Terrafugia achieved widespread publicity after its first aircraft in 2009; the fixed-wing Terrafugia Transition is “the world’s first practical flying car” and the company is now ramping up for production.
In late 2017, Terrafugia was acquired by the Chinese company Zhejiang Geely, which owns the Volvo and Lotus car brands. This injected new capital into the Transition production, and gave new urgency to the company’s eVTOL development. As unveiled at Heli-Expo in Feb. 2018, the company is studying two competing concepts under the designation of TF-2. These two different designs are a Vectored Thrust Tiltrotor model and a Lift + Cruise model, and both are considered to be compatible with the Uber Elevate concept. Passengers board a transportation pod, which is transported by ground vehicle to the aircraft and connected prior to liftoff, so the passengers never have to deboard.
|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