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Technology Boeing and Porsche to team to develop flying electric car

22:00  10 october  2019
22:00  10 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Watch the Porsche Taycan make a 0-90-0 test run on the USS Hornet flight deck

Watch the Porsche Taycan make a 0-90-0 test run on the USS Hornet flight deck Porsche is squeezing in one more teaser ahead of the global debut of the all-electric Porsche Taycan. And this time, the German automaker didn't hold back. Professional racer Shea Holbrook drove a prototype Taycan from a standstill up to 90.58 miles per hour (145 km/h), then slammed on the brakes back to zero all within 10.7 seconds. Shea accelerated the Taycan to 90.58 mph in just 422 feet before braking hard. If that wasn't splashy enough, Porsche took it up a level and conducted the demonstration on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, the 27,500-ton aircraft carrier used to recover astronauts from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions to the moon.

Boeing and Porsche, meet George Jetson.

  Boeing and Porsche to team to develop flying electric car © Boeing

The US aircraft giant and German sports car maker announced Thursday they are teaming up to "explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace," through "a fully electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle."

Translation: They want to develop an electric vehicle that can fly.

The announcement did not include any details about the amount of money or other resources the two companies plan to invest in the effort, or a target date or price range.

Porsche's parent company, Volkswagen A, is the world's largest automaker. It has announced a major push into the development of electric vehicles, setting a target of building 22 million electric cars across its brands over the next 10 years.

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"We are combining the strengths of two leading global companies to address a potential key market segment of the future," says Detlev von Platen, a member of the Porsche board in charge of sales and marketing. "In the longer term, this could mean moving into the third dimension of travel."

Boeing's revenue topped $100 billion for the first time in 2018, although its sales will be sharply lower this year due to the grounding of its best selling commercial jet, the 737 Max, following two fatal accidents that killed 346 people. It has already shown a prototype of a self-driving electric powered flying car earlier this year.

"Porsche and Boeing together bring precision engineering, style and innovation to accelerate urban air mobility worldwide," said Steve Nordlund, general manager of Boeing NeXt, a unit of the company working on next generation vehicles and aircraft.

An artist rendering of a possible version of an electric flying car that Porsche and Boeing are planning to work together to develop.© Boeing An artist rendering of a possible version of an electric flying car that Porsche and Boeing are planning to work together to develop.

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