Flying cars have been in the news since the 1940s, but none have ever made it into mass production, that is unless…NFT’s ASKA becomes a reality. The company announced last week that it’s now taking pre-orders for the world’s first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle designed for consumers. Powered by electric motors and equipped with a range extender, it has a flight range of up to 250-miles, while its architecture enables future models to convert the latter into any other energy sources, like hydrogen. Read more for a video and additional information.
You’ll be able to board ASKA at home, on the street or in a parking lot, and drive it like a regular car, as it’s roughly the size of a large SUV in drive mode. It can easily transition to flight mode where it lifts off vertically in a designated vertipad launch space. Once the wings open, the vehicle transitions to smooth flight, automatically programmed to the driver’s destination. After safely landing vertically on a vertipad, it can once again be driven as a car and then parked in a standard parking lot. One thing to note is that pilot training will still be required to operate ASKA in the air. There’s just two caveats: it costs $789,000 USD and there’s no word yet on when deliveries actually begin.
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ASKA’s full scale flight demonstrations will be taking place in 2022, and the company is part of NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign, along with Boeing, Bell, and others; ASKA is the only consumer-oriented company in this group,” said the company.