The automotive industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) power sharing is driven by factors such as increasing demand for electric vehicles, government regulations and incentives, decreasing cost of V2V power-sharing systems, increasing consumer awareness of V2V power-sharing technology, and growing importance of technologies such as wireless power transfer, V2V communication, and energy management 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 Smart grids in automotive: V2V power sharingBuy 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.

V2V power sharing is a key innovation area in smart grids

V2V power sharing is the concept of sharing power between vehicles through communication between them. This system can be used to predictively manage electrical energy storage, control an electric vehicle’s charging while parked, integrate a hub motor with a vehicle, influence and limit longitudinal dynamic forces, control the load pickup in a route section, calculate the weight profile of a vehicle system, and achieve mutual backup between onboard and ground safety systems.

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 V2V power sharing.

Key players in V2V power sharing – 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 V2V power sharing

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Huawei Investment & Holding 12 Unlock Company Profile
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 99 Unlock Company Profile
Deutsche Telekom 12 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Motors 12 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 144 Unlock Company Profile
Konecranes 17 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Geely 17 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 92 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 15 Unlock Company Profile
Nissan Motor 140 Unlock Company Profile
Hanon Systems 10 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 14 Unlock Company Profile
Mazda Motor 11 Unlock Company Profile
Delta Electronics 10 Unlock Company Profile
Porsche Automobil 17 Unlock Company Profile
General Motors 51 Unlock Company Profile
Ocado Group 112 Unlock Company Profile 35 Unlock Company Profile
LG 26 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 10 Unlock Company Profile
BorgWarner 14 Unlock Company Profile
Walmart 13 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 79 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 170 Unlock Company Profile
HADAL 17 Unlock Company Profile
Micron Technology 13 Unlock Company Profile
Gottwald Port Technology 18 Unlock Company Profile
Ninebot 58 Unlock Company Profile
Nio 78 Unlock Company Profile
Gogoro 28 Unlock Company Profile
X Development 18 Unlock Company Profile
Connected Kerb 10 Unlock Company Profile
Emerging Automotive 38 Unlock Company Profile
Outrider Technologies 37 Unlock Company Profile
Havelaar Canada Industrial R & D Laboratory 17 Unlock Company Profile
Uatc 12 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Ford Motor (Ford) is one of the leading patent filers in V2V power sharing. Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power technology allows the Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck to power homes and businesses during power outages. The F-150 Lightning can provide up to 9.6kW of power, which is enough to power a typical home for three days. Some other key patent filers in the space include Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor, and Ocado Group.

In terms of application diversity, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance leads the pack, while Ocado Group and Outrider Technologies stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Ocado Group held the top position, followed by Ninebot and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance.

To further understand the key themes and technologies 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.