Geely reveals production design of Terrafugia TF-2A eVTOL
By eVTOL | June 23, 2020
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China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has shared new images of the production design of its Terrafugia TF-2A eVTOL for urban air mobility.
Geely included the images in an online post published in Chinese on June 22. They show a more refined version of the subscale demonstrator that made its first flight in December last year.
According to the post, the aircraft’s design is inspired by the shape of the tiger shark. It features a large upper wing, an H-shaped tail, and a rear prop for forward flight, plus eight lifting propellers for vertical take-offs and landings. Geely said it expects the configuration to be easier to certify than multi-rotor and tilt-wing eVTOL designs.
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The fully electric TF-2A is expected to have a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 1,200 kilograms (2,645 pounds) and a payload of 200 kg (440 lb.). It is targeting a maximum range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), a cruising speed of 180 km/h (110 mph), and a service ceiling of 3,000 m (9,840 feet).
In addition to subscale demonstrator flights to optimize the TF-2A’s aerodynamic configuration, Geely has also launched flight testing of a metal frame test bed with a MTOW of 600 kg (1,320 lb.) and four lifting propellers powered by a high-voltage ground power supply. According to the company’s post, the test bed — which made its first flight on June 8 in Hangzhou, China — will be used to verify functions including vertical take-offs and landings and hovering flight, as well as test the dynamic response, stability, functional coordination, and preliminary safety and reliability of each system.
Geely acquired the Massachusetts-based flying car company Terrafugia in 2017, subsequently establishing a research and development team in China focused on urban air mobility. According to an earlier Geely communication, work on the TF-2A design started last year. The company plans to launch a full-scale TF-2A prototype “in the near future.”