Economics Technology

Tesla boss Elon Musk hints at technology giveaway

Stay ahead of the curve... Get top posts first!

Thank you for subscribing!

Get updates on Facebook

Tesla boss Elon Musk has given the strongest hint yet that the firm is considering “freeing” its patents to help speed up electric car development.

When asked by the BBC’s Theo Leggett if he was considering giving technology away, Mr Musk said “you’re on the right track”.

Mr Musk said he hoped to break down technological barriers to help speed up electric car adoption. The firm will deliver the first five of its Model S cars to the UK on Saturday.

Mr Musk told the BBC: “We don’t want to cut a path through the jungle and then lay a bunch of land mines behind us.”

Earlier this week, Mr Musk told Tesla shareholders that in order to speed up the pace of adoption of electric cars, Tesla was “playing with doing something fairly significant on this front which would be kind of controversial with respect to Tesla’s patents”.

The company’s Model S sports car will cost approximately £70,000 and be able to travel 300 miles (480km) on a single charge, according to reports. Last year, the firm sold 22,500 vehicles and says it is on track to sell 35,000 this year.

Tesla Motors has a stated goal of making “an electric car that’s better than any petrol car”.

[More.](http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27741041)

Want our best on Facebook?

Facebook comments

“Tesla boss Elon Musk hints at technology giveaway”