Terrafugia TF-2


Quick Summary

The Terrafugia TF-2 is a cargo-carrying eVTOL that is modular, allowing for a cargo pod to be picked up from a fulfillment center and then dropped off on either a truck or the packages' final destination.



Terrafugia, a Woburn, MA, USA company







Stage of Development

Preliminary Design


Prototype Build

Flight Testing

Certification

Commercially Operating
Technical Details

From the Terrafugia R&D Website:

With the recent acquisition of Terrafugia by the parent company of Volvo and Lotus, a world class team of engineers, and the creation of our new R&D facility just outside San Francisco, Terrafugia is positioning itself to be a major player in the world of automated VTOL vehicles.

Our next generation concept (TF-2) is a three-part integrated transportation system for Part 135 short haul operators who want to achieve a new level of convenience, comfort, and efficiency.  With a detachable pod configuration your passengers or cargo will be able to travel seamlessly from point A to point B.

TF-2 is currently in the conceptual design stage and we are interested in collecting feedback from potential customers. 

There are two concepts under consideration: a tilt-rotor (TR) and a lift-plus-push (LPP) configuration.  The TR has performance advantages and the LPP has the advantage of mechanical simplicity.

Let us know which configuration you prefer and why here.

Configuration
Lift + Push
Tiltrotor
Passengers
4
4
MTOW
8500-9000 lb
3860-4080 kg
​7500-8000 lb
​3400-3630 kg
Payload with 30 min fuel res
900-1100 lb
​410-500 kg
900-1100 lb
​410-500 kg
Max cruise speed
120-130 kts
​222-240 km/h
170-180 kts
​315-333 km/h
Range at max payload
170-215 nm
​315-400 km
240-300 nm
​445-555 km
Cost per flight hour
 $370-$410
 $380-$420 ​


Our Take on the TF-2


The Terrafugia TF-2 concepts are well-thought out in that they address a large commercial application of eVTOL's that has not been given much consideration during the passenger oriented sprints that most companies are pursuing. The modular design of the TF-2 concepts allows them to be compatible with universal cargo pods - which means that they can transport a large amount of goods for roughly $400/hour, according to Terrafugia's predictions. While the concepts still have a long way to go in terms of development, they should be monitored closely, especially if Terrafugia can market themselves towards large logistics companies like UPS, FedEx, and even Amazon.