A Maryland-based company has created an electric hovercraft that takes on the look of a sports car.
VonMercier’s Arosa hovercraft is powered by a trio of electric engines with the capacity to glide 15-20cm above the ground, making it possible for the vehicle to move across gravel, grass, snow, sand and water.
Its body and hull are moulded from carbon fibre and it has a three-seater open-air cockpit, with an optional teak deck and a ladder for use on water.
Besides being easily chargeable via a standard EV charger, its electric powertrain also reduces noise, pollution and maintenance compared to a petrol version – and it is said to be quieter than a vacuum cleaner.
VonMercier will produce only 25 models this year but is aiming to double production in 2024. The Arosa has a $200,000 price tag.
Vital statistics: Arosa electric hovercraft
Empty weight: 408-630kg
Hover height: 15-20cm
Electric power: 178kW
Aerodynamic speed limit: 50mph
Cruise speed: 20mph
Battery voltage: 403V
Battery energy: 18 or 36kWh
Battery max duration: 1.5-3 hours
Battery charge time: 3-6 hours
Approx range: 65-130km
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