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Elon Musk: Tesla Patents ‘Belong to You’

Tesla factoryTesla CEO Elon Musk says the patents for his company’s electric vehicle technology “belong to you” and in an attempt to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”

In a blog post, Musk says Tesla’s original concern was that the big car companies would copy the technology and then use their size to push Tesla out of the market.

“The unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales,” Musk writes. “At best, the large automakers are producing electric cars with limited range in limited volume. Some produce no zero emission cars at all.”

Musk says Tesla can’t produce enough EVs to “address the carbon crisis,” adding: “Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.”

The 2013 Tesla S P85 tops the Automobile Association of America’s 2014 Green Guide, published earlier this month.



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9 thoughts on “Elon Musk: Tesla Patents ‘Belong to You’

  1. oh right.. what is next? You can’t sell your cars or you want to look charitable? let me know when you make an electric car that can go 500 miles in a single charge, please.

  2. Right because Teslas have unlimited range, run on electricity produced by unicorn farts, and thanks so much for last century technology diagrams and an unsustainable business model that at it’s peak sold cars to rubes that get 160 miles on a charge for 125,000 dollars.

    But you, Elon, think it’s a problem of the big manufacturers?

  3. Whie one can question Musk’s motives, he has solved the range restriction on the EV better than any manufacturer thus far so I believe sharing his technology is a boost for EVs everywhere. Rate of charge is improving and now only the cost needs to come in line. Musk will likely benefit from this strategic move, but then why shouldn’t he if sharing his technology increases the speed at which we move away from our reliance on foreign oil!

  4. @daj – You have to start somewhere. When the automobile was first invented it wasn’t like there were gas stations setup all over the country immediately. If you get on Tesla’s website, you can see they’re making great strides to extend the range of their vehicles by installing recharging stations.

    Technology would never advance if if everyone thought like you. Thank goodness there are still visionaries left in this world.

  5. Wow. That’s some serious negativity toward a guy that has done this according to Forbes:

    “Nationally, the Tesla has matched the total sales of the Lexus LS, Audi A8 and Panamera combined.”

    And the Tesla S, starting at $70,000, gets an EPA rated 265 miles per charge.

    So it begs the question, why are you really so down on the guy and this announcement?

  6. 1. No car has an unlimited range. (However, the rumor is that Tesla IS working on a perpetual motion machine in their “black box” development lab. :-)) How many vehicles can travel 500 miles on one tank of gas? (BTW, the Tesla “S” model has a range of 250-300 miles per charge using the 85kWh battery.)
    2. The average miles per trip we drive each day is very low. Educate yourself, really. This might be a good place for you to start: http://nhts.ornl.gov/tables09/FatCat.aspx You may be surprised to find that very few trips exceed 50 miles.
    3. Mr. Musk’s business model from the very start has been different. He specifically stated he would sell high-end electric vehicles to raise capital and begin the process of developing the infrastructure to produce and sell practical electric cars that the average family can afford. He’s getting there. The Model X will start to approach the price most, but not all, families can afford. With market momentum, the cost will come down. Increasing the market momentum (acceptance) is the primary reason Mr. Musk opened up his patents to all. A brilliant capitalist move, I think.
    4. Tesla’s cars are guaranteed to have a smaller total cost of ownership than equivalent market level vehicles. Check it out: http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/tesla-resale-value-guarantee.pdf?v20140604 Do you see any other car manufacture willing to do that?
    5. Have you driven an electric car? It’s cool. Imagine, instant full torque the moment you step down on the gas, er, electric pedal. Zero to sixty in under five seconds. Lots of fun.
    6. Fossil fuel vehicles are a losing proposition, for MOST applications, in the long run. It’s simply a matter of time until we come to our senses. The question is, at what cost, literal and symbolic?

    Full disclosure: I do not work for Tesla, nor do I (yet) own one of their vehicles. But I intend to in the (hopefully) near future.

    Ok, enough politically-correct scolding. I need to go harvest more unicorn farts. Mmmm, unicorn farts….


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