A group of researchers from Ford Motors’ Research and Innovation Center in Michigan recently explored the idea that electric flying cars could surpass electric cars in reducing emissions in the future.
Too good to be true? Probably, because there’s an important mention that changes everything. According to Hugh Hunt, a researcher at the University of Cambridge, the flying cars won’t be here in time:
“However, gaps in the necessary technology and practical uncertainties beyond the cars’ promising physics mean that they may not arrive in time to be a large-scale solution to the energy crisis and congestion — if at all.”
The thought that flying cars could be greener than electric cars seems a bit ridiculous, at first. Yet, the team discovered that flying a vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) vehicle may cut out emissions by 35 percent.
More importantly, the emissions would still be lower compared to an electric vehicle with two passengers, tops.
That said, the advantages are less appealing when we talk about distances longer than 120 miles, the study concluded.