Terrafugia has finally started taking orders of its flying car, dubbed the Transition, Autonews Europe reports.
The Terrafugia Transition was first shown to the world in 2010 but has struggled to take-off (pun intended.) Spurred on by Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group acquiring the company last year, Terrafugia says it will commence deliveries of the Transition in 2019, almost a decade after its original debut.
Pricing for the flying car hasn’t been disclosed but the company set pricing at roughly $279,000 a few years back. This figure has likely changed, however.
We’d prefer a Lamborghini for the money. Wouldn’t you?
When operating in flying mode, the Terrafugia Transition runs on normal automotive gasoline, can fly at speeds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h) and has a cruising range of 400 miles (643 km). When operators of the Transition land, they will be able to press a few buttons and the vehicle will transform into a ‘car’ in less than a minute. On-road performance details remain unclear but Terrafugia claims it will be capable of driving at highway speeds.
Terrafugia says it has logged hundreds of hours of flying time in its various prototypes.
Despite all of this, it remains unclear just how popular the Transition will prove to be. While flying cars were all the rage in science fiction films and books a few decades ago, the usefulness of them is very much up in the air. It also seems likely that the Transition will prove severely compromised as a road car, undermining the entire point of having a flying car.
If we were to have a guess, the only personal flying vehicles which we think have a future will be those used by ride-hailing companies.