Patents Examined by James J Triggs
  • Patent number: 11376941
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a support structure for an energy storage device, in particular for a battery pack of a vehicle that has at least one base panel which has a first surface and a second surface and that is at least partially made from a composite material. At least one thermal transfer member is arranged on the first surface of the least one base panel. The thermal transfer member comprises at least one contact face configured to be in thermal contact with at least part of an energy storage device to be mounted on the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: MUBEA CARBO TECH GMBH
    Inventors: Bernhard Spielvogel, Sebastian Schmitz, Guido Insam, Herbert Dorfinger
  • Patent number: 11381201
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for providing portable or fixed solar array support systems. Embodiments of the invention include an apparatus that holds four 60-cell rooftop-grade solar panels and folds up into a relatively small portable device that easily fits in a garage or shed. When open, the panels are displayed at near the nominal angle to the sun for the region. Adjustable angle supports are available in alternative embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Gregory K. Miller
  • Patent number: 11370288
    Abstract: An energy storage unit for a motor vehicle has a support frame which can be non-destructively detachably mounted on a body of the motor vehicle and a plurality of storage modules for storing electrical energy which can be mounted on the support frame. The storage modules are configured as intrinsically sealed units which can be arranged on the support frame from bottom to top in the vertical direction of the vehicle and can be inserted into respective corresponding receiving openings in the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Nihat Sasmaz, Matthias Nohr, Franz Maier, Shunsuke Amagai
  • Patent number: 11370492
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis is designed to contain at least one electricity storage cells' module. The chassis comprises a bottom panel and at least one housing for the at least one electricity storage cells' module, each housing comprising a cover, the bottom panel supporting the housing in at least one region of contact with the housing. The chassis also comprises a cooling circuit of the at least one electricity storage cells' module. The cooling circuit is a closed circuit designed to guide a heat transfer fluid. The cooling circuit extends into the bottom panel and is set back from the contact region. The bottom panel comprises at least two flat plates and an embossed plate extending between the two flat plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Frédéric Greber
  • Patent number: 11364783
    Abstract: A hybrid driving apparatus includes an internal combustion engine, a motive power transmission mechanism transmitting a driving force to main driving wheels, a main driving electric motor generating a driving force of the main driving wheels, an accumulator, sub-driving electric motors generating driving forces of sub-driving wheels, and a control apparatus executing an electric motor traveling mode and an internal combustion engine traveling mode. The sub-driving electric motor is provided to each of the sub-driving wheels, the control apparatus causes only the main driving electric motor to generate the driving force in the electric motor traveling mode and causes the main driving electric motor and the sub-driving electric motors to generate the driving forces in acceleration of the vehicle at a predetermined vehicle speed or higher, and although the engine generates the driving force, it does not cause the motors to generate driving forces in the traveling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isao Toda, Seiyo Hirano, Hideki Sanai
  • Patent number: 11364782
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a plurality of battery modules for storing electrical energy in the region of an underbody of a passenger compartment of the motor vehicle. The underbody is delimited on each of the two sides by a side sill. As viewed in the vehicle longitudinal direction, at least two battery modules are arranged adjacent to each other between the side sills, wherein the battery modules adjoin the respective side sills and a deformation element is arranged in each case between the adjacent battery modules. The battery modules are protected against damage in the event of a side crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fortesa Abdyli, Michael Ahlers, Gabriel Alejandro Freire, Maximilian Rolle, Christopher Schoenhoff, Hermann Seltenreich, Markus Strauch
  • Patent number: 11364966
    Abstract: A tricycle that allows riding in adequate conditions over any type of terrain is disclosed, the tricycle having a structural frame onto which a seat and several pedals are incorporated, equipped with a rolling assembly made up of one rear wheel and two parallel front wheels, with the front wheels incorporated into two mounting forks equipped with several respective stems projecting upwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Gonzalo Garcia-Atance Fatjo
  • Patent number: 11357675
    Abstract: A patient transport apparatus transports a patient over a floor surface. The patient transport apparatus comprises a support structure and support wheels coupled to the support structure. An auxiliary wheel is coupled to the support structure to influence motion of the patient transport apparatus over the floor surface to assist users. An actuator is operatively coupled to the auxiliary wheel and operable to move the auxiliary wheel relative to the support structure from a retracted position to a deployed position. A user interface sensor is operatively connected to the actuator and configured to generate signals responsive to the user touching the user interface. A controller is operatively coupled to the user interface sensor and the actuator to operate the actuator in response to detection of signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Anish Paul, Richard A. Derenne, Fanqi Meng, Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Jeffrey Alan Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11355809
    Abstract: A vehicle substructure is capable of changing arrangement in a battery case depending on the type and/or size of batteries. The vehicle substructure includes: a battery case having a battery housed therein and including a bottomed case pan having an opening at a top thereof, and a case cover to close the opening of the case pan; a floor panel positioned above the battery case; a pair of right and left seat frames fixed to a top surface of the floor panel; and a battery cross member extending in a vehicle width direction in the battery case, fastened to the pair of right and left seat frames and fixed to the floor panel, wherein the pair of right and left seat frames extend in a vehicle front-rear direction and are provided with mounting holes in the vehicle front-rear direction for fastening the battery cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Matsushima, Chihiro Sakurada, Koichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 11351850
    Abstract: Electric vehicle conversion kits for IC vehicles and converted electric vehicles. An electric vehicle conversion kit may include an electric motor directly coupled to an axle. Another electric vehicle conversion kit may include an electric motor mechanically coupled to an axle via a driveshaft. Another electric vehicle conversion kit may include an electric motor coupled to a transfer case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Phoenix EV Motors, LLC
    Inventor: Rocco West Calandruccio
  • Patent number: 11352070
    Abstract: A body of an electric vehicle may include: a floor panel; a rocker; a first floor crossmember protruding from a first surface of the floor panel and joined to the rocker; a body component protruding from the first surface and extending rearward from the first floor crossmember so as to shift upward toward a rear end of the electric vehicle; a battery case located below the floor panel; a battery case reinforcement extending along a side edge of the battery case, located below the rocker, and extending from a position frontward of the first crossmember to a position rearward of the first crossmember; a first fastening member fastening the battery case reinforcement to the rocker in a range frontward of the first floor crossmember; and a second fastening member fastening the battery case reinforcement to the rocker in a range rearward of the first floor crossmember.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Kimura, Tomohiro Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11331994
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coupling element for connecting vehicle components of an underfloor arrangement of a battery-powered motor vehicle, wherein the underfloor arrangement having a battery holder and at least one axle arrangement, the coupling element having at least one first connecting portion for fastening on the axle arrangement, and having at least one planar attachment surface for fastening on the battery holder, wherein the coupling element is designed in the form of an extruded multichamber profile. The disclosure also relates to an underfloor arrangement, for a motor vehicle, having two axle arrangements and a battery holder, arranged between the axle arrangements, wherein the battery holder has a side wall which delimits the battery holder in the outward direction, wherein at least one coupling element according to one of the preceding claims is provided, and connects at least one axle arrangement and the battery holder in a load-directing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Handing, Jochem Grewe, Stefan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 11332178
    Abstract: A foldable wagon has a frame that is collapsible in a manner such that the wagon basically has the same vertical height when in the collapsed and expanded configurations. The frame has folding bar assemblies on its sides. As the wagon is altered from the expanded to the collapsed configurations, the lower leg outer end of each of the pair of folding bar assemblies slides downward relative to the corresponding upper leg outer on the respective vertically oriented pole. The pairs of folding bar assemblies increase in height and decrease in length. As wagon is altered from the collapsed to the expanded configuration, the lower leg outer end of each of the pair of folding bar assembly slides upward relative to the corresponding upper leg outer end s on the respective vertically oriented pole, and the pairs of folding bar assemblies decrease in height and increase in length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG HENGFENG TOP LEISURE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Baoqing Yang
  • Patent number: 11332177
    Abstract: A charging and storage cart can be configured to support and charge a plurality of electronic devices. The charging and storage cart can include a frame, a panel, a tray, a support bracket, and an extension. The panel can be secured to the frame and can include a body and plurality of apertures extending through the body. The support bracket can be coupled to the tray and can be configured to engage the panel to support the tray. The extension can be connected to the support bracket can be insertable into any aperture of the plurality of apertures to connect the tray to the body of the panel in any location as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: James Robert Lucas, David James Prince, John Kenneth Blomstrom, Mustafa Ali Ergun
  • Patent number: 11329343
    Abstract: A battery device for a vehicle, which can be miniaturized while including ancillary instruments such as a relay device. The battery device is mounted in a lower portion of a vehicle, and including a battery case; a plurality of battery modules accommodated in the battery case and arranged such that at least some of the battery modules are stacked in a plurality of levels; and a first relay device that switches connection and disconnection between external electric devices and the battery modules. The first relay device is disposed on a side in a vehicle width direction of a portion where the battery modules are stacked in a plurality of levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuo Iwata, Junya Kono, Yoshihiko Yayoshi, Tomohiro Masui, Tomoyoshi Matsushima, Kunihiro Jo, Daisuke Watanabe, Yoshinobu Katayama
  • Patent number: 11312246
    Abstract: Controlled clutchless shifting of multi-ratio geared electronic shift transmissions coupled directly to the electrical prime mover of a vehicle are disclosed. The adaptive control of electrically shifted manual transmissions incorporated into power-split series electric hybrid heavy vehicles operating over heavy duty drive cycles utilizes a direct coupling assembly that enables bi-directional energy transfer and power transport. An electronic shift transmission provides power amplifying or de-amplifying bi-directional intelligently controlled valve or pathway for available terrain potential or kinetic energy of a rolling mass of a vehicle, while retaining the original function of a transmission by increasing or decreasing mechanical rotating energy of the propulsion power to the rear wheels of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ePower Engine Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay J. Bowman, Andrew Bowman
  • Patent number: 11299054
    Abstract: This application is directed to an apparatus for providing electrical charge to a vehicle. The apparatus comprises a driven mass, a generator, a charger, a hardware controller, and a communication circuit. The driven mass rotates in response to a kinetic energy of the vehicle and is coupled to a shaft such that rotation of the driven mass causes the shaft to rotate. The driven mass exists in one of (1) an extended position and (2) a retracted position. The generator generates an electrical output based on a mechanical input coupled to the shaft such that rotation of the shaft causes the mechanical input to rotate. The charger is electrically coupled to the generator and: receives the electrical output, generates a charge output based on the electrical output, and conveys the charge output to the vehicle. The controller controls whether the driven mass is in the extended position or the retracted position in response to a signal received from the communication circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Anthony Macaluso
  • Patent number: 11299050
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes: a pair of left and right batteries (26a); a pair of left and right battery-holding portions (28d) which respectively hold the left and right batteries (26a); and a pair of left and right battery connection terminals (28c1) which are provided on inner sides of the left and right battery-holding portions (28d) in a vehicle width direction and connected respectively to the left and right batteries (26a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirukawa, Masaru Nakayama, Kuniaki Ikui
  • Patent number: 11281223
    Abstract: An autonomous electronic bicycle comprises a frame, a wheel that can be powered by a first electronic motor, and a pedal assembly connected to a pedal motor. The pedal assembly is not mechanically connected to the wheel, but the autonomous electronic bicycle simulates a mechanical connection by powering the rear wheel proportional to the user's pedaling force. The autonomous electronic bicycle uses a virtual gear ratio based on the cadence of the rider, the current incline of the bicycle, and the current speed of the bicycle. The virtual gear ratio can be a ratio between a torque of the set of pedals and a torque of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: WEEL AUTONOMY INC.
    Inventors: Justin Allan Corbett, David Carlyle Hansen
  • Patent number: 11283398
    Abstract: Disclosed are hinges having specially-cut sections of steel angle iron that force a solid stop point in the open or closed positions. In some embodiments, the stops may limit the hinges to open no more than 90 degrees. In other embodiments the stops may limit the hinges to open no more than 180 degrees. The hinges provide stability to any structure they are used with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventor: Gregory K. Miller