Elon Musk Releases Tesla Patents

Written by Brandon Withem

Today, even with all the advanced technologies at automaker companies' disposal, we still see very few cars being sold that produce zero emissions as it is being utilized. It is a known fact, that regardless of the manufacturing process, there will always be some type of emission that impacts our environment. There is no current technology that can reprocess such emissions and re-purpose them for other uses. Though, there are means to "hide" such waste from human contact, it still produces a negative impact on the overall global environment in the long-term.

For example, in "Star Trek Voyager: Juggernaut", their warp technology, which enables them to travel through space at FTL (faster than light) speeds, produce hazardous waste, however they have reprocessing technologies that re-purposes such waste to other uses in ways that is no longer hazardous. There is that particular race in that television series, called the Malon, that rely on such hazardous waste processing for their economic infrastructure. They refused such reprocessing technology from the Federation when offered for free for the simple fact that it would collapse their entire socioeconomic structure even though they are fully aware of the dangers those hazardous waste pose to the health of any interstellar locale.

The crew of the U.S.S. Voyager were severely disappointed, but were left with no choice but to leave the technology blueprint with them in the hopes that they would one day change their minds and moved on with their journey through space. The picture on the right demonstrates how severe the Voyager's chief engineer Torres is frustrated in dealing with systems onboard a Malon freighter that has no business existing for a space-faring species.

There is one particular company based in California, Tesla Motors, that uniquely focuses on creating vehicles that produce zero emissions during operation. They have achieved their goal of manufacturing such vehicles and are reliable vehicles. The following comment is an excerpt from a customer experience testimonial that is tantamount to the reliability of the Tesla vehicles.
Our Model S has exceeded our expectations in every single way. Based on my year-long experience and perspective, no parent in their right mind should be shopping for a new SUV to cart their kids around. For me, the most important feature of the Model S is its safety. Despite some very serious accidents involving the car, no Model S occupant has suffered a serious permanent injury or deaths. I follow this stuff. This is no ordinary "fancy" car and no ordinary EV – this is a tank, and the only vehicle I want my children to be riding in, period.
On a related note, the overall performance of this car is off the charts, including its acceleration and handling. Since I got my Model S in May last year, the Northeast corridor was hit with that ridiculous "polar vortex" and a horrible winter overall. Our roads were slick more days than not, yet our Model S was amazing on icy and snow-covered roads. I have driven all-wheel drive cars in the past, but the rear-wheel Model S performed just as well – if not better. This is no puffery: I truly never felt so safe driving on icky roads, and that was                                                          with my precious children in the car. -Laurie Orloski May 30, 2014

The issue with the company is that their business model does not compare to any other auto maker's model in that they sell directly to their customers. Most states in America have laws that prevent this sort of business model for the automaker. These laws are so outdated and caters to dealerships' advantage in that Tesla is unable to gain any sort of market share in such regions. This has created a serious obstacle for Tesla to do any market penetration except in California where it is based.

They had created patents in order to protect their innovation from the cutthroat market. The company had predicted automakers would "copy (Tesla's) technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla." They were wrong on that count. They did not realize how reliant the automakers' industry is on traditional oil as their primary means of fuel and do not want to lose such a lucrative enterprise with oil companies once electric vehicles became the norm of transportation. Is this not reminiscent of the fact that the Malon are greedy of their lucrative economy, compared to the oil industry?

To that end, on Thursday the June 12th of 2014, Tesla has announced they are releasing their technological patents pertaining to electric vehicle power train components to the public in "good faith." In the hopes that automakers will start using such available technology in manufacturing new vehicles and to meet the new EPA standards for emission. Hats off to Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors for making such a move! Risky, but has the huge potential of turning a new profit for Tesla since Tesla has plans to build an infrastructure of supercharger network for electric vehicles to recharge anywhere.

Effectively, this move has turned the Tesla Model S into the world's first open-source car, meeting the philosophy of Silicon Valley where it is believed that patents stifle innovation and encourages lawsuits. Take Apple and Samsung for example, their innovation has generally declined over the past few years now, while their litigation is extremely dramatic. This move seems to represent the ideology that was presented in "Star Trek Voyager: Juggernaut."

Elon Musk is the chief designer of SpaceX, a relatively new privately owned organization that aims to supplement NASA in developing, manufacturing and providing sustainable space vehicles; and a principal shareholder of SolarCity in which he helped found. He also helped create PayPal, the world's leading Internet payment system.
Elon Musk with one of his SpaceX projects