“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,” Musk wrote.
“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.”
Musk hopes to change that with today's decision.
“I don’t think people appreciate what’s going on, and how much inertia the climate has. It would be short sighted for Tesla to hold these things close to our vest," Musk said. "We can’t do it all. We’re too small. As we get bigger, we can help other companies.”
Musk said he met with BMW executives on Wednesday to discuss potential collaborations, including the use of Tesla’s high-speed charging system.
“It’s a great area for commonality among manufacturers, I’d be more than happy for them to use our supercharger network,” Musk said, adding that the only constraint is that a patent-sharing charger “has to be able to charge at 135-kilowatt level.”
According to Musk’s blog, patents “serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors.”
However, during Tesla’s startup phase, “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 lack of market acceptance for EVs has kept manufacturers from investing more heavily in the vehicles, Musk contends.
However, several automakers -- including Toyota, Honda and Hyundai -- have walked away from battery-electric vehicles in favor of vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells, citing EVs’ lack of range and the cost and weight of the battery packs.
Musk disagreed and added that fuel cells aren’t being used to power satellites or billions of cell phones.