Toyota is known around the world not just as the world’s largest seller of automobiles in terms of volumes but also as an innovator of futuristic alternative source of energy for powering tomorrow’s cars. The Toyota Mirai unveiled recently is a prime example of their prowess in hydrogen powered cars.
To make development in the field of fuel cell cars easier, the Japanese auto major is making thousands of patents related to hydrogen fuel cell for free to help spreading the technology worldwide.
The 5,600 patents which they have made public will surely help many more manufacturers without paying a huge royalty allowing them to use the saved money in other fields of development. The patents will also be made available to companies which are developing fuel cell buses and industrial equipments.
Patents related to fuel cell vehicles will remain royalty free till the year 2020 while the patents related to hydrogen fabrication will be free for an unlimited duration. Interested Automakers will have to apply in writing to Toyota to use these patents.
Of the 5680 patents, 1,970 patents are related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply. Toyota also requests other companies to share their fuel-cell related patents with them in a similar royalty free way to make development of FCV easier.