European Space Agency Teases Tesla of the Sky: A Flying Electric Vehicle by 2018

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCYThe European Space Agency has shared details about what it’s calling the “world’s first vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for personal use.”

Part of the ESA’s business incubation program, the startup — Lilium — hopes to have these electric two-seater planes in the air by 2018. Tesla will finally have some competition.

Though the renderings do not inspire much confidence in this vehicle’s ability to remain airborne, the creators say that they’ve completed functional, 55-pound prototypes. The final product will be “ultralight,” but presumably not that ultralight.

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