By NICHOLAS JOHANSEN
A Dutch company is one step closer to making flying cars a reality in Kelowna.
After sending the PAL-V One, a proof-of-concept vehicle, into the skies back in 2012, PAL-V has now released the first image of the PAL-V LIBERTY, a commercial version of the One.
"For the design of the PAL-V LIBERTY our design team partnered with a leading Italian design agency," said PAL-V CEO Robert Dingemanse in a statement. "We have implemented significant safety and ergonomic upgrades to our vehicle."
The company, which is looking to base its North American headquarters in Kelowna, is planning on releasing the physical model of the LIBERTY at the beginning of 2017.
"We have recently started talking to buyers and have the first contracts in place and a lot of interest. We anticipate deliveries of a certified PAL-V in North America to happen in 2018,” said Mark Jennings-Bates, VP Sales in North America.
Some of the differences between the commercial model and the proof-of-concept model include side-by-side seating in the new model, and an improved tilting system that tilts the chassis for stable driving at high speeds.
Only 25 of the vehicles will be initially released, at an expected cost of US$599,000.