Tesla’s partnership with other automakers, Elon Musk says, may not be limited to just providing access to hardware developments and a network of branded charging stations. Speaking to Ford Motor CEO Jim Farley on Twitter Spaces, the Tesla CEO suggested that he would give third-party automakers access to the source code of his company’s software.
At least as far as the operating system is concerned, Tesla is ready for such a step explained Musk: “Perhaps, as in the case of Android, which has become a common standard in the smartphone segment, we could make part of our source code freely available.”. The Tesla boss also expressed his willingness to support the competitor Ford in the development “Fully Updatable Software Vehicle”which Jim Farley thinks is a very difficult task.
The Ford boss also expressed interest in using common raw material suppliers with Tesla for the production of traction batteries. Elon Musk’s company doesn’t shy away from engaging in core activities on its own. At least it will process materials for the manufacture of nickel-based cathodes, but it is in no hurry to engage in the independent production of anodes, although it does not exclude such a possibility.
Musk once again expressed concern that entrepreneurs are in no hurry to engage in the extraction and processing of raw materials for traction batteries in the United States. Tesla will drag out a number of relevant initiatives, but Elon Musk isn’t keen on such inertia in the industry. In his opinion, the market for synthetic graphite, which is used in the manufacture of the main part of the anodes for lithium batteries, is also quite large.