Chief executive Elon Musk has welcomed other car manufacturers to share his firm's expertise in their own electric vehicles

Tesla has taken the unusual step of scrapping its technology patents and so welcoming other car makers to share its know-how without fear of legal action, the company has announced.

Writing on the company’s website CEO Elon Musk said: "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 behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who wants to use our technology."

Tesla’s boss is known to be an enthusiast for the world to adopt electric propulsion and sees his company as a catalyst for change and wants to speed up the process.

Speaking to Autocar earlier this week he said: "There's a long way to go with electric cars. Out of 95 million cars per year, we sell 35,000. Globally everyone has work to do for one per cent of cars to be electric."

He also revealed his frustration at how larger and more established car companies have been slow to move away from traditional propulsion technologies.

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13 June 2014

They've decided to make them open, meaning that other firms won't have to pay to use them. There is a big difference.

13 June 2014

....when he first burst onto the scene, but I'm actually starting to like his pioneering spirit. Tesla have been impressive and his SpaceX opperation even more so. I saw this on Twitter last night and just had to retweet it. This is such a forward thinking thing to do. It wouldn't matter that many companies would sharing the same basic powercell design, as they would be clothed in that companies own design and styled vehicle. I know tradditionalist will bemone the loss of the noise that comes with the IC engine (I'd certainly miss the sound of a Porsche Flat 6, BM straight 6 and AMG or GM V8), but something has to be done given our over reliance on fossil fuels. "Well done Elon Musk, the world needs more brave, forward thinkers like you."

"Will accept donation of a Carrera GT, EB110 SS or McLaren F1...oh yeah or a Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder"

13 June 2014

Tesla Motors was named after the famed Nichola Tesla - a man who had discovered how to harness energy from the Earth's atmosphere for the provision of 'FREE ENERGY'.

However, his attempts to make this dream a reality were scuppered by JP Morgan who smarted at the fact that he couldn't meter the energy, and funding was withdrawn.

And so in the Spirit of one of the greatest pioneers the world has ever seen, Elon is giving away the technology.

This could be the dawn of a new era in travel.

Nichola would be proud.

14 June 2014

reminds me of a mechanic i met at a company called wooler. he claimed his company created a technology that could make any engine give over 80mpg fuel economy in the 1920's but the arabs didnt like it, brought the tech off the company and buried it. lol. about as likely as someone discovering a method to generate free energy but were stopped by shock, horror, and evil investment bank.

13 June 2014

I have a lot of time for this guy and his generation of peers. Nice to see someone can see that the human race is a team game roll on the day when capitalism has no purpose.

13 June 2014

to see how this will impact the development of the battery car.

13 June 2014

Good man!

15 June 2014

Bravo! Though electric motors are a very traditional propulsion technology, just as old as internal combustion and no more improved. I. C. is a fast moving target.

15 June 2014

Everybody is talking about electric vehicles as though it's some sort of Utopia scenario with no downsides, but has no-one actually worked out that the reality is that everybody, whether they own an electric car or not, will face a massive hike in their electric bills due to demand?

No longer will there be any cheap rate electricity through the night because night time demand will make it no longer feasible.

Already we hear stories of how the demand for electricity today is causing problems with supply, along with ever rising bills (to which everybody instantly complains about).

In the UK we are already far too reliant on other countries for our energy supply, leaving us open to ransom on energy costs! With a World full of electric cars, do you honestly believe that those supplying countries will not decide to look after their own nations energy demands first and limit/cut off supplies to the UK?

Nobody seems to want wind farms anywhere near to where they live, nor does it seem that they want power stations that burn waste material anywhere near them, nuclear power stations produce waste that simply cannot be disposed of and power stations using fossil fuels are hardly the most environmentally friendly solution (plus - how long can fossil fuel power stations continue?, especially if there is a massive increase in demand for electricity?).

So just where is the energy for all of these electric cars supposed to come from?

As CCR put it:

I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin'.
I see those bad times today.

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