air mobility project which focuses on sightseeing, passenger transport and logistics.
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