Oil has ruled the world for far too long, we’ve become so addicted to the thick black substance that we seemingly can’t do anything without having our fix, it’s also a major cause of many of our recent wars. In recent years we’ve seen a change to the world, from the invention of hybrids and smart cars, as well as the recent growth in the world of electric vehicles. The man leading the way in cutting off our dependance on oil is Elon Musk with his Tesla Motors company, the all electric cars that look incredibly stylish while keeping you from needing to pay the ever increasing prices for gasoline. Musk keeps moving forward with his companies, taking a more progressive and forward thinking approach to things than most billionaires would typically feel comfortable using. He’s also a risk taker, one of the biggest being his lawsuit against the Air Force, it’s a big risk but with big risk there’s always a chance for a big reward.
With the upcoming debut of the Gigafactory, a massive production facility for the lithium batteries needed for running Tesla’s various vehicles Musk is getting ready to take the fight against oil addiction to a whole new level. There’s also the addition of the new charging stations that are set to start popping up in locations all over the United States over the next could years, making it easier to drive an electric car by giving more places to charge them. I’m very interested in this concept myself and would love to get into the electric car side of things, but they are quite expensive, but Musk is also looking to drive down the prices of his own vehicles in upcoming years as well, in order to make them more accessible to the masses.
The latest step in the battle against the behemoth that is the oil industry came this week when Musk released the patents for his own products online allowing any company that wants to utilize them the ability to create their own full electric automobiles. Musk states that his company will not file patent lawsuits against any competing car company using his patents in good faith. This is a bold move, but it’s definitely one that could pay off in spades for the consumers of the world, if only other companies would actually use these plans in order to put their own full electric cars on the road. Another example of big risk, big reward, the question is just how big this could be, not so much for Musk himself, but we who purchase vehicles. Let’s hope it’s the next great step in curing our addiction.