Can static electricity float a car?

I’ve seen magicians use static electricity to float things like dollar bills or other light objects, but could static electricity ever be used to float a car?

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Answer provided by
Allison Stone
Answered on Apr 15, 2022
The classic dollar bill static electricity trick is a great magic trick to teach kids about how science works. What’s happening when you float an object with static electricity is that the similar magnetic forces of the two objects are repelling each other, which is what causes the object to float.
In a way, this is how magnetic levitation works, which is what allows things like Japan’s super fast bullet trains to float above the track and move at incredible speeds. Magnetic levitation technology has been tested on cars, and would be even more eco-friendly than an electric car, but it is still very new technology and has yet to be brought to the mainstream.
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