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Electric cars in China

BYD takes commanding EV patent lead among Chinese rivals

Automaker gains recognition for its innovative 'blade batteries'

Chinese carmaker BYD stands head and shoulders above Chinese competitors in number and quality of EV patent filings.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Chinese electric-vehicle maker BYD has taken an overwhelming lead in patent filings for EV technology, the arsenal of innovation fueling the company's emergence as a global player.

Nikkei, with the assistance of Tokyo-based analytics firm Intellectual Property Landscape, analyzed EV patent applications from China's four largest sellers of all-electric vehicles. BYD came out in front with 1,557 applications, nearly double the 870 filings of its closest rival, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

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