You Can Now Order the World’s First Flying Car
There’s been numerous attempts in the last few years to become the first – Terrafugia, AeroMobil and Samson, to name just a few – but it looks like Dutch company PAL-V may just be the first manufacturer to take us to the skies in a flying car with their four-wheeled PAL-V Liberty set to hit the market by 2019.
The PAL-V Liberty was on display for the first time at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and has announced that they’re officially taking pre-orders for the flying car. Not only that, if everything goes as expected, the company intends to deliver them to customers by next year.
We know what you’re thinking; “Yeah, yeah. We’ve heard all this before.” But you actually probably haven’t. The Liberty is so far along in its testing and production that it’s already received certification from both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US. Essentially, it’s good to go.
The PAL-V Liberty is designed to comfortably hold two passengers, and take off while carrying more than 908kg. In car mode, it has a very impressive top speed of 99mph and a range of 817 miles, while in flight mode, its top speed increases a little to 112 mph and its range drops to 310 miles – that is with 30mins of reserve fuel and a single passenger, though.
So what do owners need to grab one? Well, naturally they’ll need a pilot’s license to take full advantage of the Liberty, as well as some access to a small landing strip or airfield. They may also need a bit of time as the transition from car mode to flight mode takes around 5-10 minutes. But apart from that, this does look very much like a world’s first to us!
The PAL-V Liberty flying car is on sale now over where prices start at around £265,000 (€299,000). Head over to the PAL-V Website to see more specs and info.