First Flying Car Technology Set To Showcase By The End Of The Year
Technology update: Dutch company PAL-V is now accepting pre-orders for “the first certified commercial flying car ever,” its Liberty vehicle. The three-wheeled ‘car’ has a top-mounted retractable rotor, which kind of makes it more like a motor trike with gyrocopter skills than a car. The vehicle can both fly and drive, which is double what most cars or aircraft can do.
PAL-V is selling it at a price beginning at $400,000, but that’s for the base model. If you want the proper trim and kit, you’ll spend $600,000 for the “Pioneer” edition. This adds at-home training, power heating, special detailing, and an electronic flight instrument display instead of just the electromechanical option. You won’t have to pay all of that up front, since PAL-V says it’s aiming at the end of 2017 for production. Rather, the company is asking for either a non-refundable deposit of $25,000 for the top trim Pioneer, or $10,000 for the base model Sport. The other option will be putting down a $2,500 escrow deposit which can be refunded. This will will get you on the waiting list.
The PAL-V also has specs including take-off space that generally will mean you’ll have to use an airfield to fly. It has a 100 mph top ground speed and has 817 miles driving distance on a full tank of fuel. While flying, it has a top speed of 112mph, but mileage greatly reduces. You will have to refuel every 310 miles, but that’s still enough for jumping between many cities. The company has been doing concept testing since at least 2009, and it also founded the first North American flying car school in the U.S. in Utah in 2016. Still, don’t count your flying cars before they take to the sky, unless you’ve got at least $10K lying around you are ok with never seeing again.