/ News, Other / US company wants to build a plug-in hybrid flying car

US company wants to build a plug-in hybrid flying car

Linked In Share
US company wants to build a plug-in hybrid flying car

Maybe you’ve heard of Terrafugia, an ambitious US company that has set its goal on producing viable flying cars. Now, they’re moving on to blend the concept with a green twist.

While flying cars have been for the most part the stuff of science fiction, today several projects are underway and one, started by MIT graduates is actually close to reality. With a working project of a flying car, called Transition – which is almost ready to begin sales, the company moves further into the future with an already announced advanced design called the TF-X.

In order to make the concept viable, the four-seater car/plane would have increased vertical take-offs and landing capabilities and with a central computer network mostly doing the hard work, the pilot/driver would only need around five hours of flight training – which significantly undercuts the most basic private pilot’s license standard.

“Don’t think of it as a car that flies,” suggested Carl Dietrich, one of the MIT students now serving as Terrafugia’s CEO. “Think of it as a plane that drives.”

The design team has now envisioned the project using a plug-in hybrid powertrain – able to produce 1,500 hp, 600 hp for each electric motor and 300 from a gasoline engine that serves as a generator. With that set-up, it could fly at a 200 mph speed and for around 500 miles – enough for a jump from DC to Boston, or Los Angeles to San Francisco.

by Aurel Niculescu (my Google+) - Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - filed under News, Other. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles
flying car plug in hybrid us


Discuss: US company wants to build a plug-in hybrid flying car

3 Responses to “US company wants to build a plug-in hybrid flying car”

  1. Ray Reis says:

    People can't drive on the road, so now we let them have "wing rage" !

  2. Bobby Hily says:

    We just need the public to have them

  3. Manonearth says:

    Awesome, I just think of all the possibilites of this great invention, and they are all positive! From the freedom of travel, of a cleaner environment, uncongesting of highways, its just an awesome idea! Way to go to all of the people who are making this possible for mankind! If i ever have the funds to purchase on you bet i will!

Leave a Reply















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

FIA could ease radio clampdown in Singapore
FIA could ease radio clampdown in SingaporeSep.18 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The FIA could back down over its newly-imposed radio communications ban. It was the hot topic of ...
Alonso, Vettel fend off seat swap rumour
Alonso, Vettel fend off seat swap rumourSep.18 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel on Thursday batted away the most recent 'silly season' ...
Ecclestone takes blame for radio clampdown
Ecclestone takes blame for radio clampdownSep.18 (GMM/Inautonews.com) As day turned to night in the floodlit Singapore paddock, the big talking point was the FIA's radio ...
BMW i8 lapped Hockenheim in 1:15
BMW i8 lapped Hockenheim in 1:15The BMW i8 has been recently taken out for a spin on the famous Hockenheim track where the model managed to lap it in just 1 ...
Recall roundup: Fiat 500L for airbag problems
Recall roundup: Fiat 500L for airbag problemsFiat has issued a recall for the 500L vehicles because of a problem with the driver’s knee airbag, which can deploy ...
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe configurator introduced
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe configurator introducedCadillac has introduced the online configurator for the 2015 ATS Coupe, in the United States, where the model in question is now ...
Volvo XC90 R-Design officially unveiled
Volvo XC90 R-Design officially unveiledVolvo has pulled the wraps off the sportier R-Design version of the new-gen XC90, as the model in question will become available ...
EXCLUSIVE: Dacia Sandero RS to be sold as a Renault, will not reach Europe
EXCLUSIVE: Dacia Sandero RS to be sold as a Renault, will not reach EuropeThe rumored Dacia Sandero RS has been recently confirmed by the car manufacturer but the model in question will be sold as a ...
[VIDEO] See the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT on the Bonneville Salt Flats
[VIDEO] See the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT on the Bonneville Salt FlatsMercedes-Benz has released a new video with the recently unveiled AMG GT, where the sports car is being shown in action on the ...
[VIDEO] Lamborghini Huracan revving
[VIDEO] Lamborghini Huracan revvingA new video with the recently unveiled Lamborghini Huracan is showing the newest supercar in the company’s lineup while revving ...
Fiat 500X leaked once more
Fiat 500X leaked once moreThe Fiat 500X has leaked once again ahead of its public debut which will take place next month, during the 2014 Paris Motor ...
Ferrari LaFerrari for sale
Ferrari LaFerrari for saleA brand new Ferrari LaFerrari is currently being offered for sale in Dubai for a whopping 3.4 million USD. If you have missed ...
BMW 518d and 520d get updated
BMW 518d and 520d get updatedBMW has announced a series of updates for the 518d and for the 520 on its local auto market. The BMW 518d and the 520d have been ...
GM recall problems are far from over
GM recall problems are far from overRecently, with the number of recalls coming from the No.1 US automaker, insiders hinted the company is ready to put the safety ...
[VIDEO] Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake spied on the Ring
[VIDEO] Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake spied on the RingThe brand new Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake has been recently taken on to the famous German track the Nurburgring, where it ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

Volvo XC90 R-Design 1
fiat 500x leaked 1
Black Ferrari LaFerrari for sale 1
bmw 5-series 1
Opel Adam S 1
Citroen C4 Cactus AIRFLOW 2L Concept 1
dacia dokker lodgy stepway 1
Mercedes-Benz V250 BlueTEC 4Matic 1
2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI 2
2015 honda civic coupe
lamborghini huracan crash hungary 1
mercedes-amg-gt-roadster-1

More automotive from inautonews
The BMW i8 has been recently taken out for a spin on the famous Hockenheim track where the model managed to lap it in just 1 minute and 15 seconds. The BMW i8 seems to get hotter and hotter with each passing week and after seeing it drift just a few days ago, time has come to find out that it is ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Top 10 Ferrari F1 drivers No.1 Michael Schumacher
Top 10 Ferrari F1 drivers No.1 Michael SchumacherThe greatest driver of the modern age and perhaps the most complete off all-time he rewrote all the conceivable records in such a dominant fashion ...
Can Ricciardo do a Prost ’86?
Can Ricciardo do a Prost ’86?For the third time this season, Mercedes faltered in their 1988-esque campaign and there’s only one man ready to pounce whenever opportunities ...
Test Drive – Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI 4Matic
Test Drive – Mercedes-Benz E250 CDI 4MaticDaimler’s passenger cars division – which consists of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands – has vowed to recover the distance from its German ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Recall roundup: Fiat 500L for airbag problemsFiat has issued a recall for the 500L vehicles because of a problem with the driver’s knee ... GM and Toyota recalls could be surpassed by Takata’s airbag issuesAt least 10 million vehicles were recalled by Toyota back in 2009 and 2010 for the “unintended ...
Safety Section