Our engineers and scientists work to identify and develop technologies that will increase energy efficiency, improve fuel economy and enhance vehicle safety.
The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, which provides a measure of inventive activity and evidence of the effectiveness of research and development investments, published its 2012 year in review last month. The index tracks US patents for solar, wind, hybrid and electric vehicles, fuel cells, hydroelectric, tidal and wave, geothermal, biomass and biofuels and other clean renewable energy.
GM ranks second of all companies in terms of most U.S. clean-energy patents granted since 2002, according to the index.
In January, GM retained its No. 1 ranking in The Patent Board’s list of innovators in the automotive and transportation industry, a title GM has held for the last seven consecutive quarters.
The Patent Board analyzes intellectual property performance across 17 industries and determines the leader in each sector based on several measurements like number of patents, impact on the industry, and technology and science strength. GM has consistently been in the top five since Patent Board began publishing the scorecard in January of 2007.
During the past 10 years, we increased our patent filings six-fold.