Automakers have been banking a lot when it comes to developing electric vehicles. Just about every one of them has, or will, put out some sort of plug-in vehicle, further pushing the cause. Toyota, the world's first mass-market automaker to put out a hybrid vehicle, has just made a bold move to make building EVs that bit easier.
No, they did not collaborate with other automakers to do so. Instead, they released almost 24,000 royalty-free licenses relating to electric powertrain technologies. That means Toyota tech can be used among other automakers who want to build an electric car, and they don't have to go through the a load of legal work to do so.
Not only that, Toyota will also provide technical assistance to other automakers who will be using the electric power technologies. Shigeki Terashi, Member of the Board and Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation, even said, “If the number of electrified vehicles accelerates significantly in the next 10 years, they will become standard, and we hope to play a role in supporting that process". In essence, Toyota is making sure that they will be one of the biggest movers of electric power.
So what have license-free patents have Toyota given? They have given patents to electric motors, power control units (PCUs), and system controls, to name a few. Toyota believes that these core technologies can be applied to the development of various types of electrified vehicles.
These include HEVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), which could bring down the cost of the final product. 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.