Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Dutch firm PAL-V to manufacture flying cars in India

The dream of a flying car in India is going to be a reality soon. Netherlands-based flying car manufacturer PAL-V (Personal Air-Land Vehicle) will set up a manufacturing plant in Gujarat, India. The company is currently developing the first commercial flying car called the PAL-V Liberty, which is basically a compact two-seater aircraft that can travel on public roads.

According to the reports, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Principal Secretary of State MK Das and the Vice President of the International Business Development Division of PAL-V, Carlo Maasbommel. These cars can not only walk on the road but can also fly in the air like an airplane or helicopter when needed.

This made in India PAL-V Liberty will come equipped with two engines, due to which it will be able to run at a speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) on the road and 180 km/h (112 mph) in the air. The most important thing about this flying car is that the running car will transform into a flying car in just 3 minutes and can travel up to 500 km (around 310 miles) on a single full tank.

It can accelerate from standstill to the 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 9 seconds. Liberty’s body is made by using carbon fiber, aluminum, and titanium as well, which keep its weight to just 664 kg. This flying vehicle will have a seating area of two people and a maximum take-off weight of 910 kg.

Maasbommel said his company chose Gujarat for its “world-class infrastructure, ease of doing business and better port and logistic facilities.”