Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tesla Goes Open Source

  • Elon Musk: “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 world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.” 

  • Unusual: “Normally, companies vigorously defend such technology. If you open up all your books to everyone, it means you all are fighting a war with the same weapons. This is especially true with powertrains, battery management and other technology automakers need to meet fuel efficiency mandates.”

  • Not entirely altruistic: “The move could pay off for the company when it builds the giant battery factories it plans to develop. Even if other competitors copy Tesla’s design, Tesla still gets to sell them batteries, and that’s pretty awesome.”

  • “The Chinese would just use them as a recipe book.”

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