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  • 2012 Tesla Model S beta vehicle, Fremont, CA, October 2011

    When it comes to Tesla and electric-car batteries, the eyes of most analysts are currently on the automaker's "Gigafactory," which began battery-cell production earlier this year. The Gigafactory is expected to build cells in massive numbers, but using a variation of the same lithium-ion chemistry that currently dominates in the electric-car sector. Yet Tesla may also be planning to add a different type of battery for future electric cars. DON'T MISS: Tesla starts cell production at Gigafactory, shows it off to investors Several years ago, Tesla began filing patent applications for a hybrid...

  • Patent drawing for Volkswagen electric car concept - Image via Motor1
    Future VW electric-car concepts revealed in patent drawings

    As it tries to recover from the "Dieselgate" scandal, Volkswagen has gotten more serious about electric cars. At the recent 2016 Paris Motor Show, it unveiled the I.D. compact electric-car concept, and promised a future production model based on it. Now, it appears the ID could be the first of...

  • 2015 Ford Focus Electric
    Ford Opens Electrified-Vehicle Patents, Adds 200 Engineers To Work On Hybrids, Electrics

    Ford Motor Company announced this morning that it would open its portfolio of patents related to electrified vehicles--meaning both hybrids and electric cars--to competitive automakers. The Dearborn, Michigan, company says its goal is to "accelerate industry-wide research and development of...

  • Audi A7 h-tron quattro
    Audi Buys Patents For Fuel-Cell Technology From Ballard Systems

    Audi buys fuel-cell patents and plans to share them with other VW Group brands.

  • 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014
    Toyota Offers To License Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Patents, For Free

    Toyota announced today that it would make more than 5,600 patents on fuel-cell technologies available for use, free of royalty payments, to a wide array of companies in the transportation sector. Those patents include many granted for innovations that led to the production version of the Japanese...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S
    Is Detroit Responding To Tesla Patent Offer With Collective 'Meh'?

    Last month, electric car maker Tesla Motors took the unusual step of opening up its patents to other automakers. Automakers usually guard their patents very closely, ensuring them as much competitive advantage as they can get away with before someone builds something better. Open Tesla's patents...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

    Ford isn't having much luck with its hybrid vehicles. Don't get us wrong, they're selling well, but after complaints that Ford's hybrids couldn't hit their stated EPA mileage figures, Ford is now facing a lawsuit that accuses it of infringing on technology patents in its hybrid vehicles. Bloomberg reports that Ford is being sued by Paice LLC, a Baltimore-based engineering company specializing in hybrid technology. Ford and Paice met more than 100 times between 1999 and 2004 to develop a hybrid system that would increase gas mileage without losing performance. The two companies apparently...

  • Tesla Motors Supercharger Network In 2015  -  released May 2013
    Tesla Patents Prepare For Common Cross-Country Electric-Car Travel Via Supercharger

    This past week–almost exactly 500 days after Tesla Motors announced the first six stations in its Supercharger network–a father-daughter team in a Tesla Model S electric car became the first to cross the country by Supercharger alone. MORE: Elon Musk Talks Tesla Model X Details, Model S...

  • Tesla Model S battery pack, from U.S. patent 8286743 for Vehicle Battery Pack Ballistic Shield
    How Tesla May Beef Up Its Model S Battery Protection System

    Unless your name is Brinks, you rarely hear the words "armor" and "car" mentioned in the same sentence. But two recent widely-publicized fires in the Tesla Model S electric car have put the spotlight on how its battery pack is protected from severe impacts underneath the car. MORE: Tesla Fires...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S
    Will Future Tesla Electric Cars Use Metal-Air Batteries?

    Most advocates and industry analysts expect lithium-ion batteries to dominate electric-car energy storage for the rest of this decade. But is Silicon Valley startup carmaker Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] planning to add a new type of battery to increase the range of its electric cars? The high-end 2013...

  • 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
    With 2013 Fusion Hybrid On The Way, Ford Touts 461 Patents

    The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is one of the more eagerly awaited green cars coming this year. With fuel economy projected at up to 48 mpg city, it improves considerably on the well-regarded current Ford Fusion Hybrid, which is rated by the EPA at 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, for a combined overall...

  • 2012 Toyota Aqua hybrid (2012 Toyota Prius C)
    Toyota Leads In Hybrid, Electric Patent Filings, But Is It Really Ahead?

    Here’s an interesting question for you: which automakers are currently leading when it comes to electric and hybrid car development? Like us, you might have the inclination to chose Toyota or perhaps Nissan. After all, the Renault-Nissan alliance has already spent over $5.6 Billion on...

  • Mazda offset wheel-mounted motor patent

    For years Mazda remained adamant that diesel and advanced gasoline engines would be enough to satisfy its needs for more fuel-efficient cars, but last year, in a major shift in strategy, the automaker decided it would follow the crowd and embrace hybrids and electric powertrains. The change in heart was revealed by Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi who has previously revealed that his company will have hybrid and electric powertrains in its lineup by 2015, although there will still be a focus on improving the efficiency of both Mazda’s diesel and petrol engines. Now, the first tangible evidence...

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