SpaceX-backed startup says preorders for its $300,000 futuristic flying car have reached 2,850

SpaceX-backed startup says preorders for its $300,000 futuristic flying car have reached 2,850
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SpaceX-backed startup says preorders for its $300,000 futuristic flying car have reached 2,850

BARCELONA, Spain — Alef Aeronautics, a company backed by SpaceX, has announced that it has garnered 2,850 preorders for its cutting-edge electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle.

Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Alef Aeronautics disclosed that its preorder count recently surged to a new high, surpassing the previous mark of 2,500 preorders for its two-passenger flying car, the Alef Model A.

Preorders for the Model A are available online, requiring a $150 deposit for reservation. Customers retain the flexibility to withdraw their deposit at any time, ensuring they are not obligated.

Upon commercial availability, Alef intends to price the Model A at $300,000 per unit, resulting in a combined order value exceeding $850 million based on the 2,850 preorders received thus far.

Jim Dukhovny, CEO of Alef, stated to CNBC, “We currently have over 2,850 preorders with deposits secured, making it the highest-selling aircraft in history, surpassing Boeing, Airbus, Joby Aviation, and the majority of eVTOLs combined.”

Alef’s request for $300,000 per unit might seem steep, but Dukhovny argues that this pricing is necessary as the company is still in its startup phase and hasn’t generated substantial revenue yet.

SpaceX-backed startup says preorders for its $300,000 futuristic flying car have reached 2,850
SpaceX-backed startup says preorders for its $300,000 futuristic flying car have reached 2,850

Introducing the Model Z

Alef, known for its innovative approach to flying cars, is not only focusing on its existing models but also looking ahead to the future. The company is actively developing a four-person sedan, dubbed the Model Z, slated for release by 2035. With a price tag of $35,000, it aims to compete with lower-priced electric vehicles in the market.

Alef in the Flying Car Arena

In the dynamic landscape of flying car innovation, Alef stands alongside other ambitious startups such as Lilium and Joby Aviation. Partnering with early Tesla investor Tim Draper and SpaceX, Alef has positioned itself as a significant player in the industry.

Alef’s Unique Design

Alef’s approach to flying cars diverges from conventional models. Unlike the jet-like structures of its competitors, Alef’s Model A boasts a design akin to a traditional car. At the Mobile World Congress, Alef showcased a half-sized model featuring a mesh shell protecting internal rotors, allowing air to circulate through the vehicle.

Redefining the Flying Car

CEO Jim Dukhovny emphasizes Alef’s vehicle as the “first flying car in history.” Unlike drone-inspired designs, Alef prioritizes the familiar functionality of a car, seamlessly integrating vertical takeoff capabilities with everyday driving experiences.

 Alef’s Hybrid Functionality

Primarily designed for road use, Alef’s Model A seamlessly transitions to flight mode. Equipped with four small engines in each wheel, it operates like a standard electric car on the road. Meanwhile, eight propellers enable multidirectional flight, with a cruise speed of 110 miles per hour in the air.

 Navigating Regulatory Hurdles

Alef anticipates launching its first consumer flights in 2025, contingent upon regulatory approvals. With its ultra-light classification and a special airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Authority, Alef is poised to revolutionize urban transportation.

 Scaling Up Gradually

Despite substantial preorder numbers, Alef acknowledges the challenge of meeting demand immediately. CEO Dukhovny stresses a gradual production approach to ensure quality and safety standards are met, setting realistic expectations for the future of aerial transportation.

 

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