Toyota to allow free access to nearly 24,000 hybrid vehicle patents
Christian Fernsby | ▼ April 3, 2019
Toyota Motor Corporation announced two measures related to its patents and technical knowledge to further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles.
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First, Toyota announced that it will grant royalty-free licenses on nearly 24,000 patents it holds (including some pending applications) for vehicle electrification-related technologies.
Second, Toyota will provide fee-based technical support to other manufacturers developing and selling electrified vehicles when they use Toyota's motors, batteries, PCUs, control ECUs, and other vehicle electrification system technologies as part of their powertrain systems.
Ultimately, by granting royalty-free patents and providing technical support on its vehicle electrification systems, Toyota aims to help further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles, and in so doing, help governments, automakers, and society at large accomplish goals related to climate change.
he royalty-free patents are advanced technologies found in electrified vehicles, particularly those used in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) that have helped Toyota realize enhanced performance, reduced size, and cost reductions.
More specifically, the patents included are for parts and systems, such as electric motors, power control units (PCUs), and system controls.
These are core technologies that can be applied to the development of various types of electrified vehicles including HEVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).
Together, Toyota will offer approximately 23,740 patents awarded over more than 20 years of electrified vehicle technology development.
The grant period will start immediately and last through the end of 2030.
Contracts for the grants may be issued by contacting Toyota and discussing specific licensing terms and conditions. ■ What to read next
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