The automotive micromobility industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the competitive pricing of electric scooters, battery capacity, maintenance requirements, electric two-wheeler coverage cost and environment friendliness, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled technology in electric vehicles. Other features that are available on electric vehicle scooters include navigation assistance, ride statistics, remote diagnostics, voice-activated apps, and anti-theft alarm and locks, among others. 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 Environmental sustainability in Automotive: Battery EV scooters

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity. 

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have. 

290+ innovations will shape the automotive industry 

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the automotive industry using innovation intensity models built on over 619,000 patents, there are 290+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry. 

Within the emerging innovation stage, EV discharge prediction, fuel cell ion exchange membranes, and hydrogen ICE fuel tanks are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. V2G smart metering, silicon-air batteries, and zeolites for exhaust filtering are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are HEV propulsion systems and wind-powered vehicles, which are now well established in the industry. 

Innovation S-curve for environmental sustainability in the automotive industry 

Battery EV scooters is a key innovation area in environmental sustainability 

A form of transportation that runs on electricity is known as an electric vehicle (EV). Electric cars and trucks use an electric motor that is powered by electricity from batteries or a fuel cell, as opposed to conventional vehicles that use a gasoline (petrol) or diesel-powered engine. The EV is a type of vehicle that is propelled by one or more electric motors. 

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 battery EV scooters. 

Key players in battery EV scooters – 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 battery EV scooters

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Honda Motor 652 Unlock company profile
Yamaha Motor 434 Unlock company profile
Suzuki Motor 50 Unlock company profile
TVS Group 32 Unlock company profile
Bayerische Motoren Werke 28 Unlock company profile
Razor USA 25 Unlock company profile
Kymco Motors 21 Unlock company profile
Immsi 20 Unlock company profile
Ford Motor 16 Unlock company profile
Gogoro 16 Unlock company profile
Bravo Sports 15 Unlock company profile
Hero MotoCorp 8 Unlock company profile
MinebeaMitsumi 7 Unlock company profile
Arcimoto 7 Unlock company profile
Panasonic 7 Unlock company profile
FUELL 6 Unlock company profile
Nifco 6 Unlock company profile
Zhejiang Raymond Way Electronic Technology 5 Unlock company profile
FOMM 5 Unlock company profile
UJET 5 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Honda Motor is one of the leading patent filers with 652 patents filed. The EM 1e, a brand-new electric scooter from Honda that was unveiled at EICMA 2022, is the company's first electric two-wheeler for the European market. The scooter will be made available in the summer of 2023. By 2025, Honda hopes to have ten or more electric motorcycle models available worldwide. It represents a significant first step toward Honda's stated goal of achieving carbon neutrality for all of its motorcycle models by 2040. Honda claims that the model is targeted at the young demographic who are looking for simple and enjoyable urban transportation. The "EM" in the name stands for Electric Moped. The EM1 e has a sleek design and a small, flat floor. Honda hasn't taken any chances to differentiate the scooter. While the LED headlamp unit is mounted on the front apron, the turn indicators are mounted on the handlebar. The grab rail also appears functional, and the rear footpegs blend in nicely with the bodywork. The scooter is intended for quick trips within cities. 

Some other key patent filers in the battery EV scooters include Yamaha Motor, Suzuki Motor, Kimco Motors, Nifco, and UJET. 

To further understand how environmental sustainability is disrupting the automotive industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Automotive

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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.