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Terrafugia TF-2

TF-2
Terrafugia
Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
www.terrafugia.com

Five (5) MIT graduates founded Terrafugia in 2006 and it has been reported the company has over 100 employees as of 2020. Per their website, they are a research and development company innovating and creating concept vehicles for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). On November 13, 2017, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (China) purchased Terrafugia.

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group also owns:

Geely Auto (gasoline automobile manufacturer), Geometry (100% electric automobile manufacturer), Link & Co. (gasoline automobile manufacturer with a heavy focus on digital connectivity inside the vehicle including internet and cloud services), Proton (gasoline automobile manufacturer), Lotus, Volvo, Polestar (100% electric high-performance car manufacturer), Cao Cao (ride hailing service), London EV Company (which was the London Taxi Company with the iconic black taxis and are now hybrid-electric), Yang Cheng Auto (producing clean commercial vehicles such as buses, semi-trucks, etc., either powered by 100% electric or methanol) and Mitime private education, sports and tourism.

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group
 

The TF-2 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is not only a very sleek and modern looking design but an all inclusive urban ground mobility and urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle. The TF-2 has three separate units: 1) The TF-2 eVTOL aircraft, 2) the passenger module and the 3) ground vehicle. It’s a three-in-one fly and drive transportation system.

This is an on-demand type system which allows passengers to be picked up by a van-type ground vehicle at their origin, take them to a vertiport, the van will back into the rear of the aircraft (autonomously) and attach the passenger module from the van to the TF-2. Then the TF-2 aircraft fly to its destination. Once landed, another ground vehicle backs into the aircraft, attaches the passenger pod to the van, then drives them to their final destination. The passenger stays inside the passenger module for the entire trip for a very consumer friendly, convenient and realistic way to travel quickly in dense urban areas.

The company has also developed a cargo pod, again, making the transportation of cargo in an urban area, fast and convenient. We do not know if Terrafugia is hiring, if you are interested in applying for a job there, please check with the company to see if there are job openings.

Specifications:

  • Aircraft type: Hybrid-electric VTOL and in the future 100% electric VTOL (eVTOL)
  • Ground vehicle: Hybrid-electric and in the future 100% electric, loading the passenger or cargo pod in the rear of the aircraft
  • Piloting: 1 pilot at first, then in the future, autonomous
  • Capacity: 4 plus luggage
  • Cruise speed: 143 mph (125 kts, 230 km/h)
  • Max range: 185 miles (300 km, 190 nm), with 30 minutes reserve power
  • Max payload: 1,400 lbs (635 kg)
  • VTOL propellers: 6
  • Forward propellers: 2 propellers (each with 2 blades)
  • Electric motors: 8
  • Wings: A high canard wing with a high full wing in the rear of the aircraft. The rear wing has propellers on each tip of the rear wing.
  • Fuselage: Carbon fiber reinforced polymer fuselage
  • Booms and tail configuration: 2 booms on each side and parallel to the fuselage for the VTOL propellers which extend to the front of the fuselage, and at the rear of each boom are ventral fins with plain vertical flaps
  • Landing gear: Wheeled tricycle stationary landing gear. One wheel in the front of the fuselage and two underneath each ventral tail fin.
  • Safety features: Distributed electric propulsion, if one or two propellers stop functioning the aircraft can still land safely. If VTOL propellers quit functioning, the aircraft can land on a runway.

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