TodayApril 16, 2022

Tesla’s Elon Musk; crazy, or crazy like a fox?

Tesla’s Elon Musk; crazy, or crazy like a fox?

Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation and John Batchelor, host of the John Batchelor radio show talk about the happenings of the week.

If I were to ask any question to Elon Musk about his altruistic announcement today concerning open-sourcing all his patents for Tesla where he said, “At Tesla, however, we felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales, and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla. We couldn’t have been more wrong. The unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.

At best, the large automakers are producing electric cars with limited range in limited volume. Some produce no zero emission cars at all.

Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. Our true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.”

the question would be, Elon, Do you plan to make all of Space X patents open source?

Tesla is not the first company to open source a patent. Volvo open-sourced the 3-point safety belt that all car companies use today, but that was one patent.

GM Recalls 512,000 2010-2014 Chevy Camaros because of ignition switch-off

General Motors announced another recall, this time 512,000 2010-2014 Chevy Camaros, saying a flaw in the ignition switch can turn the car off. GM says they are issuing a new key and fob that aren’t attached to each other. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Automotive News is reporting that Attorney generals in Florida, Connecticut, Indiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Utah are also investigating

There comes a point – and this may be it – that Mary Barra should just give up on the key and ignition switch and go with a start/stop button and a key fob.

Why all the recalls by so many car companies?

Lincoln number One highest in satisfaction premium brand

AutoPacific is a product-consulting firm. For the past 18 years, Auto Pacific has been identifying the most satisfying vehicles on the market with what they call Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA).

AutoPacifics VSA are based on the results of responses from over 92,000
2014 vehicle owners. For the 2014 model year, there are 274 models and
32 brands from which to choose a new vehicle.

Top 2014 model year performers are:

President’s award for highest VSA score ever: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Highest satisfaction premium brand: Lincoln
Highest satisfaction popular brand: GMC


Premium Luxury Car Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Executive Luxury Car Lincoln MKS
Aspirational Luxury Car BMW 3-Series GT
Luxury Mid-Size Car Lincoln MKZ
Large Car Chevrolet Impala
Mid-Size Car Kia Optima
Premium Compact Car Mercedes-Benz CLA
Compact Car Kia Soul
Economy Car Chevrolet Sonic
Sports Car Chevrolet Corvette
Sporty Car Chevrolet Camaro
Hybrid Car/EV Lincoln MKZ Hybrid


Heavy-Duty Pickup Ford F-Series Super Duty
Light Duty Pickup GMC Sierra
Luxury/Large SUV Infiniti QX80
Mid-Size SUV Jeep Grand Cherokee
Premium Luxury Crossover SUV BMW X5
Luxury Crossover SUV Cadillac SRX
Large Crossover SUV GMC Acadia
Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV Toyota Highlander
Mid-Size Crossover SUV Nissan Rogue
Compact Crossover SUV Hyundai Tucson
Minivan Honda Odyssey

The brands that improved their relative ranking positions in 2014 compared with 2013 are: GMC moving from 17th to 8th position; Lincoln moving from 6th position to 1st position; Ford moving from 25th to 19th; Chevrolet moving from 21st to 16th. Brands with the largest drop in position were Volkswagen moving from 16th to 28th position and Jaguar dropping from 7th to 17th.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.