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All Our Patent Are Belong To You, By Tesla CEO Elon Musk

June 12, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Tesla

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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.

This article is a repost, credit: Tesla.

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Drayson Racing Technologies Announces Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Licence Agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated

September 12, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, FIA Formula E

Record-beating Drayson B12 69/EV Electric Hypercar Photo courtesy of Drayson Racing

Record-beating Drayson B12 69/EV Electric Hypercar
Photo courtesy of Drayson Racing

OXFORD, England, September 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

  • Drayson Racing Technologies LLP (DRT) and Qualcomm Incorporated have entered into a wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) licence agreement.
  • The licence agreement enables DRT to include Qualcomm HaloTM WEVC technology in products that it supplies to customers in the motorsport and automotive sectors.

Drayson Racing Technologies LLP, the low-carbon motorsport and electric vehicle R&D business, today announced that it has entered into a wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) licence agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated to include Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in its products.

Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology enables the wireless charging of electric vehicles via a pad in parking space. It is a technology that is likely to radically improve EV infrastructure and uptake. Revolutionary dynamic wireless charge-on-the-move systems are also being developed.

The licence agreement enables DRT to make and supply products including Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology to customers in the motorsport and automotive sectors.

The license agreement builds upon the Oxford-based firm’s role as an Official WEVC Performance Motorsport Development Partner for Qualcomm Halo technology in high performance motorsport.

Qualcomm Europe Inc. announced in January this year its sponsorship of the Drayson Racing Team to promote Qualcomm Halo™ WEVC technology during the launch phase of the new FIA Formula E Championship.

DRT has been testing a specially developed 20kW, high power Qualcomm Halo wireless charging system on the Drayson B12/69EV prototype electric racing car. DRT is developing systems for use on road going EVs and for electric racing cars that will participate in the forthcoming FIA Formula E Championship.

DRT and Qualcomm Europe have been rigorously testing the Qualcomm Halo WEVC system. Testing has taken place during high-speed trials and under racing conditions, including setting a new hill-climb electric vehicle record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and establishing a new world land speed record (subject to FIA homologation) in June of this year for sub-1000kg electric cars.

Lord Drayson, founder and CEO of Drayson Racing Technologies said:

“We are delighted to announce this further development in our relationship with Qualcomm, a global leader in wireless technologies. Qualcomm’s commitment to innovation makes it a perfect fit for Drayson Racing Technologies and our shared commitment to sustainable technology development through motorsport competition. We are looking forward to applying this breakthrough technology to the next generation of high performance electric road and racing cars.”

About Drayson Racing Technologies LLP

Drayson Racing Technologies LLP was founded by Lord (Paul) Drayson, the biopharma entrepreneur who became Science Minister under New Labour before pursuing a successful racing career and competing at Le Mans.

The Oxfordshire based firm has been in the vanguard of electric vehicle technology and clean-energy motorsport since 2007. It works to develop key R&D solutions, components and drivetrains for the next generation of electric vehicles. Through its relationship with Qualcomm, the company is also at the forefront of the development of wireless charging – systems that will allow electric cars to fast-charge without the use of a cable.

Drayson Racing was the first team to sign up for the new FIA Formula E Championship for electric racing cars where it will run a two car entry.

Drayson Racing Technologies has already created a world record setting electric racing car that recently set a new world land speed record of 204.2mph (subject to FIA homologation) for an electric car weighing less than 1000kg.

This article is a repost, credit: Drayson Racing Technologies LLP,

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Qualcomm becomes Founding Technology Partner of FIA Formula E Championship

September 9, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, FIA Formula E

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Photo courtesy of FIA Formula E

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today (Spetember, 9) announced a multiyear agreement with Formula E Holdings (FEH) to become an Official Founding Technology Partner of the FIA Formula E Championship, the new international championship featuring racing cars powered exclusively by electric energy. The agreement will allow Qualcomm and FEH to showcase mobile and Electronic Vehicle technologies globally through an exhilarating sport and demonstrate how current and future generations all over the world, can benefit from wireless, sustainable technology on and off the track.

As a leader in the mobile space, Qualcomm will advise FEH in their quest to incorporate new and more sustainable technologies into the racing series. As a start, Qualcomm Halo™ Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology will be adapted to be fitted into the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship safety cars so they can be wirelessly charged. The wireless charging system will be made available to the race cars from season two.

Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology uses resonant magnetic induction to transfer energy between a ground-based pad and a charging pad on the electric vehicle.  Drivers simply park over the base pad and charging commences automatically.  As part of its advisory role, Qualcomm will evaluate the connectivity and mobile technology of each of the ten venue cities around the world, providing solutions to help enhance the spectator experience around the circuit such as live streaming to fans, video gaming and social media.

“Our collaboration with the FIA Formula E Championship is not just a great opportunity to showcase Qualcomm technologies such as our Halo WEVC system, but to evaluate and improve wireless connectivity and EV technology across the globe, especially in the host cities,” said Paul Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm. “We hope this arrangement will leverage mobile technology to enhance the fan experience and impact the global movement towards more sustainable living.”

“The FIA Formula E Championship is going to become a showcase for electric vehicle technology,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Championship Promoters Formula E Holdings. “As the global leader in mobile technology, Qualcomm’s involvement will not only help us develop new advances in EV technology but also to provide our fans and the world’s EV community with the best race viewing experience possible. New technologies in connectivity, wireless and mobile, fit perfectly with a Championship open to new technology, not only for the cars but for everything around the venue.”

This article is a repost, credit: FIA Formula E,

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New electric vehicle land speed record established

June 26, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News

As the new world record holder, Lord Drayson said: “I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable."  Photo courtesy of Drayson Racing

As the new world record holder, Lord Drayson said: “I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable.”
Photo courtesy of Drayson Racing

The UK sustainable motorsport company, Drayson Racing, has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185mph.

Former UK government science minister, businessman and racing driver Lord Drayson was behind the wheel of the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype.

In near perfect conditions, the Oxford-based team smashed the previous 175mph record, which had stood for nearly forty years, by 29.2mph.

As the new world record holder, Lord Drayson said: “I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record tonight and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable. Drayson Racing is a laboratory for Electric Vehicle technology, testing it to the most extreme level, as we’ve seen today.”

“It is not the outright speed of 203mph that is most impressive about this record, but the engineering challenge of accelerating a 1000kg electric vehicle on a short runway over a measured mile. However, I’ve got a great team and world-class partners, such as QualcommHalo, Michelin, Multimatic and Cosworth.”

“This is a true celebration of Britain’s leading position within the burgeoning electric vehicle industry, and I’m delighted to be at the forefront of this electric revolution. We hope to set more records tomorrow.”

Drayson Racing is a research and development business, pioneering the development of sustainable technologies in the challenging environment of motorsport. With the electric land speed record it intends to showcase what is possible with an electric drivetrain and highlight Britain’s position in the EV industry.

The team is currently attempting to set more records including that for EV acceleration.

Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype Photo courtesy of Drayson Racing

Drayson B12 69/EV
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June 21, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Politics, Tesla


2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year Tesla Model S All-electric, Zero-emissions Image courtesy of Tesla

2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year
Tesla Model S
All-electric, Zero-emissions
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The bottom line for New York consumers and New York suppliers is that if this bill passes, special interests in Albany will once again have gotten their way while robbing New Yorkers of choices in the marketplace, and Tesla will be put out of business in New York. The result would be that all of Tesla’s New York employees will lose their jobs. It means that New York-based suppliers to Tesla will lose business and New York consumers cannot buy the most advanced electric car in the world today. Banning Tesla from selling its vehicles is also a step in the wrong direction for reducing carbon vehicle emissions and the green environmental movement in New York. With the State of New York pushing so hard to lead green innovation supporting entire agencies for energy efficiency like NYSERDA, it is absolutely defies logic to ban Tesla from selling electric cars in New York.

From the beginning, Tesla’s goal has been to catalyze the market for electric vehicles and selling through intermediaries at this stage of the company will not work. For Auto Dealer Associations to claim that restricting competition is in the best interests of the public is wrong and defies obvious common sense. If we are kept out of New York, it forestalls progress and defeats innovation.

Tesla has created jobs in New York at both its stores and service centers and the sales of its vehicles go into supporting the local economy. Tesla remains committed to bringing electric vehicle technology and its customer focused sales and ownership experience to New York consumers, while complying with all local and state laws.”

This article is a repost, credit: Tesla Motors,

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The eGallon: How Much Cheaper Is It to Drive on Electricity? Source: DOE

June 11, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News

How much does it cost to commute to work or drive across town? The price of gasoline is posted at every corner gas station, but what about the cost of driving on electricity? The Department of Energy’s eGallon provides a quick and simple answer to this question and allows electric vehicle (EV) drivers to see how much they can save on fuel by using electricity instead of gasoline.

The price of an eGallon tells consumers how much it costs to drive an EV the same distance you could go on a gallon of unleaded gasoline in a similar car. It’s that simple. We take the average distance that a gasoline-powered vehicle can drive on a gallon of gas (28.2 miles for comparable 2012 model year cars), and then calculate how much it would cost to drive the average EV that same distance. Because electricity prices are a little different state to state, our eGallon tool shows how much an eGallon costs in your state, and compares it to the cost of gasoline. As you can see, on average, fueling your car with gasoline costs roughly 3 times more than fueling with electricity.

If you chart the price of gasoline and the eGallon price over time, you’ll notice something else. Gasoline prices often spike up and down erratically because they’re linked to international oil markets. Events half a world away can drive up the price we pay at the pump. High prices and uncertainty are a heavy burden for American consumers. On the other hand, the cost of electricity is regional and much more stable, so you generally don’t have to worry about the wild gyrations seen in gas prices.

Chart courtesy of DOE

Chart courtesy of DOE

The eGallon price arms consumers with a little bit more information to compare the costs of driving an electric car to the cost of gasoline, but it doesn’t measure some of the other benefits of driving on electricity. There are significant environmental benefits — particularly as the share of electricity that comes from clean and renewable energy increases — as well as benefits for America’s energy security. Instead of spending $1 billion a day on foreign oil, with electric vehicles and other technologies we can power our cars, homes and businesses with American energy.

As electric vehicle technology continues to improve and the cost of the vehicles continues to fall, more and more Americans are making the switch to electric. If you’re curious about how much you could save, be sure to check out for the latest eGallon price in your state.

This article is a repost, credit: US Department of Energy, Dan Leistikow, Director, Office of Public Affairs,