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This will be the flying car that will travel around the Philippines from island to island – Diario La Página

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The Luft Pinoy electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) project, which is being developed by the Florida-based company LuftCar in collaboration with the Philippine company eFrancisco Motor Corporation, has been conceived as a novel way to travel around the 7,101 islands that make up the Philippine archipelago.

This unusual vehicle concept, which hopes to become a prototype by the end of this year, will be able to travel both on land and in the air and will run on electricity or hydrogen, its designers say.

“Our flying and road vehicle concept is tailor-made to connect the archipelagos and serve the cargo, air ambulance, tourism and regional transport sectors,” said Santh Sathya, CEO of LuftCar. “Hydrogen propulsion will serve the region’s long-distance and heavy-lift transportation needs,” he added.

The design of the Luft Pinoy is quite simple, with its main component being a customizable minivan powered by a hydrogen fuel cell or an electric battery system for road traffic.

The minivan has a metal “frame” that is attached to an eVTOL fuselage, which has four propellers and its own hydrogen fuel system. In this way, the van becomes a small plane that can take off and land vertically without the need for a runway.

This design allows the Luft Pinoy to land on a local runway, undock its fuselage and continue the remainder of its journey by road, eliminating the need for secondary vehicles to transport cargo from airports or heliports to its final destination.

However, even if the Luft Pinoy prototype is launched this year, its marketing is likely to be hampered by the lack of legislation on the use of flying cars. Currently, flying cars must comply with all the traffic rules of any automobile, as well as the restrictions of small aircraft, such as not being able to take off or land on a common road, except in case of emergency.

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