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Tesla Encourage Development of Electric Technology by Freeing Patents

I like Tech in general rather a lot, anything really – retro games, new releases, consoles, TVs, phones – everything! But I love cars. It is very rare that I get to write about cars (seeing as I’m not an automotive journalist this is no big surprise) but Tesla and what they’re doing is Tech news not car new, at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Anyhow, Tesla has made the technology that they use to create masterpieces like the Model S available to other car manufacturers to encourage the development of electric technology rather than the reliance on good old fashion fossil fuels. This is very exciting! Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla has not given away just a small taster of their knowledge and research but in fact made their entire patent portfolio available on the condition that there is no court battles over intellectual property.

Musk has written on the Tesla website, “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,” a policy maybe other companies should take note of.

As many of you may already know Tesla already makes electric systems for Toyota and Daimler and presumably will continue to do so, but could now working with more companies and encourage further collaborations. This could also increase the number of Tesla charging stations and make the electrical car a more viable option for the masses – with range being an obvious obstacle to overcome.

It seems rather strange that Tesla has done this to make the electrical car more accessible to people and a more widespread mode of transport when their cars are so expensive and not really an option for a family on an average income. Currently Tesla only makes the Model S Sedan but is developing a crossover and intends to make another cheaper model available by 2017.

Tesla’s patents expire from 2026 onwards so there is a lot of new Tech and collaboration to wait for as you may be able to tell I’m SUPER EXCITED.