The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in electric drive capacitance management is driven by demands to upgrade grid infrastructure to improve the accessibility of power in both developed and developing nations, and growing importance of technologies such as battery management systems, electric motor controllers, and thermal management systems. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.7 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in automotive: electric drive capacitance management. Buy the report here.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
300+ innovations will shape the automotive industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the automotive industry using innovation intensity models built on over one million patents, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, integrated multi-motor drivetrains, electric power steering (EPS), and post-collision handling are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Variable compression engines, V2V distance monitoring, and turbocharger shaft bearings are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among the maturing innovation areas are kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) and plasma-jet ignition, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the automotive industry
Electric drive capacitance management is a key innovation area in automotive
Electric drive capacitance management refers to the technology and systems involved in managing and optimizing the electric drive power supply and control in trailer vehicles. This involves the use of electric motors, drive systems, control units, brakes, and energy storage devices, among others.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30 companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of electric drive capacitance management.
Key players in electric drive capacitance management – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to electric drive capacitance management
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Hyliion is one of the leading patent filers in electric drive capacitance management. It has developed a new capacitor bank that is more energy-dense and has a longer lifespan than previous capacitor banks. This allows the electric drive capacitance management system to store more energy and release it to the electric motor more quickly. Hyliion has also developed a new power electronics system that can handle more power than previous power electronics systems, allowing more efficient transfer of energy between the battery pack, capacitor bank, and the electric motor. Some other key patent filers in this space include Truma Geratetechnik, Zeppelin-Stiftung, and Porsche Automobil.
In terms of application diversity, General Motors leads the pack, while Deere and Ford Motor stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, K-Ryole held the top position, followed by Randon Implementos and Hyliion.
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