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Ford to make EV technology patents available to rivals

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by RobStark, May 27, 2015.

  1. RobStark

    RobStark Active Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Los Angeles
    May 28, 2015 - 12:01 am ET

    DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is following Tesla Motors in opening up hundreds of patents on electric-car technology to competitors in a move aimed at accelerating development of electrified vehicles.

    Ford’s plan differs from Tesla’s, though, in that Ford is licensing its patents for a fee, whereas Tesla last year made its patents available to anyone for free.

    Ford said it has more than 650 patents and about 1,000 pending patent applications related to hybrid and plug-in vehicles.

    The automaker said it filed more than 400 patents for those technologies last year alone, accounting for more than 20 percent of its 2014 filings, and plans to hire 200 more electrified-vehicle engineers this year to further its research in that area.

    1) Are Ford HEV,PHEV, and BEV patents worth anything to competitors?

    2) Are they worth the price Ford is asking?

    3) Or is this a green washing publicity stunt Ford posturing as Tesla?
  2. Yggdrasill

    Yggdrasill Active Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Kongsberg, Norway
    My guess is that a number of patents are interesting to competitors. While Ford hasn't been able to achieve much in the BEV/PHEV/HEV market overall, there are always details that they have done right. Now my guess is that a lesser number of patents are worth the price asked, as some patents are likely to only be of marginal interest to a competitor. And yes, Ford is probably doing it for publicity.
  3. David99

    David99 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2014
    Brea, Orange County
    Whatever the motivation is, it's a good thing for the advancement of EVs.

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