The flying cars are here! Dutch firm unveils €499K production model

PAL-V flying car
PAL-V flying car. (Photo: PAL-V / Facebook)

Dutch company PAL-V is premiering the production model of its flying car - the Liberty - at the car exhibition in Geneva early in March. The Liberty can seat two people and costs between 300,000 and 400,000 euros. "We are sold out until 2020", CEO Robert Dingemanse said to the Telegraaf.

"At the end of this year, we expect to have completed the European certification of EASA in Cologne within the existing regulations", Dingemanse said. According to him, the Liberty is a combination of a sport plane and a road vehicle. "In addition to his driver's license, the driver must also have a license to fly a gyrocopter. Because that's what our Liberty is in the air. After about 35 lessons, you can get it anywhere."

The Liberty has two engines to drive the rotor and push propellor. According to Dingemanse, you only need 150 meters of grass track or asphalt to take off. "There are dozens of them in the Netherlands", he said to the newspaper. "Landing can happen nearly vertically. Within five minutes, rotor and prop are folded in, after which he can ride on the public road as a normal car."

PAL-V, which stands for Personal Air and Land Vehicle, already received hundreds of orders for their Liberty. "Next year we will deliver the first ten devices to Dutch customers."