Toyota Opens Fuel Cell Patents – Toyota is serious about hydrogen fuel cells, and they want to follow the car industry.The Japanese automaker said this week it is releasing 5680 fuel cell patents from all over the world, including technologies to the upcoming sedan, 2016 Mirai. The move is unusual, but not unprecedented, its electric vehicle released as Tesla patents similar to last year. The idea for Tesla, and now for Toyota, is to spur development of alternative propulsion. The Japanese automaker said this week it is releasing 5680 fuel cell patents from all over the world, including technologies to the upcoming sedan, 2016 Mirai. The move is unusual, but not unprecedented, its electric vehicle released as Tesla patents similar to last year. The idea for Tesla, and now for Toyota, is to spur development of alternative propulsion.
Upon walking into Toyota’s CES press conference, the shimmering Mirai under the hard conference room lighting suggested that it might just be a rehashing of the details we already learned at November’s LA Auto Show. Instead, Toyota used the Mirai as a jumping off point for what it terms the “hydrogen future.”
“We’re leaving the age of hydrocarbons and entering the age of hydrogen to create a hydrogen non-polluting society,” physicist, futurist and author Dr. Michio Kaku said from Toyota’s dais. “Seventy-five percent of the universe is made out of hydrogen. Hydrogen is the most plentiful substance in the universe. Contrast that now to oil, black gold, one of the rarest of substances on the Planet Earth. Nations will kill to secure supplies of oil. Oil is found perhaps in the most dangerous, volatile, unstable areas of the Planet Earth.”
“By eliminating the traditional corporate boundaries, we can accelerate the development of new technologies and to move faster, more effective and less costly in the future of mobility,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales senior vice president of automotive operations, said in a statement ,
Toyota’s fuel cell patents will be free to use until 2020, when patents related to the manufacture and sale of hydrogen, will remain open forever. Toyota said it would like to companies that use patents to share their own hydrogen patents, but not required.
Fuel cells are receiving increased attention recently, and Audi and Volkswagen debuted hydrogen cars of the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Honda, another advocate of technology, also showed its updated FCV concept in November in Japan. The company, however, has delayed its fuel-cell sedan in 2016. As Toyota, Honda says its hydrogen-powered car will have a range of 300 miles or more. Meanwhile, Hyundai is currently offering leases for fuel cell Tucson, which have a 265-mile range, in Southern California.
Despite the optimism, some car manufacturers have for fuel cells, the technology still barriers. A lack of petrol stations in a long time, and many consumers are not familiar with the potential benefits. Cost was another sticking point, and at the end of the year 2014, a tax incentive worth up to $ 8,000 leaked, so that cars like the Mirai (MSRP: $ 57.500) far out of reach for many buyers.
“The costs are definitely the biggest obstacle,” Lindsay said.
Toyota’s patent giveaway there seem to be a competitive disadvantage, or at least levels the playing field. But Lindsay fixed, there is very little competition right now, and without the other players, hydrogen will never prevail by consumers or a viable infrastructure. As we will provide access to others, such as suppliers, Toyota actually support its own investment in hydrogen.
“All in all, it is helpful, definitely in the development phase,” Lindsay said. “As soon as the market matures, that’s when everyone goes their own secret recipe.”
“How does Toyota is really a logical step, and really a good step for the industry,” Devin Lindsay, main powertrain analyst at IHS Automotive, told Autoblog.
The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas made. It comes as Toyota prepares to launch in California on hydrogen power in a limited number Mirai end of this year. The launch will be extended to the Northeastern United States next year. Toyota also has plans, networks of gas stations in the region to try to customer acceptance even announced support. The Mirai has a 300-mile range on a tank of hydrogen, and it takes about five minutes to refill. thanks for reading Toyota Opens Fuel Cell Patents
source : autoblog.com