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Tesla removes patents to advance electric vehicle technology

"In the spirit of the open source movement", Tesla has removed patents to allow greater innovation from electric vehicle developers. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk acknowledges that the real competitors of his company are't the few other EV models on the market currently, but rather the "enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world's factories every day." Like any other technology developer, Tesla created patents in order to avoid the theft of their ideas by competitors. However Musk believes that the opportunity to reduce emissions and move the world towards a more sustainable and efficient transport system is crucial, pointing out that currently EV accounts for less than 1% of total vehicle sales. While removing patents is a bold move, and one that perhaps can be afforded only by the fact that Tesla is currently secure in its position as market leader, the decision will surely be inspiring for the global engineering community. "We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform", writes Musk. "Technology leadership is not defined by patents, [...] but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineers." Clearly dedicated to an EV future rather than dominated by its own bottom line, Tesla recently announced that a competitive pricing strategy in Europe and China, rather than taking advantage of markets traditionally open to the cost of luxury vehicles. Ensuring affordability and encouraging innovation may well be a strategy that maintains Tesla Motors's position as global electric vehicle leader.   Read Elon Musk's patent article here.

Elon Musk talks electric pickup trucks and supersonic airplanes

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced at the recent New York Times DealBook conference that he has envisaged a design for an electric supersonic airplane, saying there's an "interesting opportunity to make a supersonic vertical takeoff landing jet". Musk cited the end of the Concorde service as his inspiration for the idea. Musk also announced that an electric pickup vehicle is on the cards for the EV manufacturer. Likely similar to Ford's F-Series pickup trucks and might be ready in 5 years. Electric pick ups, supersonic jet planes and the Hyperloop - sounds like science fiction, but with the right power control systems it seems anything is possible. Musk, often cited as the inspiration for Robert Downey Jr's Tony "Iron man" Stark, seems to have recognized that anything is possible, a mindset the engineers at Indice share. Currently Indice's power control algorithm has enabled the us to develop industry leading LED lights, including dimmable MR16s downlights, AR111 lights and a 250W highbay. Indice also launched its car audio amplifier earlier this year at the International CES, which is ideal for electric vehicles, such as Tesla, due to its power, fidelity, efficiency and regenerative PSU. The amplifier will also demonstrated at International CES 2014 at the beginning of January, on the Rare Audio Mobridge stand.   Read more about Elon Musk's interviews at Wired here. More detail about the electric pickup vehicle at Business Insider Australia here.