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Zhongshan entrepreneur takes part in CIIE with 'air taxi'
Updated: 2023-11-08    Source: Zhongshan Daily Large Medium Small Print

Xie Ling, an entrepreneur from Zhongshan, became a rising star at the 6th China International Import Expo (CIIE), as the five-seat driverless "air taxi" he brings to the event made a shining debut.

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"The aircraft completed its maiden flight in Shanghai last month and is now showcased at the CIIE, which is also its world premiere," says Xie Ling, founder of Zhongshan-based company FCourier and Shanghai-based company Vertaxi, adding that model Matrix 1, the first 2-ton-class eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) manned craft presented by Vertaxi, is the only real eVTOL aircraft showcased at this year's CIIE.

The aircraft has a wingspan of 15 meters, a fuselage length of 10 meters and a height of 3 meters. It adopts a composite-wing structure and uses pure electric power. It has a design range of 250 kilometers, a cruise speed of 200 kilometers per hour, a maximum load capacity of 500 kilograms, and can seat five people. It will be mainly used to satisfy the short-distance air travel needs in the future, reducing travel time from 2 or 3 hours to about 30 minutes. 

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Vertaxi is an innovative air travel enterprise based in Shanghai, dedicated to building safe, cost-effective, green and intelligent eVTOL aircrafts. The company joins hands with Ampaire, a US-based aircraft electric power system service provider, to participate in the CIIE this year.

As a subsidiary of Vertaxi, FCourier settled down in Zhongshan's Tanzhou Town in 2018. It is mainly engaged in the research, development and production of fixed-wing drones for industrial use.

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