Last week’s poll: Tesla’s patent giveaway

In an effort to stimulate the growth of the electric car sector, Tesla boss Elon Musk has indicated that he’s happy for other people to use his patented technology. What would be the most likely impact of this unconventional approach?

Of the 442 respondents who filled out last week’s poll, by dar the largest group, 47 per cent, thought that the opening up of Tesla’s IP would encourage more car companies to embrace electric technologies, and 21 per cent hought it would help reduce the company’s manufacturing costs. Just 14 per cent thought it would have little impact, while 8 per cent thought it would undermine Tesla’s business model; 10 per cent declined to pick an option.

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