The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in crowdsourced electric vehicle (EV) charging is driven by increasing demand for EVs, limited availability of traditional infrastructure, advancements in sensor and communication technology, growing popularity of the peer-to-peer sharing economy, government support for charging infrastructure, and growing importance of technologies such as vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability, smart charging, blockchain, and artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize EV charging. 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 Electric vehicles in automotive: crowdsourced EV charging. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over one million patents to analyze innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Crowdsourced EV charging is a key innovation area in electric vehicles

Crowdsourced EV charging refers to a system or method that allows electric or battery-powered vehicles to recharge their batteries with the help of data gathered from various sources. This data can include information about available charging stations, their location, condition, and other relevant details. By utilizing crowdsourced data, EV owners can easily find and navigate to nearby charging stations, improving the overall convenience and efficiency of the charging process.

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 crowdsourced EV charging.

Key players in crowdsourced EV charging – 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 crowdsourced EV charging

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 81 Unlock Company Profile
CDW 20 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 64 Unlock Company Profile
Cox Enterprises 87 Unlock Company Profile
Flex 14 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 28 Unlock Company Profile
Kapsch TrafficCom 30 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 34 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 10 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 47 Unlock Company Profile
TomTom 10 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 10 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 32 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 15 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 14 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 30 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 6 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 15 Unlock Company Profile
LG 5 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 9 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 32 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 8 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 24 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 32 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 6 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 5 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 96 Unlock Company Profile
Via Transportation 7 Unlock Company Profile
Peloton Technology 31 Unlock Company Profile
Cleverciti Systems 11 Unlock Company Profile
Nio 59 Unlock Company Profile
Superpedestrian 53 Unlock Company Profile
Emerging Automotive 13 Unlock Company Profile
Bird Global 5 Unlock Company Profile
Parking Cloud 8 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Ford Motor Cis one of the leading patent filers in crowdsourced EV charging. The company focussed on identifying stations, matching drivers, and providing information. Ford's commitment to developing innovative solutions and commercializing these solutions gives it a competitive advantage in making EV charging more convenient and affordable. Some other key patent filers in this space include Cox Enterprises and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance.

In terms of application diversity, Nio leads the pack, while Ford Motor and Superpedestrian stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Cox Enterprises held the top position, followed by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and Kapsch TrafficCom.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Electric Vehicles (EV).

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