Ford has disclosed plans to allow other automakers use their EV-related patents for a fee.

Ford has disclosed plans to allow other automakers use their EV-related patents for a fee.

Almost a year ago, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced the company will share its patents regarding electric vehicles with other competitors for free and now Ford is also opening up its EV-related patent portfolio but they are asking for a fee. They have more than 650 electrified vehicle patents, with more than 400 of them filed in 2014. In addition, Ford says at this moment they have around 1,000 pending patent applications related to electrified vehicle technologies.

The Blue Oval company wants to further pursue EV development by hiring an extra 200 electrified vehicle engineers this year and the team will move to the Ford Engineering Laboratories which back in the day were Henry Ford's first labs in Dearborn.

Automakers who are interested in grabbing some of Ford's EV-related patents can get them through the firm's technology commercialization and licensing office or via the AutoHarvest Foundation.

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