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Tesla Motors designs, manufactures, and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components.
Is Tesla Motors strictly speaking open source hardware? Nope, until now they don’t share their full design files. But Tesla Motors made another move that makes it worth to be featured here: In 2014 Tesla Motors opened up all their patents – „All Our Patents Are Belong To You“.
So Tesla understands open source platform strategies and tries to make it work to solve for example one of their biggest issues: How to make the network of charging stations grow and electro-mobility more comfortable for its users and by that a bigger success? Tesla provides now the new possible open industry standard. And only a few weeks later the move already seems to pay off.
Openness as a strategy towards growth:
“we believe applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position” (Elon Musk, CEO Tesla Motors, qoute source)
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