In an industry-first, Alef Aeronautics, a pioneering sustainable mobility company, has received a Special Airworthiness Certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This landmark announcement marks the first time a flying car has been legally approved for flight by the US Government, establishing Alef as a leader in the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle market.
Established in San Mateo, CA, Alef Aeronautics is at the forefront of electric transportation innovation. They made a grand entry in October 2022, unveiling their sports car-sized “Model A” along with two working full-size technology demonstrators. This road-legal passenger car can accommodate one or two occupants and features vertical takeoff and landing capabilities.
With its 100% electric design, the Model A can also be driven on public roads, thus bridging the gap between traditional road vehicles and futuristic air transport. This unique offering has garnered significant interest, resulting in a high volume of pre-orders from individuals and corporations alike.
The FAA’s Special Airworthiness Certificate restricts the locations and purposes for which Alef can operate its flying cars, reflecting the ongoing evolution of regulatory policies for eVTOLs and ground infrastructure. Alef is currently accepting pre-orders for its Model A car at $300,000 each via its website. This significant development marks a notable step towards the future of sustainable and innovative mobility, highlighting the transformative potential of eVTOL technology.
Sources: PR Newswire