World’s first electric flying car gets approval by FAA
A California-based company will begin flight testing on a fully electric flying car following approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The automaker named Alef Aeronautics has received Special Airworthiness Certification for its Model A, according to Business Insider.
It was the first time a flying car had been approved by SpaceX, which backed the startup. There will be a $300,000 price tag on the Model A.
It will allow us to move closer to making people’s commutes more environmentally friendly and faster. This is one small step for planes, one giant step for cars, according to Alef CEO Jim Dukhovny.
FAA restrictions have limited the places and purposes for which the car can fly, even though it has been approved for flight tests.
It is designed in such a way that it can adapt to driving and parking infrastructure and can fly as well as drive.
This vehicle can take off vertically or horizontally and has a range of 200 miles on the road and 110 miles in the air. It is designed for two people only and can fly up to 200 miles.
The general queue for those who wish to buy the car requires a $150 deposit, or those who wish to get priority access need to deposit $1,500.
By 2025, customers can expect to see their cars flying in the sky, Dukhovny told CNBC in December.