The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted approval to a California-based company, Alef Aeronautics, to commence flight testing on a fully electric flying car.
Alef Aeronautics has received a Special Airworthiness Certification for Model A of their car, making it the first car that is capable of flying to receive such approval. The project is supported by SpaceX and the Model A is expected to be priced at $300,000.
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Jim Dukhovny, the CEO of Alef, expressed excitement about the approval, stating that it brings them closer to offering people an environmentally friendly and faster commute, ultimately saving individuals and companies valuable time.
However, the FAA restrictions impose limitations on the permitted locations and purposes for which the car can fly. The company’s goal is to develop a flying car that can also function as a road vehicle, designed to adapt to existing driving and parking infrastructure.
The car has a road range of 200 miles and a flying range of 110 miles. It can take off vertically or horizontally and has a capacity for up to two people.
Interested buyers can secure their spot in the general queue by making a $150 deposit or gain priority access to deliveries by depositing $1,500.
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According to Dukhovny, customers can expect to see these cars in the sky by 2025, as per a statement given to CNBC in December.