California-based Alef Aeronautics has officially revealed the world’s first flying car prototype, the Alef Model A. The groundbreaking concept car, showcased at the North America International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, promises to revolutionize the way we commute by seamlessly transitioning from road to air.
Designed to fulfill the dreams of science fiction enthusiasts, the Alef Model A combines cutting-edge technology with practicality. CEO Jim Dukhovny states that their aim was to create “the first true flying car.”
“It’s a gimballed cabin, which means the driver inside is always parallel and never moves,” said Dukhovny.
“The car moves around the driver. That gives you more stability than you could fly today in an airplane.”
Unlike its competitors, the Model A has received a Special Airworthiness Certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing it to take off and land without the need for an airport.
“We’re excited to receive this certification from the FAA,” said Dukhovny after receiving the certification in June.
“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.”
In flight mode, the Model A’s cabin remains upright while the body rotates 90 degrees around it. The passenger side serves as the lower wing, while the driver side becomes the upper wing. This innovative design ensures stability and enhances the flying experience, making it safer and more comfortable than existing aircraft.
The Alef Model A is designed for short commutes, enabling drivers to beat traffic congestion and travel quicker. It boasts a rumored driving range of 200 miles on the road and 100 miles in the air. With a top speed of 25 mph on the road, its aerial top speed has yet to be determined.
Priced at approximately $300,000, the Model A has already gained significant interest, with over 400 pre-orders for the two-passenger variant. If all goes according to plan, Americans could start purchasing the first model year as early as 2025.
With the Alef Model A, the future of commuting is set to change dramatically. This pioneering flying car brings us closer to an environmentally friendly and time-saving mode of transportation, offering individuals and companies a faster and more efficient way to travel. Get ready to witness the dawn of a new era in personal mobility.