The first commercial flying car is all pumped up to unveil itself in front of the world. PAL-V, this Dutch company responsible in the making of the first flying car in the history of cars, thereby announced that its Liberty vehicle has been approved for road usage in Europe. This significant development has been moving along for a future where flying cars could just be ordinary.
Mike Stekelenburg, CTO of PAL-V, talked about his experience: “With the memories in mind of fly and drive testing our proof of concept, the PAL-V One, I was really looking forward to testing the Liberty. We have been cooperating with the road authorities for many years to reach this milestone. The excitement you feel in the team is huge. It was very challenging to make a “folded aircraft” pass all road admission tests.” Stekelenburg adds: “For me, the trick in successfully making flying car is to ensure that the design complies with both air and road regulations. I feel the energy and motivation in our team to push hard for the last few milestones and get the Liberty certified for flying too.”
Since childhood, you might have been listening about the world where cars could fly rather than driving on surface roads, with coming advantages like less traffic and noise pollution tearing down the environment. With all the finalized sequences set for 2022, the PAL-V Liberty design has been undergoing aviation certification with EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).
PAL-V’s Liberty, a compact two-person aircraft is also pulled out to travel on public roads, it has recently cleared stringent European road admission tests. The car is now given permission to hit the streets with an official license plate. Being the history’s first flying car, the Liberty’s price range is up to of $399,000, which is close to Rs. 3 crore in the Indian currency. The car has to undertake more than 1200 test reports which are required to be completed before the final 150 hours of flight testing. Along with this, the car will be made available for the customers.
Hans Joore, test-driver of the PAL-V, said: “When I fired-up the PAL-V for the first time I really got Goosebumps! All the effort that we put into it came together at that crucial moment. Hearing the vehicle come to life was just magnificent and driving it was great. It is very smooth and responsive to the steering and with a weight of just 660 kg it accelerates really well. The overall experience is like a sports car. It feels sensational.” He concluded.
Powered by dual engines, the Liberty can reach a maximum speed of 160 kmph while in drive mode, with the ability to accelerate from 0-100 kmph in under nine seconds. It has a range of 1,315 kilometers. During the flight mode, Liberty can rise up to a maximum speech of 180 kmph and has a range of 500 kilometers.
PAL-V CEO, Robert Dingemanse also added: “It’s another great step forward for us, now we ‘drive’ ahead to the last milestones. In parallel we organize roadshows across Europe to demonstrate the PAL-V to customers: Where shall we meet?”
This car can be one of the most revolutionary inventions ever created for the people. Production in India is likely to begin from next year. In addition to this, the PAL-V has also declared a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Gujarat to install a plant in India. Bulk Production of the model is likely to initiate in 2021. According to the sources, the production models from Gujarat will be handed out to various different European countries.
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