Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EVrEVolution: Nissan throws in FREE Charging for a new LEAF/Tesla Motors releases all EV Patents | Off Grid EV Project

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The #EVrEVolution picks up pace as Nissan offers FREE Charging with purchase of the Well-Received LEAF, and Elon Musk announces the release of all Tesla Motors Patents to boost the growth of the Electric Vehicle Market:

"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." - Elon Musk, 12.06.2014 - Tesla Blog


"Nissan announced the expansion of its successful "No Charge to Charge" promotion, which will provide two years of no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF. In total, Nissan will launch "No Charge to Charge" in 25 U.S. markets, which are currently responsible for more than 80 percent of Nissan LEAF sales. New owners will receive an EZ-Charge card that will provide access to chargers with ChargePoint, Blink Network from Car Charging Group, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo." - Nissan


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Nissan throws in some free charging with purchase of a #LEAF

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A Day in the Life of an EV Fast Charger
Nissan has announced the expansion of its No Charge to Charge promotion, which provides a certain amount of free public charging with the purchase or lease of a new LEAF.

The offer does come with a couple of strings attached. It’s valid for two years from the purchase date, and free charging will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes at CHAdeMO DC fast chargers and one hour at Level 2 stations. Nissan’s Brendan Jones told AutoblogGreen that this should be plenty of time, as the average LEAF driver charges at a CHAdeMO station for around 16-17 minutes.

No Charge to Charge will be launched on July 1 in 10 of the top markets for LEAF sales, and will expand to 15 additional markets “during the following year.”

The promotion will use the new EZ-Charge card, a platform that offers LEAF owners access to the EV charging networks ChargePoint, Blink, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo, all with a single card.

“No Charge to Charge and EZ-Charge are a winning combination, making public charging free and easy for new LEAF buyers,” said Nissan Senior VP Fred Diaz. “Public charging is an important way to provide added range confidence to EV buyers and persuade more shoppers to join the more than 110,000 LEAF drivers around the world.”

ChargePoint, a network of over 16,500 charging locations, proudly announced its partnership with Nissan in the program. “Since we formed, ChargePoint has led the way on interoperability,” said CEO Pasquale Romano. “Everything we do is aimed at providing a seamless driving experience. The ability to offer free charging across our network is an added benefit with ChargePoint and we’re excited to provide the option to all our partners. While Nissan’s No Charge to Charge program is focused specifically on DC fast chargers, ChargePoint is committed to providing a fuel credit option across all our public stations.”


Source: Nissan, AutoblogGreen



Elon Musk talks #Tesla and climate change
Elon Musk, the man behind the revolutionary electric car company Tesla, sits down with Chris Hayes to discuss his decision to open up patents to other car companies. All in with Chris Hayes - MSNBC

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June 12, 2014

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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.
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