Tesla Motors Patents

Tesla Motors, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and sells electric vehicles, and operates a network of charging stations for Tesla electric vehicles. Tesla also sells electric vehicle powertrain components to other vehicle manufacturers, as well as battery systems for homes, commercial sites and utilities.

Tesla Motors Patents by Type

  • Publication number: 20170321066
    Abstract: One or more techniques are disclosed for a method for functionalized a graphitic material comprising the steps of: 1) providing a graphitic material; 2) providing a first molecule comprising a first group, a spacer, and a second group; 3) providing a second molecule comprising a third group, a spacer, and a fourth group, wherein the third group is a different group from the first group; and 4) bonding the first molecule and the second molecule to the graphitic material. Also disclosed is a tunable material composition comprising the functionalized carbon nanotubes or functionalized graphene prepared by the methods described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: TESLA NANOCOATINGS, INC.
    Inventor: JORMA A. VIRTANEN
  • Patent number: 9797181
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes: a door; an electric actuating motor that opens and closes the door, the electric actuating motor configured for actuating at a hinge of the door; a push-open actuator mounted at a rear of the door, the push-open actuator configured for pushing against a body of the vehicle; and a wireless device configured for communications to the vehicle. A system for a vehicle includes: a front door; a rear door behind the front door, the rear door having a dual-hinge design that opens and closes in a substantially vertical direction; an electric actuating motor that opens and closes the front door, the electric actuating motor configured for actuating at a hinge of the front door; and a wireless device configured for communications to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wheeler, Chris McCarthy, Jacob Warman, Austin Newman, John Hughes
  • Patent number: 9800053
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a solar cell panel that includes a front-side cover, a back-side cover, a number of solar cells situated between the front-side cover and the back-side cover, and a number of maximum power point tracking (MPPT) devices situated between the front-side cover and the back-side cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher James Beitel, Jiunn Benjamin Heng, Jianming Fu, Zheng Xu
  • Publication number: 20170291482
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes an energy storage system, an integrated drive system assembly having a gearbox, a power inverter, and an electric motor, wherein the gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter are assembled into a single unit with a multi-piece housing. The electric vehicle may also include two half shafts for respective wheels of the electric vehicle. The gearbox, the electric motor and the power inverter may be oriented such that the gearbox extends along a center line of the electric vehicle and the electric motor and the power inverter extend from the gearbox in opposite directions. The electric vehicle may also include a mutual thermal management system coupled to the integrated drive system assembly and having at least one liquid coolant loop that is thermally coupled to the electric motor, the power inverter, the gearbox, a cooling system, a refrigeration system, and an HVAC system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin M. Pearce, JR., Jim Robbins, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Michael R. Kubba
  • Patent number: 9787112
    Abstract: An inter-protocol charging adapter for equipment to be charged via a bus includes: first connectors corresponding to a first charging protocol that requires the bus to be energized before the equipment closes onto the bus; second connectors corresponding to a second charging protocol that does not energize the bus before the equipment closes onto the bus; and a boost converter coupled to the bus and to at least one of the second connectors, wherein the boost converter uses energy from the second connector to energize the bus before the equipment closes onto the bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Sukup, Troy A. Nergaard, Kristoffer J. Donhowe
  • Publication number: 20170277274
    Abstract: A method for controlling application windows is provided for use with a graphical user interface (GUI) display which is divided into at least first and second application windows. Various software applications may be launched in the first and second application windows. In order to switch locations of the software applications launched in the first and second application windows the user selects a swap window button, for example by tapping or clicking on a swap window icon on the GUI display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Brennan Boblett, Evan Small, Roy Goldman, Michael Fairman
  • Patent number: 9773928
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a method for fabricating solar cells. During operation, an anti-reflection layer is deposited on top of a semiconductor structure to form a photovoltaic structure, and a front-side electrode grid comprising a metal stack is formed on top of the photovoltaic structure. The metal stack comprises a metal-adhesive layer comprising Ti or Ta, and a conducting layer comprising Cu or Ag situated above the metal-adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Jianming Fu, Zheng Xu, Chentao Yu, Jiunn Benjamin Heng
  • Publication number: 20170267123
    Abstract: A monopost for a free-standing seat of a vehicle comprises: an inner subassembly of first clamshell components attached to each other; an outer subassembly of second clamshell components attached to each other around the inner subassembly, the outer subassembly forming a wing portion at one end; and a wing clamshell attached to the first clamshell components and to the wing portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: P Thomas Vikstrom, Jan Just, Olav Sadoo, Anthony Paschos, Hussein Sanaknaki, Wayne Watson, Jason Daddy
  • Patent number: 9764957
    Abstract: One or more techniques are disclosed for a method of functionalizing graphitic material, comprising the steps of: 1) providing a graphitic material; 2) cutting the graphitic material; 3) providing a catalyst comprising at least one catalyst of a metal atom, metal cation, metal alcoholates, metal alkanoates, metal sulfonates, and metal powder; 4) providing a reagent; 5) binding the catalyst to the reagent; 6) binding the reagent to the graphitic material; and 7) recovering the catalyst. Also disclosed is a composition prepared from the methods described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA NANOCOATINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Jorma Virtanen
  • Publication number: 20170260402
    Abstract: One or more techniques are disclosed for a method for functionalized a graphitic material comprising the steps of: 1) providing a graphitic material; 2) providing a first molecule comprising a first group, a spacer, and a second group; 3) providing a second molecule comprising a third group, a spacer, and a fourth group, wherein the third group is a different group from the first group; and 4) bonding the first molecule and the second molecule to the graphitic material. Also disclosed is a tunable material composition comprising the functionalized carbon nanotubes or functionalized graphene prepared by the methods described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: TESLA NANOCOATINGS, INC.
    Inventor: JORMA A. VIRTANEN
  • Publication number: 20170260401
    Abstract: One or more techniques are disclosed for a method for functionalized a graphitic material comprising the steps of: 1) providing a graphitic material; 2) providing a first molecule comprising a first group, a spacer, and a second group; 3) providing a second molecule comprising a third group, a spacer, and a fourth group, wherein said third group is a different group from said first group; and 4) bonding the first molecule and the second molecule to the graphitic material. Also disclosed is a tunable material composition comprising the functionalized carbon nanotubes or functionalized graphene prepared by the methods described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: TESLA NANOCOATINGS, INC.
    Inventor: JORMA A. VIRTANEN
  • Publication number: 20170259200
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in a vehicle can involve determining that a plurality of closures of a vehicle have been closed, running an HVAC system in a fresh air mode after determining that the plurality of closures have been closed, and thereafter recirculating air while adding newly filtered air to maintain a positive air pressure level in a passenger cabin of the vehicle. The determining can occur after one or more people enter the vehicle and being driving, and the recirculating and adding can involve activating a recirculation mode and a fresh air mode simultaneously. Adding newly filtered air maintains a positive air pressure level in a passenger cabin, which level can be set based on an amount of leaks, a user setting, a vehicle type and a pollution level. The determining, running, and recirculating and adding can occur again after determining a vehicle closure has been opened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Mardall, Adam Maser
  • Publication number: 20170259675
    Abstract: A system for exchanging an electrical energy storage system (EESS) of an electric vehicle includes. An EESS station is configured to position an electric vehicle in x and y directions. A vehicle lift raises the electric vehicle to a predetermined height. An EESS lift supports and lowers the EESS and replaces the EESS with a differing EESS. The vehicle lift may be an inboard lift and the EESS lift may be an outboard lift. The system may also include one or more rollers configured to guide the electric vehicle. The system may include a horizontal door having at least one tube positioned thereon for guiding the electric vehicle and/or at least one vehicle chock for positioning the electric vehicle in at least one of the x and y directions. The vehicle lift may include lifting arms to engage jack pads of the electric vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Orlando Gaffoglio, Alan Clarke, Matthew Lee Brown
  • Patent number: 9761919
    Abstract: An energy storage system includes: multiple cells, each cell having a first end with anode and cathode terminals, and a second end opposite the first end, the cells arranged so that the second ends are aligned; for each of the cells, electrical connections coupled to the anode and cathode terminals at the first end; and a heat pipe having a flat evaporation surface facing the second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Lane, Hae-Won Choi, Jeff Weintraub, Carlos Mario Aguirre, Mark Riegel, Orion A. King, Nathan Chidiac, Jon Wagner, Augusto E. Barton, Ernest Villanueva, David Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9761744
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention can provide a system for fabrication of a photovoltaic structure. The system can include a physical vapor deposition tool configured to sequentially deposit a transparent conductive oxide layer and a metallic layer on an emitter layer formed in a first surface of a Si substrate, without requiring the Si substrate to be removed from the physical vapor deposition tool after depositing the transparent conductive oxide layer. The system can further include an electroplating tool configured to plate a metallic grid on the metallic layer and a thermal annealing tool configured to anneal the transparent conductive oxide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei Wang
  • Publication number: 20170253143
    Abstract: Electric vehicles and, more particularly, a control system for an all-wheel drive electric vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Yifan Tang
  • Patent number: 9748434
    Abstract: One embodiment can provide a system for curing conductive paste applied on photovoltaic structures. The system can include a wafer carrier for carrying a plurality of photovoltaic structures and a heater. The wafer carrier can include a surface element that is in direct contact with the photovoltaic structures and is substantially thermally insulating. The heater can be positioned above the wafer carrier. The heater can include a heated radiation surface that does not directly contact the photovoltaic structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Sung, James Zu-Yi Liu
  • Publication number: 20170236773
    Abstract: A device includes an integrated circuit (IC) die, a top-side base plate to which the IC die is mounted, and a body attached to the top-side base plate such that the IC die is inside the body, the body configured for attachment to a printed circuit board (PCB) such that the top-side base plate faces away from the PCB. The device may or may not include legs that abut the PCB upon installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: William Thomas Chi, Mehmet Ozbek, Satish Thuta
  • Publication number: 20170237323
    Abstract: A rotor assembly is provided in which a solid rotor ring is formed at either end of a stack of laminated discs, the solid rotor rings yielding improved electrical and mechanical characteristics in a low weight assembly. The solid rotor rings are fabricated by brazing slugs between the end portions of the rotor bars, the braze joints contacting a large percentage (at least 90%) of the rotor bar end portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lyons, Jeffrey B. Straubel, Erik Shahoian, Rudy Garriga
  • Publication number: 20170234482
    Abstract: An adjustable bracket includes a body of quadrilateral shape that defines an attachment plane for a device, which includes a first adjustment mechanism located adjacent a first corner of the quadrilateral shape, a second adjustment mechanism located adjacent a second corner of the quadrilateral shape, and a pivot. The first adjustment mechanism includes a first passage transverse to the attachment plane, a second passage parallel to the attachment plane and leading to the first passage, and a first moveable member extending in the first passage. The second adjustment mechanism includes a third passage transverse to the attachment plane and a fourth passage parallel to the attachment plane, and a second moveable member extending into the third passage. The pivot locates adjacent a fourth corner of the quadrilateral shape such that the first and second adjustment mechanisms are configured for adjusting the adjustable bracket relative to the pivot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Dylan Thomas Cox, Dan Calder, Javor Gnjidic
  • Patent number: 9725603
    Abstract: A process for preparing an anticorrosive coating includes providing a substrate, providing a sacrificial metal particle, chemically binding a graphitic material to a first molecule comprising a first group, a first spacer, and a second group, chemically binding said graphitic material to a second molecule comprising a third group, a second spacer, and a fourth group, wherein said third group is a different group from said first group, binding said sacrificial metal particle to either said first or said third group, binding either said first or said third group with said substrate, wherein said group bound to said substrate is different from said group bound to said sacrificial metal particle, chemically binding said second group and said fourth group to said graphitic material, growing thermoset resin side chains on said graphitic material, and growing siloxane side chains on said graphitic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla Nanocoatings, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorma Virtanen
  • Patent number: 9728990
    Abstract: A system and method for early identification of an impending fast-charge or fast-charge opportunity and use of that information to prepare the battery cells for the fast-charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Dangler, Sarah G. Stewart, Clay Hajime Kishiyama
  • Patent number: 9729032
    Abstract: A rotor including: a shaft; a structure comprising at least one end ring and rotor bars, wherein at least the end ring comprises a material subject to expansion or movement radially outward from the shaft upon a rotor balancing process that involves spinning of the structure; a core that at least partially encloses the rotor bars; and means for limiting the expansion or movement of the structure radially outward. A method including: providing a structure comprising at least one end ring and rotor bars, wherein at least the end ring comprises a material subject to expansion or movement radially outward from the shaft upon spinning of the structure; assembling a rotor from the structure and a core, the core at least partially enclosing the rotor bars; spinning the rotor in a rotor balancing process; and limiting the expansion or movement of the structure radially outward in the rotor balancing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventor: Augusto E. Barton
  • Publication number: 20170214008
    Abstract: A heat exchanger integrated into an electric vehicle's battery pack enclosure is provided, where the heat exchanger conduits are mechanically and thermally coupled to the inside surface of the enclosure base plate and where the battery pack enclosure is mounted such that ambient air flows over the outside surface of the enclosure base plate during vehicle motion. A thermal management system is coupled to, and controls operation of, the integrated battery pack heat exchanger such that in a first operational mode the heat exchanger is thermally coupled to the batteries within the battery pack, and in a second operational mode the heat exchanger is thermally decoupled from the batteries within the battery pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Mardall, Paul Yeomans
  • Patent number: 9701210
    Abstract: A charging system for an electric vehicle includes: a power supply; a cable having first and second ends, the first end attached to the power supply, the cable comprising a charging conductor and a cooling conduit, each of which extends from the first end to the second end; and a connector attached to the second end of the cable, the connector having a form factor corresponding to a charge port of the electric vehicle; wherein the cooling conduit is adapted to convey a fluid that cools the charging conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Yee Shan Woo, Christopher H. Van Dyke, Joseph Mardall, Christopher Newport, Joshua Willard Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9694699
    Abstract: An automated charge preparation method periodically determines critical parameters for the set of relevant operating conditions, determines whether fast charging is possible, applies fast charging when possible, otherwise applies a dynamically scaled charging rate that is optimized based upon current critical parameters (while optionally heating the individual battery cells as long as fast charging is not available) to reduce/eliminate a risk of lithium-plating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt R. Kelty, Clay H. Kishiyama, Sarah G. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20170184345
    Abstract: A heat-recovering oven system based on temperature gradient comprises: multiple chambers arranged in a sequence, the chambers configured for operating at various temperatures according to a temperature gradient arrangement that spans the sequence; a conveyor configured for transporting product through the multiple chambers in the sequence for heat treatment according to the temperature gradient arrangement; and multiple temperature-segregated heat exchanger systems, each heat exchanger system including a heat exchanger, a conduit to at least one of the chambers based on its temperature in the temperature gradient arrangement, and a return conduit from the at least one chamber to the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: June 29, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Gandhi Van Dyke, Turner Boris Caldwell
  • Patent number: 9692277
    Abstract: An integrated drive system assembly is provided that combines an electric motor, a power inverter assembly and a gearbox into a single, multi-piece enclosure. Combining these components into a single enclosure reduces weight, reduces drive system complexity, reduces system volume, simplifies assembly integration into an electric vehicle, reduces manufacturing cost, allows the flexible and lengthy electrical cables between the power inverter and the electric motor to be replaced with short, low loss, rigid bus bars, and simplifies component cooling by allowing the use of a common thermal management system. The common thermal management system includes a liquid coolant loop that is thermally coupled to the electric motor, the power inverter assembly and the gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin M. Pearce, Jr., Jim Robbins, Benjamin D. Dettmann, Nicholas R. Kalayjian, Michael R. Kubba
  • Patent number: 9692025
    Abstract: A battery cell design is disclosed that provides a predictable pathway through a portion of the cell (e.g., the cell cap assembly) for the efficient release of the thermal energy that occurs during thermal runaway, thereby reducing the chances of a rupture in an undesirable location. Furthermore the disclosed design maintains the functionality of the cell cap as the positive terminal of the cell, thereby having minimal impact on the manufacturability of the cell as well as its use in a variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Francisco LePort, Scott I. Kohn, Orion A. King, Alex Prilutsky
  • Patent number: 9692038
    Abstract: An electrochemical cell includes: a cell can; electrolyte and an active-material roll in the cell can; and a cap that closes at least one opening of the cell can, the cap comprising: a substantially flat member that covers the opening, the substantially flat member having a separation portion defined therein; and a diaphragm that covers the separation portion on an inside of the substantially flat member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Kunio Tsuruta, Kenjin Masumoto
  • Patent number: 9688252
    Abstract: A method of exchanging an electrical energy storage system (EESS) in an electric vehicle includes: positioning an electric vehicle in x and y directions on an EESS exchange station; after positioning, raising the electric vehicle to a predetermined height using a first lift; after raising the electric vehicle, raising an EESS lift toward the electric vehicle until the EESS lift is correctly positioned relative to a first EESS; after raising the EESS lift, removing fasteners that secure a first EESS to the electric vehicle; placing an EESS conveyor underneath the EESS lift; after placing the EESS conveyor, lowering the first EESS onto the EESS conveyor using the EESS lift; after lowering the first EESS, removing the first EESS and instead placing a second EESS underneath the electric vehicle; after placing the second EESS underneath the electric vehicle, raising the second EESS toward the electric vehicle using the EESS lift until the second EESS is correctly positioned relative to the electric vehicle; after
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Orlando Gaffoglio, Alan Clarke, Matthew Lee Brown
  • Patent number: 9687769
    Abstract: An air filtration system for a passenger compartment of a vehicle includes a HEPA filter for filtering air from an air inlet into filtered air, the HEPA filter including a fine particulate filter and a gas filter, and air passageways formed in the vehicle and configured to convey the air from the air inlet to the HEPA filter, and to convey the filtered air from the HEPA filter to the passenger compartment
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Mardall, Adam Maser
  • Patent number: 9688164
    Abstract: A freestanding vehicle seat assembly includes: a seat having a seat portion connected to a back portion; a monopost attached at a bottom of the seat portion such that the seat rests only on the monopost; and a track assembly attached at a bottom of the monopost, the track assembly configured for providing fore and aft movement of the freestanding vehicle seat assembly. The freestanding vehicle seat assembly can have a pitch mechanism on the monopost configured for pitching at least part of the seat forward and rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: P Thomas Vikstrom, Tony Paschos, Jan Just, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: 9691531
    Abstract: A magnet apparatus which comprises a first vacuum chamber, a second vacuum chamber, a first magnet disposed within the first vacuum chamber such that the first magnet can be thermally isolated from the exterior of the first vacuum chamber, and a load connector extending from the first vacuum chamber into the second vacuum chamber so that a load on the first magnet can be transferred to the second vacuum chamber, wherein the load connector is in thermal contact with the first magnet and can be thermally isolated from the exterior of the first vacuum chamber and the exterior of the second vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA ENGINEERING LIMITED
    Inventors: Frederick Thomas David Goldie, Patrick Brian Clayton
  • Publication number: 20170177048
    Abstract: An energy storage system includes: a host; energy storage modules; a plurality of nodes, each implemented at a corresponding one of the energy storage modules and configured to monitor and control that energy storage module; a communications and data transmission medium forming a loop from a first portion of the host and sequentially through the nodes to a second portion of the host; and in each of the nodes, first and second devices configured to perform at least partially redundant communication and data transmission functions using the communications and data transmission medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian C. Dimen
  • Patent number: 9676420
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises: a vehicle structure without a continuous roof rail; a B-pillar attached to the vehicle structure, the B-pillar having a first initiator; and a header attached to the B-pillar and extending at least partly across the vehicle, the header having a second initiator, wherein the first and second initiators are configured to provide a B-pillar deformation mode upon side impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Sekhar R B Reddy, Andy Kung, Dan Moll, Ash Williams
  • Publication number: 20170162922
    Abstract: An energy storage pack includes a coolant inlet manifold, a coolant outlet manifold, and a plurality of thermal-exchange tubes extending between the coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold to exchange heat between coolant passing through the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes and a plurality of battery cells mounted adjacent to and among the plurality of thermal-exchange tubes within the energy storage pack. In one embodiment, at least one of coolant inlet manifold and the coolant outlet manifold includes a plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures and a plurality of hose segments intercoupling the plurality of thermal-exchange tube terminating structures. The energy storage pack may further include a coolant inlet opening located on the coolant inlet manifold and a coolant outlet opening located on the coolant outlet manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert David Sumpf, JR., Ernest Matthew Villanueva, David Elias Hegeman, Satvik Vipin Batavia, Ganesh Ramanarayan Singh, Alex Prilutsky, Scott Ira Kohn, Bruce Phillip Edwards, Peter Thomas Tennessen, Jayesh Bharat Gorasia, Hugh Burnett Ross
  • Patent number: 9669734
    Abstract: A monopost for a free-standing seat of a vehicle comprises: an inner subassembly of first clamshell components attached to each other; an outer subassembly of second clamshell components attached to each other around the inner subassembly, the outer subassembly forming a wing portion at one end; and a wing clamshell attached to the first clamshell components and to the wing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: P Thomas Vikstrom, Jan Just, Olav Sadoo, Anthony Paschos, Hussein Sanaknaki, Wayne Watson, Jason Daddy
  • Publication number: 20170152957
    Abstract: A multi-port, multi-mode valve includes: a valve housing; multiple ports on the valve housing, a spacing between first and second ports being smaller than a spacing between third and fourth ports; and a stemshell positioned at least partly inside the valve housing, the stemshell having at least two channels configured for selectively coupling one or more of the ports to a selected at least other one of the ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Publication date: June 1, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Albert Roche, Joseph Stratford Maxwell Mardall, Jan Kopitz, Curt Raymond O'Donnell
  • Publication number: 20170144717
    Abstract: A method for constructing an integrated end structure for a vehicle includes placing a center module for an integrated end structure for a vehicle in a fixture separate from the vehicle, attaching a side bracket to the center module in the fixture to form an assembly, the side bracket configured for holding a light unit of the vehicle, mounting the assembly onto at least a bracket in the vehicle that provides adjustability of the assembly in at least a z-direction, and, after mounting the assembly, mounting a storage compartment module onto the center module and the side bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: James Bellis, P Thomas Vikstrom
  • Publication number: 20170130495
    Abstract: A closure system for a vehicle comprises: a dual-hinge closure comprising a first portion hinged to the vehicle by a first hinge, and a second portion hinged to the first portion by a second hinge; a frame that at least in part surrounds an opening in the vehicle; an adjustable bump stop subassembly mounted to the first portion, wherein the adjustable bump stop subassembly rests on the frame when the first portion is in a closed position; and a latch system comprising a latch configured to engage a horizontal striker, the latch system configured so that an end of the second portion opposite the second hinge latches to and unlatches from a distal portion of the frame by essentially horizontal motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wheeler, Steve Klotz, Ian Sadowski, Nermin Mujcinovic, Noam Goldberg, Robert Coleman Skelton, Andy Warburton, Adnan Esmail, Joshua Liu, Andy Wong, Padmanabhan Kumar, Jon Bennett, John Hughes, Hemant Sikaria, Jacob Warman, Chris Satkoski, Nicolas Altenburger
  • Publication number: 20170133316
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes: a housing; a substrate inside the housing; first and second semiconductor circuits on the substrate; and first and second planar terminals electrically connected to the first and second semiconductor circuits, respectively, the first and second planar terminals stacked on top of each other, wherein each of the first and second planar terminals extends away from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenjun Liu, Robert James Ramm, Colin Kenneth Campbell
  • Patent number: D786161
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Joonas Vartola, Franz Von Holzhausen, David T Imai
  • Patent number: D788671
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Joonas Vartola, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D788672
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D789860
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, David T Imai, Franz Von Holzhausen
  • Patent number: D790742
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: David T Imai, Franz Von Holzhausen, Bernard Lee
  • Patent number: D791025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, Franz Von Holzhausen, David T Imai
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    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Julien Bilodeau, Franz Von Holzhausen, Bernard Lee, David T Imai
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    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Bernard Lee, Joonas Vartola, David T Imai, Franz Von Holzhausen