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Ford Opens up EV Technology Patents to Other Automakers

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/28/2015 Erick Ayapana

Ford currently has about 650 electrified vehicle patents and as of today all of them are open and available to study and use. Ford’s move comes after Tesla Motors and Toyota made similar moves in the past year, with the former sharing its EV technology and the latter making available its fuel cell tech.

Like Tesla and Toyota, Ford claims sharing its patents will help accelerate EV development in the industry. Ford’s lineup currently includes six EV or hybrid vehicles including the Focus Electric and the Fusion hybrid. Ford, however, is far from slowing down its work on electrification and claims that it has at least 1,000 pending patent applications related to EV technology.MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

While Toyota and Tesla have made their patents free to use, Ford says it will charge a fee. Access will only be granted by contacting its licensing office or AutoHarvest, a third-party organization dedicated to discussing and sharing intellectual property.

Last summer, Tesla CEO Elon Musk open-sourced his company’s EV technology stating that patents “stifle progress” and are a “lottery ticket to a lawsuit.” Musk also called out bigger automakers for having “small to non-existent” EV programs and need to do more to help reduce carbon emissions. Meanwhile, Toyota earlier this year opened up over 5,000 patents related to its fuel cell technology, only requesting that other companies share their fuel cell patents in return.

Source: Ford

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