Terrafugia pre-sales start this month

Pre-orders for the Terrafugia Transition will start this month.

According to China’s official news service Xinhuanet the company’s CEO Chris Jaran announced that pre-sales will be going up in October and aircraft delivered in 2019. Terrafugia was acquired by Chinese auto group Zhejiang Geely in November 2017.

The Transition is fully-certified both for road use and flight in the United States. The aptly named aircraft will be able to transition between flight and driving modes within a minute.

Whilst pre-orders will be starting this month, the price of the aircraft has yet to be announced.

Early specs of the Transition show flight speeds of 100mph with an in-built boost mode. The aircraft’s expected range is around 400 miles.

Other similar VTOL/STOL projects are seeking the experimental-aircraft certification which requires a lengthy testing process. Terrafugia managed to bypass this by designing the aircraft in accordance to the FAA’s ‘light sport aircraft’ certification.

TF-2

We can also expect more details on the upcoming Terrafugia TF-2 this month. The TF-2 is targeting the urban air-transport market – with a four-seat configuration and a detachable pod system in which an electric truck will drive the passenger pod to the aircraft and attach it in under two minutes.

Similar to the Transition, the TF-2 will be a piloted hybrid electric aircraft and will be able to utilise all-electric propulsion and autonomous systems when the technology matures.