Around the world, many companies design and build flying cars. One is Alef Aeronautics, a Santa Clara-based California startup that is developing a solution called the Model A. The flying car will cost $300,000 and is open for pre-orders. To get on the “waiting list” you need to pay $ 150 for a place in the general queue or $ 1,500 for a “priority” seat.
The company says the prototype has been actively tested since 2019. And the finished version will appear in 2025. This model, as stated, will be able to fly more than 320 km, will be completely electric.
The design of the car includes a lightweight openwork carbon fiber body, a two-seat cabin on a separate suspension and four engines with eight propellers. After takeoff, the body of the car turns around, and Model A flies like a drone. At least that’s how it’s shown in the animation.
The project has the backing of Tim Draper, a well-known venture capitalist who was an early investor in both Tesla and SpaceX. He invested $3 million in Alef Aeronautics.
At the same time, experts note that the novelty may have problems of both a technical and legislative nature, since the US Federal Aviation Administration puts forward special requirements for ground vehicles that are allowed to fly within the city.
Alef Aeronautics wants to speed up the process by applying for certification in Asia and Europe. This will prove to the US regulator that the new product is safe. In addition, in ground mode, Model A will not accelerate more than 40 km / h.
If the project is successful, Alef Aeronautics plans to build a much more affordable model, the Model Z, which is expected to cost just $35,000 and be released by 2030.