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The TF-X in cruising mode, with its wing pod propellers retracted (Image: Terrafugia)
The TF-X will have a cruising speed of 200 mph (322 km/h), going up to 500 miles (805 km) without needing to refuel or recharge (Image: Terrafugia)
The TF-X in folded-wing ground mode ... (Image: Terrafugia)
... transitioning into lift-off configuration ... (Image: Terrafugia)
... and finally in cruising mode (Image: Terrafugia)
Terrafugia has announced its plans to develop a vertical-take-off-and-landing flying car, known as the TF-X (Image: Terrafugia)
The engine will charge the batteries used by the electric motors, although they can also be charged simply by plugging into an electric vehicle charger when parked (Image: Terrafugia)
The 4-passenger TF-X will feature wings that fold into its sides, allowing it to fit on roads and in garages when in fully-electric ground mode (Image: Terrafugia)
Users will likely drive their vehicle to and from designated landing sites similar to those used by helicopters, and fly between those sites (Image: Terrafugia)
Although countless small companies have tried to commercially develop flying cars over the past several decades, we’re still not seeing Blade Runner-esque vehicles cruising over our rooftops ... yet. Terrafugia is one of the groups currently trying to change that situation – a fully-functioning prototype of its Transition fixed-wing “roadable airplane” is currently undergoing flight tests, and was recently cleared for civilian use by the US Federal Aviation Authority. It still requires a runway for take-off and landing, though, which kind of clashes with many peoples’ flying car fantasies. Well, today Terrafugia announced its plans for a hybrid-drive vertical-take-off-and-landing (VTOL) vehicle, known as the TF-X.
Read the full article: Terrafugia announces its plans for a VTOL "flying car"
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