Zhejiang Geely Holding Group or known for short as Geely, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Terrafugia Inc, a US-based company focused on the innovation, engineering and production of flying cars and future technologies, to acquire its operations and assets in their entirety. Geely is known to be the owners of Volvo as well as recently purchased a stake in local manufacturer, Proton.
Terrafugia was founded in 2006 by five award-winning graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since its inception, the company has made considerable progress towards realizing its vision of bringing a new form of mobility to the world, and delivered a number of working prototypes. Terrafugia aims to deliver its first flying car to the market in 2019, with the world’s first VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) flying car being made available by 2023.
Under the terms of the agreement, Terrafugia will remain domiciled and headquartered in the United States of America, and continue to focus on its existing mission of developing flying cars. Terrafugia will also benefit from the Group’s significant expertise and track record of innovation within the global auto industry.
This deal has received approval from all relevant regulators including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFIUS). The key is whether Geely’s leadership and direction can help the company scale new heights as well as reach the goal of mass producing flying cars. Time can only tell but based on their track record especially with Volvo, we do expect great things from this acquisition.
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Founder and Chairman Li Shufu said, “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. This is a tremendously exciting sector and we believe that Terrafugia is ideally positioned to change mobility as we currently understand it and herald the development of a new industry in doing so. 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.”