Tesla files trademark to make electric motors for aircraft and boats


Electric vehicle giant, Tesla has filed a trademark to develop and manufacture electric motors for aircraft and boats. 

Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has hinted at a potential eVTOL design in the past, but this is the first time the firm has applied to extend its trademark to a new category to market electric motors “not for land vehicles.”

In the filing, Tesla specifies that it does not currently use the trademark for those categories, but “intends to use” it in the future.

“Asynchronous motors not for land vehicles; Motors for airplanes; Motors, namely, synchronous motors not for land vehicles; Permanent magnet motors; Boat motors; Drive system having two or more synchronous motors coupled through clutches to drive a common load; Electric motors for toys; Linear motors,” the filing reads.

The filing also includes “linear motors”, which are used in a lot of different products but are more commonly found in trains.

It appears the trademark was originally applied for by a fan of Tesla, without the knowledge of the California-based EV maker. However, on December 28, 2022, it filed for a new trademark of its own accord. 

As noted, Musk has considered making an electric aircraft, but he has always said that Tesla needs to focus on ground vehicles. The CEO noted that Tesla might venture into electric aircraft once battery energy density has improved enough to make them viable. Musk said that 400 Wh/kg would be needed.