The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by electrification, battery technology range improvements, government regulations, and need to reduce emissions, and growing importance of technologies such as smart EV charging and vehicle to X (V2X) technology. 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: Intermittent charging for EVs. Buy the report here.
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
Intermittent charging for EVs is a key innovation area in environmental sustainability
Intermittent charging allows the batteries to connect to an open circuit for a particular period until they are charged at a voltage that is usually greater than the normal float voltage of the system. It helps to improve battery life and reduce energy consumption.
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 intermittent charging for EVs.
Key players in intermittent charging for EVs – 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 intermittent charging for EVs
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Bombardier is a key player in the intermittent charging for EVs innovation area. It has developed a wireless intermittent charging technology PRIMOVE for electric buses, which can top up charging for batteries of the buses in just minutes. It has also collaborated with automobile manufacturers for the development of the PRIMOVE solution for use in e-cars. Arendals Fossekompani, Proterra, Toyota and Nissan are some of the other key players.
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