The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in electric vehicle (EV) inductive charging is driven by the global growth of EVs, increasing demand for convenience and autonomous charging, and growing importance of technologies such as dynamic and high-power wireless charging 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 inductive chargingBuy 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 inductive charging is a key innovation area in electric vehicles

EV inductive charging is a type of wireless charging technology used to supply power to EVs. It involves the transfer of electric power from a charging pad on the ground to a coil fitted under the car, using an electromagnetic field. The technology provides a convenient and safe way of charging EVs, eliminating the need for wires and plugs.

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 inductive charging.

Key players in EV inductive 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 EV inductive charging

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Volvo 32 Unlock Company Profile
Bombardier 411 Unlock Company Profile
Bridgestone 10 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 44 Unlock Company Profile
The Japan Wool Textile 12 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 122 Unlock Company Profile
IHI 36 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 17 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 51 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 21 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 53 Unlock Company Profile
Arendals Fossekompani 178 Unlock Company Profile
Alstom 38 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 9 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 10 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 27 Unlock Company Profile
Proterra 107 Unlock Company Profile
Beckhoff Automation 12 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 35 Unlock Company Profile
WiTricity 27 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Heavy Industries 13 Unlock Company Profile
Yazaki 11 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 9 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 12 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 17 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 10 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 25 Unlock Company Profile
Sogrepar 14 Unlock Company Profile
Lohr Industrie 15 Unlock Company Profile
Furrer+Frey 24 Unlock Company Profile
Semiconductor Energy Laboratory 13 Unlock Company Profile
Nio 21 Unlock Company Profile
TransPod 11 Unlock Company Profile
Elways 10 Unlock Company Profile
Electric Road 22 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Bombardier is one of the leading patent filers in EV inductive charging. The company introduced the PRIMOVE inductive charging technology, which uses advanced sensors and systems  to help the vehicle align correctly with the charging pad for efficient power transfer. Some other key patent filers in this space include Arendals Fossekompani and Toyota Motor.

In terms of application diversity, Electric Road leads the pack, while IHI and Bridgestone stood in thesecond and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Electric Road held the top position, followed by Nissan Motor and Sumitomo.

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.