Terrafugia flying car company bought by Chinese automaker
Of the various companies that are developing flying cars, US-based Terrafugia is perhaps the one that we hear about the most … and it may soon become even more well-heard-of. That's because it's just been purchased in its entirety by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, for an undisclosed amount.
According to the terms of the new acquisition, Terrafugia will remain headquartered in the US, receiving research and development funding and guidance from Geely. Already, in anticipation of the takeover, Terrafugia's engineering team has been tripled in size – from 30 people to around 100 – over the past quarter-year.
"The team at Terrafugia have been at the forefront of believing in and realizing the vision for a flying car and creating the ultimate mobility solution," says Geely founder and chairman Li Shufu. "Our investment in the company reflects our shared belief in their vision and we are committed to extending our full support to Terrafugia, leveraging the synergies provided by our international operations and track record of innovation, to make the flying car a reality."