Elon Musk Reminds Everyone that Tesla has Released all Patents Online, to Accelerate Electric Vehicl
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has reminded the public that he has made all of his company’s patents accessible to the public, for no added fee, in a remarkable move to jump-start the electric revolution nearly five-years ago.
The move initially flew relatively under the radar, when in 2014, Musk released the entirety of Tesla’s patents online in a blog post titled “All our patent[s] belong to you” in an attempt to expedite the adoption rate of electric vehicles.
Tesla holds around 300 approved patents, covering everything from battery designs and configurations, charging and cooling systems; all of which you can access here if you’re thinking about entering the EV manufacturing market.
Comparing recent tweets and statements made from the billionaire and those made around five years ago has proved an invaluable insight into his change of heart on patents, and emphasis on environmental concerns regarding the automotive industry.
Musk readily admits that early on in the process of creating a brand, he was “compelled to create patents out of concern that big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla.”
That self preservation and protectionism turned out to be overzealous, according to Musk, who says that “the unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.”
“We believe that applying the open-source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position.”
That statement was made in June of 2014, so the rates of hybrid and electric vehicles may have increased steadily, but they are still very much the minority of sales globally. Manufacturers are now investing more heavily into hybrid and electric drives, but their ‘mainstreaming’ of the technology still seems distant.
In recognition of this, Musk tweeted just a few days ago to remind people that he has made Tesla’s patents for electric vehicles completely accessible for the public, in the hope it will spur more investment, new entrants into the market, and perhaps stir the pot with large manufacturers.
Tesla has issued public statements saying they will not file a lawsuit against anyone found using Tesla’s technology “in good faith”, hoping to spur the development of more electric vehicles.
Musk wrote: “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.” He said in reference to the more than 100-million internal combustion-powered vehicles produced each year.
“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 between us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal.” He said.
Considering Tesla’s production volume has increased exponentially, they’re better situated to curb the number of internal combustion engines hitting the road, but Musk concedes that “it is impossible to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis.”
According to statistics published by Asif Ayon, as of last year, more than five-million units of electric vehicles have been shipped worldwide.