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Terrafugia TF-X: A Plug-in Hybrid... That Flies


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Just the Facts:
  • Terrafugia says it has a "vision for the future": a plug-in hybrid that flies.
  • The company has just released a computer simulation of the Terrafugia TF-X.
  • Terrafugia describes the TF-X as "a four-seat hybrid with wings."

WOBURN, MassachusettsTerrafugia says it has a "vision for the future": a plug-in hybrid that flies.

Based in a Boston suburb, the company has just released a computer simulation of the Terrafugia TF-X, a flying car that it describes as "a four-seat hybrid with wings."

So far, the TF-X appears to exist only in the digital world. Terrafugia says its specs will include a 300-horsepower engine — the company doesn't say whether gasoline or diesel — as well as two rotating 600-hp "pods," one on either side of the vehicle, each equipped with 16 electric motors.

The pods tilt up for vertical takeoff and landing, and swing back down for flight. The engine recharges the vehicle's batteries.

Terrafugia claims the TF-X will have a top airspeed of 200 mph and a range of 500 miles. It also fits into a conventional garage.

Best of all, the company reveals that development of its flying car is "expected to last 8-12 years."

No word yet on pricing, but Terrafugia says the TF-X will be "priced as low as possible."

The company adds: "It is likely that TF-X will be more expensive than a 'normal car' due to the higher costs of the enabling lightweight materials.... It is possible that the final price point could be on par with very high-end luxury cars of today."

Edmunds says: With production of the Terrafugia TF-X flying car so far off in the future, the big questions appear to be the potential price tag — and whether this vehicle will ever get off the ground.

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