A quirky £236,000 (over $280,000) flying car is getting closer to take-off after wowing crowds at the Detroit Auto Show.
California company Alef Aeronautics’ UFO-like Model A flying vehicle made its real-world debut after receiving legal approval in June to fly from the US Government.
Now the firm are causing excitement in the motor industry thanks to their show-stopping appearance at the most influential in the American car industry.
Alef Aeronautics claims the Model A would be able to drive on roads – but take off to avoid traffic jams.
The award of a limited FAA Special Airworthiness Certification for the electric vehicle allows them to move towards test flights and production.
Speaking about the Model A’s show appearance, Alef founder and CEO Jim Dukhovny told Robb Report website: “It’s still not the final consumer version. But at this point, it’s pretty close.”
He added that the company plans to start production of the first car by “the end of 2025.”
The company says the flying car is 100% electric, drivable on public roads and has vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.
After taking off vertically, it can fly above obstacles “until a desired destination is reached”.
It would carry one or two occupants, with the driver and cabin stabilised by a unique gimbaled rotating cabin design.
The 17ft-long vehicle would have a road range of 200 miles and achieve a 110 mile flight distance. It is designed to to fit in any parking space or garage.
Speaking earlier this year, following FAA certification, Jim Dukhovny commented: “We’re excited to receive this certification from the FAA. It allows us to move closer to bringing people an environmentally friendly and faster commute, saving individuals and companies hours each week. This is a one small step for planes, one giant step for cars.”
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