Patents by Inventor Kai Bornträger

Kai Bornträger 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: 11962189
    Abstract: A stator (1a, 1 b) for an electric machine. The stator (1a, 1b) is fixedly mounted relative to a rotational axis (Rot). The stator (1a, 1b) comprises a stator yoke (2) that extends in the axial (A) and radial (R) directions. Stator teeth (3), facing toward the rotational axis (Rot), are arranged in a ring shape on the stator yoke (2). The teeth are uniformly spaced apart from one another so that a stator groove (14) is formed therebetween. The stator (1a, 1b) is divided into a first stator section (5) and a second stator section (6). First and second outer walls (9, 10) are provided on the stator yoke (2) and serve to axially support the stator yoke (2). A cooling manifold disk (11) is integrated between the first stator section (5) and the second stator section (6). An electric machine with a stator of that type is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Rayk Gersten, David Wörzler, Stefan Spühler, Martin Jelinewski, Johannes Glückler, Timo Hele, Kai Bornträger
  • Publication number: 20240066971
    Abstract: A motor vehicle transmission (1) has a drive input shaft (15), a drive output shaft (16), a first planetary gearset (P1), and a second planetary gearset (P2). The drive input shaft (15) is provided for coupling to a drive machine. In addition, a first shifting element (A) and a second shifting element (B) are provided, at least functionally. Also disclosed is a drive unit (5), a motor vehicle drivetrain, a hybrid or electric vehicle, and a method for operating a motor vehicle transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Kaltenbach, Thomas Martin, Mladjan Radic, Kai Bornträger, Johannes Glückler, Stefan Renner
  • Publication number: 20240068544
    Abstract: A motor vehicle transmission (1) has a drive input shaft (15), a drive output shaft (16) and a first planetary gearset (P1), and a second planetary gearset (P2), where the drive input shaft (15) is provided for coupling to a drive machine. In addition, a first shifting element (A) and a second shifting element (B) are provided, at least functionally. Also disclosed are a drive unit (5), a motor vehicle drivetrain, a hybrid or electric vehicle, and a method for operating a motor vehicle transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Kaltenbach, Thomas Martin, Kai Bornträger, Johannes Glückler, Stefan Renner
  • Patent number: 11850928
    Abstract: An electric drive axle for a vehicle includes at least one first electric vehicle drive system (1) for driving at least one vehicle wheel (11, 12) and at least one connection interface (8) for at least one power take-off (PTO). The vehicle drive system (1, 13) is coupled at least to one first double shift element (6) such that, at least in a first engagement position of the first double shift element (6), the vehicle drive system (1, 13) is drivingly coupled to at least one vehicle wheel (11, 12) and, in a second engagement position of the first double shift element (6), the vehicle drive system (1, 13) is decoupled from the at least one vehicle wheel (11, 12) and is drivingly coupled to the connection interface (8) for the power take-off (PTO). A vehicle with an electric drive axle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignees: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, ZF DRIVETECH (SUZHOU) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Frank Seemann, Paul Lenz, Andreas Grossl, Werner Hechberger, Kai Borntraeger, Maik Woerl, Marco Di Sarno, Cong Ren
  • Patent number: 11846343
    Abstract: A drive axle of an electric vehicle has first and a second drive wheels (R1, R2) with wheel axles (a1, a2), a first electric machine (EM1) and a second electric machine (EM2) with a common rotation axis (m), a transmission (G3) with a transmission input shaft (EW) and a transmission output shaft (AW), and an axle differential (DI) with a differential input (DIK) and two differential output shafts (3a, 3b). The first electric machine (EM1) is connected to the transmission input shaft (EW) and the transmission output shaft (AW) is connected to the differential input (DIK). The second electric machine (EM2) can be connected as an additional drive when necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Glückler, Stefan Spühler, Stefan Renner, Michael Trübenbach, Kai Bornträger, Johannes Kaltenbach
  • Patent number: 11807091
    Abstract: An axle drive (1) for a motor vehicle axle includes at least a first drive unit (2), a second drive unit (2), and an output axle (6). The first and second drive units (2) are arranged such that an overall center of gravity (7) of the axle drive (1) is situated proximate to a center of the output axle (6) and/or an axis of rotation of a vehicle wheel of the motor vehicle driven by the axle drive (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignees: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, ZF DRIVETECH (SUZHOU) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Frank Seemann, Paul Lenz, Andreas Grossi, Werner Hechberger, Kai Borntraeger, Maik Woerl, Marco Di Sarno, Cong Ren
  • Patent number: 11780328
    Abstract: A drive device for an electrically driven axle of a motor vehicle may include at least one electric machine, a shiftable transmission connected downstream from the at least one electric machine, and a differential coupled to the transmission for distributing drive torque to the axle. The transmission has first and second planetary gear sets connected in series. The at least one electric machine engages with an external toothing of a ring gear of the first planetary gear set. A carrier of the first planetary gear set is rotationally fixed to a sun gear of the second planetary gear set. A sun gear of the first planetary gear set is detachably couplable to a housing. A ring gear of the second planetary gear set is coupled to the housing. A carrier of the second planetary gear set is an output of the transmission. The first planetary gear set is interlockable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignees: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, ZF DRIVETECH (SUZHOU) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Frank Seemann, Paul Lenz, Andreas Grossl, Werner Hechberger, Kai Bornträger, Maik Wörl, Marco Di Sarno, Cong Ren
  • Patent number: 11760179
    Abstract: A drive axle for an electric vehicle which comprises first and second electric machines (EM1, EM2), first and second drive wheels (R1, R2) and first and second two-speed transmissions (G1, G2) each having the same gear ratios. The first electric machine (EM1) drives the first drive wheel (R1) by way of the first two-speed transmission (G1) and the second electric machine (EM2) drives the second drive wheel (R2) by way of the second two-speed transmission (G2). The first and the second two-speed transmissions (G1, G2) each comprise a first planetary gearset (PS1) and a second planetary gearset (PS2) coupled to one another. The first planetary gearset (PS1) and the second planetary gearset (PS2) each comprise a web shaft (ST1, ST2), a ring-gear shaft (HR1, HR2) and a sun-gear shaft (SO1, SO2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Glückler, Kai Bornträger, Stefan Spühler, Johannes Kaltenbach, Stefan Renner, Michael Trübenbach
  • Patent number: 11732780
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electric vehicle transmission (6?) comprising a drive input shaft (11), a drive output shaft (13), a first planetary gearset (15), and a second planetary gearset (16). The drive input shaft (11) is provided for connection to an electric machine (7), where each of the first planetary gearset (15) and the second planetary gearset (16) includes a first element (17, 18), a second element (19, 20) and a third element (21, 22), respectively. A first shifting element (A) and a second shifting element (B?) are provided, by the selective actuation of which the drive input shaft (11) can be connected to the drive output shaft (13) by means of the planetary gearsets (15, 16) by engaging a gear. Also disclosed is a drive module (2?) with such an electric vehicle transmission (6?) and a method for operating an electric vehicle transmission (6?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Christian Mittelberger, Stefan Blattner, Dennis Wohlfahrt, Thorsten Leim, Kai Bornträger
  • Publication number: 20220364631
    Abstract: A drive axle of an electric vehicle has first and a second drive wheels (R1, R2) with wheel axles (a1, a2), a first electric machine (EM1) and a second electric machine (EM2) with a common rotation axis (m), a transmission (G3) with a transmission input shaft (EW) and a transmission output shaft (AW), and an axle differential (DI) with a differential input (DIK) and two differential output shafts (3a, 3b). The first electric machine (EM1) is connected to the transmission input shaft (EW) and the transmission output shaft (AW) is connected to the differential input (DIK). The second electric machine (EM2) can be connected as an additional drive when necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Glückler, Stefan Spühler, Stefan Renner, Michael Trübenbach, Kai Bornträger, Johannes Kaltenbach
  • Patent number: 11472277
    Abstract: A drive arrangement for an element vehicle, having first and second drive wheels (R1, R2), a first electric machine (EM1) and a second electric machine (EM2) with a common rotational axis (m), a manual transmission (G3) with a transmission input shaft (EW) and a transmission output shaft (AW) and an axle differential (DI) with a differential input (DIK) and two differential output shafts (3a, 3b). The first electric machine (EM1) is connected to the transmission input shaft (EW) and the transmission output shaft (AW) is connected to the differential input (DIK), and the second electric machine (EM2) can, if necessary, be engaged as an additional drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Johannes Glückler, Kai Bornträger, Stefan Renner, Stefan Spühler, Michael Trübenbach, Johannes Kaltenbach
  • Publication number: 20220307573
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electric vehicle transmission (6?) comprising a drive input shaft (11), a drive output shaft (13), a first planetary gearset (15), and a second planetary gearset (16). The drive input shaft (11) is provided for connection to an electric machine (7), where each of the first planetary gearset (15) and the second planetary gearset (16) includes a first element (17, 18), a second element (19, 20) and a third element (21, 22), respectively. A first shifting element (A) and a second shifting element (B?) are provided, by the selective actuation of which the drive input shaft (11) can be connected to the drive output shaft (13) by means of the planetary gearsets (15, 16) by engaging a gear. Also disclosed is a drive module (2?) with such an electric vehicle transmission (6?) and a method for operating an electric vehicle transmission (6?).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Christian Mittelberger, Stefan Blattner, Dennis Wohlfahrt, Thorsten Leim, Kai Bornträger
  • Publication number: 20220250457
    Abstract: A drive axle for an electric vehicle which comprises first and second electric machines (EM1, EM2), first and second drive wheels (R1, R2) and first and second two-speed transmissions (G1, G2) each having the same gear ratios. The first electric machine (EM1) drives the first drive wheel (R1) by way of the first two-speed transmission (G1) and the second electric machine (EM2) drives the second drive wheel (R2) by way of the second two-speed transmission (G2). The first and the second two-speed transmissions (G1, G2) each comprise a first planetary gearset (PS1) and a second planetary gearset (PS2) coupled to one another. The first planetary gearset (PS1) and the second planetary gearset (PS2) each comprise a web shaft (ST1, ST2), a ring-gear shaft (HR1, HR2) and a sun-gear shaft (SO1, SO2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Publication date: August 11, 2022
    Inventors: Johannes GLÜCKLER, Kai BORNTRÄGER, Stefan SPÜHLER, Johannes KALTENBACH, Stefan RENNER, Michael TRÜBENBACH
  • Publication number: 20220200370
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stator (1a, 1b) for an electric machine, wherein the stator (1a, 1b) is mounted rotatably around a rotation axis (Rot) by which an axial direction (A) is defined, wherein the stator (1a, 1b) comprises a stator yoke (2) that extends in the axial direction (A) and in a radial direction (R) relative thereto, wherein on the stator yoke (2), along the axial direction (A) stator teeth (3) facing toward the rotation axis (Rot) are arranged in a ring shape, which teeth are uniformly spaced apart from one another in the circumferential direction (U), so that a stator groove (14) is formed between radially adjacent stator teeth (3), and wherein the stator (1a, 1b) is divided axially in the middle into a first stator section (5) and a second stator section (6), wherein on the stator yoke (2), at the end on the first stator section (5) a first outer wall (9) that extends radially and, opposite it, at the end a radially extending second outer wall (10) are provided, each serving as axial suppor
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Rayk GERSTEN, David WÖRZLER, Stefan SPÜHLER, Martin JELINEWSKI, Johannes GLÜCKLER, Timo HELE, Kai BORNTRÄGER
  • Publication number: 20220032893
    Abstract: An electrically driven axle with electrical drive units (4) arranged symmetrically around the axle body (1). The drive units having an electric machine and a transmission, and at least one spring-loaded brake (3) as a parking brake. The spring-loaded brakes (3) are arranged radially, thus enabling the spring-loaded brake (3) to be released by removing a release spindle (7) from brake cylinders of the spring-loaded brakes (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Frank SEEMANN, Paul LENZ, Andreas GROSSL, Werner HECHBERGER, Kai BORNTRAEGER, Maik WOERL, Marco DI SARNO, Cong REN
  • Publication number: 20220032756
    Abstract: An axle drive (1) for a motor vehicle axle includes at least a first drive unit (2), a second drive unit (2), and an output axle (6). The first and second drive units (2) are arranged such that an overall center of gravity (7) of the axle drive (1) is situated proximate to a center of the output axle (6) and/or an axis of rotation of a vehicle wheel of the motor vehicle driven by the axle drive (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Seemann, Paul Lenz, Andreas Grossl, Werner Hechberger, Kai Borntraeger, Maik Woerl, Marco Di Sarno, Cong Ren
  • Publication number: 20220032755
    Abstract: An electric drive axle for a vehicle includes at least one first electric vehicle drive system (1) for driving at least one vehicle wheel (11, 12) and at least one connection interface (8) for at least one power take-off (PTO). The vehicle drive system (1, 13) is coupled at least to one first double shift element (6) such that, at least in a first engagement position of the first double shift element (6), the vehicle drive system (1, 13) is drivingly coupled to at least one vehicle wheel (11, 12) and, in a second engagement position of the first double shift element (6), the vehicle drive system (1, 13) is decoupled from the at least one vehicle wheel (11, 12) and is drivingly coupled to the connection interface (8) for the power take-off (PTO). A vehicle with an electric drive axle is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Seemann, Paul Lenz, Andreas Grossl, Werner Hechberger, Kai Borntraeger, Maik Woerl, Marco Di Sarno, Cong Ren
  • Patent number: 11193559
    Abstract: A transmission having planetary gearsets (RS1, RS2, RS3, RS4, RS5). Elements (ST2, ST4) of gearsets (RS2, RS4) form input and output shafts, respectively. Element (SO1) of gearset (RS1) couples element (HO5) of gearset (RS5) and can be immobilized by shift element (A). Element (ST1) of gearset (RS1) couples element (HO4) of gearset (RS4). Element (HO1) of gearset (RS1) can be immobilized by shift element (B). Elements (SO4, ST2) of gearsets (RS4 RS2) can connect by shift element (C). Elements (HO2, SO3, SO5) of gearsets (RS2, RS3, RS5) couple and can couple element (SO4) of gearset (RS4) by shift element (E). An element of gearset (RS4) is connected to an element of gearset (RS3), while another element of gearset (RS4) can be connected by shift element (D) to another element of gearset (RS3). Elements (SO2 ST5) of gearsets (RS2, RS5) are connected and can be immobilized by shift element (F).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Peter Ziemer, Andreas Beisswenger, Christoph Margraf, Stefan Brom, Kai Bornträger, Michael Trübenbach, Johannes Glückler
  • Publication number: 20210347253
    Abstract: A drive device for an electrically driven axle of a motor vehicle may include at least one electric machine, a shiftable transmission connected downstream from the at least one electric machine, and a differential coupled to the transmission for distributing drive torque to the axle. The transmission has first and second planetary gear sets connected in series. The at least one electric machine engages with an external toothing of a ring gear of the first planetary gear set. A carrier of the first planetary gear set is rotationally fixed to a sun gear of the second planetary gear set. A sun gear of the first planetary gear set is detachably couplable to a housing. A ring gear of the second planetary gear set is coupled to the housing. A carrier of the second planetary gear set is an output of the transmission. The first planetary gear set is interlockable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Seemann, Paul Lenz, Andreas Grossl, Werner Hechberger, Kai Bornträger, Maik Wörl, Marco Di Sarno, Cong Ren
  • Patent number: 11135914
    Abstract: A drive axle of an electrically drivable vehicle including first and second drive wheels (R1, R2), first and second manual transmissions (G1, G2) and first and second electrical machines (EM1, EM2) which each have a respective drive shaft (1a, 1b). The first electrical machine (EM1) drives the first drive wheel (R1), via the first manual transmission (G1), and the second electrical machine (EM2) drives the second drive wheel (R2), via the second manual transmission (G2). The manual transmissions are each designed as three-speed transmissions (G1, G2) which have identical transmission ratios (i1, i2, i3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Johannes Glückler, Stefan Renner, Johannes Kaltenbach, Stefan Spühler, Kai Bornträger