The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by improving energy efficiency, reducing emissions, and enhancing the overall performance, and user experience, and growing importance of technologies such as vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communication, machine learning algorithms, and connected vehicle 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: HEV predictive energy management. 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.

HEV predictive energy management is a key innovation area in electric vehicles

HEV predictive energy management involves the use of control systems and methods to optimize the management of energy in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The control systems use predictive algorithms to manage energy consumption in the vehicle and optimize the use of the electric and combustion engines.

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 HEV predictive energy management.

Key players in HEV predictive energy management – 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 HEV predictive energy management

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Volvo 25 Unlock Company Profile
Dana 17 Unlock Company Profile
Mercedes-Benz Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Motors 39 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 386 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 8 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 26 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely 7 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 150 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 36 Unlock Company Profile
Cummins 33 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 117 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 32 Unlock Company Profile
Renault 29 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 20 Unlock Company Profile
Suzuki Motor 12 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 63 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Electric 21 Unlock Company Profile
IFP Energies nouvelles 7 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 40 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 50 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines 10 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 45 Unlock Company Profile
Allison Transmission 13 Unlock Company Profile
Continental 7 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 127 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 97 Unlock Company Profile
Hyliion 6 Unlock Company Profile
Land Rover UK 8 Unlock Company Profile
Tevva Motors 9 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toyota Motor (Toyota) is the leading patent filer in HEV predictive energy management. Toyota's predictive energy management systems have integrated route-based optimization, using GPS and map data to anticipate road conditions and gradients. This information is used to determine when and how electric power is deployed, maximizing efficiency for the entire journey. Hyundai Motor and Nissan Motor are some of the other prominent patent filers in HEV predictive energy management.

In terms of application diversity, Tortoise Acquisition leads the pack, while Dana and Honda Motor stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Dana held the top position, followed by Allison Transmission and Hitachi.

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.