Chuluota, Florida, USA
Founded on March 24, 2021, LuftCar's goal is to address climate change by providing hydrogen and battery powered two-in-one autonomous air and road mobility vehicles to help drivers navigate quickly through cities and between cities with zero emissions. The company is actively applying for grants and angel funding and is based in Florida, USA.
LuftCar has chosen to make vertical and takeoff landing (VTOL) cars to conserve space and help limit additional costly infrastructure that conventional airplanes require. The company has chosen modular road and air vehicle, inspired by the flying car used by the villain Francisco Scaramanga, from the 1974 James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. May different flying car prototypes have been built since the early 20th Century and LuftCar would like to finally be successful at making a successful commercial production model.
The LuftCar is powered by hydrogen fuel cells and batteries and is a road drivable and air flying modular vehicle which transforms from a car to an aircraft by attaching wings and propellers to the top of the car. The vehicle seats four passengers, is flown autonomously, has a maximum flight speed of 220 mph (354 km/h), a maximum range (airborne) of 300 m (483 km) and a maximum range (by road) of 150 m (241 km).
The company has made several computer generated concepts for their vehicle and has aggressive goals of simulations by the end of 2021, the first prototype by the fall of 2022, a production prototype in 2023 and the production of their vehicle by 2024.
The LuftCar expects their aircraft can be used for charter for personal luxury travel, for urban air mobility, used as air ambulances, medical evacuations, search and rescue operations, air cargo delivery and military use.
- Aircraft type: Modular Hybrid-electric VTOL and road vehicle
- Piloting: Autonomous
- Capacity: 4 passengers
- Maximum flight speed: 220 mph (354 km/h)
- Maximum range (airborne): 300 m (483 km)
- Maximum range (road): 150 m (241 km)
- Cruise altitude: 3,000 ft (914 m)
- Propellers: 4 propellers
- Electric Motors: 4 electric motors (for flight)
- Power source: Fuel cells and solid state batteries
- Fuselage: Carbon fiber composite
- Windows: Windows similar to an automobile
- Wing: Removable high wing and V-tail combination
- Landing gear: 4 automobile wheels