Patents by Inventor Adam H. Ing

Adam H. Ing has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10784668
    Abstract: A laminated busbar assembly includes positive and negative leads supported by an insulative layer. The insulative layer as well as the positive and negative leads are thin and flexible, thus facilitating connection of the positive and negative leads with the terminals of the electric cells of a battery module. The laminated busbar assembly may include voltage measurement wires and/or temperature sensors for measuring voltage and/or temperature, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Shubham Saurav, Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10775263
    Abstract: Systems and methods of detecting leakage and other issues with electrical battery housings are provided. By using an air compressor to alter the air pressure within a battery housing, a processor may detect an abnormal rate of change in the air pressure within the battery housing as compared to a rate of change of an ideal battery housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith, Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 10756391
    Abstract: An energy storage device having improved safety is provided, and methods of manufacturing the same. The device can be an electrochemical cell that includes: a positive electrode including a positive electrode active material in electrically conductive contact with a positive electrode current collector; a negative electrode including a negative electrode active material in electrically conductive contact with a negative electrode current collector and a negative electrode tab connected to the negative electrode current collector and a negative electrically conductive member; an electrically insulative and ion conductive medium in ionically conductive contact with the positive electrode and the negative electrode; and an outer case containing the positive electrode, negative electrode and electrically insulative and ion conductive medium, where the outer case comprises a scored area connected to a cooling plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc W. Juzkow, Adam H. Ing
  • Patent number: 10741889
    Abstract: A multiple-zone thermocouple battery module temperature monitoring system is provided configured to determine a plurality of temperatures along a depth of the battery module at different locations. The system may include a number of temperature probes each including a first temperature sensor oriented at a base of a group of cells in the module and a second temperature sensor oriented at an upper portion of the group of cells in the module. Providing upper and lower battery cell temperature sensors in each probe of the system allows a battery management system to detect and record a temperature gradient of the battery cells in the module at a number of different locations. These recordings can determine a gradient and temperature difference between the upper and lower battery cell portions over an operable threshold difference, and command a thermal management system to return the battery module to limits within the operable threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing
  • Patent number: 10727680
    Abstract: Embodiments include a junction box for an electric vehicle. The junction box includes a charging port to receive power from an external power source, and a plurality of switching elements to control electrical connections between the charging port, a first battery, and a second battery. On/off states of the plurality of switching elements control whether the charging port, the first battery and the second battery are connected in a first configuration or a second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H Ing, Alexander J Smith
  • Publication number: 20200203941
    Abstract: A laminated busbar assembly includes positive and negative leads supported by an insulative layer. The insulative layer as well as the positive and negative leads are thin and flexible, thus facilitating connection of the positive and negative leads with the terminals of the electric cells of a battery module. The laminated busbar assembly may include voltage measurement wires and/or temperature sensors for measuring voltage and/or temperature, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Shubham Saurav, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200185798
    Abstract: An energy storage module having improved design and functionality is provided, and methods of manufacturing the same. The device can be a battery module that includes: energy storage cells, each of the energy storage cells having an upper side and a lower side, where the energy storage cells are arranged in a pattern with each energy storage cell being spaced apart from one another, and wherein the upper sides of each of the energy storage cells are adjacent to one another; a cold plate including a transparent material; and a UV-cured adhesive in contact with the cold plate and each of the energy storage cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Rick Rajaie
  • Publication number: 20200127323
    Abstract: An energy storage device having improved safety is provided, and methods of manufacturing the same. The device can be an electrochemical cell that includes: a positive electrode including a positive electrode active material in electrically conductive contact with a positive electrode current collector; a negative electrode including a negative electrode active material in electrically conductive contact with a negative electrode current collector and a negative electrode tab connected to the negative electrode current collector and a negative electrically conductive member; an electrically insulative and ion conductive medium in ionically conductive contact with the positive electrode and the negative electrode; and an outer case containing the positive electrode, negative electrode and electrically insulative and ion conductive medium, where the outer case comprises a scored area connected to a cooling plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Marc W. Juzkow, Adam H. Ing
  • Publication number: 20200127351
    Abstract: A system and method for an energy storage device having improved thermal management is provided. The system includes a number of energy storage cells spaced apart from one another and contained in a housing that can be pressure sealed. The system can include a pipe containing fluid circulating within the pipe and a liquid within the housing, where an amount of the liquid is less than half of a volume within the housing. Thermal energy is transferred between an area within the housing and at least a portion of a wall of the pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander J. Smith, Marc W. Juzkow, Adam H. Ing
  • Patent number: 10608301
    Abstract: Methods and systems for creating a battery module. A battery cell can include a cooling device that cools a busbar and a power electronics package. To allow the cooling device to be attached to the busbar and allow the cooling device to cool both the power electronics and the busbar, the cooling device is mounted on the busbar with the busbar held between two portions of the cooling device and with the power electronics mounted on an opposite side of the cooling device from the busbar. The fluid or phase change material may then circulate through a cavity in the cooling device to cool both the power electronics and the busbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith, Brittany M. Repac
  • Publication number: 20200094687
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. Batteries, such as standardized batteries, may allow supplemental batteries to be deployed for use by an electric vehicle. Accordingly, a battery and management system are provided to allow a supplemental battery to provide power to a main battery. Additionally, a battery charging system may sequence the charging of batteries based on whether or not the duration of the charge is known and/or sufficient to charge at least the main battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith, Yadunandana Yellambalase
  • Patent number: 10598734
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. In particular, a vehicle is described with the ability to gather State of Charge (SOC) information as well as State of Health (SOH) information for one or more batteries in a vehicle and then display both SOC and SOH information to a driver of the vehicle as well as other interested parties. The displayed SOH information may be accompanied by suggestions to modify driving and/or charging behaviors that will improve or contribute to a slower degradation in the SOH of the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing
  • Publication number: 20190315232
    Abstract: A thermal management system of a battery of an electric vehicle proactively manages the temperature of the battery based on sensor data and sets limits to control cooling and heating of the battery. Using the data gathered from an autonomous drive platform, a highly-efficient control system which uses predictive modelling can be created. A control system predicts the battery final temperature and determines if cooling and/or heating is necessary for the route. If cooling and/or heating is not necessary, the thermal management system may be simply turned off to save energy. This is a dynamic approach which should optimize energy usage under all situations using trip predictive information (from GPS, route-calculation algorithms, and weather information), and thermal model predictive controls to determine battery final temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Yadunandana Yellambalase, Rick Rajaie
  • Patent number: 10442375
    Abstract: A power module for a vehicle includes a first bidirectional voltage converter to convert a first voltage to a second voltage and convert the second voltage back to the first voltage. The power module includes a second bidirectional voltage converter to convert the first voltage to a third voltage and convert the third voltage back to the first voltage. The power module includes a first battery coupled to the first bidirectional voltage converter to receive the second voltage, and a second battery coupled to the second bidirectional voltage converter to receive the third voltage. The power module includes a controller to control the first and second bidirectional voltage converters and the first and second batteries. The first voltage is for supplying power to a powertrain of the vehicle. The second voltage and the third voltage are for supplying power to the first and second batteries, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam H Ing, Alexander J Smith, Rick Rajaie, Peng Chen, Miaosen Shen
  • Patent number: 10442307
    Abstract: A power module for a vehicle includes a bidirectional voltage converter to i) convert a first voltage to a second voltage and convert the second voltage back to the first voltage, and ii) convert the first voltage to a third voltage and convert the third voltage back to the first voltage. The power module includes one or more power sources coupled to the bidirectional voltage converter and to supply power to auxiliary components of the vehicle. The power module includes a controller to control the bidirectional voltage converter and the one or more power sources. The first voltage is for supplying power to a powertrain of the vehicle, and the second voltage and the third voltage are for supplying power to the one or more power sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Peng Chen, Miaosen Shen, Feng Guo, Adam H Ing, Alexander J Smith, Rick Rajaie
  • Publication number: 20190296407
    Abstract: A multiple-zone thermocouple battery module temperature monitoring system is provided configured to determine a plurality of temperatures along a depth of the battery module at different locations. The system may include a number of temperature probes each including a first temperature sensor oriented at a base of a group of cells in the module and a second temperature sensor oriented at an upper portion of the group of cells in the module. Providing upper and lower battery cell temperature sensors in each probe of the system allows a battery management system to detect and record a temperature gradient of the battery cells in the module at a number of different locations. These recordings can determine a gradient and temperature difference between the upper and lower battery cell portions over an operable threshold difference, and command a thermal management system to return the battery module to limits within the operable threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing
  • Publication number: 20190097436
    Abstract: Embodiments include a junction box for an electric vehicle. The junction box includes a charging port to receive power from an external power source, and a plurality of switching elements to control electrical connections between the charging port, a first battery, and a second battery. On/off states of the plurality of switching elements control whether the charging port, the first battery and the second battery are connected in a first configuration or a second configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190077272
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for managing multi-battery systems, such as those utilized in an electric vehicle. Multi-battery systems comprise batteries providing power in parallel, thereby making each battery available to the vehicle and avoiding the weight of transporting a backup battery. The methods and systems provided allow for a fault in one battery, in a parallel configuration with at least one other battery, to be detected and managed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing, Rick Rajaie
  • Publication number: 20190067648
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for the manufacture of a cylindrical battery cell case that is changed from steel (or nickel-plated steel) to aluminum. With this change, spot welding the copper tab from the anode to the aluminum case will result in the copper and aluminum corroding over time—leading to early battery failure. To manufacture the battery with the aluminum case, one or more manufacturing changes are made including one or more of: 1. changing the polarity of the battery to spot weld the copper tab to a steel top of the battery; 2. coating the copper tab with a second material to prevent corrosion; and/or, 3. use a different welding method (e.g., a friction stir weld) to fuse the copper tab to the aluminum case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Alexander J. Smith, Adam H. Ing, Rick Rajaie
  • Publication number: 20190067162
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for controlling heat within a junction box. The disclosure relates to the use of phase change materials to manage heat generation in a junction box of a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Adam H. Ing, Alexander J. Smith, Rick Rajaie