Fossil fuel is running out and sooner rather than later there won't be any petrol or diesel to run our vehicles. For this very reason several manufacturers are in search for alternative fuel options to run vehicles. More manufacturers are opting for the hybrid option for their vehicles.
Electric technology was recently shared with the entire automotive industry. Tesla had released all of its patents to other electric vehicle manufacturer, in a bid for a greener future. Now Toyota has decided to also share its patents in regards to hydrogen fuel cell technology.
This announcement by the Japanese manufacturer was done at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. Toyota has opted to provided its patents for hydrogen fuel cell without any royalty. They believe this will help other manufacturers to come up with their own technology using Toyota's patents as a base.
Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc, commented, " The first generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, launched between 2015 and 2020, will be critical, requiring a concerted effort and unconventional collaboration between automakers, government regulators, academia and energy providers."
He further added, "By eliminating traditional corporate boundaries, we can speed the development of new technologies and move into the future of mobility more quickly, effectively and economically. At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen."
The Japanese manufacturer will be making available 5,680 patent in regard to fuel cell technology. These are similar technologies that are used in Toyota's Mirai. The patents included are 3,350 patents related to fuel cell system software, which will be the most popular one.
Other patents included are 1,970 related to fuel cell stacks. High pressure hydrogen tank patents included are 290. In regards to hydrogen supply and production Toyota will offer 70 patents. These will be free only till initial market introduction phase, which is expected at 2020.