After Tesla and Toyota’s release of patents, Ford now allows its competitors to use in house patents, although in contrast to the first two, it will charge royalties for intellectual properties.
A recent statement made by Ford officials says, competitors will have the option of using technologies from 15 families of patents, for a fee. These developments will allow Ford to use funds gained from these patents to further research their own technologies regarding electric cars.
Tesla was the first to release electric care technologies to competitors and open source projects. Many inhibitions held by kick starter and open source project managers about electric car developments were cleared by Tesla’s releases.
Technological development , especially in areas were government backing and industrial demand is low, depends on as many steps possible to be pre-researched, thus making available funds sustainable in the long run.
Ford currently has six hybrid or fully electric models available to the general public, and since Tesla and Toyota paved the way in releasing patents interest in such vehicles is on the rise. From news to government interest, possibilities to reach the public are gaining momentum.
The rise of demand and interest in electric car technologies is further backed by Ford, which announced it will be hiring 200 electric vehicle engineers, expected to bring new concepts and points of view on tech progress. “The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress” are the words used by Kevin Layden, director of Ford’s electrification programs to further explain Ford’s recent decisions.
The benefits of Electric Vehicles are not only environmental but economical, especially for countries that heavily rely on oil imports. Oil price stability has not been obtainable in the last 5 decades so , when calculating budgets and expenditures, private companies have trouble setting goals.
Transportation departments are now looking to expand into electric vehicles and hybrids since the cost of purchase is leveled in time by fuel efficiency and since less moving parts in an engine means less maintenance we could see more activity in this field from local public transportation agencies.
Although recent Oil prices have been lowered, they depend on government subsidies and peace in countries with high volume drilling. Electricity is on the trend due to stable prices and environmental backing due to the increase in electric production using “Clean”, renewable or sustainable technologies.
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