Drivers of 60mph Tesla flying car Jetson One ‘won’t need a licence’

Drivers of the Tesla flying car, called the Jetson One, will not need a licence, it has been reported.

The Jetson One is designed for a single passenger and due to its classification as an ultralight aircraft, motorists won't need a license.

Tomasz Patan, the founder of Jetson – a Swedish company that invents electric aerial vehicles – said there was a successful flight of the Jetson One after just one month of its concept being finalised in 2018.

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The Jetson One contains eight electric motors which gives it a top speed of 63mph , while its Tesla battery cells provides a flight time of up to 20 minutes.

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, has previously teased about flying Tesla Roadsters.

The vehicle is able reach an altitude of 1,500ft above ground level and can support a pilot weighing up to 210lbs.

The Harry Potter-esque vehicle was officially revealed in 2021 as Jetson have become the first company to make the purchase of a one-seater vehicle commercially available and will set back potential owners £68,000.

Known as an eVTOL, or electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, the Jetson One's status as an ultralight aircraft comes from the vehicle only weighing 190lbs.

In June, Patan released a video of himself using the aircraft for a three-minute commute from his home to his office, which according to Patan, decreased his commute time by 88%.

He said: "It's extremely easy to operate because we have a flight computer onboard and all steering is a fly-by-wire system. That means you have just two joysticks. You can learn how to fly it in literally five minutes.

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"There is a mandatory training for our customers. It's a two-day training. It's a very short training. And during that training you'll learn how to operate the Jetson One. And also, you'll learn about the regulations and how to fly it in compliance to those regulations."

The release of the Jetson One was met with much interest with the company having already sold the entire 2022 production as they are now only accepting orders of production for 2023.

Patan said he was "amazed by the amount of interest" the Jetson One garnered.

He explained: "We hoped we were going to sell maybe 25 units during the year after the release of the first movie. But it turned out we sold those 25 within a week. So far, we've sold over 400 units.

"Eventually, we do plan to manufacture a few thousand that will be delivered within three years time. We will also, with time, increase the battery capacity to allow for a longer flight time."


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