Patents Assigned to Tesla, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11955921
    Abstract: One embodiment can provide a photovoltaic roof tile. The photovoltaic roof tile can include a transparent front cover, a transparent back cover, and a plurality of polycrystalline-Si-based photovoltaic structures positioned between the front cover and the back cover. A respective polycrystalline-Si-based photovoltaic structure has a front surface facing the front cover and a back surface facing the back cover. The photovoltaic roof tile can further include a paint layer positioned on a back surface of the back cover facing away from the front cover. A color of the paint layer substantially matches a color of the front surface of the respective polycrystalline-Si-based photovoltaic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: John Liu, Yangsen Kang, Anh N. Duong, Yongkee Chae, Milan Padilla, Chen Wang, Remy D. Labesque
  • Patent number: 11949089
    Abstract: An energy storage device can include a cathode, an anode, and a separator between the cathode and the anode. At least one of the electrodes can include an electrode film prepared by a dry process. The electrode film and/or the electrode can comprise a prelithiating material. Processes and apparatuses used for fabricating the electrode and/or electrode film are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Ziying Wang, Hieu Minh Duong
  • Patent number: 11942591
    Abstract: A method for constructing a battery that includes a can, a jelly roll contained in the can, a top insulator contained in the can adjacent to and above the jelly roll, and a battery cap. The method includes forming the can, forming the jelly roll, inserting the jelly roll into the can, inserting a top insulator into the can adjacent to and above the jelly roll, assembling the battery cap, including an outer conductive ring, an insulator ring, a conductive top plate, a conductive rupture plate, connecting a cathode to the conductive rupture plate, inserting the battery cap into the can, and welding the battery cap to an inner surface of the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenjin Masumoto, Christophe Mille
  • Patent number: 11938796
    Abstract: A vehicle having an exoskeleton exterior panel that provides crash resistance is described. The exterior panel may be formed from a monolithic metal sheet and attached to an exterior portion of the vehicle frame, and the exterior panel does not comprise an additional support structure. At least one component may be directly attached to the exterior panel, and the exterior panel may bear the load of the at least one component. Methods of manufacturing the vehicle are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Paul Clarke, Xiaoping Cai, Lars Moravy, Ted Antony
  • Patent number: 11932078
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for an enhanced heat pump are provided. An example embodiment includes a housing, the housing having a particular number of connection ports, each connection port being connected to a component of the electric vehicle, and the connection ports being configured to pass fluid; and a stemshell positioned within the housing, the stemshell comprising a plurality of channels, wherein at least a portion of the channels are in fluidic connection with the connection ports, wherein the stemshell is configured to rotate within the housing, and wherein rotation causes adjustment of the connection ports correspond which correspond to the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Prem Pinto, Daniel F. Hanks
  • Patent number: 11933660
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to detect and/or classify a vehicle occupant, such as a passenger seated within the cockpit of a vehicle. An occupant classification system includes an occupant weight sensor, an occupant presence sensor, and a logic device configured to communicate with the occupant weight sensor and the occupant presence sensor. The logic device is configured to receive occupant weight sensor signals from the occupant weight sensor and occupant presence sensor signals from the occupant presence sensor, determine an estimated occupant weight and an occupant presence response based, at least in part, on the occupant weight sensor signals and the occupant presence sensor signals, and determine an occupant classification status corresponding to the passenger seat based, at least in part, on the estimated occupant weight and/or the occupant presence response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Akin Aina, Markell Baldwin, Bronson Aden, Zach Stuart
  • Patent number: 11932184
    Abstract: A wiring system for an automobile connecting a processor and a plurality of devices, using one or more backbone sections. The processor and devices are connected to one another to form a first loop and a second loop, such that data may be transmitted along the first loop and data may be transmitted along the second loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan Esmail, In Jae Chung, Lakshya Jain, Brijesh Tripathi
  • Patent number: 11919411
    Abstract: A cable assembly includes a cable having a first end and a second end. The cable has an electric conductor and a cooling conduit, each of which extends from the first end to the second end. The cooling conduit is adapted to convey a fluid that cools the electric conductor. The cable assembly includes a leak detection module to detect a leak of the fluid from the cooling conduit. The leak detection module includes a power source to generate an input voltage signal which is applied at a first node contact with the fluid. The leak detection module includes a controller to monitor an output voltage signal at the first node and to detect a leak of the fluid from the cooling conduit based on the output voltage signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Pascal-Andre Fortin, Martin Sukup, Tim Murphy, Chuen Chou, Aria Tedjarati
  • Patent number: 11909041
    Abstract: This invention provides an environmental friendly method for the production of high capacity cathode materials for use in Li-ion batteries. Traditional methods for producing lithium mixed metal oxide cathode materials typically generate large amounts of effluent which effluent must be treated prior to discharge. The present process uses mixed metals as raw materials, in a wet chemical reaction with an oxidant, in order to make high-quality metal hydroxide precursors which can be used to prepare high-quality cathode materials after lithiation. As a key feature, in the precursor preparation process, the bulk of the aqueous solution used for the wet chemical reaction can be recycled back to the reactor, so that the total process has little or no effluent generated during production of the cathode precursor material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Feng Zou, Yang Liu
  • Patent number: 11904713
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating the effects of a thermal event within a non-metal-air battery pack is provided in which the hot gas and material generated during the event is directed into the metal-air cells of a metal-air battery pack. The metal-air cells provide a large thermal mass for absorbing at least a portion of the thermal energy generated during the event before it is released to the ambient environment. As a result, the risks to vehicle passengers, bystanders, first responders and property are limited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Weston Arthur Hermann
  • Patent number: 11908171
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhanced object detection for autonomous vehicles based on field of view. An example method includes obtaining an image from an image sensor of one or more image sensors positioned about a vehicle. A field of view for the image is determined, with the field of view being associated with a vanishing line. A crop portion corresponding to the field of view is generated from the image, with a remaining portion of the image being downsampled. Information associated with detected objects depicted in the image is outputted based on a convolutional neural network, with detecting objects being based on performing a forward pass through the convolutional neural network of the crop portion and the remaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Anting Shen, Romi Phadte, Gayatri Joshi
  • Patent number: 11901310
    Abstract: An electronic assembly includes a substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface and a plurality of stiffening members coupled to the substrate. The substrate further includes a plurality of substrate interconnects. The electronic assembly further includes a plurality of semiconductor dies mounted on the first surface of the substrate. The plurality of semiconductor dies are electrically connected to each other via the plurality of substrate interconnects. The electronic assembly further includes a plurality of power supply modules mounted on the second surface of the substrate. Each power supply module is disposed opposite to a respective semiconductor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Mengzhi Pang, Shishuang Sun, Ganesh Venkataramanan, William Arthur McGee, Steven Butler
  • Patent number: 11901549
    Abstract: An energy storage device can include a first electrode, a second electrode and a separator between the first electrode and the second electrode wherein the first electrode or the second electrode includes elemental lithium metal and carbon particles. A method for fabricating an energy storage device can include forming a first electrode and a second electrode, and inserting a separator between the first electrode and the second electrode, where forming the first electrode or the second electrode can include combining elemental lithium metal and a plurality of carbon particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Hieu Minh Duong, Porter Mitchell, Mohammed-Yazid Saidi
  • Patent number: 11893774
    Abstract: Systems and methods for training machine models with augmented data. An example method includes identifying a set of images captured by a set of cameras while affixed to one or more image collection systems. For each image in the set of images, a training output for the image is identified. For one or more images in the set of images, an augmented image for a set of augmented images is generated. Generating an augmented image includes modifying the image with an image manipulation function that maintains camera properties of the image. The augmented training image is associated with the training output of the image. A set of parameters of the predictive computer model are trained to predict the training output based on an image training set including the images and the set of augmented images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew John Cooper, Paras Jagdish Jain, Harsimran Singh Sidhu
  • Patent number: 11893393
    Abstract: A microprocessor system comprises a computational array and a hardware arbiter. The computational array includes a plurality of computation units. Each of the plurality of computation units operates on a corresponding value addressed from memory. The hardware arbiter is configured to control issuing of at least one memory request for one or more of the corresponding values addressed from the memory for the computation units. The hardware arbiter is also configured to schedule a control signal to be issued based on the issuing of the memory requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Emil Talpes, Peter Joseph Bannon, Kevin Altair Hurd
  • Patent number: 11894770
    Abstract: A Voltage Regulator Module (VRM) includes a first voltage rail circuit board oriented in a first plane having formed therein a first plurality of conductors and configured to produce a first rail voltage, a second voltage rail circuit board oriented in a second plane that is substantially parallel to the first plane having formed therein a second plurality of conductors and configured to produce a second rail voltage. The VRM also includes a first capacitor circuit board oriented in a third plane that is substantially perpendicular to the first plane and a second capacitor circuit board oriented in a fourth plane that is substantially parallel to the third plane. The VRM includes a plurality of conductors intercoupling the first voltage rail circuit board, the first capacitor circuit board, the second voltage rail circuit board, and the second capacitor circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Shishuang Sun, Kevin Hurd, Satyan Chandra
  • Patent number: 11888108
    Abstract: An energy storage device can include a first electrode, a second electrode and a separator between the first electrode and the second electrode wherein the first electrode includes an electrochemically active material and a porous carbon material, and the second electrode includes elemental lithium metal and carbon particles. A method for fabricating an energy storage device can include forming a first electrode and a second electrode, and inserting a separator between the first electrode and the second electrode, where forming the first electrode includes combining an electrochemically active material and a porous carbon material, and forming the second electrode includes combining elemental lithium metal and a plurality of carbon particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Hieu Minh Duong, Porter Mitchell, Mohammed-Yazid Saidi, Joon Ho Shin, Haim Feigenbaum
  • Patent number: 11876230
    Abstract: An energy storage device can include a cathode and an anode, where at least one of the cathode and the anode are made of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) composite binder material including PTFE and at least one of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a PVDF co-polymer, and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The energy storage device can be a lithium ion battery, a lithium ion capacitor, and/or any other lithium based energy storage device. The PTFE composite binder material can have a ratio of about 1:1 of PTFE to a non-PTFE component, such a PVDF, PVDF co-polymer and/or PEO. Methods of fabricating the anode and/or the cathode of the energy storage device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Hieu Minh Duong, Haim Feigenbaum, Jian Hong
  • Patent number: 11855373
    Abstract: A cable assembly includes a first cable and a second cable that is arranged co-axial to the first cable. Proximal ends of the first and second cables are provided with a connector assembly. The connector assembly from each proximal end is adapted to connect with one another, or a pair of receptacle ports located within a PCB, the PCB being disposed alongside the co-axially arranged first and second cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: In Jae Chung, Zheng Gao, Ron Rosenberg, Joel Torres Diaz, Adnan Esmail, Satyan Chandra
  • Patent number: D1017512
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Blades-Nixon, Franz von Holzhausen