Volvo’s flying car startup Terrafugia said that the Transition flying car they developed will be available for sale in 2019 with new features and design improvements.
It is reported that this Terrafugia flying car will be a two-seater. Based on the prototype car, the company has upgraded the car’s interior, safety system, engine and flight instruments.
It is worth mentioning that the new parachute system has been added to the flying car, and the hybrid engine provided includes a conventional internal combustion engine and a lithium phosphate chemical battery.
The Terrafugia flying car has a high speed of 161 kilometres per hour and a maximum flying height of 3048 meters. It weighs around 1,300 pounds and equipped with fixed landing gear.
It’s important to note that consumers will also need a pilot’s license in order to operate the Transition.
Upgraded Features of the Transition flying car improvements will include:
- Hybrid-Electric Motor – The Transition will now drive in hybrid mode, using a combination of an internal combustion engine and a LiFePO4 (Lithium iron phosphate chemistry) battery – proven to be much safer than other lithium battery chemistries.
- Boost – The throttle incorporates a boost feature for a brief burst of extra power while flying.
- Interior – The interior is remodelled with upgraded seats, an attractive and intuitive user interface experience, and increased luggage capacity.
- Safety – Updated safety systems include: improved seat belts, airbags, and increased visibility with three rearview cameras in drive mode.
- Partners – Terrafugia is partnering with state-of-the-art suppliers for avionics and parachutes. Dynon is providing the EFIS (Electrical Flight Information Systems) and BRS is providing a full frame parachute system.