Patents Examined by Jeffrey J. Restifo
  • Patent number: 11427241
    Abstract: A drive unit includes a drive wheel, a prime mover, a coupling mechanism and a support frame. The coupling mechanism includes first and second coupling members. The first coupling member includes a first opposed surface. The second coupling member includes a second opposed surface opposed to the first opposed surface. The second coupling member is attached to the first coupling member in a detachable manner. The support frame is attached to the coupling mechanism. The support frame supports the drive wheel and the prime mover. The first coupling member includes a first vertical groove and a first transverse groove on the first opposed surface. The second coupling member includes a second vertical groove and a second transverse groove on the second opposed surface. The second vertical groove is opposed to the first vertical groove. The second transverse groove is opposed to the first transverse groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: EXEDY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Katsura, Taichi Kitamura, Chika Baba
  • Patent number: 11420513
    Abstract: A hybrid drivetrain for a hybrid-driven vehicle, having a transmission, which can be shifted by shifting elements into different transmission steps, and which is connectable via an internal combustion engine shaft to an internal combustion engine, via an electric machine shaft to an electric machine, and via an output shaft to at least one vehicle axis. The internal combustion engine shaft and a pinion shaft, which can be connected with respect to drive to the output shaft, are connectable via spur gearwheel sets, which can be shifted by means of shifting elements and which each form wheel levels, of which at least one hybrid wheel level is additionally connectable to the electric machine shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Steffen Hummel
  • Patent number: 11414114
    Abstract: A wagon having both a utility mode and a driving mode is disclosed. The wagon includes a chassis and a bucket for conveying at least one object. The object can be an inanimate object, wherein the wagon can be configured in utility mode to be pulled by an operator. Or, the object can be a living being, wherein the wagon can be configured either for the utility mode or a driving mode to be driven and controlled by an occupant of the bucket. Various features enable the wagon to be reconfigurable for a desired design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: MORF, LLC
    Inventor: Eitan Kramer
  • Patent number: 11400808
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle system includes an engine, a transmission mechanism, first and second clutch mechanisms, a motor generator, and a forward-reverse travel switching mechanism. The engine outputs torque. The transmission mechanism converts the torque at a predetermined transmission gear ratio. The first clutch mechanism allows and disallows power transmission between the transmission mechanism and a drive wheel. The motor generator is coupled to a power transmission path between the first clutch mechanism and the drive wheel. The second clutch mechanism allows and disallows power transmission between the motor generator and the drive wheel. The forward-reverse travel switching mechanism is coupled to a power transmission path between the engine and the transmission mechanism. The forward-reverse travel switching mechanism is coupled to a countershaft. The forward-reverse travel switching mechanism switches among a forward-travel direct coupling state, a reverse-travel direct coupling state, and a neutral state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shogo Oki
  • Patent number: 11396237
    Abstract: A mechanical stabilization system for a battery assembly is disclosed. The system includes an actuator and a stabilizer that are configured to work in concert. The actuator and stabilizer are disposed in a housing of the battery assembly. The system may be implemented by depression of the actuator disposed in the housing, which causes the stabilizer to retract a support post into the housing. The depression can occur during a docking operation of the battery assembly with a lift mechanism for an electric vehicle. When the actuator is released, the support post automatically reverts to its previous, deployed state. The support post is configured to maintain the battery assembly in a stable configuration when the battery assembly is separated from the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: ARTISAN VEHICLE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Hickey, Gaurav Mehta, Nicholas Dickson
  • Patent number: 11390154
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an electric motor-generator in a vehicle are provided. In one example, an electric motor-generator is provided that includes an engine interface configured to rotationally couple to a first engine, a transmission interface configured to rotationally couple to a first transmission of the first engine, and a rotor with a plurality of magnets at least partially surrounding a stator including a plurality of coils. The rotor is rotationally coupled to the engine interface and the transmission interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Russell McBride, Megan Mackenzie Gould, Duane Allan Lewis, Jason Michael Sanderson, Brandon David Lint, James Trent, Brian Richard Light, Eric Pavlov
  • Patent number: 11390310
    Abstract: A handcart may include a drive wheel; a prime mover configured to rotate the drive wheel; a grip portion configured to be gripped by a user; and a visibly noticeable portion that is clearly noticeable from behind the user when the user stands behind the handcart, gripping the grip portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kutsuna, Toshihiro Tomita, Susumu Kato, Tomonobu Nashimoto, Kohei Oishi
  • Patent number: 11377091
    Abstract: In a vehicle condition in which an engine rotation speed is likely to exceed a maximum rotation speed, since supercharging by a supercharger is curbed, it is possible to curb an increase in an engine torque. Even when the engine rotation speed exceeds the maximum rotation speed, the engine rotation speed is made less likely to increase by control of decreasing the engine torque. In a vehicle condition in which the engine rotation speed is less likely to exceed the maximum rotation speed, since a supercharging pressure becomes relatively high, it becomes easier to secure power performance. Accordingly, it is possible to curb a decrease in power performance due to curbing of supercharging and to prevent an engine from falling into a high-rotation state in which the engine rotation speed exceeds the maximum rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tooru Matsubara, Atsushi Tabata, Koichi Okuda, Yasutaka Tsuchida, Keisuke Omuro, Tetsuya Kono
  • Patent number: 11377089
    Abstract: A military vehicle including a chassis, an engine, a motor/generator, and an energy storage system. The chassis including a passenger capsule and a rear module coupled to the passenger capsule. The passenger capsule includes a rear subframe assembly, a left rear wheel well, a right rear wheel well, and a bed. The engine is coupled to the chassis for providing mechanical power to the military vehicle and the motor/generator is coupled to the engine. The energy storage system including a battery coupled to the rear module between the left rear wheel well and the right rear wheel well, the energy storage system electrically coupled to the chassis and electrically coupled to the motor/generator. The military vehicle is operable in a silent mobility mode with the engine inactive and the energy storage system providing power to the motor/generator to operate the military vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Oshkosh Defense, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Smith, Dave Marek, Neil Dekarske, MIke Bolton, Ryan Crabtree, Joseph Dehaan, Rachell Harsh, Michael Koenigs, Shawn Naglik, Mitchel Nordahl, Evan Schertz, Mikel Ullman, Jessica Szymanski, Bradon Zeitler, Deepak Shukla, Ed Trinklein, Tim Voight, Mike Yanacek, Matt Mathison, Nader Nasr
  • Patent number: 11376485
    Abstract: A size-adjustable sport shoe includes a shoe head, a shoe insole, and an adjusting telescopic device including a gear, a shaft gear, first and second gear racks, and handle. The first and second gear racks are located at two lateral sides of an elongated adjustment groove at the shoe head, wherein the upper surface of the second gear rack is lower than the upper surface of the first gear rack. The gear shaft is coupled between the gear and the handle. When the handle is folded perpendicularly to an axis direction of the gear shaft, the gear meshes with the first gear rack to lock up the shoe head at the shoe insole. When the handle is folded to coincide with the axis direction of the gear shaft, the gear meshes with the second gear rack to allow the shoe head to be slid from the shoe insole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TRI GOLD MANUFACTURE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ting-Hung Yu, Chuan-Hung Yu
  • Patent number: 11370292
    Abstract: A through the road (TTR) hybridization strategy is proposed to facilitate introduction of hybrid electric vehicle technology in a significant portion of current and expected trucking fleets. In some cases, the technologies can be retrofitted onto an existing vehicle (e.g., a trailer, a tractor-trailer configuration, etc.). In some cases, the technologies can be built into new vehicles. In some cases, one vehicle may be built or retrofitted to operate in tandem with another and provide the hybridization benefits contemplated herein. By supplementing motive forces delivered through a primary drivetrain and fuel-fed engine with supplemental torque delivered at one or more electrically-powered drive axles, improvements in overall fuel efficiency and performance may be delivered, typically without significant redesign of existing components and systems that have been proven in the trucking industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Hyliion Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Healy, Eric Weber
  • Patent number: 11364789
    Abstract: A hybrid powertrain may include a first shifting module including a motor input shaft having a motor directly connected to the motor shaft and provided to form two shifting stages having the largest gear ratios in sequence among a series of shifting stages; a second shifting module including an engine input shaft concentrically mounted with the motor input shaft and connected to an engine through a main clutch, and provided to form the remaining shifting stages of the series of shifting stages; a center synchro mounted to intermit the motor input shaft and the engine input shaft; and a continuous variable device provided to implement a state in which the first shifting module forms a gear ratio smaller than a shifting stage having a small gear ratio among the shifting stages of the first shifting module by a continuously controlled friction force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jong Yun Park, Dong Woo Gwak, Seong Eun Yun, Sung Wha Hong, Hyeon Jin Kim, Jin Seung Lim
  • Patent number: 11365755
    Abstract: A street paddle assembly for propelling, balancing, and slowing the user upon a skateboard includes a shaft, a tube, and a foot. The shaft comprises a plurality of sections, which are selectively mutually engageable so that the sections are linearly oriented. A connector engaged to each of the plurality of sections is positioned to retain the sections in proximity when the sections are mutually disengaged. The foot is engaged to a lower end of the shaft and can frictionally engage a surface. The tube is selectively engageable to an upper end of the shaft and extends bidirectionally therefrom. The tube and the shaft can be grasped in a respective hands of a user, positioning the user to utilize the assembly. Each of a pair of caps selectively engageable to a respective opposed endpoint of the tube retain an article positioned in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Donald Davis
  • Patent number: 11358624
    Abstract: A wheeled carrying apparatus includes a handle frame rotatable relative to a standing frame between a first and a second position, a wheel mount pivotally connected with the standing frame, a wheel mount latch adapted to engage and lock the wheel mount with respect to the standing frame and to disengage and unlock the wheel mount so that it is rotatable for changing orientation of a wheel axis, a link actuator coupled to the wheel mount latch via a linking part that is movable as the handle frame rotates for causing the wheel mount latch to engage or disengage the wheel mount, and a release mechanism including a cable assembly that couples an operating part carried with the handle frame to the wheel mount latch, the operating part being operable to cause the wheel mount latch to disengage the wheel mount in the first position of the handle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: WONDERLAND SWITZERLAND AG
    Inventors: Zheng-Wen Guo, Er Xue Wang, Shoufeng Hu, Mingxing Sun, Cheng-Nan Chiang
  • Patent number: 11358460
    Abstract: An engine mount for a vehicle is provided to include a core bush coupled to a vehicle body, a main rubber formed on the core bush, and an outer pipe that is attached to the main rubber and extends downwards. An orifice body is mounted in the outer pipe and has a main flow path and an upper plate is coupled to the orifice body. The upper plate has a fluid passage aperture to communicate with the main flow path and has a plurality of fluid action apertures. An integral plate includes a membrane part disposed under the upper plate and a diaphragm part coupled to an edge of a lower surface of the orifice body under the orifice body. A lower cover body includes a membrane support plate that has an air aperture and is disposed under the membrane part and a cover supporting the diaphragm part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Won Kim
  • Patent number: 11358464
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cooling system for an electric power system for a vehicle capable of selectively cooling a power component used while the vehicle travels or is charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ju Hee Kim, Moon Jo Kang
  • Patent number: 11351851
    Abstract: A fastening apparatus for fastening a high-voltage storage housing to a bodyshell component of a motor vehicle, includes a plurality of fastening elements, which can be connected to the bodyshell component of a motor vehicle, and a base element integrally formed with the fastening elements, by which the fastening apparatus can be connected to the high voltage storage housing. The base element has a framework structure having a plurality of webs, by which the fastening elements are connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jens Feichtinger
  • Patent number: 11351921
    Abstract: An apparatus for enabling a user to access a roof of the vehicle and methods of using the same. The apparatus may be positioned within a slot located in a vehicle seat. A housing having an open end may define the slot. The apparatus may include a plate having a proximal end, a distal end, and a first stepping surface. The plate may be movable via a sliding mechanism between a stored position where the plate is positioned within the slot, and an extended position where the proximal end extends out of the vehicle and is horizontal to allow the user to step on the first stepping surface to access the roof. The plate may be rotated to be vertical such that the distal end faces up and defines a second stepping surface with increased elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 11344458
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric vehicle. The electric vehicle includes: a mobile base capable of traveling by an electromotive drive; and a battery capable of supplying electric power used in the electromotive drive. The mobile base includes: a front base having a front wheel; and a rear base having a rear wheel, the front and rear bases are configured to be capable of moving relative to each other so as to be changeable between an expanded state in which a wheelbase is expanded, and a contracted state in which the wheelbase is more contracted than in the expanded state, the front base includes a receiving portion capable of receiving the battery, and the receiving portion has a front opening formed in a front-end portion of the front base or a rear opening formed in a rear-end portion of the front base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gopinath Raja
  • Patent number: 11344084
    Abstract: A boot-binding system includes a sole plate, integrated into an inner boot, that mates to a second sole plate that may be integrated into the floor of a pressurized vehicle or integrated into an outer boot configuration also referred to as a surface boot, a spring loaded pin/bushing arrangement couples the sole plates, while a latching mechanism located on the surface boot sole plate captures the heel of the inner boot sole plate against a spring loaded heel plate integrated into the surface boot sole plate that presses upwards against the inner boot heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas J Stapleton, Lynne Ann Stapleton