eVTOL flying car targets consumers

April 16, 2021 // By Rich Pell
eVTOL flying car targets consumers
Future mobility startup NFT Inc. has announced that it is now taking pre-orders for the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle designed for consumers.

The ASKA, says the company, is a new door-to-door mobility option offering the freedom to choose to travel on the road or in the air. The four-seater vehivle drives on the road like a car, and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), as well as short takeoff and landing (STOL), and flies like an aircraft.

"We have focused significantly on ASKA's safety elements," says Guy Kaplinsky, Co-founder & CEO, NFT, Inc., "which include dual energy sources, large wings, large propellers, six pack of batteries to ensure ASKA is as safe in the air as it is on the ground. We anticipate that flying cars that are accessible to the general public will be as instrumental in re-defining how and where we live, as the original automobile was to the foundation of our country's highway and road systems."

"To build a better society and a better economy," adds Maki Kaplinsky, Co-founder & Chair/COO, NFT Inc., "we need better transportation solutions, and flying cars will be a part of that equation."

ASKA, says the company, represents a new dimension of innovation that delivers optimal structural performance and integrity. Its aerodynamic design (patent pending) is designed to enable the vehicle to provide an excellent driving experience on the road and fly safely and efficiently in the air.

The initial limited model of ASKA has a flight range of up to 250 miles powered by electric motors, and is equipped with a range extender as a redundant safety system. The vehicle can achieve up to 150 mph in flight mode, and its fully electric system architecture enables future models to convert range extenders to any other energy source such as hydrogen.

People can board ASKA at their home, on the street or in a parking lot, and drive it like a regular car, says the company. The size of a large SUV in drive mode, the vehicle is offered as a

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