If you’re a big fan of the Back to the Future franchise, you probably dream of a reality where we can commute to work in flying cars – What if I told you this won’t last long?
Doron Merdinger, CEO of Doroni Aerospace (a Miami-based aerospace company), recently announced that this is the case Testing a flying car which can be delivered in 2025. The two-seater vehicle is called the Doroni H1 and looks like a hovering drone. It was designed for short trips and can reach up to 140 mph in terms of speed.
The US firm has just completed its first untethered flight with its prototype, and a full-size flight model is expected to be ready in the next few months for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration as a light sport aircraft.
That means the driver will need 20 hours of training on top of getting their license — but the really bad news has to do with the price: The flying car will cost up to $350,000. With more than 1,550 investors, the company has raised more than $2.7 million on crowdfunding platform StartEngine.com. In a recent statement, they said:
We expect to start selling and renting 22 units in our third year and 722 units in our fifth year. We expect the Doroni H1 eVTOL to generate revenue starting with first responders, law enforcement, armed forces, a letter of intent to pre-order from a security company and recreational users […] From there, we plan to position ourselves for potential acquisitions by global defense companies, automakers like General Motors, or rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft.
The H1 can be charged in a garage and is said to have a range of 60 miles. The battery charges from 20 to 80% in about 20 minutes. The initial retail price was estimated at $195,000, but due to rising material costs it is now at $350,000.
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