- A US-based firm is set to start selling a flying car by 2025 for up to $350,000
- The two-seater Doroni H1 is like a flying ‘roadster’ designed for short trips
A Miami-based aerospace company revealed that its flying car will hit the skies in two years – but it could cost you up to $350,000.
Doron Merdinger, CEO of Doroni Aerospace, told TMZ that his firm is testing a two-seater vehicle that looks like a hovering drone and expects deliveries not later than 2025.
Merdinger likened the Doroni H1 to a flying ‘roadster’ designed for short trips, taking people several hundred feet into the air at speeds up to 140 miles per hour.
The company recently performed the first untethered flight with its prototype, but the successful endeavour means a full-scale flying model will be ready in the next few months.
The H1 is set to be certified with the Federal Aviation Administration as a Light Sport Aircraft, meaning you will only need a driver’s license and 20 hours of training.
The Doroni H1 is set to be delivered to consumers no later than early 2025. The two-seater flying car will cost up to $350,000
‘We expect to start selling and leasing 22 units in our third year and 722 units by our fifth year. We anticipate the Doroni H1 eVTOL will generate revenue, starting with first responders, law enforcement, armed forces, letter of intent for a preorder from a security company, and recreational users,’ the company shared in a statement.
‘From there, we plan on positioning ourselves to possibly be acquired by global defence contractors, automobile manufacturers such as General Motors, or ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft.*
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The flying car has two sets of wings with large ducted fans, a 500-pound payload, and wheels, which the company said makes it look like a hovering drone.
The Doroni H1 has three motions of axes – pitch, roll and yaw.
The H1 is expected to range 60 miles and can be charged in a garage.
Merdinger said the battery charges from 20 to 80 per cent in about 20 minutes.
‘We have designed, built, tested, and successfully lifted off a 643-pound, full-scale prototype, the X8 prototype eVTOL,’ the company explained.
Doroni previously estimated the starting retail price at $195,000, but Merdinger told TMZ the number has increased due to the rising cost of materials.
The company has raised more than $2.7 million from over 1,550 investors on the equity crowdfunding platform StartEngine.com.
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