October 27, 2023
A flying car startup announced it will deliver its first flying car to customers in 2024.
Pal-V (personal air and land vehicle) said it will deliver the Pal-V Pioneer Edition, a vehicle powered by e-fuels and hybrid fuel technologies.
“As we are now nearing the finalization of the aviation certification of the Pal-V Liberty, we’re preparing for the production and commercialization of the product,” said Robert Dingemanse, CEO and founder of Pal-V. “The Liberty will mark the start of the flying car era. By using existing infrastructure and regulations we can already start using the Liberty as early as next year. In the future, we will continue to develop innovative air mobility products.”
The 10-year-old Netherlands startup had already opened a showroom dedicated to flying cars in Munich, Germany.
The Pal-V vehicle Liberty is certified to drive on public roads and expects its aviation certification next year.
The vehicle differs from others coming to market around the world. Those are primarily VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles, which do not require a runway since they take off vertically, and most are electric.
The Pal-V Liberty is a gyroplane, which has relatively small, fixed wings and a rear propeller that pushes it forward, causing a rotor atop the vehicle to spin. The vehicle, somewhat of a cross between a helicopter and a plane, requires an airfield to take off and land and is powered by a 200-horsepower engine.
The two-person vehicle has a land range of 800 miles with a maximum speed of 100 mph and a flight range of up to 300 miles at a maximum altitude of 11,000 feet.
Transformation from road driving to flying takes five minutes, according to the company.
Pal-V has different versions of its Liberty flying car, including a sport edition and pioneer edition, which is highly personalized.
Retail showrooms for aerial vehicles have already opened in the U.S. with others on the way.
For example, Aeroauto, located in Royal Palm Beach, Florida, has two EAV showrooms in Florida, one in Hollywood and another in Palm Beach Gardens. It is also planning a showroom in Texas at the Greenport International Airport and Technology Center in Emerald Island.
The Pal-V showroom serves as a platform for buyers or investors. The vehicle is expected to cost in the range of $500,000.
"Flying cars are no longer a distant dream; they are here, they are real and they are ready to revolutionize the way we travel,” said Dingemanse.
Pal-V started road testing in 2020 with its 200-horsepower engine. The vehicle is targeted for individuals, taxi services, observation and inspection flight services.
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