Flying cars could be in US skies in two YEARS: Aerospace company plans to launch $350,000 two-seater
A Miami-based aerospace company revealed that its flying car will take to the skies in two years, but it could cost you up to $350,000.
Doron Merdinger, CEO of Doroni Aerospace, shared TMZ that his company is testing a two-seat vehicle that looks like a hovering drone and expects deliveries no later than 2025.
Merdinger compared the Doroni H1 to a flying ‘roadster’ designed for short trips, lifting people hundreds of meters into the air at speeds of up to 220 kilometers per hour.
The company recently performed the first untethered flight of its prototype, but the successful attempt means a full-scale flying model will be ready in the coming months.
The H1 will be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a light sport aircraft, meaning all you need is a driver’s license and 20 hours of training.
The Doroni H1 will be delivered to consumers by early 2025 at the latest. The two-seat flying car costs up to $350,000
“We expect to sell and lease 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, security company pre-order letter of intent and recreational users,” the company said in a statement.
From there, we plan to position ourselves to potentially be acquired by global defense contractors, automakers like General Motors, or ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.*
The flying car has two sets of wings with large ducted fans, a 500-pound payload and wheels, making it resemble a hovering drone, according to the company.
The Doroni H1 has three axis movements: pitch, roll and yaw.
The H1 is expected to have a range of 60 miles and can be charged in a garage.
Merdinger said the battery charges from 20 to 80 percent in about 20 minutes.
“We designed, built, tested and successfully launched a full 643-pound prototype, the X8 prototype eVTOL,” the company explained.
Doroni previously estimated the starting sale price at $195,000, but Merdinger told TMZ the number has risen due to rising material costs.
The company has raised more than $2.7 million from more than 1,550 investors on its equity crowdfunding platform StartEngine.com.
The company recently performed the first untethered flight with its prototype, but thanks to the successful venture, a full-scale flying model will be ready in the coming months.
The H1 will be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a light sport aircraft, meaning all you need is a driver’s license and 20 hours of training
The company made the most of its first platform raise and has received more than 230 pre-order requests for go-to-market aircraft.
While the US-based company is designing a personal vehicle for rural areas, Chinese company XPeng is building a model to fly tourists through cities.
The company claims it can reach speeds of up to 130 km/h in just a few years.
The all-electric XPeng X2 is expected to stay at an altitude of about 300 feet – around the height of Big Ben.
It is expected to cost the same as a luxury car, such as a Bentley or Rolls Royce, and hit the market by 2025.
Doroni previously estimated the starting sale price at $195,000, but Merdinger told TMZ the number has risen due to rising material costs
While the US-based company designs a personal vehicle for rural areas, the Chinese company XPeng is building a model to fly tourists through cities
Brian Gu, president and vice chairman, said the ultimate goal was for it to be used by wealthy individuals as their daily means of transportation.
But as several regulatory hurdles remain to be overcome, he said the vehicle would likely be taken to the “suburbs of cities or scenic strips” first.
Owners are expected to only need a driver’s license as initial flying will likely need to be done autonomously