A Chinese Firm Acquires European Flying Car Technology for Regional Use

A Chinese Firm Acquires European Flying Car Technology for Regional Use

A Chinese company has acquired the technology behind a flying car that was originally developed and successfully test-flown in Europe. The AirCar, powered by a BMW engine and conventional fuel, completed a 35-minute flight between two Slovakian airports in 2021, utilizing runways for take-off and landing. Its transformative capability from car to aircraft took just over two minutes.

Hebei Jianxin Flying Car Technology Company, based in Cangzhou, has secured exclusive rights to manufacture and operate AirCar vehicles within a designated area in China. The company, following a previous acquisition from a Slovak aircraft manufacturer, has established its own airport and flight school.

China, having been at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, is now actively exploring flying transport solutions. Recent developments include the successful test flight of a passenger-carrying drone by Autoflight between Shenzhen and Zhuhai, completing a three-hour journey in just 20 minutes. Additionally, eHang, a Chinese firm, received a safety certificate from Chinese officials for its electric flying taxi in 2023.

However, unlike vertically taking off and landing passenger drones, AirCar requires a runway for operation. KleinVision, the company behind AirCar, did not disclose the sale amount but confirmed that the technology had been sold. AirCar received a certificate of airworthiness from the Slovak Transport Authority in 2022 and gained visibility after being featured in a video by YouTuber Mr. Beast earlier this year.

Despite advancements, significant challenges remain for flying transport, including infrastructure, regulation, and public acceptance. Aviation consultant Steve Wright noted that the global push to regulate the sector has led to the emergence of new questions and considerations. While the West’s historical context may slow progress, China sees an opportunity to lead, akin to its dominance in the electric vehicle market.

The sale of AirCar technology to China raises questions about the country’s potential to become a leader in flying cars, similar to its role in electric vehicles. However, the practical implementation of such technology may differ from prototypes, with considerations for logistics and security.


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