Toyota will offer its electrified vehicle-related technologies royalty-free to rival automakers in order to further promote the widespread adoption of fuel-cell, hybrid and electric cars.
The Japanese company said that it will grant access to no less than 24,000 of its patents on electrified tech, as well as provide fee-based technical support to manufacturers that’ll use Toyota’s motors, batteries, control ECUs and other related parts and systems in their powertrains.
“Based on the high volume of inquiries we receive about our vehicle electrification systems from companies that recognize a need to popularize hybrid and other electrified vehicle technologies, we believe that now is the time for cooperation,” said Shigeki Terashi, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation.
“If the number of electrified vehicles accelerates significantly in the next 10 years, they will become standard, and we hope to play a role in supporting that process.”
Toyota has already been offering thousands of patents for fuel cell technologies since 2015, while it has partnered with Suzuki and Mazda for the further development of hybrid and all-electric powertrains.
Its move follows the VW Group’s efforts to license its EV-exclusive MEB architecture to rival companies, showcasing the industry’s need to accelerate development of low- or zero-emissions powertrains.
Toyota’s electrified patents will remain available to car makers from now up until the end of 2030.