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Tesla open-sources all its patents
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Tesla open-sources all its patents

Jun 13 2014, 6:05am CDT | by

CEO Elon Musk explains reason after reason why Tesla is opening up all of its patents

It’s not every day that Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he wants to make an announcement. If he’s thinking something then we know it has got to be big. In a recent press release we got many answers which...

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Tesla open-sources all its patents

Jun 13 2014, 6:05am CDT | by

CEO Elon Musk explains reason after reason why Tesla is opening up all of its patents

It’s not every day that Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he wants to make an announcement. If he’s thinking something then we know it has got to be big. In a recent press release we got many answers which we had been looking from and they weren’t quite coming out of Tesla. But now Musk clearly explained why Tesla is opening up all of its patents, effective immediately.

Initially, Tesla applied for patents for its technology and this was quite understandable considering there were bigger and more powerful automakers out in there in the market and it was easy for them to take away the precious ideas of Tesla and use them against the small company. But fortunately, no such thing has happened as yet. According to the CEO, while Tesla has grown in the past few years, "electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn't burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent." During the same time, the global auto industry seems to be growing at the same pace and it is noteworthy that the competitors of Tesla aren't from other electric carmakers, but the traditional internal combustion engine.

Musk claims that if anyone happens to walk through the company’s lobby, they would realize that all patent forms have been taken off from the walls. He said that "We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.”

We might agree that this announcement was kind of surprising but we also knew that it was going to come someday. At the company's recent shareholder meeting, Musk was asked something to which he replied that he was considering something that "should be kind of controversial with respect to Tesla's patents." While talking to BBC later on he revealed that he would be opening them up soon.

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As Dealers Become Irrelevant, NADA Fights Back: "At Least We're Not Selling Furniture!"

Nov 4 2014 10:22am CST | Source: The Car Connection

What would a world without auto dealerships look like? A generation ago, the question would've seemed absurd, but today, we may be on the way to finding out. Tesla is upending the traditional auto sales model, showing off its cars in relaxed "galleries" and selling its vehicles online. Sur ...
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Ford F-150 Vs Chevy Volt Vs Tesla Model S: Which Is Most Important Vehicle Of The Decade?

Nov 4 2014 10:15am CST | Source: Honda Insight Reviews

Now that the 2015 model year is fully upon us, the decade is half-over. And those kinds of milestones always lead writers to look back and assess how far we've come. In the case of automobiles, we see three different vehicles launched over the last five model years that have radically changed the la ...
Source: Honda Insight Reviews   Full article at: Honda Insight Reviews
 

 
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Car Dealers Fire Back: Why Negotiating Is Good For Car Buyers (Video)

Nov 4 2014 9:00am CST | Source: Hybrid SUV Reports

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to customers over the Internet, and the nation's car dealers--which want to make that practice illegal--has raged for four years. Now, it seems to be starting to breed a wider conversation about the role of franchised dealers. The argument against Tesla's dir ...
Source: Hybrid SUV Reports   Full article at: Hybrid SUV Reports
 

 
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Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan 'Featured' At Rally Course In Japan

Nov 4 2014 8:30am CST | Source: Green Car Reports

The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan doesn't go on sale until next year, but it's already made its motorsport debut. Sort of. DON'T MISS: Will The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Target The Tesla Model S? The hydrogen fuel-cell car was "featured" in the final round of the 2014 Japanese Rally Championship over the ...
Source: Green Car Reports   Full article at: Green Car Reports
 

 
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Hyundai/Kia MPG Fudging Nets $100 Million Fine from EPA

Nov 3 2014 1:56pm CST | Source: Car and Driver

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department just settled with Hyundai and Kia to the tune of $100 million, the largest Clean Air Act penalty ever assigned. The fine stems from claims that the Korean carmakers sold 1.2 million cars in the U.S. with overly optimistic fuel-economy ratings. The EPA contends that the vehicles sold under the inaccurate fuel-mileage ratings contributed more than 5.2 million unaccount ...
Source: Car and Driver   Full article at: Car and Driver
 

 
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An electrifying journey

Nov 3 2014 11:41am CST | Source: Driving Canada

VANCOUVER – After driving their Tesla Model S from their home in Oregon east to St. John’s, Newfoundland then turning around and driving west to Vancouver, Kathleen Gonsalves says the most remarkable thing about her and husband Ron’s all-electric journey is that “we’re still friends.” The couple’s 24,000-kilometre odyssey began Aug. 27 and ended this past Saturday on the False Creek Seawall at the finish line of the second annual Sun Country E-m ...
Source: Driving Canada   Full article at: Driving Canada
 

 
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Mercedes hopes Tesla technology in electric B-Class will help hatch beat BMW i3

Nov 3 2014 7:33am CST | Source: Driving Canada

Mercedes-Benz’s first mainstream electric car has Tesla technology under the hood, though it’s not flaunting it. Unlike BMW, which wrapped its competing emission-free model in futuristic carbon fiber, Mercedes unit put an electric motor and battery inside its existing van-like B-Class hatchback. The only clues that it’s electric are a couple of small decals and the blue trim on the mirrors and front grille. Teaming up with Tesla is supposed to help Mercedes transfer some o ...
Source: Driving Canada   Full article at: Driving Canada
 

 
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Consumer Reports says Tesla Model S reliability is just 'average'

Nov 3 2014 7:00am CST | Source: Autoblog

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk strikes us as someone who retches at the word "average," especially when it's applied to one of his companies. But that's the reliability grade his company's Model S all-electric sedan has received from Consumer Reports. From what others have reported, that might not be a bad thing. CR reached its conclusion by factoring in both its own experiences and the responses from more than 1,300 Mod ...
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