Electric car? Pfft, check out this electric flying saucer

The world's first manned electric flying saucer hovering over a lake in Shenzhen, China
The world's first manned electric flying saucer hovering over a lake in Shenzhen, China

After more than three years of development from researchers at Beihang University and Northwestern Polytechnical University, the world’s first manned electric flying saucer conducted a vertical take-off at a promotional event held in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

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Electrek reports that the electric flying saucer, manufactured by Shenzen UFO Flying Saucer Technology, features six hole duct structures containing two propeller blades for a total of 12.

The design apparently maximises stability and safety with equally distributed propulsion. According to local news Shenzhen Pages, the eVTOL can take off and touch down on land or water.

Passengers can fly for up to 15 minutes and reach an altitude of 200m with a top flight speed of 50km/h with the ability to use autopilot to get you from A to B.

Sources say the electric flying saucer will mainly be used for sightseeing and promotions at this stafe.

Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft technology has advanced significantly over the past several years with a number of projects announced in the hopes of cutting emissions and traffic in major cities.

Electrek says several automakers and aviation companies are working to make the technology viable, including XPeng’s X2 “flying car”, which became the first crewed eVTOL to receive a flight permit in China earlier this year.

Volkswagen also unveiled its first electric passenger drone prototype last July, called the “Flying Tiger.”

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Toyota has also extended its partnership with Joby Aviation to mass-produce passenger eVTOLs.

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