Alef’s Flying Car Almost Ready for Lift-Off

Alef is a step closer to making flying cars a reality since its recent receipt of a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The idea of a flying car was conceived in 2015, by Alef’s founders.  A prototype was launched in late 2022.

The certificate allows Alef to test fly the electric car.  Alef will start production and delivery of flying cars in late 2025.


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Chick-fil-A’s Cauliflower Sandwich

After four years of iterations with multiple vegetables, from beets to mushrooms, Chick-fil-A is adding a plant-based category to its menu.

Unlike other quick serve restaurants’ (QSR) menu items which resemble their meat counterpart, such as Burger King with the Impossible Whopper, Chick-fil-A decided on a cauliflower sandwich.

Customer research indicated that customers not only want more vegetables, they want something identifiable as a vegetable, yet still with the delicious taste of Chick-fil-A.  The decision to go with cauliflower differentiates Chick-fil-A from […]

EV Stations: A Vision to Fuel the Future

The winner of an international competition envisions electric vehicle charging stations that offer far more than traditional gas stations.

Since charging an EV can take 20 or 30 minutes, the designer of the winning station included features like exercise equipment, massage therapy, a garden, and stores in additional to traditional gas station fare.  He also suggests placing the stations in interesting places, such as near a trailhead or a community site of interest, to offer customers interesting ways to pass the […]

Design Cycle for GM’s Hummer EV Cut by 3 Years

With its Hummer EV, GM has cut 3 years out of its usual 5-year design time.

GM says that the new development process is saving $1.5 billion annually. GM is using new technologies such as virtual product testing and hardware-in-the-loop testing to cut product development time dramatically.  It also helps that the Hummer EV is using a battery that was previously developed and has far fewer parts compared to combustion engine technology.

Testing virtual parts saves money since 3-D printed parts can […]

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