Alef Aeronautics, a company based in California, has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to commence testing of its flying electric car. The certification granted by the FAA allows the company to conduct both road and air tests of the vehicle, as reported by Fox Business on Saturday.
Despite being in the experimental phase, Alef Aeronautics is already accepting preorders for its flying electric car.
USA Today featured an image of the stylish and black vehicle, named “Model A,” in a tweet that read, “Has the flying car finally arrived? Alef Aeronautics says its ‘Model A’ flying vehicle now has FAA permission to test run on the road and in the sky — and the company hopes to start delivering vehicles to customers by late 2025.”
Alef Aeronautics revealed its flying car “Model A" was granted legal permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test run the vehicle on the road and in the sky − a move needed before it can be released to the public. https://t.co/icYyuvdkCY
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) June 30, 2023
According to the Fox report, the fully electric car, known as “Model A,” is capable of low-speed driving on roadways for up to 200 miles. Additionally, it can vertically take off into the air and has a flying range of 110 miles.
The Alef website describes their car as “designed to drive on the street, take off vertically when needed and fly overhead above traffic.”
Alef says they are “building the solution to the issues of modern congestion.”
As per the company, the car features a gimbaled rotating cabin design, which allows for forward flight while ensuring stability for the driver and passengers.
The anticipated cost of the two-seater car is estimated to be around $300,000.
According to reports, FAA officials are currently involved in the development of policies concerning the takeoff and landing procedures for these types of vehicles.
USA Today states that deliveries of the flying cars are projected to commence in 2025.
Alef’s CEO, Jim Dukhovny, expressed his enthusiasm regarding the certification, stating that it brings them closer to providing individuals and companies with an environmentally friendly and faster commute, ultimately saving them valuable time each week. Dukhovny described it as “one small step for planes, one giant step for cars.”
According to Breitbart News, in June, the House Energy and Commerce Committee conducted a hearing to address concerns about the impact of President Joe Biden’s green energy and electric car initiatives on the American population.
In a statement, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Chair of the Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Materials Subcommittee Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) said of Biden, “His rush-to-green policies are hurting middle and low-income families the most. The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent regulatory efforts to advance this radical agenda, particularly on the kind of cars Americans can drive and the fuels they can use, risk further disrupting fuel markets and increasing transportation costs.”