HRC Group has delivered more than 100 composite and carbon fiber components to electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft builder XPeng HT Aero to lightweight the new X2 model. Parts delivered include components of the cockpit, seats, mechanical arm, and more.
The design and engineering teams at HRC worked with carbon fiber sheet molding compound for the management panel of the X2 and for the seat body. The team also worked to resolve issues with lamination and created components capable of a glossy finish to keep the vehicle looking sleek.
Special attention has been paid to structural components such as the AB pillar. By using both compression molding and autoclave treatment of the advanced materials, HRC is able to create the complicated parts with the strength and wall thickness needed to stand up to testing and provide a safe ride.
The X2 is also designed to be comfortable and easy to operate with autonomous assistant pilot features and functionality allowing seamless transition from road to air.
Thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber components in the X2, the vehicle weighs only 560 kg with a maximum take-off weight of 760 kg. With the arms extended, the vehicle is 4.78 m wide with a length of 4.97 and a height of 1.36 m. When the arms are folded the width is only 1.95 m. The X2 has an expected cruising speed of 130 kph with an expected range of 35 minutes at a maximum altitude of 1,000 m.
Deli Zhao, founder and president of HT Aero, said, “We are passionate about private manned aircraft and are committed to building the world’s safest intelligent electric flying cars. We believe that in the medium term everyone will be able to realize their dream of taking to the air with HT Aero, and we are proud to develop intelligent people-first solutions that push the limits of mobility – both on the road and in the sky.”