The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in electric vehicle (EV) charging optimization is driven by charging speed, cost management, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and high-power 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: EV charging optimization. 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.

EV charging optimization is a key innovation area in electric vehicles

EV charging optimization refers to the process of optimizing the charging of EVs to maximize efficiency, minimize costs, and ensure optimal use of charging infrastructure. It involves analyzing various factors such as travel routes, congestion information, charging station availability, and vehicle conditions to develop an optimal charging plan. By optimizing the charging process, EV charging optimization aims to improve the overall charging experience for EV owners and promote the widespread adoption 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 20+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established automotive companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of EV charging optimization.

Key players in EV charging optimization – 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 charging optimization

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Huawei Investment & Holding 7 Unlock Company Profile
AeroVironment 6 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 28 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 8 Unlock Company Profile
Pioneer 3 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 1 Unlock Company Profile
O2Micro International 2 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 4 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 21 Unlock Company Profile
Intellectual Ventures Management 12 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 3 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 2 Unlock Company Profile
LG 2 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines 2 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 2 Unlock Company Profile
Tesla 6 Unlock Company Profile
KT 2 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 2 Unlock Company Profile
Lucid Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
Emerging Automotive 13 Unlock Company Profile
Webasto Charging Systems 4 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toyota Motor is one of the leading patent filers in EV charging optimization. The company introduced  autonomous technology in EV charging, which helps to save charging cost by scheduling charging sessions during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower. Some other key patent filers in this space include Mitsubishi Electric and Emerging Automotive.

In terms of application diversity, Denso leads the pack, while LG and Ford Motor stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Emerging Automotive  held the top position, followed by Mitsubishi Electric and Aisin.   

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.