Futuristic Vehicles Are Here Thanks To Electric Drive Technology.
Electric vehicle drive technology not only allows us to move from liquid fossil fuels for transportation but it is also giving us design freedom that we never had before. For example consider the new Tesla Model S, which has less than 20 moving parts compared to any combustion engine car that has more than 2000!
Not only does this reduced complexity mean that we vehicles will require far less maintenance but we have room to rearrange the car design without a bulky engine, radiator, gas tank or drive train.
It is also allowing engineers and designers to invent completely new vehicles or in the case of the Terrafugia, vehicles that we have wanted for decades. Many of us have been waiting for a truely flying family car ever since the Jetsons showed us one back in the 60’s.
By combining powerfull electric drive power to the movable rotors with a jet engine, together producing a megawatt of power, designers now have a working commercial design. It is called the Terrafugia TF-X.
The TF-X is meant to be a flying/driving commuter car for the masses. The vehicle features vertical lift and cruising speeds of 200 mph. The range is estimated to be around 500 miles.
This hybrid design may eventually give way to an all electric model making the new form of transportation truely sustainable and possibly carbon nuetral. Autonomous driving technology should also be able to keep us safe in the air.
Not everyone is a pilot and three dimensions is much harder to navigate than two.
Futuristic Vehicles Not Far Into The Future.
Terrafugia is excited to premier the new Outer Mold Line for the TF-X™, Terrafugia’s vision for the future of personal transportation. The TF-X™ will be a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) hybrid electric aircraft that makes flying easier and safer than ever before.
About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.