The US government has given Alef Aeronautics’ flying car the approval to soar. According to aviation law firm Aero Law Centre, the car manufacturer declared that it has earned a Special Airworthiness Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A vehicle of this kind has never before been certified in the US.
“The FAA is actively working on its policies for electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, as well as governing interactions between eVTOLs and ground infrastructure,” Alef Aeronautics stated in a statement. The statement said that Alef’s Special Airworthiness Certificate, therefore, limits the areas and purposes for which Alef is permitted to fly.
The flying automobile, which has its base in San Mateo, California, is entirely electric and has seating for one or two people. According to Fox News, the automobile, which costs about $300,000, can fly to avoid road accidents and over stalled traffic.
In October 2022, the business unveiled two functional full-size technology demonstrator cars as well as a full-sized sports car. Over 440 of the business’s vehicles had been pre-ordered, according to the company, from both individual and corporate consumers in January.
By the end of 2025, the corporation wants to start delivering flying automobiles to clients, according to sources. The flying automobile is being designed for use on regular urban or rural roads. It can fit into a regular-sized garage and in a regular-sized parking spot.
The car is a low-speed vehicle, therefore it can only go at a top speed of 25 mph on paved surfaces. According to Alef’s website, the assumption is that, if a driver needs a faster route, a driver will use Alef’s flight capabilities.