Jetson, a Swedish start-up company, said Thursday that after it began pre-order sales of its Jetson One personal electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft last year, it sold out its entire 2022 production. Another 100 units have already been sold for 2023 delivery, with more than 3,000 pre-orders for next year.
Jetson One made waves in 2021 when it publicly revealed its “build-your-own” recreational eVTOL.
The Jetson One sets itself apart from most eVTOLs as a single-rider recreational aircraft, weighing in at just 190 pounds. Equipped with Tesla battery cells, the aircraft has a maximum flight time of 20 minutes and a top speed of 63 mph.
Currently, it is available for $92,000 with a $22,000 deposit. Jetson designed its eVTOL to be easy to fly, with no need for a pilot certificate. The aircraft will be classified as an ultralight vehicle that does not require any certifications.
“We have a big challenge ahead of us, to finalize a production-ready Jetson One and to prepare it for mass production in 2023,” said Peter Ternstrom, co-founder and president of Jetson, Thursday in a statement. “This is an incredibly exciting time for us [and the] eVTOL industry.”
The company on Thursday also announced the addition of Rikard Steiber as a senior adviser to expand investing for its eVTOL aircraft.
Steiber, CEO of GoodTrust, previously pioneered investing with the Drone Racing League and Einride autonomous electric trucks. He is also an upcoming paying passenger of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceplane.
“With Jetson One, the dream of flying now becomes a reality,” Steiber said. “Everyone can now become a pilot.”
Looking ahead, the company said Thursday it is committed to “recruiting significantly” and begin its first round of external fundraising. The company has not disclosed how much has been invested so far and by whom.
“It is important for us to find the right team members now as we expand and grow our company.
“Jetson is looking globally for talented individuals who share our vision. We are at the forefront of a new industry. The skill set needed to lead in this industry is incredibly niche. As is the mindset and energy to be in a company that wants to shape the future,” said Tomasz Patan, co-founder and CTO.