Patents Assigned to Club Car, LLC
  • Patent number: 10654330
    Abstract: A utility cart includes a suspension having an integral suspension bracket having an attachment point for a lateral suspension link, holes through which U-bolts are passed to secure an axle of the utility cart to the bracket, and can include an opening into which a spring pin (e.g. a pin of a leaf spring) can be inserted. The suspension bracket can alternatively include a brake cable attachment feature. The suspension bracket can be cut from sheet stock of material, and stamped into final or near final form. In one embodiment a threaded nut can be attached to the attachment point for the lateral suspension link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan D. Wilson, William Leiter, Craig D. Pugh, Joseph B. Kachman
  • Patent number: 10549793
    Abstract: A latch mechanism for releasably securing a hinged gate to one or more latches. The latch mechanism includes a handle that is pivotally connected to a gate wall. The handle includes at least one retention arm that lockingly engages a latch when the hinged gate is in a latched position. According to certain embodiments, the handle includes a retention arm at both ends of the handle, with the handle extending generally along the length of the gate wall. Further, the handle may be pivotally displaced about the retention arm(s) so that the handle is displaced from the first position to a second position. As the handle is pivotally displaced to the second position, a release mechanism of the handle may engage and pivotally displace the adjacent latch so that the retention arm may be released from the locking engagement with the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Paul Huston, Dean Jayson Long
  • Patent number: 10502361
    Abstract: A bracket for attaching an accessory to a strut on a personal utility vehicle includes first and second bracket members. A slot is formed in the first end of the first bracket member and an insert is formed adjacent a first end of the second bracket member. The insert and slot are configured to lockingly connect the first ends of the first and second bracket members together. First and second flanges extending from the second end of the first and second bracket members, respectively are configured to be fastened together and clamp the bracket about an outer perimeter wall of the strut after the insert is engaged with the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Gilling Braun, William David Reeves, Jr., Lydell Delmart Walker, Tam Thanh Mai, John Wiley Jasmin
  • Patent number: 10481857
    Abstract: An auditory optimization system that provides a plurality of acoustic arrangements that can specify a plurality of acoustic parameters implementable by respective acoustic control systems of one or more vehicles. The acoustic parameters can be implemented by a controller of the vehicle(s) to control an audio characteristic of a sound emitted through the speaker(s) of the vehicle, such as a volume range, based on the acoustic category associated with the sound. Operation of the system can include the selection of one of the plurality of acoustic arrangements, as well as a selection of the vehicle(s) to receive the acoustic parameter(s) associated with the selected acoustic arrangement. The acoustic parameters of the selected acoustic arrangement can be transmitted via a telematics network to a controller of the identified vehicle(s), which can implement the transmitted acoustic parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventor: Robert H. Edwards
  • Patent number: 10465794
    Abstract: An exemplary shift lever includes a mounting assembly, a flexible member coupled to the mounting assembly, and an interface coupled to the flexible member. The flexible member is resilient so as to provide a selected biasing force at a predetermined deformation angle, and flexible enough to elastically deform across a selected angular range. The mounting assembly is configured for connection with the input shaft of a transmission, and the interface is configured for connection with an output of a drive selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Rahman, Jim Foral, Mike MacConney, Richard Marcus Mansfield
  • Patent number: 10411488
    Abstract: Unique systems, methods, techniques and apparatuses of onboard battery charger systems are disclosed. One exemplary embodiment is a battery charging system comprising an isolation device and an electric vehicle charger. The isolation device includes an AC input terminal; an AC output terminal; two DC output terminals; a first portion of a detection circuit including a first sensor and a first resistor coupled in series; and a first controller. The charger includes an AC input terminal; two DC input terminals; and a second portion of the detection circuit including a second sensor and a second resistor coupled in series. The first controller is structured to isolate the AC input terminal of the isolation device from the AC output terminal of the isolation device when the two DC input terminals of the electric vehicle charger are not coupled to the two DC output terminals of the isolation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventor: Russell William King
  • Patent number: 10296036
    Abstract: A modular pedal assembly for use with a vehicle that includes a prime mover, a control circuit, and a brake assembly. The modular pedal assembly including a base that is removably connectable with the vehicle, a brake pedal, an accelerator pedal that is displaceable between a first position and a second position, and a control output regulator that includes a first sensor and a second sensor. In a vehicle having an electric motor prime mover, the first sensor is a limit switch electrically connected to the control circuit, and the second sensor is a variable resistor. In a vehicle having an internal combustion engine prime mover, the first sensor is a limit switch operable to control a starter motor, and the second sensor is a limit switch operable to control a spark plug ignition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Cosby, Douglas T. Crow, David R. Hardy, Paul E. Morgan, Duane E. Newman, Geoff D. Stewart, Michael L. Welsh
  • Patent number: 10110053
    Abstract: A unique method for charging a battery includes comparing a parameter to a limit, wherein the parameter relates to previous charging of the battery; determining a current state of the battery; and performing a next charging cycle based on the comparison and/or the current state of the battery. A unique system includes a vehicle, a battery, and a charging system for charging the battery. The charging system includes a controller for determining whether the battery is in short term storage or long term storage; starting a new charge cycle after a first amount of reduction in the charge of the battery if the battery is in short term storage; and starting the new charge cycle after a second amount of reduction in the charge of the battery if the battery is in long term storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Club Car LLC
    Inventors: Matthew S Brackx, Paul W McLeod, Robert H Edwards, Russell William King
  • Patent number: 9989145
    Abstract: An exemplary drive selector includes a housing, a cam positioned in the housing, a follower coupled to a shaft and in contact with the cam, and a biasing member urging the cam toward the follower. One of the cam and the follower includes at least one protrusion, and the other of the cam and the follower includes a plurality of recesses configured to receive the protrusion. When the protrusion is received in the recess, the force provided by the biasing member resists relative rotation of the cam and the follower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Marcus Mansfield
  • Patent number: 9670704
    Abstract: A full width tailgate release handle is pivotably connected to tailgate and extends substantially along the entire width of the tailgate for a cargo bed or the like. The full width tailgate release handle provides access for an operator to open the tailgate at any location along the width of the tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Paul Huston, Roy L. Woodard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9517728
    Abstract: A golf cart is provided with an adjustable golf bag hoop. The hoop is provided with a rod and a cam-locked collar. The collar is moveable along the length of the rod to adjust to varying heights of golf bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: CLUB CAR, LLC
    Inventors: John Wiley Jasmin, Bryon Jon Danielson, Roger Kevin Eubanks, William D. Reeves, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9482289
    Abstract: An exemplary shift lever includes a mounting assembly, a flexible member coupled to the mounting assembly, and an interface coupled to the flexible member. The flexible member is resilient so as to provide a selected biasing force at a predetermined deformation angle, and flexible enough to elastically deform across a selected angular range. The mounting assembly is configured for connection with the input shaft of a transmission, and the interface is configured for connection with an output of a drive selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Rahman, Jim Foral, Mike MacConney, Richard Marcus Mansfield
  • Patent number: 9225183
    Abstract: A charging system is disclosed for charging a battery system of an electric vehicle. In one form, the charging system includes a first connector including a power control unit that is operable to selectively supply charging power from a power source. A second connector is connected with the first connector and includes a fault detection circuit. A controller is connected with the fault detection circuit and the power control unit. The controller is operable to control the power control unit to selectively supply charging power to a battery system if a fault is not detected from fault detection circuit. A cordset for use with the charging system is also disclosed that allows the cordset to perform certain electrical functions and connect the cordset to a connector of the vehicle in a breakaway manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventor: Russell W. King
  • Patent number: 9199546
    Abstract: An electric vehicle battery recharging system is disclosed that is capable of generating an audible sound to indicate that the battery system of the vehicle is being recharged. The system includes an audible indicator that is connected or otherwise associated with a controller. The controller is configured to actuate the audible indicator in response to a voltage or current of a battery system rising a predetermined amount after recharging is initiated so as to provide audible confirmation to a recharging operator that the battery system is being recharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventor: Russell W. King
  • Patent number: D755077
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Club Car LLC
    Inventors: Samuel R. Lyons, Dean J. Long, Daniel R. Dykstra, Carrie S. Harrison, Brandon S. Jaremski, Craig A. Dullinger, Randy R. Reinke
  • Patent number: D800015
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Club Car LLC
    Inventors: Samuel R. Lyons, Dean J. Long, Daniel R. Dykstra, Carrie S. Harrison, Brandon S. Jaremski, Craig A. Dullinger, Randy R. Reinke
  • Patent number: D853296
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Douglas, Carrie Seger Harrison, Benjamin Gilling Braun, Dennis James Heil, Dean J. Long
  • Patent number: D859210
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Ross Lyons, Nicholas Douglas, Carrie Seger Harrison, Benjamin Gillin Braun, Dennis James Heil, Dean J. Long
  • Patent number: D886672
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Eugene Whitfield, Dean J. Long
  • Patent number: D888693
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: Kingsley N. Ekinde, Benjamin Gillin Braun, James Michael Fulford, Robert H. Edwards, Bruce Tenerowicz, Samuel Crawford, Prosper Ogonga