TEST FLIGHTS GRANTED FOR AN ELECTRIC FLYING CAR
By Anne Bourgoin
California-based automotive company Alef Aeronautics has received authorization to test its Model A electric flying car on the road and in the air. This is the first time that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted special airworthiness certification. “This is a small step for airplanes, and a giant leap for cars. [This certification] brings us one step closer to faster, greener transportation, saving individuals and businesses hours every week,” said Jim Dukhovny, CEO of Alef Aeronautics.
Powered by four propellers on each side, the Model A can take off vertically and horizontally. It seats two people and can even be driven. It has a range of 177 km in flight and 322 km on the road. The pre-ordered car costs C$400,000 and could be available as early as 2025.