Elon Musk on the Tesla blog:
Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Elon wants to speed up electric car manufacturing as a whole, so he’s making Tesla’s entire patent portfolio available for use by other companies. That’s a hell of a move.
I think it signals two things:
1) In order for Tesla (and more broadly, Elon’s mission to address the carbon crisis) to be successful, they need to see other auto manufacturers with skin in this game; pushing regulators, informing consumers and building charging stations across the world.
2) The most important thing to the growth of Tesla is the ability to attract—and retain—the most talented engineers in the world. There are tons of smart people who want to work on something more ambitious than a social network, or a search engine. Elon is giving them a place to do that.
Here’s hoping the other auto makers are smart enough (and not too proud) to adopt some of the electric transport technologies Tesla have pioneered.
Luke Hopewell at Giz AU:
A source with knowledge of the pricing spoke to us this morning, and confirmed that the Model S would cost $95,000 in Australia, with pricing set to be officially released next week. Tesla customers who registered their interest in the Model S have already been contacted and given Signature Reservation slots. Advanced negotiations are already underway for these buyers to pick up their cars in the near future.
So the base model will be $95,000, but you can spec it out with various options up to around $200,000. Campbell Simpson has also written a great post detailing the variants of the Tesla Model S that are available.
I should also point back to Mat Peterson’s epic triple-barreled electric car review last month:
The Model S will be available in Australia later this year for a price above $95,000.
I’d take that as a win. Nice work, Mat.
Ryan Block saw this long ranting note left on the window of a Tesla in San Francisco. My favourite item in the collection of random nutjob ideas:
By driving a Tesla, you are involved in organised crime
It’s funny, until you realise this person is likely mentally ill.