We have seen theodd experimental flying car, car-planes, etc around the news for decades. Whilethe efforts had been intensified in recent years, nobody had come close toannouncing a commercial until now. Meet the world’s first commerciallycertified flying car from Dutch company PAL-V and it is accepting pre-orders now!
Now making thesethings fly was never the problem. The problem was to achieve a balance betweenthe car and plane side of things so that it can easily be used as a car or aplane/chopper at will and it won’t look out of sorts at either the tarmac or inone’s garage. Many companies tried and had modest success in the business butcould never go beyond the prototype stage. But with this PAL-V Liberty and its retracted set of rotors, the company hasraised the stakes of this fledgling car-plane industry. Now customers canactually book the dream car that every enthusiast wants.
Now the flyingcar is being touted for around $400,000 and you might be able to get a usedpersonal plane in that range. But, the sheer ability to use this as a car and aplane is overwhelming and you will see people booking the car in droves. ThePAL-V liberty also offers great specs for us to experience in the car-planehybrid. It has a maximum ground speed of 100 mph while take-off speed is muchless. The airborne maximum speed is 117 miles which doesn’t seem much but manyof the smaller planes aren’t known for their flashiness and the Liberty here isno exception.
It can go from0-60 mph in just nine seconds and its ground range is close to a mouth-watering817 miles on a full tank with an efficiency of 35 mpg which is amazingconsidering the thing can actually fly! While airborne its range and thusefficiency decreases and it needs to be filled every 310 miles or so. So, it won’tcross the Atlantic for sure but it can cross the English channel and beextremely useful if you are looking for a holiday to spend outside the home andhave plenty of refueling areas in between your destination. So you won’t haveto rent a car when you land out of station as well. You just take it straightout of the airport, refuel and you are good to go!
The company plansto take the car into production at the end of current year and start deliveringby 2018 hopefully. This must be a welcome break from the regular jet companiesthat take years and years to assemble their planes. However, it might end upbeing even more expensive as a “Pioneer version of the flying car is quoted tobe around $600,000 and that includes power heating and state-of-the-art electronicflight instrument display.
So, for bookingthe company wants a $10,000 non-refundable advance for the base model and$25,000 for the upgraded version. The initial money will be adjusted into theactual bill. Even if you don’t have that kind of money you can deposit $2,500on Escrow to be on the waiting list that might get bigger and bigger each day.But these $2,500 are refundable.
Only 90 of theseinitial models will be up for grabs in the first batch. Here is its video: