The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in electric vehicle (EV) battery mounting is driven by the growing demand for EVs and safe, high-performance and cost-effective batteries, and growing importance of technologies such as ultrasonic welding, structural adhesives, laser bonding, and 3D printing. 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: EV battery mountingBuy 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.

EV battery mounting is a key innovation area in electric vehicles

EV battery mounting refers to the process of securely attaching the battery module or pack to the chassis of an electric vehicle. This ensures that the battery remains stable and protected during vehicle operation, including situations such as collisions. A well-designed battery mounting system plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety, efficiency, and performance of electric vehicles.

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 EV battery mounting.

Key players in EV battery mounting – 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 EV battery mounting

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Hyundai Mobis 22 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Steel 7 Unlock Company Profile
Mia Electric 5 Unlock Company Profile
Subaru 17 Unlock Company Profile
Heuliez 2 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Motors 8 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 132 Unlock Company Profile
BYD 8 Unlock Company Profile
Kobe Steel 2 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 73 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 16 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 5 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 18 Unlock Company Profile
Suzuki Motor 6 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 26 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 20 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 10 Unlock Company Profile
Saudi Arabian Oil 3 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 10 Unlock Company Profile
Teijin 2 Unlock Company Profile
PACCAR 5 Unlock Company Profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 2 Unlock Company Profile 20 Unlock Company Profile
LG 2 Unlock Company Profile
Tesla 3 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 3 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 66 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 34 Unlock Company Profile
POSCO 11 Unlock Company Profile
Stellantis 8 Unlock Company Profile
Gordon Murray Design 10 Unlock Company Profile
Thunder Power Hong Kong 16 Unlock Company Profile
MiddleGround Capital 6 Unlock Company Profile
Shenzhen Zhilun Driving Technology For Electric Vehichle 3 Unlock Company Profile
Rivian 3 Unlock Company Profile
Canoo 8 Unlock Company Profile
Byton North America 3 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toyota Motor is one of the top patent filers in EV battery mounting. With a strong track record in commercializing solutions, the company is focusing on making EV batteries safer and more efficient, while also promoting environmental and health benefits. Some other key patent filers in this space include Hyundai Motor and Kia.

In terms of application diversity, leads the pack, while General Motors and Saudi Arabian Oil stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, held the top position, followed by POSCO and Gordon Murray Design.

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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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.