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Joby's electric flying taxi completes 150-mile flight
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Joby Aero Inc. has reached a milestone with its electric flying taxi, successfully flying the prototype a complete 150 miles on one battery charge.
The California-based firm announced Tuesday that the flight occurred earlier this month at its electric flight base in Big Sur, and the aircraft was piloted from the ground by Joby's chief test pilot, Justin Paines, a former Royal Air Force pilot.
"We’ve achieved something that many thought impossible with today’s battery technology," Joby founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt said in a statement celebrating the news. "By doing so we’ve taken the first step towards making convenient, emissions-free air travel between places like San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, Houston and Austin, or Los Angeles and San Diego an everyday reality."