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Tesla, electric cars
Elon Musk / Tesla... SpaceX - SolarCity - Hyperloop and...
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Traveling Ions Beyond Electric Cars
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Musk: The car represents the culmination of a long-held dream to bring affordable, zero-pollution vehicles to the world's highways.
With CO2 levels and global temperatures at record highs, the Model 3 will help bring engineering solutions to the climate change problem.
Model 3 review by Dan Neil
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Elon Musk announces -- "All Our Patents Belong to You Now - We're Open Source"
"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.
"Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
"When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.
"At Tesla, however, we felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power 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 doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.
"At best, the large automakers are producing electric cars with limited range in limited volume. Some produce no zero emission cars at all.
"Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.
"We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform.
"Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard."
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Tesla and Elon Musk
- Part 1: The Story of Energy
- Part 2: The Story of Cars
- Part 3: The Story of Tesla
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Elon Musk, planet citizen
Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elon_Musk
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Elon's thinking, a planet citizen's thinking:
From GrnPolicy: Elon Musk spoke of how the iconic whole earth "Blue Marble" photo of Earth had inspired him to dream and to move his technology plans toward a space & earth connection...
Elon speaks of the danger to Earth's atmosphere, our planet's 'thin blue layer': "We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.”
"The greater the change to the chemical composition of the physical, chemical makeup of the oceans and atmosphere [due to increased carbon emissions], the greater the long-term effect will be... [W]hy would you run this crazy experiment to see how bad it'll be? We know it's at least some bad, and the overwhelming scientific consensus is that it'll be 'really bad'."
“As far as Earth is concerned, I think the biggest problem that humanity faces is one of sustainable energy. If we don’t solve that problem this century, independent of any environmental concerns, we will face economic collapse… This is obvious.”
On consciousness: *"I came to the conclusion that really we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask. Really, the only thing that makes sense is to strive for greater collective enlightenment."
On vision: "Going from PayPal, I thought well, what are some of the other problems that are likely to most affect the future of humanity? Not from the perspective, 'what's the best way to make money,' which is okay, but, it was really 'what do I think is going to most affect the future of humanity.'"
- "We need to figure out how to have the things we love, and not destroy the world."
- "[Physics is] a good framework for thinking. … Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there."
- "I have tried to learn as much as possible from prior attempts."
- "Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not."
- "The answer was we thought it could be done."
On Solar and Renewable Energy:
- "By definition we must move towards renewable energy... How can people argue against that? To argue that is to say that eventually we will run out of energy and die or civilization will collapse."
- "When you have an unpriced externality, you can’t quite rely on the market to do the right thing. So in order to have electric vehicles come sooner than they otherwise would — electric vehicles were always going to be the long-term transportation mechanism, but to make that day come sooner — you have to bridge that gap with innovation."
- The next stage of Solar Power needs "a massive volume of stationary battery packs"
Solution: Solar Power + Gigafactories Making Newly Designed NextGen Storage Batteries
Tesla isn't just a car company. Musk is building a $5 billion Gigafactory (see image above) to produce 35 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion batteries per year -- more than the capacity of all the batteries on the planet today combined.
"This will allow us to achieve a major reduction in the cost of our battery packs and accelerate the pace of battery innovation," Musk said in a Tesla investor newsletter. "This will also allow us to address the solar power industry’s need for a massive volume of stationary battery packs."
The first Tesla 'Gigafactory' in Nevada is the centerpiece of its mass-market electric car strategy
The Gigafactory will be a 'net zero' energy consumer and have carbon neutral operations...
- Solar power [with] batteries will be the primary means of sustainable energy production...
- Solar power will be the single largest source of electricity generation by the mid-point of the century..."
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- On perseverance: "If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it."