If once humanity asked “When will cars fly?”, now we have reached the point where the question becomes “How do we make them not crash?”. No, we don’t see flying cars around the city everyday, yet we are not as far from that reality as we thought.
Companies and startups like Daymak, ASKA and EHang have already been writing the history of aerial mobility with their innovative, futuristic designs. And today, we can add to that list the PAL-V Liberty. There’s a little bit of uncertainty regarding which one of them deserves the title “The world’s first flying car”, but they are all equally sensational and pioneering.
Apparently, the Airo was not the only car that caught the eye of visitors during the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, as the Pal-V Liberty made its first public appearance. It’s a creation of Dutch company Pal-V (Personal Air Land Vehicle) in collaboration with different Italian design studios, which explains the sporty, elegant look on its outside.
It can evolve from car to aircraft in only two minutes and take off on any type of runway, reaching a maximum speed of 160km/h both on the road and in the air. It has a range of over 1300km on the ground or what translates into flights from 4-to-5 hours. As for now, the Pal-V Liberty only runs on fuel, but according to the company the possibility of an electric version is being studied.
Launching in 2022, the Pal-V Liberty has already been approved for road use in Europe and it’s awaiting approval from the USA and Australia. There isn’t further news about when it will receive aeronautical certification by EASA, but we hope it won’t take long. Friendly reminder: keep in mind that you will be required to have a gyrocopter pilot license to drive the Pal-V.
You can now pre-order yours for €299,000 (Standard version) or for €499,000 (Limited Pioneer Edition, only 390 units will be made).