The TF-2 Lift + Push is a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft which will transport exchangeable passenger and cargo pods that become the underside of its fuselage.
The Lift + Push has a fixed wing with four vertical propellers, two forward of the wings and two aft on twin booms that become a duel rudder and high stabilizer configuration. A pusher-prop is at the rear of the fuselage and inside the rudder-stabilizer assembly. It employs electric motors. The TF-2 Lift + push will have a speed of 222 km/h and a range of roughly 315-400 km with its maximum payload of 500 kg. It will be autonomous but will have a pilot in the permanent cockpit.
The vehicle would carry and swap out streamlined pods that make up a lower fuselage. These pods could carry up to four passengers or cargo. While landed custom trucks (originally hybrid but ultimately fully electric like the TF) with an automated loading and unloading system and carrying pods behind their cabs would exchange pods with the aircraft within two minutes. With the quick transition and no passengers loading or unloading the cost to operate the vehicle is estimated at $400 hr.
Terrafugia achieved widespread publicity after its first aircraft in 2009; the fixed-wing Terrafugia Transition was billed as “the world’s first practical flying car”. In late 2017 Terrafugia was acquired by the Chinese company Zhejiang Geely, which also owns the Volvo and Lotus car brands. This injected new capital into the Transition production, allowing acceleration in the company’s eVTOL development. The company is studying two competing concepts under the designation of TF-2. These two different designs are a Vectored Thrust Tiltrotor model and the Lift + Cruise model /. Both are considered to be compatible with the Uber Elevate concept.
Completion of the TF-2 is expected in 2023.
|Configuration||Lift + Push|
|Maximum takeoff weight||8500-9000 lb 3860-4080 kg|
|Payload with 30 min fuel res||900-1100 lb 410-500 kg|
Max cruise speed
|120-130 kts 222-240 km/h|
Range at max payload
170-215 nm 315-400 km
|Cost per flight hour||$370-$410|
- Search eVTOL news posts
- Website: Terrafugia TF-2
- Press Release: Terrafugia Inc: 100-Day Update Since Acquisition by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Terrafugia, February 28, 2018
- Article: Terrafugia Acquired, eVTOL News, August 23, 2017
- Article: Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers, Vertiflite, March 2017
- Article: The Demand for On-Demand Mobility, Vertiflite, Jan 2017