Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ford is opening up its electric car patents

Ford Motor Company is offering competitors access to its electric car?technology patents in a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of the electric car.

In 2014, Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies.
This is more than 20 percent of the patents the company filed – totaling more than 2,000 applications.

Ford Motor Company is a leader in hybrid technology offering six hybrid or fully electrified vehicles including Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, Ford C-MAX Hybrid,?Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. In total, Ford has more than 650 electric car patents and approximately 1,000 pending patent applications on electric car technologies.

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Ford’s innovations have resulted in acclaimed electrified vehicles on the road today, but the company believes sharing its patented technologies will promote faster development of future inventions as all automakers look toward greater opportunities.

To access Ford’s patents and published patent applications, interested parties can contact the company’s technology commercialization and licensing office, or work through AutoHarvest – an automaker collaborative innovation and licensing marketplace.

AutoHarvest allows members to showcase capabilities and technologies, then privately connect with fellow inventors to explore technology and business development opportunities of mutual interest.

As part of Ford’s increased focus on new and innovative technologies, the automaker is set to hire an additional 200 electrified vehicle engineers this year as the team moves into a newly dedicated facility – Ford Engineering Laboratories – home to Henry Ford’s first labs in Dearborn.

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