Updated June. 14, 2014 06:40
Tesla, the U.S. electric vehicle maker, has decided to make public all patents that it possesses, so that anyone can use them for free. The company took the measure to expand the EV market. It is the first time ever that an automaker has release its patents for free.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said in Teslas blog on Thursday, announced the measure after uploading the post All of our patents are yours. In the CEOs blog, Musk said after vowing that the company would pave the way to make charming electric vehicle before others, and prevent other people from using our patents, it will completely run counter to Teslas goal, adding that their competitors are not small electric vehicle producers, but makers of combustion engine-powered automobiles that are producing countless vehicles daily.
Tesla plans to publicize patents for technology concerning automobile production and electricity power charging stations, and disclose all new technology that we will develop in the future. However, it stops short of disclosing patent on battery that it co-developed with Panasonic.
U.S. state governments have also rolled up their sleeves to spread pollution-free cars. Eight states, namely California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, announced that they will introduce more than 3.3 million pollution-free vehicles by 2025.
Pollution-free cars generate zero emission gas, and include electric vehicle, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and plug hybrid vehicles. The state governments have decided to grant incentives, including credit finance, and allowing of access to car-pool only lanes when consumers buy pollution-free vehicles. As of end last year, an estimated 200,000 pollution-free vehicles were introduced in the U.S.
The U.S. has emerged as battleground of pollution-free vehicles. The number of pollution-free vehicle models sold in the U.S. has increased to 26 this year from 16 last year, as BMW introduced the electric vehicle i3, and the plugin hybrid vehicle i8, while Mercedes Benz put to market the B class electric vehicle. Hyundai Motor started delivering the hydrogen electronic vehicle Tucson ix to U.S. consumers on Tuesday. Toyota decided to advance its production schedule that was set next year and start production of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles at years end.