The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by efficiency optimization, increased performance, and range improvement, and growing importance of technologies such as motor controllers, electromagnetic clutch, and asynchronous motors. 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: multi-speed transmission EVs. 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.

Multi-speed transmission EVs is a key innovation area in electric vehicles

Multi-speed transmission EVs are electric vehicles equipped with a transmission that has multiple gear ratios. This allows for more efficient power delivery and improved performance compared to single-speed EVs, especially at high speeds and on hilly terrains.

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 multi-speed transmission EVs.

Key players in multi-speed transmission EVs – 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 multi-speed transmission EVs

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Hyundai Mobis 4 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 4 Unlock Company Profile
American Axle & Manufacturing 11 Unlock Company Profile
Dana 85 Unlock Company Profile
Magna International 11 Unlock Company Profile
Melrose Industries 6 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 8 Unlock Company Profile
Reliance Industries 13 Unlock Company Profile
Schaeffler 26 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 10 Unlock Company Profile
NSK 18 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 18 Unlock Company Profile
Aisin 32 Unlock Company Profile
Cummins 45 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 6 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 6 Unlock Company Profile
BAE Systems 16 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 47 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 11 Unlock Company Profile
BorgWarner 15 Unlock Company Profile
Linamar 4 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 16 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 8 Unlock Company Profile
E T R 4 Unlock Company Profile
Lucid Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
Zeppelin-Stiftung 34 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Dana is the leading patent filer in multi-speed transmission EVs. Dana is developing multi-speed transmissions EVs that improve acceleration, top speed, and overall vehicle performance. Dana’s advanced integration of multi-speed transmissions with electric motors ensures seamless operation and efficiency gains. Porsche Automobil and Cummins are some of the other key patent filers in this space.

In terms of application diversity, Reliance leads the pack, while BAE Systems and NSK stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Reliance held the top position, followed by BAE Systems and NSK.

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.