The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in electric vehicle (EV) charger docking is driven by EV market growth, safety and compliance, and growing importance of technologies such as digital twin and battery swapping technologies. 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 charger docking. Buy the report here.
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 charger docking is a key innovation area in electric vehicles
EV charger docking refers to the connection of a charging station or cable with an electric vehicle to charge the vehicle’s battery.
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 charger docking.
Key players in EV charger docking – 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 charger docking
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Yazaki is one of the leading patent filers in EV charger docking. The company also introduced autonomous driving technologies. Yazaki’s EV charger docking technology helps to monitor battery levels and schedule charging sessions to minimize peak demand and reduce energy. The technology also enhances safety by ensuring that the charging process is secure. Some other key patent filers in this space include Porsche Automobil and Sumitomo.
In terms of application diversity, Renault leads the pack, while General Motors and Daimler stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Easee held the top position, followed by Tesla and Legrand.
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