some info taken from http://www.askajedi.com/2011/06/10/e...deo-interview/
Ask A Jedi: When are players able to obtain their first player-controlled vehicle?
Daniel Erickson: In the mid-20s… but again you know, things may change. Things may change from testing, none of these answers should be taken as launch!
Ask A Jedi: Is it received as a reward, or through some other system such as building it through Crew Skills or simply purchasing it?
Daniel Erickson: It’s purchased. You have to get a license. Then you can buy multiple speeders, there are different speeders that have different cool looks. Some are harder to find than others. It is also very possible, but very difficult, to steal one from the other faction.
Ask A Jedi: Are there “class specific” vehicles as there are for starships?
Daniel Erickson: There are “themed” ones as far as we can say right now.
Ask A Jedi: Will we see both ground-based and air-based (atmospheric) vehicles?
Daniel Erickson: There’s really not much tradition of atmosphere… we don’t really have jets in Star Wars. Even the Snow Speeders are just a little bit higher… and then after that you’re up in space. So, at least for launch we’re not going in that direction. Our worlds are definitely not built for flying mounts. There was never a thought for that.
Ask A Jedi: Will it be just mechanical mounts for now?
Daniel Erickson: Correct. We needed to do one to really roll it out. It works to have your speeder on Hoth. It doesn’t really work to have your Taun-Taun on Corellia.
Ask A Jedi: Will there be models that can be be ridden on by multiple players at a time?
Daniel Erickson: Definitely not at launch. Any time you grab multiple people and hold them into a forced state – huge amount of programming issues!
Ask A Jedi: Is there any sort of combat that can be accomplished on vehicles?
Daniel Erickson: Right now, they’re transportation only.
Ask A Jedi: How about customization of the vehicles?
Daniel Erickson: Right now it’s just buy another one. My guess is you’ll get ship customization for cosmetics before you get speeder customization.