Electric Flying Taxis, Tesla Marks a Milestone and Other Headlines
Boeing’s electric flying taxi achieves a brief test drive, while NPR ruminates on the impact of EVs on a gas-powered future. Plus, Tesla becomes the first automaker to sell more than 100,000 models in a year. Electric cars are making news across the globe; catch up with these five headlines:
Is the idea of a flying taxi moving from the realm of science fiction to reality?
Boeing test flew an all-electric version recently, which hovered in the air for less than a minute to begin testing the onboard autonomous systems. There’s still a long way to go — transitioning from hover to forward flight is particularly daunting — but the future has to start somewhere.
A Chinese automaker gets permission to sell its EVs in the United States.
Kandi Technologies Group Inc. saw a huge surge in stock prices after the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its approval. The all-electric EX3 (an SUV) and the K22 (a subcompact), could sell for as little at $20,000.
Tesla sold more than 145,000 Model 3s in 2018, becoming the bestselling electric vehicle in the world
What other EVs rounded out the top five? The BAIC EC-Series, sold in China, topped out at 90,000 sold. The Nissan LEAF almost matched that total for third place, while Tesla grabbed the fourth and fifth spots with the Model S and Model X.