The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by lightweight, long-lasting batteries and powerful solid-state batteries, and growing importance of technologies such as high energy density, flat voltage curves, and low self-discharge. In the last three years alone, there have been over 1.2 million patents filed and granted in the automotive industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Electric vehicles in Automotive: Vehicle battery exchange platforms.  Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 619,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the automotive industry, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

Vehicle battery exchange platforms is a key innovation area in electric vehicles 

Battery swapping is a technique that enables swapping a discharged electric car battery with one that is already charged. It enables electric vehicles to exchange a discharged battery pack for a charged one instead of plugging to a charging station. Battery swapping is typically used in applications involving electric forklifts.

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 vehicle battery exchange platforms. 

Key players in vehicle battery exchange platforms – a disruptive innovation in the automotive industry  

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators. 

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Patent volumes related to vehicle battery exchange platforms

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Nio 117 Unlock company profile
Aulton New Energy Automotive Technology 104 Unlock company profile
Shanghai dianba new energy technology 69 Unlock company profile
Renault 62 Unlock company profile
Honda Motor 51 Unlock company profile
NIO 50 Unlock company profile
Gogoro 47 Unlock company profile
NIO (Anhui) Holdings 39 Unlock company profile
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group 29 Unlock company profile
Bozhon Precision Work Technology 25 Unlock company profile
Beijing Automotive Group 22 Unlock company profile
Porsche Automobil Holding 21 Unlock company profile
Neuron Mobility 18 Unlock company profile
China Electronics Technology Group 13 Unlock company profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 13 Unlock company profile
Wenzhou Ruichu Technology 12 Unlock company profile
Tanktwo 12 Unlock company profile
Continental 10 Unlock company profile
Ford Motor 10 Unlock company profile
AutoStore Holdings 9 Unlock company profile
Lifan Technology Group 9 Unlock company profile
Sogrepar 9 Unlock company profile
Gottwald Port Technology 9 Unlock company profile
Midea Holding 8 Unlock company profile
Thunder Power Hong Kong 8 Unlock company profile
TIER Mobility 7 Unlock company profile
Radiation and Environmental Science Centre 7 Unlock company profile
Chengdu Skylin Technology 7 Unlock company profile
Sany Group 6 Unlock company profile
Toyota Motor 6 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 6 Unlock company profile
Epiroc 6 Unlock company profile
Nidec 6 Unlock company profile
Crown Equipment 6 Unlock company profile
SZ DJI Technology 5 Unlock company profile
Walmart 5 Unlock company profile
Toroidion 5 Unlock company profile
Shandong Heavy Industry Group 5 Unlock company profile
Detroit Electric 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Nio, with 117 patents, is one of the top companies to file for vehicle battery exchange platforms patents. The company provides a portable internet-based power solution through its extensive network of battery charging and battery swap facilities. It offers a power service system with rechargeable, swappable, and upgradeable batteries, enhanced by Power Cloud, to give users access to power services that are suitable for all scenarios. Toyota, Honda, and Nidec are a few other notable patent filers in the same industry.

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.