A groundbreaking electric vehicle manufacturer based in California is now accepting preorders for its innovative flying car, following the approval granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Alef Aeronautics, the company behind this remarkable creation, recently announced that their flying car has received a Special Airworthiness Certification, allowing them to conduct road and air tests, as stated in a press release.
The vehicle itself is a fully-electric model, with an optional hydrogen upgrade available at an additional cost. Designed as a low-speed vehicle, it boasts an impressive driving range of up to 200 miles on public roads and can easily fit into a standard garage. However, it’s the car’s vertical takeoff capability and a flying range of 110 miles that truly sets it apart. Alef Aeronautics proudly claims that their “Model A” car can effortlessly navigate above obstacles until it reaches the desired destination, providing passengers with a unique and exhilarating experience. The cabin, ingeniously designed with a gimbaled rotating mechanism, ensures stabilization for both the driver and passengers.
One of the main selling points of Alef’s flying car is its ability to circumvent traffic, offering the freedom to fly in any direction. Additionally, the vehicle provides a cinematic 180 plus degree view, ensuring safe and enjoyable flights. Interested customers can now place preorders for this extraordinary vehicle, which accommodates up to two individuals and is estimated to cost around $300,000.
Confirming the significant milestone
An FAA spokesperson informed Fox Business that a Special Airworthiness Certificate was issued for the Armada Model Zero aircraft on June 12, 2023. This certificate grants limited use of the aircraft for exhibition, research, and development purposes. The FAA emphasized that this is not the first time they have issued such a certificate for an aircraft of this nature.
Alef Aeronautics initially unveiled their flying car in October of the previous year and has since received a substantial number of preorders from individuals and businesses alike. Recognizing the evolving landscape of electric vehicles, the FAA is actively developing policies regarding the takeoff and landing of these innovative modes of transportation, according to Alef Aeronautics.
Expressing his enthusiasm, Alef CEO Jim Dukhovny, who co-founded the company in 2015, stated, “We’re thrilled to receive this certification from the FAA.” He went on to explain that this achievement brings them closer to realizing their vision of an environmentally friendly and faster commuting option, saving valuable time for both individuals and companies. In 2015, Dukhovny and his fellow co-founders, Constantine Kisly, Pavel Markin, and Oleg Petrov, drew inspiration to embark on the ambitious journey of developing a flying car. It was during that very year that Marty McFly, of “Back to the Future” fame, took to the skies in a similar futuristic vehicle piloted one in “Back to the Future II,” as mentioned on the company’s website. The team, lacking certain technical skills, united their expertise at a café and embarked on designing a revolutionary flying car.
Another flying car was recently unveiled in Dubai
Interestingly, a different flying car was recently unveiled in Dubai. In October, XPENG X2, an electric flying car developed by XPENG AEROHT, the largest flying car company in Asia and an affiliate of XPENG, successfully completed its inaugural public flight at Skydive Dubai.