Submitted by SamO on Thu, 2014-06-05 06:55
You've said from the very beginning, before you started taking public money that your primary mission was to "accelerate the advent of sustainable transport."
You also recently said that Toyota and others would like to buy packs and drive trains from Tesla, they are not yet making the investments necessary for that mission to be accomplished quickly.
If that dilemma can be resolved through creating a low cost patent licensing system or some other innovative way to increase the total marketplace for electric vehicles, then use your best business judgement. It has turned your three current businesses of sustainable energy production (Solar City), sustainable transportation (Tesla Motors) and interplanetary travel (SpaceX) into world changers and made you a billionaire.
There are good reasons NOT to share the technology you've developed, but there are even better ones you probably should.
But in the end, as you said at the recent shareholder's meeting, that Tesla Motors is likely to be "one of the most valuable companies in the world."