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Flying Car Poised for Sale

Flying Car Poised for SaleFlying Car Poised for Sale

Flying cars are beginning to gain traction around the world and are no longer being seen as a futuristic dream that will not reach the masses.

Now a Dutch firm is set to make the technology a reality with its latest flying vehicle.

The company, PAL-V International, said it will begin production of its Personal Air and Land Vehicle (Pal-V) in October.

Customers willing to part with what promises to be a hefty price tag, could get their hands on one of the machines as early as next year, the firm claimed.

Pal-V is a three-wheeled flying vehicle that can carry two people and will be certified for use on the roads and in the skies in Europe later this year.

After years of testing, the company aims to pip its competitors to the post by becoming the world’s first mass manufacturer of a flying car.

Final assembly on the $599,000 Pal-V will start later this year and the firm, based in Raamsdonksveer in the Netherlands, is aiming to deliver its first flying car to its first customer by the end of 2018.

Chief marketing officer Markus Hess told AFP: “This kind of dream has been around for 100 years now. When the first airplane was invented people already thought ‘How can I make that driveable on the road?”’

In 2019, the company expects to produce between 50 and 100 of the vehicles, before ramping up to ‘quite a few hundred’ in 2020.

However, there is another option for those strapped for cash with the slightly cheaper Pal-V Liberty Sport, to be made next, which has a price tag of $335,000.

The firm has designed the car so at the flick of a button, the blades fold down and gather like a bat’s wings on the top.

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