I have always been a fan of Telsa Motors. I would totally buy a Tesla Model S if it weren’t for the facts below:
1) I live in Brooklyn
2) I park on the street (where people steal my wheels and flip their cars right next to mine)
3) Even if I had a garage or a spot to park my car, I certainly wouldn’t have the means to plug in an electric car
But still, I would buy one if I could get past those three items. I don’t even particularly care about owning an electric car. My car gets 14 MPG in the city and I don’t mind paying for the gas and I honestly don’t really pay attention to how that affects the environment. Oh well.
But these cars are undeniably awesome. They’re comfortable, they go fast, and they’re ridiculously safe.
Elon Musk made a move yesterday that, quite frankly, just isn’t seen anymore by any company…”open sourcing” his patents on the electric car.
I share Mr. Musk’s disdain for patents. The patent owner’s tend to just spend their lives in courts and no one gets any good ideas down because they’re all patented.
(When I was in engineering school, I remember walking past the plaques of all the professors that had been granted patents, and thought I wanted that. I was dumb.)
It should be noted that Elon Musk isn’t actually “open sourcing” his patents. He’s just choosing to ignore someone who is trying to make a better product. I sincerely doubt he would ignore it if GM or BMW start copying the Model S/Model X.
Its an interesting move anyway for a company that has made some other interesting moves. I like them and I wish I could support them. Steve would say I have to move from Brooklyn, but that’s not likely.
Hopefully it will pave the way for companies working together (when possible) and actually advancing the technology, which is what the Tesla team hopes to accomplish.