When we saw the Ford announcement that the new Fusion Hybrid is "the most patented car in history," we wondered how it stacked up against a truly revolutionary car like the EV1. Turns out, whatever patents were used to get that initial electric car to market, they weren't as numerous.
A Ford PR rep told us that "The [Fusion] patent claim does not include concept or prototype cars. The 119 that Ford claims for the 2010 Fusion Hybrid are in 'new' patents and patent applications." By comparison, the EV1 "was the world's most technologically advanced vehicle platform, with 23 new patents in a variety of new technologies," according to GM. Not that these numbers really matter or anything, just thought it was an interesting comparison.