Imagine driving to work in the morning and then flying back home in the evening. That’s the vision of Alef Aeronautics, a California-based company that has developed the world’s first flying car that runs on electricity and can take off and land vertically.
The Model A, as the vehicle is called, is not just a concept or a prototype. It is a fully functional flying car that has received legal approval from the US government to operate in the air and on the road. Alef announced that it is the first flying vehicle to receive a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
This means that the Model A can fly in specific locations and for specific purposes, such as exhibitions, research, and development. It also means that it is one step closer to becoming commercially available to consumers who want to experience the future of transportation.
The Model A is not only the first flight-ready automobile; it also runs on electricity. According to Alef’s website, it has a flight range of 110 miles and a 200-mile driving range. It can carry one or two occupants and can park like a normal car.
The Model A is not cheap, however. The company expects to sell the vehicle for $300,000 (almost P16.6 million) each, with the first delivery projected for the end of 2025. They also said that there are more than 400 pre-orders for the vehicle.
The Model A is not the only flying car project in the world, but it is the first one to receive FAA approval and to be ready for preorder. Other companies, such as Terrafugia, Moller, and Pal-V, have also been working on developing flying vehicles for years, but none of them have reached the same level of success as Alef.
For more information about Alef Aeronautics and its Model A flying car, visit their website at https://alef.aero/.