The Clean Energy Patent Quarterly Crown [CEPQC] was awarded to General Motors for having exactly 40 clean energy patents in the last quarter of 2013. The CEPQC is distributed quarterly by the Clean Tech Group at Heslin, Rothernberg, Farley & Mesiti PC. The Clean Tech Group has been issuing this award in the U.S. since 2002 and according to a quarterly report issued last year, the CEPQC currently has a total of 757 U.S. granted patents. The CEPQC originally belonged to Toyota in the previous quarter but once again GM concluded 2013 ahead of their competitors and ran away with the crown.
Additionally, GM continues to push their clean energy initiative by announcing their collaboration in October 2013 with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center to generate hydrogen fuel cell technology. Through a non-explosive and electro-chemical process, fuel cells provide electricity and heat. This is considered a clean energy substitute to wind or solar power. GM also announced in July that the Detroit automaker would be joining forces with Honda to retrieve infrastructure and develop hydrogen storage technology and a next generation fuel cell system.