Coming soon: An electric airplane for only $34,000

A new video gives a rare glimpse of what's been billed as the world's first affordable electric airplane.

Last year, a little known start-up generated a lot of excitement within the aviation community when they introduced the Flynano , an aircraft billed as the worlds first affordable electric airplane.

At the time, the developers released some tantalizing details about the aircraft. For instance, it was ultra-lightweight, coming in at a mere 155 pounds thanks to a body frame made entirely of lightweight carbon fiber composite materials. It also comes in three different flavors, which includes a model equipped with a 20kW all-electric engine capable of a top speed of 87 mph and a range of 25 miles on a full charge. Prices started at about $34,000 and you wouldn´t even need a pilots license to operate one.

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Sound too good to be true? Well, many of you did question the company´s legitimacy, namely because no one´s ever seen the darn thing actually fly.

So to convince the doubters that, yes, it´s a real airplane and, yes, there are plans to sell the plane, the company recently posted footage of the Flynano conducting test flights.

A final design is scheduled for next year with a launch date at the end of 2013. But let´s hope by then the Flynano can deliver on the promised pricing.

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This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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