Studying strategic choices of carmakers in the development of energy storage solutions: A patent analysis

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Authors:

Flamand, M.

Source:

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 16, Number 2, p.169-192 (2016)

URL:

https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84989865114&doi=10.1504%2fIJATM.2016.079221&partnerID=40&md5=65b0af36bd63c90513be72031f5ff74b

Abstract:

The present study focuses on the strategic choices that automakers make when positioning themselves vis-à-vis new energy storage solutions. This entails a comparison of innovation efforts in this area. Towards that end, the study uses a classic indicator of inventive activities, to wit, patents. In order to minimise the well-known bias associated with analyses of this nature, an original method has been developed, one that consists of filtering patent data in such a way as to exclude those patents that are less relevant to the present object of study. Analysis of 13 automakers highlights their: 1) uneven involvement in developing these technologies; 2) distinct positioning on technological value chain; 3) variable interest in different energy storage technologies (fuel cell, lithium, NiMh), with the most widespread ones not necessarily being those that attract the most involvement. © 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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