Elon Musk has opened the doors to automakers to use Tesla’s patented EV technology. Sounds great, but how many patents does Tesla hold, and what for?
uAutoInsurance broke down the patent data, and not surprisingly found that most Tesla patents have to do with battery technology. Of the 249 Tesla patents analyzed, 104 of them related to battery technology, look this hybrid-battery patent uncovered last year. The next largest group was 65 “uncategorized” patents, followed by 28 charging patents and just 13 motor patents.
These are undoubtedly the most important patents in the Tesla lineup, though the automaker also holds 10 user interface patents. One of the best parts of the Tesla experience is the excellent user interface and massive touchscreen system, which handles every single aspect of the Tesla’s operation, from HVAC to ride height.
Some of the outliers include 9 sunroof patents, 8 door patents, and 6 patents each for audio and cooling systems. As for those “Uncategorized” patents, they tend to be specific patents that don’t fall into any of the above categories, like a patent for the air ride suspension control.
Automakers are going to be most enticed by the battery patents, but who knows what other Tesla inventions might find their way into your next BMW or Ford. Tesla has paved the way for the rest of the auto industry, but will they follow it?