During the Q&A on yesterday’s Patent sharing newsupdate CEO Elon Musk spoke briefly about speaking to BMW on patents.

For high-speed charging in particular, I think that’s a great area for commonality among manufacturers. In fact, the team from BMW was visiting Tesla last night. We talked about potential ways to collaborate, and one of them was on the Supercharging network. We’re more than happy to have other manufacturers use our Supercharging network and / or to build superchargers and install them, and then maybe have some sort of cross-use agreement.

BMW spokesman Kenn Sparks confirmed the meeting. “Both companies are strongly committed to the success of electro-mobility and discussed how to further strengthen the development of electro-mobility on an international level.”

Infrastructure is an area where, as Musk puts it, cooperation truly does “raise all boats”.  I particularly interested to see what Tesla does with CHAdeMO adapters and sharing that network.

Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.

About the Author