We're trying to figure out how the term "range anxiety" will apply to the Terrafugia TF-X flying car. Is it going to be applicable to the pilot or to others in the sky? The reason we ask is because the vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, so those batteries better well be charged up. But, according to the potential manufacturer, flying the vehicle will require only five hours of training, so getting too close could produce a different kind of anxiety.

Massachusetts-based Terrafugia says the four-seater plug-in hybrid plane, despite what we think are some awful short wings, will be capable of vertical take-offs and landings, Design & Trend reports. It will have two 600-horsepower electric motors and a 300-horsepower fuel engine that should give it a range of at least 500 miles. The company says only five hours of pilot training will be required because of the plane's connection to a data network that will essentially control the aircraft's flight path. Either way, the plane will fit in a single-car garage. Which is nice.

The name Terrafugia should be familiar because we've been covering the company since the first prototype was announced in 2006. The company made news last year with a test flight demonstration for its Transition flying car. That model is supposed to start sales in 2015 or 2016 carrying an estimated price tag of $279,000. While we wait for that, you can check out a nicely CGI'd video of the TF-X hybrid below.



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      b.rn
      • 7 Months Ago
      What reason do we have to believe this has any chance of actually happening?
      d.hollywood
      • 7 Months Ago
      Let's just skip the debut model...and get right to this puppy here.Can't happen fast enough.
      seaalex
      • 7 Months Ago
      Terafugia is now officially in Moller skycar territory ..... And it will fly about as well as a Moller Skycar .
      jphyundai
      • 7 Months Ago
      This "plane" would be an excellent way for some greenies to commute........yeah right. Nobody in their right mind would ever fly in an electric airpain....airplane.
        Joeviocoe
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jphyundai
        Electric planes may indeed come to pass. But they will be like conventional planes. Not trying to be a "flying car"
      danfred311
      • 7 Months Ago
      right next to an armada of pigs
      acrcpe45
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well, that's just stupid.
      bK
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why does it have to look like a taurus...
      disngaj
      • 7 Months Ago
      The rendering looks great -- but they'd better design some real wings.
      Technoir
      • 7 Months Ago
      Are 600hp enough for vertical take off?
        bonehead
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        pretty sure, no
        Joeviocoe
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_206#Specifications_.28206B-L4.29 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_Model_250 Depends on the weight... I don't see why not. The power to weight ratio is already well established in helicopters. The problem with this monstrosity, is that there is now way to convert that power into lift with such small rotor sweep area. This will not likely fly... because 50 years of helicopter technology... can only be shrunk down so much... and won't likely every fit in a single car garage. Besides, the energy requirement typically is in the ~40 gallons per hour (not miles per gallon). @$4/gal.... That is a $80 - $160 commute (30min - 60min). Or about $320 per day.
      Soccer Mom
      • 7 Months Ago
      The main question is "why"? Why would anyone desire to have a sh!tty car that moonshines as a sh!tty airplane, which, by the way, still has to take over from an airfield, when you can have a better car and a better airplane for less?!
      bonehead
      • 7 Months Ago
      While i think any kind of viable flying car is years off and the domain of the 1%, i do think that they are taking the right approach by going with an autonomous flying vehicle. Commuters as pilots would not work in a milllion years. But a self flying plane may be viable, someday
      psarquis
      • 7 Months Ago
      I hope I live long enough to see flying cars.
        danfred311
        • 7 Months Ago
        @psarquis
        You will probably see quite a bit more than that. UFOs are real and the internet is an ever growing threat to the secrecy that has made our world a lie since at least 1940. We will have our arab spring. I expect the secrecy to burst in the 10-20 year time frame and then society will change rather dramatically. It all depends on one thing, you sheep waking up.
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