Access and royalty-free licences will be granted until 2030 to 23,740 patents – 5,680 of which were already available in relation to fuel-cell electric vehicles. Toyota will also be providing other brands with technical support for developing and selling electrified vehicles that use Toyota-sourced components – although this will be fee-based.
Shigeki Tareshi, Toyota Motor Corporation executive vice-president, said: “Based on the high volume of inquiries we receive about our vehicle electrification systems from companies that recognise a need to popularise hybrid and other electrified vehicle technologies, we believe that now is the time for co-operation.
“If the number of electrified vehicles accelerates significantly in the next 10 years, they will become standard. We hope to play a role in supporting that process.”
Since making the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car – the Prius – in 1997, Toyota has continued to be a leader in petrol-electric powertrains.