I hope that this has a positive impact on getting electric cars to the masses.
It's a bold plan, and I hope to see it succeed. By opening up the patents, Musk has allowed the electric car market to jump years ahead. The obtrusive patent system is one reason we have seen marginal increases in the tech and car markets over the last 5 years. Tesla is also one of the few car companies that don't use dealerships, another important innovation in the car market.