Pakatan Harapan Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Mohd Yusof today clarified that the China-made “flying car” that will be tested this Thursday is not Malaysia’s first air mobility vehicle but the product of a Chinese firm that is looking to set up shop in Malaysia.
Emerging information from news reports has revealed the unit to be foreign-made, in this case the EHang 216, a passenger drone made by Chinese company Beijing Yi-Hang Creation Science & Technology Co.
The EHang 216 is a passenger drone with eight arms, each mounting two electric motors that are connected to propellers, making for 16 rotors in all. The 360 kg unit features an aero-cab structure capable of accomodating two passengers, with payload rated at 260 kg. Performance figures off the Internet reveal a cruising speed of 130 km/h and a flight range of around 35 km for the drone.
What Flying Car? It’s Just A Drone, Says DAP Transport Minister
The transport minister today said the flying car being promoted by Entrepreneur Development Minister Redzuan Yusof is a drone and, therefore, needs to get the go ahead from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).
“If you want to fly drones, you need CAAM’s approval,” minister Loke Siew Fook said when winding up the 2020 Supply Bill for his ministry at the Dewan Rakyat today.
This led to Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) thanking Loke for his explanation.
“On behalf of all MPs, we would like to say thank you as it isn’t a flying car, but a drone.”