The Volvo-owned prototype of Terrafugia's flying car will go on sale in 2019

Volvo, the Terrafugia transitional flying vehicle, launched by Volvo, will go on sale in 2019. The firm has also made some updates to the interior of the two-seat vehicle and other features

The Transition of Terrafugia, which starts at the wheel of Volvo, will reach the shelves in 2019.

The hybrid-electric vehicle has been in development for the past few years, but now it's a big leap to be available to the public.

According to Terrafugia, the first production vehicles will go on the market next year.

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Volvo, the Terrafugia transitional flying vehicle, launched by Volvo, will go on sale in 2019. The firm has also made some updates to the interior of the two-seat vehicle and other features

Volvo, the Terrafugia transitional flying vehicle, launched by Volvo, will go on sale in 2019. The firm has also made some updates to the interior of the two-seat vehicle and other features

The firm has also made some updates to the interior of the two-seat vehicle, the security systems, the engine and the flight instruments.

"The development of this new technology has allowed us to test several different mechanisms and generate process improvements along the way," Terrafugia CEO Chris Jaran said in a statement.

"We are at the critical point where we can implement the best design features based on years of flight and driving tests.

"This will improve function, safety and aesthetics for an optimal flight and driving experience," explained Jaran.

Among the improvements are an electric hybrid engine, improved seats, more space to store luggage, improved seat belts, airbags, rearview cameras and a new parachute system, as well as the "boost" mode, which provides a brief extra power explosion. while flying. & # 39;

The hybrid-electric engine includes a traditional internal combustion engine and a lithium phosphate chemistry battery, which Terrafugia says is "much safer than other lithium batteries."

It is unclear how much the transition will cost or when it will be launched exactly next year.

Potential buyers should be happy to know that the Transition, also called the "legal airplane for the street", was certified as a Lightweight Aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2016.

The transition can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour while in airplane mode and can fly as high as 10,000 feet. Consumers will also need a pilot's license to operate the Transition

The transition can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour while in airplane mode and can fly as high as 10,000 feet. Consumers will also need a pilot's license to operate the Transition

The transition can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour while in airplane mode and can fly as high as 10,000 feet. Consumers will also need a pilot's license to operate the Transition

WHAT IS THE "TRANSITION" ITEMS OF TERRAFUGIA?

The Transition of Terrafugia recently received an exemption from the FAA, which allows it to be classified as a "light" vessel, according to the Washington Post.

The aircraft has deployable wings, weighs approximately 1,300 pounds and has a fixed landing gear.

The hybrid-electric engine has an internal combustion engine and a lithium phosphate chemistry battery, which Terrafugia says is "much safer than other lithium batteries"

The hybrid-electric engine has an internal combustion engine and a lithium phosphate chemistry battery, which Terrafugia says is "much safer than other lithium batteries"

The hybrid-electric engine has an internal combustion engine and a lithium phosphate chemistry battery, which Terrafugia says is "much safer than other lithium batteries"

They can accommodate a maximum of two people, including the pilot.

To operate them, one must have a sports driver's certificate, which requires only 20 hours of training.

The ship reaches a cruising speed of 100 mph, and can reach a range of 400 miles.

And, it can fly at a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet.

It also meets the standards of the National Highway Safety and Highway Administration.

The transition can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour while in airplane mode and can fly as high as 10,000 feet.

Consumers will also need a pilot's license to operate the Transition.

Terrafugia imagines the transition as a useful vehicle for pilots to land at small airports and drive to their homes, or land on highways, switch to driving mode and take the road, Digital Trends said.

That differs from the prototypes of flying cars developed by Uber, Kitty Hawk, BMW and others, which involve vehicles that occupy commercial air space and will go beyond the limits of current aviation regulations.

What probably accelerated the development of Terrafugia & # 39; s Transition was the acquisition by Volvo's parent company, Geely, in 2017.

Terrafugia has developed several models, including the TF-X flying car (pictured), which has folding wings with twin electric motors attached to each end

Terrafugia has developed several models, including the TF-X flying car (pictured), which has folding wings with twin electric motors attached to each end

Terrafugia has developed several models, including the TF-X flying car (pictured), which has folding wings with twin electric motors attached to each end

The TF-X planned for four people will be semiautonomous and will be used by computer control so that passengers simply type a destination before taking off.

The TF-X planned for four people will be semiautonomous and will be used by computer control so that passengers simply type a destination before taking off.

The TF-X planned for four people will be semiautonomous and will be used by computer control so that passengers simply type a destination before taking off.

At that time, Li Shufu, founder and president of Geely, said:

"The Terrafugia team has been at the forefront of the belief and realization of the vision of a flying car and the creation of the ultimate mobility solution.

"This is a tremendously exciting sector and we believe that Terrafugia is in an ideal position to change mobility as we currently understand it and announces the development of a new industry by doing so.

"Our investment in the company reflects our shared belief in their vision and we are committed to extending our full support to Terrafugia, taking advantage of the synergies provided by our international operations and our innovation track record to make the flying automobile a reality."

TF-X vehicles can automatically avoid other types of air traffic, bad weather and restricted air space controlled by the tower. It has folding wings with twin electric motors

TF-X vehicles can automatically avoid other types of air traffic, bad weather and restricted air space controlled by the tower. It has folding wings with twin electric motors

TF-X vehicles can automatically avoid other types of air traffic, bad weather and restricted air space controlled by the tower. It has folding wings with twin electric motors

Terrafugia has developed several models, including the TF-X steering wheel, which has folding wings with twin electric motors attached to each end.

The TF-X planned for four people will be semiautonomous and will be used by computer control so that passengers simply type a destination before taking off.

TF-X vehicles can automatically avoid other types of air traffic, bad weather and restricted air space controlled by the tower.

THE TF-X: KEY SPECIFICATIONS

The vehicle will have a cruising speed of 200 mph (322 km / h), along with a flight range of 500 miles (805 km).

TF-X will have deployable wings with twin electric motors attached to each end.

These motors allow the TF-X to move from a vertical to a horizontal position, and will be driven by a 300 hp motor.

The TF-X planned for four people will be semiautonomous and will be used by computer control so that passengers simply type a destination before taking off.

TF-X vehicles can automatically avoid other types of air traffic, bad weather and restricted air space controlled by the tower.

The vehicle can recharge its batteries either from its engine or by connecting to electric car charging stations.

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