Also Notes Hiring of 200 ‘Electrified Vehicle Engineers’ This Year
Ford said last week that it’s opening its portfolio of patents related to electric vehicles – “a move to help accelerate industry-wide research and development.” Ford says it filed for 400-plus electrified vehicle patents in 2014 – more than 20% of the 2,000-some-odd total patents the firm applied for last year.
“By sharing our research with other companies, we will accelerate the growth of electrified vehicle technology and deliver even better products to customers,” Ford electrification programs director Kevin Layden said in a release.
Ford says it has more than 650 electrified vehicle patents and approximately 1,000 pending patent applications on electrified vehicle technologies.
- Method and Apparatus for Battery Charge Balancing, U.S. 5,764,027 covering passive cell balancing: discharging a cell through a resistor to lower the state of charge to match other cells. “This innovation extends battery run time and overall life,” Ford says, and as such is “the first invention to enable battery balancing at any time, instead of only while charging, and it enables the use of lithium ion batteries in electrified vehicles. It was invented long before lithium-ion battery-powered vehicles became commonplace – truly ahead of its time;” and
- Temperature Dependent Regenerative Brake System for EVs, U.S. 6,275,763: “By improving the interplay between normal friction brakes and regenerative braking during stopping at certain air temperatures,” Ford says, “a driver is able to recapture more energy than previously possible, helping the motorist drive farther on a charge.”
“Innovation is our goal,” Layden said. “The way to provide the best technology is through constant development and progress.”
The Ford EV technology will be available for a fee via the company’s technology commercialization and licensing office, or through the AutoHarvest licensing marketplace.
Ford also said last week that it’s planning to hire an additional 200 electrified vehicle engineers this year as its EV team moves into a newly dedicated engineering laboratories facility.
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