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Commented On: Open-Source Electric Cars? Umm, No, NOT A Good Idea


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By the way, I think Tesla is already using Linux for the large screen central console computer. So, like Apple they build proprietary layers on top of Open Source foundation. Looks like the perfect mix to me.

Commented On: Open-Source Electric Cars? Umm, No, NOT A Good Idea


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While I agree that a totally open source model would be bad - specially for vital software, there is something to be said for Open Source Car design projects such as local-motors dot com.

In the US and Canada, there's a 51% fabrication rules that allow you to build cars and airplanes in a garage as long as you can prove that you've fabricated 51%+ of its parts. In aviation, such airplane is classified as "experimental" and the rules have led to many breakthrough designs.

Local Motors is trying to do the same for cars and so far, it's working. In a way, it's similar to GM's program where buyers are invited to build their own engines -- for a fee.

Commented On: 2012 Ford Focus Electric: Small Ad Budget Due To Low Sales Of Volt, Fisker


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Ford, Audi & BMW are taking the "show me the money" approach toward EVs: just wait for somebody else (GM, Nissan & Tesla) to make the electrification effort, then come late with all guns firing (beautiful cars) to steal the market from them. Genius!

It might just work, as Nissan and GM are design-challenged...
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