Toyota opens up its fuel cell patents

In order to spur on the first generation of hydrogen vehicles (FCVs), Toyota is sharing its 6000 fuel cell patents.

In December 2014, Toyota launched the Mirai in Japan, the first hydrogen car designed to be mass marketed. The rest of the world must follow. 

But to spur on hydrogen vehicle development, the automobile maker reckons it is necessary to establish widespread collaboration. And for encouragement, this week Toyota announced its plan to open up its portfolio of 5680 patents on hydrogen cell technologies (fuel cell stacks, hydrogen tanks, control software and the industrial processes for gas generation and distribution).  

This step echoes that of Tesla which, in 2014, released its patents on recharging automobile batteries (see Techniline 05.09.14

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