The world’s first flying car
The world’s first flying car that you can buy has been unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland.
Dutch firm PAL-V revealed its final production model Tuesday and is now taking pre-orders for the car/aircraft on its website.
PAL-V said the first delivery will be made in 2019 once the production model has received final safety certifications.
The firm claims the two-person vehicle has a top road speed of about 100 miles per hour (mph) while it can reach 112 mph in the air. With a maximum altitude of 11,000 feet, the air range is estimated to top out at around 350 miles.
Transforming from road to air isn’t quite as simple as pushing a button, requiring manual intervention, but Pal-V claims this can be done in less than 10 minutes.
The first limited edition model will retail at an expected 499,000 euros ($621,500) with only 90 available for sale. Thereafter a “Liberty Sport Edition” will be available for an expected price of 299,000 euros.
Flying lessons are included in the price and the company’s website is taking orders tied to hefty non-refundable reservation fees.
The flying car is certified to fly under the rules of U.S. and European safety agencies but owners will need a pilot’s licence. Pilots will also need access to a small airstrip to take off and land.
The two-seated vehicle powered by hybrid propulsion can transform from car to plane in under 3 minutes. It also boasts a driving range of 700 km (434 miles) and a flight range that’s a bit longer at 750 km (466 miles) at 75 percent of its top speed. On the ground, the hybrid vehicle boasts a top speed around 160 kph (100 mph), while in the air it’s 360 kph (224 mph).
It can hold two people and has a top road speed of 100 mph. Once it’s airborne the PAL-V Liberty can fly up to 11,000 feet and reach a max speed of 350 mph.
The Dutch company PAL-V is now taking orders for the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition, which makes it the world’s first flying car you can actually buy, reports CNBC. The PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition is on display at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland this week. The first models will ship in 2019, but if you want one, you’ll need to be quick. There are only 90 available and one will set you back half a million euros.Read more..