Making Sense Of When To Use Open Source For EVs
Unless you’ve been off the grid, the latest debate these past few weeks have argued the idea of using Open Source for electric cars, EV. While the idea of Open Source is not new, it flourishes very well in the Linux and other Unix world where it brings you a timely constant stream of improvements, often time for free. However translating it to an industry as intricate as the manufacturing of automobiles based on a more closed source system poses huge challenges, although, it isn’t without rewards.
Open The Source, The Pros. The idea makes sense, at least on paper and ideologically. A shared platform of chassis, controllers, battery management systems where companies could chip in with their expertise and use the overall package. They could then rebadged the product, even go as far as continue to engineer the car or tweak them to suit their specific market needs. You would have an EV that would use a huge community of savoir faire and input at a fraction of the cost any single company could develop. If the pros make sense at first, a closer look reminds us of the dangers of adopting this way of building an industry, especially in the case of making cars that go fast and carry human lives.