World's first commercial flying car is all set to hit the roads

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Published: October 29,2020 10:04 PM
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October 29, 2020: PAL-V, the Dutch company involved in the making of the first flying car, has announced that its Liberty vehicle has been approved for road usage in Europe.

October 29, 2020: PAL-V, the Dutch company involved in the making of the first flying car, has announced that its Liberty vehicle has been approved for road usage in Europe.



The development has paved the way for a future not too far-fetched where spotting flying cars could just be ordinary.



PAL-V's Liberty, a compact two-person aircraft that can travel on public roads, recently cleared stringent European road admission tests.



It is now allowed to hit the streets with an official license plate.



As the world's first flying car, the Liberty starts with an entry-level price tag of $399,000, which is close to Rs. 3 crore in the Indian currency.



Notably, PAL-V has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Gujarat to establish a plant in India. Production in India is likely to commence in 2021. Reportedly, production models from Gujarat will be exported to several European countries.



PAL-V Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mike Stekelenburg said in a statement, "The trick in successfully making a flying car is to ensure that the design complies with both air and road regulations."



Stekelenburg added, "We have been cooperating with the road authorities for many years to reach this milestone... It was very challenging to make a 'folded aircraft' pass all road admission tests."



Powered by dual engines, the Liberty can reach a maximum speed of 160 kmph in drive mode, with the ability to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in under nine seconds. It has a range of 1,315 kilometers, according to the website.



In flight mode, the Liberty can reach a maximum speech of 180 kmph and has a range of 500 kilometers.



PAL-V test driver, Hans Joore, said, "When I fired-up the PAL-V for the first time, I got goosebumps!"



Joore added, "Hearing the vehicle come to life was just magnificent, and driving it was great. It's very smooth and responsive to the steering, and with a weight of just 660 kg, it accelerates really well. The overall experience is like a sportscar. It feels sensational."



PAL-V said Liberty benefits from the certification experience accumulated in the earlier flight test program with PAL-V One.



Before the final 150 hours of flight testing can begin, over 1,200 test reports need to be completed. Afterwards, deliveries to customers can start.



The Liberty has been going through aviation certification with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) since 2015. The finalization is expected in 2022. (NewsBytes)



 


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