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Ford makes electrification technology available to rivals

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 02 June 2015

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FORD has announced it is offering competitors access to its electrified vehicle technology patents to help accelerate industry-wide research and development of electrified vehicles.

Ford filed more than 400 patents dedicated to electrified vehicle technologies last year, more than 20 percent of the patents the company filed, totaling more than 2,000 applications.

Ford said it believes sharing its patented technologies will promote faster development of future inventions as all automakers look toward greater opportunities.

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“Innovation is our goal. The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress. By sharing our research with other companies, we will accelerate the growth of electrified vehicle technology and deliver even better products to customers,” said Kevin Layden (left), director, Ford Electrification Programs.

“As an industry, we need to collaborate while we continue to challenge each other. By sharing ideas, companies can solve bigger challenges and help improve the industry.”

Ford currently offers six hybrid or fully electrified vehicles including Ford Focus Electric (above); Ford Fusion Hybrid; Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid; Ford C-MAX Hybrid; Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid; and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

Ford has more than 650 electrified vehicle patents and approximately 1,000 pending patent applications on electrified vehicle technologies.

Some of Ford’s electrified vehicle patents available for competitors to purchase include:

Method and Apparatus for Battery Charge Balancing, Temperature Dependent Regenerative Brake System for Electric Vehicle and Driving Behaviour Feedback Interface, the latter enabling drivers of non-electrified vehicles to develop better driving habits.

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