The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in electric vehicle (EV) fire protection is driven by global EV growth, vehicle safety, environmental sustainability, and growing importance of technologies such as advanced battery management systems and safety sensors. 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 fire protectionBuy 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 fire protection is a key innovation area in electric vehicles

EV fire protection refers to the measures and technologies implemented to prevent, detect, suppress, and extinguish fires in EVs and their components. This includes systems, methods, and devices designed to enhance fire safety in EVs, mitigate the risk of fire incidents, and minimize the damage caused by fires in the vehicle’s battery systems.

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 fire protection.

Key players in EV fire protection – 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 fire protection

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Valmet Automotive 4 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
Ferrari 4 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung SDI 7 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 7 Unlock Company Profile
BYD 2 Unlock Company Profile
Autoliv 3 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely 7 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 14 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 5 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 4 Unlock Company Profile
CEA 2 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 3 Unlock Company Profile
Korea Electric Power 4 Unlock Company Profile
U.S. Department of Defence 2 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 12 Unlock Company Profile
LG 9 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 12 Unlock Company Profile
China FAW Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
Stellantis 2 Unlock Company Profile
Seoul City Council 2 Unlock Company Profile
Plasser & Theurer 3 Unlock Company Profile
CRRC Group 6 Unlock Company Profile
Contemporary Amperex Technology 5 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Global Safety Technology 2 Unlock Company Profile
LION Smart 5 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Automotive Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
Jiaxing Zhixing Internet of Things Technology 2 Unlock Company Profile
Jiangsu Contemporary Amperex Technology 2 Unlock Company Profile
Guangzhou Xiaopeng Automobile Technology 3 Unlock Company Profile
Yinlong Energy 2 Unlock Company Profile
Aeonus 2 Unlock Company Profile
Iveco Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely 6 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 2 Unlock Company Profile
Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China 2 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Hyundai Motor is one of the leading patent filers in EV fire protection. The company has introduced advanced electronic safety systems aimed at maintaining the battery’s temperature within a safe operating range and preventing against heating and thermal runaway, which can lead to fire. Some other key patent filers in this space include Porsche Automobil and Kia Motors.

In terms of application diversity, Plasser & Theurer leads the pack, while LION Smart and Renault stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Amperex Technology held the top position, followed by LG and LION Smart.

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.