Published on February 6, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
February 6, 2019 by Steve Hanley
After Tesla reported a profit for the second quarter in a row, Elon Musk took to Twitter on January 31 to celebrate the electric transport revolution, which is the primary cause of Tesla's existence.
Exciting to see all the new electric cars coming to the market! We have created Tesla to accelerate a sustainable future, and it happens! Https: //t.co/IqREiDqIyL
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 31, 2019
Musk's tweet referred to a story CNBC That started like this: "It has been almost a century since any automaker was in a more enviable position than Tesla. US battery-electric vehicle market, President Elon Musk boasted Wednesday, which has not happened since the start of Ford's first moving assembly line. "
Musk followed up with his tweet with someone who repeated a line he first used in a 2014 blog post. "Our true competition is not the little trickle of non-Tesla electric cars produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars leaning out of the world's factories every day." Actually. Despite the fact that all major manufacturers are now preparing their own response to Tesla, the transition to electricity transport is too slow to match the urgency of society's threats presented by a heating plan.
As Driven points out that blog posts from 2014 are still relevant and contain ideas that are worth repeating today. Here it is in its entirety:
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the emergence of sustainable transport. If we remove a path to the creation of compelling electric cars, but then intellectual property mines behind us to impede others, we act in a way that is contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent proceedings against anyone who will use our technology in good faith.
When I started with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to get them. And maybe the good ones were a long time ago, but too often they only serve to pursue progress, anchor the giant companies' positions and enrich them in the legal profession rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that a patent was being received, really meant that you bought a lottery ticket for a trial, I avoided them whenever possible.
However, at Tesla, we felt compelled to create patents without concern that large car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive production, sales and marketing capabilities to overwhelm Tesla. We couldn't have been more wrong. The unfortunate reality is the opposite: Electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that do not burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, averaging less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.
At best, the big car manufacturers produce electric cars with limited range in limited volume. Some do not produce zero emission cars at all.
As the annual new car production approaches 100 million a year, and the global fleet is approx. 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to solve the CO2 crisis. Similarly, this means that the market is huge. Our true competition is not the tiny trickle of non-Tesla electric cars produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars leaning out of the world's factories every day.
We believe that Tesla, other companies that produce electric cars, and the world, will all benefit from a common, rapidly evolving technology platform.
Technology management is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly proved to be a small protection against a particular competitor, but rather by a company's ability to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineers. We believe that the application of the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than reduce Tesla's position in this regard.
Despite all the hype and drama associated with the number of model 3 & # 39; delivered, the tumultuous rise and fall of the company's share price and the whirling rumors of Musk's personal life, the mission of the Tesla Mission has not changed since its inception . Nothing but electrifying the entire transport sector will fulfill its quest. It is imperative to see any analysis of Tesla through prism from Musk's words in the blog entry from 2014. If you do not, you run the risk of missing it altogether.