As Elon Musk confirmed earlier, the challenges Tesla is facing at this stage are not brought by the other electric vehicle brands. The real pressure comes from the non-electric vehicles. On June 12th, Musk decided to open Tesla’s patents to all his competitors. According to Musk, Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use the technology.
If Linux is an example of pure altruism, Tesla’s “open source” approach would be more of a thorough strategic decision than an altruism. Tesla’s projected production in 2016 is 100,000 units. Still, it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the traditional automobile industry.
Would Tesla’s permissive attitude brings the boom to EVs? To be honest, probably yeah! I would love to see more Tesla Supercharger or Nissan Supercharger. Whatever! Who care if it’s Shell or Exxon as long as I can get my car on the road.