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In addition to promising a new, airborne form of public transport, the Lilium jet would also be fully electric and is the only electric aircraft capable of jet-powered flight. Transition, made by Terrafugia, is a subsidiary of the Chinese-owned Geely Automotive group.

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Terrafugia originally expected initial deliveries of the Transition light sport aircraft in or Last summer the company said it would have to delay expected deliveries due to design challenges and problems with parts suppliers.

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Forget Flying Cars! April 2, On the other hand, the vehicle also needs a runway to get into the air, just like any other aircraft. Accordingly, Terrafugia projects that Transition will be most attractive to corporate, logistical and governmental purchasers.

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In July the company was purchased by the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group , a Chinese corporate conglomerate that also owns the Volvo and Lotus Cars automobile companies, with the purchase finalized in November Kevin Colburn - Terrafugia One flying car that you can reserve now, which is set for mass release in , is the Terrafugia Transition.

The vehicle converts from driving to flying mode in less than a minute, according to Terrafugia. Sign up. Get the Monitor Stories you care about delivered to your inbox.

By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy. Therefore, there may be no need to draw up national traffic control plans in three dimensions just yet. Its test prototypes have racked up hundreds of hours of flight time already.

Terrafugia Transition

After undergoing drive tests and high-speed taxi tests, the production prototype completed its first flight on March 23, at Plattsburgh, New York. You've read of 5 free stories. The company could well include the alleviation of traffic and its congestion in major urban centers. The Transition is currently going through a battery of automotive crash tests to make sure it meets federal safety standards.

Also, fewer people are learning how to fly. Retrieved 17 April Joby's goal is to create clean, cost-effective public transport that will eliminate the need for costly infrastructure like roads and bridges. The vehicle — dubbed the Transition — has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car. On the ground, it gets 35 miles per gallon 15 kilometers per liter.

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