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Who's up for a flying car?

June 18, 2017 8:00 PM
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After years of testing, the Pal-V firm is set for production of a three-wheeled, two-person gyrocopter vehicle for use on the roads and in the skies.

"The dream has been around for 100 years now," says Markus Hess, chief marketing officer of Pal-V - a name taken from "personal air and land vehicle."

The aim is to deliver a first flying car to a customer by the end of 2018. Such a person will need driver's and pilot's licences. Different versions of flying cars are being developed in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan, China and the United States. But final assembly of Pal-V's Liberty model starts in October.

It will use normal unleaded petrol for two 100-horsepower engines for flying 400-500 kilometers at up to 3,500 meters. Top speed on the road is 170 kph.

It won't be cheap. The first Liberty will cost 499,000 euros (HK$4.3 million), but like the machine prices will come down.

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