The American company Terrafugia, 2017 owned by the Chinese Geely group, presented a full-sized prototype of a promising electric air taxis TF-2A, says Aviation Week. The developers are already preparing for the flight testing of aircraft.
The company Terrafugia is known as the developer of the Transition flying car TF-X. For the past couple of years, the company is also engaged in setting electric air taxis to transport passengers in the city and the suburbs. In December 2019, the team carried out the first flight test of a reduced prototype of the TF-2A.
Machine TF-2A creates a double. Air taxi is equipped with eight rotors will be capable of vertical takeoff and landing. The rotors are mounted in pairs on four beams, which, in turn, are mounted two under the left and right wing panels. In the rear part of the vehicle installed the motor with pusher propeller.
Maximum takeoff weight of air taxi operations is 1.2 tons. The apparatus is able to carry passengers and cargo weighing up to 200 pounds a distance of up to 100 kilometers. TF-2A will be able to fly at speeds of up to 180 kilometers per hour at an altitude of 3 thousand meters.
In November 2017, it was reportedthat despite the transition in ownership of Geely, Terrafugia will continue to develop flying cars Transition and the TF-X. According to the company plans to begin commercial shipments of the Transition, the company plans in 2023, and TF-X — six years later.