Ford to go down open source route like Tesla and make available its electric vehicle patents

05/28/2015 - 00:00

By FRED LAMBERT |  @FredericLambert -

In a press release today, Ford announced that they are opening to competitors the patents and patent applications they have for electric vehicles. The move is not unlike what Tesla did last year when they opened all their patents in the spirit of accelerating the advent of electric transport. Here is what Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of Electrification Programs,  had to say about the announcement:

"Innovation is our goal. The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress. By sharing our research with other companies, we will accelerate the growth of electrified vehicle technology and deliver even better products to customers."