The open source movement is normally associated with software development but the electric vehicle segment of the auto industry could now get a significant boost through the decision of entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of high-performance electric vehicle manufacture Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) to open up the company’s bank of patents to one and all.
Tesla initially felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy its technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm it. Turns out its fears were misplaced. The big automakers stuck pretty much to churning out fossil fuel-powered vehicles, which in fact represent Tesla’s true competition. And the few electric vehicles that they do produce are generally hobbled by a limited in range compared with Tesla’s offerings that claim up to 300 miles of driving.