The argument for Tesla’s JB Straubel being the world’s foremost expert in batteries

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What is Tesla’s core technology advantage over competitors? Does it even have one? Those are questions that often come up when discussing Tesla’s lead in the electric vehicle sector. Since Tesla open-sourced its patents, some suggested that its technology advantage is virtually nonexistent since competitors could simply use it, but it’s not as simple.

While Tesla’s patents are indeed opened for use in electric vehicles as per its ‘patent pledge’, Tesla is still keeping some trade secrets and the company is fairly secretive about some of its development and manufacturing processes, especially when it comes to batteries, which could very well be Tesla’s core technology advantage led by its co-founder and CTO, JB Straubel. more…

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Great long interview attached to the Electrek article. Really gives insights on the Purple Haze of information surrounding Tesla as a business, and it also gets down to what's real and why.
 
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Thank you Andrea for sharing your expert analysis. Great example of what comprehensive research and critical thinking is all about! Your analysis on Tesla is second-to-none. Whether one is evaluating a presidential candidate, an EV buying decision, or a stock purchase decision; you have helped us understand the meaning of research. Excellent job in helping me cement my plan to buy a Model3!