As the world gears up to make this shift to Electric Vehicles, Toyota have opened their vehicle electrification patents to be used by other manufacturers
Electric Vehicles are the next big thing in the automobile industry. Almost all major auto makers have begun their attempts at besting each other in their prowess to design and manufacture EV’s. Long time arch rivals BMW and Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes Benz, are partnering each other in a host of EV based businesses. However, amidst all the competition, some companies are also looking to encourage innovation, like all engineering firms should. A few years ago, Tesla open sourced a lot of their patents, to help other EV manufacturers. Now, Toyota have followed suit, as they have now made 20 years’ worth of EV patents public.
Designing EV’s and hybrid vehicles is a tougher task then designing conventional vehicles. The cars need to be able to efficiently manage large battery packs, without compromising on drivability. Toyota was one of the first manufacturers of hybrid vehicles, and the company has a wealth of knowledge gained by years of extensive research to offer to other manufacturers. The company is now offering 24,000 patents, without a royalty charge, to boost the speed of electrification of vehicles. These patents include 2,600 electric motor patents, 2,020 patents regarding power control units, 7,550 system control patents, and many more.
The move from the Japanese auto maker is going to prove very beneficial for other smaller EV makers. "Based on the high volume of inquiries we receive about our vehicle electrification systems from companies that recognize a need to popularize hybrid and other electrified vehicle technologies, we believe that now is the time for cooperation. If the number of electrified vehicles accelerates significantly in the next 10 years, they will become standard, and we hope to play a role in supporting that process." Says Shigeki Terashi, Toyota’s Chief Safety Technology Officer.
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