Flying cars seem like a crazy idea, a fantasy taken right out of a science fiction book. But shockingly they might be nearer than we expected. Next is an Israeli/American startup that focuses on future mobility and it has opened up the pre-orders of one of its most promising projects: ASKA.
ASKA stands for “flying bird” in Japanese and it’s the first-ever drive-and-fly electric vehicle. With four seats, ASKA is powered by electric motors. It allows users to choose between travelling on the road or in the air in a smooth transition, making use of its retractable wings.
ASKA’s beginnings go back to 2019. In its website, Next has announced that the first deliveries are expected to start by 2026. It can be pre-order here and services include a Pilot Licence training and customized design too.
The obvious question now is how safe it is. Well, ASKA features dual energy sources, large wings and propellers, along with six packs of batteries. It’s a door-to-door alternative, meaning that drivers can access it directly, just like a normal car, from the comfort of their houses or even in a parking lot.
Thanks to its electric motor, the e-volt has a flight range of 250 miles (420 km) and it can reach a speed of 241 km/h (150 mph). On the ground, it can reach up to 112 km/h (70 mph).
Although deliveries will start at least in 2026, next year will be able to experience a full-scale demonstration.