BrandArena: Electric flying car by Alef obtains approval for test flights

Wednesday, 12 July 2023

Electric flying car by Alef obtains approval for test flights

Alef Aeronautics, a sustainable mobility company that is designing and developing a flying car, announced today that it has received Special Airworthiness Certification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration, marking the first time a vehicle of this type has received legal approval to fly from the United States Government.

The FAA is currently developing policies for electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, as well as rules for eVTOL interactions with terrestrial infrastructure. As a result, Alef's Special Airworthiness Certificate restricts the locations and purposes for which he is permitted to fly.

Alef emerged from stealth in October 2022 with the unveiling of its full-sized sports car concept, as well as two operational full-size technology demonstrator cars. It has since garnered several pre-orders from both individuals and businesses. Alef's flying automobile is 100% electric, can be driven on public roads, and has vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. The automobile will seat one or two people.

"We're excited to receive this certification from the FAA. 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," said Jim Dukhovny, CEO of Alef.

About Alef: Alef, based in San Mateo, CA, is a sustainable electric transportation company designing and developing a road-legal passenger car capable of achieving vertical takeoff and forward flight. Alef was founded in 2015 by Jim Dukhovny, Konstantin Kisly, Pavel Markin, Oleg Petrov in Palo Alto, California. Alef's investors include Draper Associates, Impact VC, Draper B1, Bronco Ventures, Strong VC, Louis Scola, Jim Boettcher, Jim Hurd, Jason Gorrie, Chinney, Knollwood Advisory and others. Alef recently announced the opening of a new fundraising round. More information can be found at

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