Tesla may be the most important automotive company in the market with market capitalization and the undisputed leader in the electric vehicle market, but the company alone cannot completely overhaul the automotive industry towards sustainability. To achieve this goal, other car manufacturers would all have to go to electrification. And if there are any clues to Elon Musk’s recent tweets, Tesla seems ready to lend a helping hand to further accelerate his mission.
According to Elon Musk, Tesla does not have the task of crushing its rivals in the car market. Instead, the real mission of society is to accelerate the arrival of sustainable energy. The company would be willing to do what it can to achieve this goal, including supplying its own competitors with key components that would allow them to produce electric cars comparable to the Tesla line-up.
“Tesla is open to software licensing and the supply of powertrains and batteries. We are only trying to accelerate sustainable energy, not to crush competition! “Musk wrote.
In a subsequent tweet, Musk said that Tesla would also be willing to share its software with its competitors. Among them is the Autopilot program, which could very well contribute to a significant recovery of the autonomous management market. The development of the Tesla Autonomous Kit is, after all, completely dependent on real driver data from real road drivers, so adding more non-Tesla vehicles that use Autopilot would certainly be of great benefit.
This is a point that Elon Musk has highlighted in the past. As early as 2018, Musk noted that the Tesla Supercharger Network, largely considered one of the company’s “trenches,” was not a “brick garden.” During a call on Q1 2018 earnings, Musk said Tesla would be happy to partner with other car manufacturers in the EV industry, provided they pay and share costs commensurate with the use of their vehicles.
“We have always said that it is not intended as a brick garden, and we are happy to be able to support other car manufacturers and let them use our Supercharger stations. They would have to pay, you know, share the cost proportional to their use of the vehicle and they would have to be able to accept our charge rate or at least our connector, at least have an adapter to our connector. This is something we are very open to, “said Musk.
So far, only Bollinger Motors, which has launched EV, has publicly expressed its request to use the Tesla Supercharger Network for its B1 and B2 off-road vehicles. Neither Tesla nor Elon Musk have issued a public response to this request to date. As already mentioned, Tesla’s position in the automotive industry today is significantly different from just a few years ago. Today, Tesla is in quieter waters and can be very well positioned to expand its business into a supplier business for other automakers looking to build a viable electric vehicle.