Alef Aeronautics, a startup backed by SpaceX, has become the first company ever to receive approval for testing an electric flying car. The car is projected to cost around $300,000 USD. According to a press release, the Californian automaker’s fully electric flying car, known as the Model A, has obtained an official Special Airworthiness Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This certification is a groundbreaking achievement as it is the first of its kind for a car capable of flight. CEO Jim Dukhovny expressed excitement about the approval, stating that it brings them closer to providing people with an environmentally friendly and faster means of commuting, ultimately saving individuals and businesses valuable time. He referred to this milestone as a significant step forward for the automotive industry.
While the car has been granted permission for flight testing, the evolving restrictions imposed by the FAA have placed limitations on the locations and purposes for which the car can fly. Alef Aeronautics intends to manufacture the first flying car that can operate on both streets and take off vertically, ensuring compatibility with existing urban infrastructure for driving and parking.
The flying vehicle is expected to have vertical and horizontal take-off capabilities and accommodate up to two passengers. With a range of 200 miles on the road and 110 miles in the air, numerous car enthusiasts have already expressed interest in owning one. As of now, 440 individuals have made deposits to secure their place in line. A deposit of $150 USD grants access to the general queue, while a deposit of $1,500 USD ensures priority access during the delivery phase. Last year, CEO Dukhovny informed the media that these flying cars are anticipated to be available for use by 2025.
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