It seems that the predictions for flying cars in 2020 were correct – the first flying car in the world is here and is being developed in Europe.
The Dutch company Pal-V The design of the Liberty vehicle began in 2012, and the model was eventually approved for road use by the RDW vehicle licensing agency. It is a significant milestone for the Pal-V, as the car can now be officially registered and tested on public roads.
If you imagine a hovercraft car, it is not exactly the direction that the creators of this futuristic vehicle were heading. Rather, the car turns into a kind of gyro using a propeller and a rotor on the roof of the vehicle. Two Rotax aircraft engines on the sides drive the flying car.
The car can be transformed from a road vehicle into an aircraft in just 5-10 seconds. In addition, the car runs on Euro 95, so you can go to the local gas station to refuel your car for the flight.
You need a short runway to take off
Liberty is different from other vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) in development because it cannot take off vertically. Liberty’s dependence on short runways is, unfortunately, a negative aspect of this model.
Moreover, because Liberty’s competitors are electric-powered drone VTOLs, the combustion engines used for the Liberty flying machine are not exactly the most efficient technology available, which has contributed to delays in its development.
The last test flights for Pal-V Liberty are expected to take place next year, with the hope that it will be granted a flight permit by 2022. Meerkerk in Utrecht has been marked as a flight test location.
A Pal-V spokesman explained that the company is in dialogue with Dutch municipalities to build about 300 meters of motorway exits for the future.
“Soon it will be the only vehicle that will allow you to fly and drive from door to door. You get in the car at home and then go to an airport to take off, “said the spokesman.
The company expects the flying car to be available to consumers by 2023. By then, those interested can reserve vehicles, Pal-V already has 30 pre-orders for the flying car, at half a million euros each.