Penned in his own words, posted to his company blog at Tesla Motors, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk (Zip2, PayPal, Tesla Motors, Space X, X-Prize) just announced that his company's leading electric vehicle technology could be used by anyone:
"Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology. Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology."
That someone with so much to gain, who is both answerable to shareholders and subject to a competitive marketplace, would open up his company's technology to advance the public progress of electric vehicles is astounding and enlightening. We take our proverbial hats off to an innovator who is using his position, his tech, absolutely for the sake of humanity.
"Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. 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...Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform."