Ford has just jumped onto the Tesla bandwagon by opening up it’s patents for all companies to use. I don’t think a Mahindra could follow suit, considering all the money they have invested and someone like a Toyota would be skeptical of such an initiative.
The important question, however, is not whether the patents are free but whether electric cars are truly good for the environment. Currently , electric cars are more a hobby horse of the truly rich and not something for the Aam Aadmi. There remains much for improvement in terms of mileage, reliability and durability. That said, they do provide a useful alternative to existing fossil fuel cars.
However, we ignore a key factor while lauding the lack of pollution from the electric car industry. Though the electric cars themselves may not pollute, we fail to account for the pollution created while generating the electricity for these…
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