Ford is hoping to speed up development of its EVs by opening up its EV patents to its competitors. Ford holds over 650 electrified vehicle patents, and has 1,000 other patents pending.
It won't be free to get access to Ford's patents though. Interested parties must contact Ford's technology commercialization and licensing office, or go through a service called AutoHarvest, which is an automaker derived collaborative idea and licensing marketplace. Interested parties will have to pay a fee to see the EV patents.“Innovation is our goal,” said Kevin Layden, director, Ford Electrification Programs. “The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress. By sharing our research with other companies, we will accelerate the growth of electrified vehicle technology and deliver even better products to customers.”