Alef describes its still-in-development electric vehicle, the Model A, as the world’s first real flying automobile. The company envisions the Model A to have the sleek appearance of an electric car plus the ability to take off and soar vertically for 110 kilometers (68 miles).
The company aspires to compete in a market dominated by technologically superior rivals like AirCar and the Pal-V gyrocopter, which are already capable of flight and propulsion.
The chief executive and co-founder of Alef, Jim Dukhovny, disagrees, claiming that most current automobiles are not strictly flying cars.
“Since a flying car must be a car, it can travel on ordinary roads and park in conventional lots. Additionally, it ought to have vertical takeoff “To the BBC, he spoke.
“What issue are you trying to resolve if an airport is necessary for takeoff? Why is this a flying car, exactly?”
The Model A’s bodywork, which is shaped like a vehicle, has a mesh top surface that allows air to pass through to the eight propellers inside the body, which produce lift.
However, the amount of power needed to use these by themselves—without the aid of wings—would be prohibitive.