January 18, 2015

The race between battery electric vehicle development and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle development is in high gear.

Toyota chose the bully pulpit of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to announce that they are making thousands of patents relating to hydrogen fuel cells available on a royalty-free basis.
There is little doubt that the development of these 5,680 patents represents millions of dollars of research investment. Many of the patents apply to Toyota’s planned hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, which is on the docket for the 2016 model year. This is the first time that Toyota has released patents on a royalty-free basis.

This assertive move supports the company’s stated belief in a what it calls a “hydrogen-based society.”

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