In a bid to boost the electric car productivity, Toyota has opened about 24000 of its patents. This means that any company wishing to use Toyota’s EV technology can use them – For Free. There’s a catch here though – the patents are open only till the year 2030. Toyota will look to license the use of patents after that.
Some of the 23,740 patents date back to 20 years and covers electric motors, power control units, fuel cells, chargers and more. Patents related to Engine and transaxles will also be made available. They will also provide technical support to those who use its motors and other components, but it’s a chargeable service. This way, Toyota feels that it will speed up EV car productivity.
“Encouraging the development and marketing of electrified vehicles is a long-standing top-priority management issue,” says Toyota. Toyota also feels that Electric and hybrid vehicles should be widespread to reach climate goals and to fight climate change.
“Based on the high volume of inquiries we receive about our vehicle electrification systems from companies that recognize a need to popularise hybrid and other electrified vehicle technologies, we believe that now is the time for cooperation,” said Shigeki Terashi, Executive Vice President of Toyota.
“If the number of electrified vehicles accelerates significantly in the next ten years, they will become standard, and we hope to play a role in supporting that process.”
Toyota believes that releasing the patents will boost productivity as developing EVs is expensive and complicated. Expensive in terms of time, money and resource.
How the patents stack up?
Toyota has already released about 5680 patents relating to fuel cell technology in 2015. In addition, Toyota has added 2590 electric motor patents, 2020 power control unit patents, 7550 system control patents, 1320 engine transaxle patents, 2200 charger patents, 2380 fuel cell patents.
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