The automotiveindustry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by cost savings, government incentives, environmental regulations, and growing importance of technologies such as vehicle-2-everything (V2X) communication, and electric propulsion systems. 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: industrial EV tucksBuy 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.

Industrial EV trucks is a key innovation area in electric vehicles

Industrial electric vehicles (EV) trucks are trucks that are powered by electricity rather than traditional fuel sources such as gas or diesel. These trucks use electrical drive motors and are often equipped with a battery or fuel cell system to provide the necessary power. They are designed for use in various industrial settings and offer several benefits such as reduced emissions, lower operating costs, and quieter operation.

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 industrial EV trucks.

Key players in industrial EV trucks – 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 industrial EV trucks

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Shandong Heavy Industry Group 50 Unlock Company Profile
Terex 7 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Steel 12 Unlock Company Profile
Murata Machinery 18 Unlock Company Profile
Nu Skin Enterprises 48 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 21 Unlock Company Profile
Konecranes 7 Unlock Company Profile
Johnson Controls International 8 Unlock Company Profile
ABB 25 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 30 Unlock Company Profile
SEW-EURODRIVE 38 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 21 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 23 Unlock Company Profile
Caterpillar 17 Unlock Company Profile
Sandvik 9 Unlock Company Profile
Viega 20 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 22 Unlock Company Profile
Crown Equipment 25 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 30 Unlock Company Profile
Jungheinrich 59 Unlock Company Profile
Hexagon Composites 16 Unlock Company Profile
Ocado Group 32 Unlock Company Profile
Textron 8 Unlock Company Profile 8 Unlock Company Profile
Gottwald Port Technology 12 Unlock Company Profile
Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg. 8 Unlock Company Profile
Harvest Automation 9 Unlock Company Profile
Eisenmann 9 Unlock Company Profile
Superpedestrian 57 Unlock Company Profile
Arrival 7 Unlock Company Profile
Viega Technology 11 Unlock Company Profile
Tanktwo 9 Unlock Company Profile
AutoStore 31 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Jungheinrich is the leading patent filer in industrial EV trucks. Jungheinrich has implemented smart technology solutions in its electric trucks. This may include telematics systems for real-time monitoring, fleet management, and predictive maintenance. Such systems contribute to better operational efficiency and reduce downtime. Jungheinrich has focused on designing electric trucks with high energy efficiency. This includes optimizing the energy consumption of the vehicle and incorporating regenerative braking systems to recover and reuse energy during braking and deceleration. Super Pedestrian and Shandong Heavy Industry Group are some of the other key patent filers in industrial EV trucks.

In terms of application diversity, Viega leads the pack, while Nu Skin Enterprises and Nippon Steel stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Nu Skin Enterprises held the top position, followed by Superpedestrian and Viega.

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.