Terrafugia, a flying car developer owned by Geely, has announced that they will be ready to begin production on a two-seated VTOL named Transition with a hybrid system next year. Details to price and performance have not been released yet.
The Transition was designed for the needs of the road as well as the air and will be powered with a hybrid system and on-board lithium-iron-phosphate battery (LiFePO4). It will also feature a boost function, which will temporarily provide a significant speed increase.
The newest adaptions, including the interior setup, safety systems, parachute system, motor and flight instruments, will be extensively tested in the incoming prototype, before serial production will begin. CEO Chris Jaran sees the project in a critical stage: “We can implement the best design features based on years of flight and drive testing. This will improve function, safety and aesthetics for the optimal flying and driving experience.”
Next for the development process will be to pass FAA and NHTSA standards for both air as well as road traffic.
Next to the Transition, Terrafugia is also working on a VTOL for cargo and personal transport named TF-2. The company was founded by an MIT graduate in 2006.