Patents by Inventor Vineet Haresh Mehta

Vineet Haresh Mehta 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).

  • Publication number: 20100316894
    Abstract: A system for integrating the venting feature of a battery with a means for simultaneously disconnecting the cell from the battery pack, thereby isolating the cell, is provided. The provided battery interconnect system is comprised of a battery, a connector plate for electrically coupling the battery to a battery pack, and an interruptible electrical connector for electrically coupling the connector plate to a battery terminal vent. The vent, defined by scoring on the battery terminal, ruptures when the internal battery pressure exceeds the predefined battery operating range, causing the interruptible electrical connector to break and disrupt electrical continuity between the connector plate and the battery terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Scott Ira Kohn, Clay Hajime Kishiyama, Kurt Russell Kelty, Jeffrey Brian Straubel, Vineet Haresh Mehta
  • Publication number: 20100318266
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a particular vehicle function, for example the adjustment of a vehicle seat, using a graphical user interface (GUI) is provided. The GUI is activating by toggling a control, switch intuitively linked to the particular vehicle function. The control switch is separate from, and not proximate to, the GUI. When the GUI is activated by toggling the control switch, a control screen specific to the particular vehicle function is displayed on the GUI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Timothy Schaaf, Vineet Haresh Mehta
  • Publication number: 20100273034
    Abstract: A battery pack thermal management system is provided that is comprised of at least one enclosure failure port integrated into at least one wall of a battery pack enclosure, where the enclosure failure port(s) remains closed during normal operation of the battery pack, and opens during a battery pack thermal runaway event, thereby providing a flow path for hot gas generated during the thermal runaway event to be exhausted out of the battery pack enclosure in a controlled fashion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Alex Prilutsky, Vineet Haresh Mehta
  • Patent number: 7820319
    Abstract: A means for inhibiting the propagation of thermal runaway within a plurality of batteries is provided, wherein the means is comprised of a layer of intumescent material covering the interior surfaces of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Vineet Haresh Mehta, Weston Arthur Hermann, Nicholas Robert Kalayjian
  • Publication number: 20100212338
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for limiting the adverse effects of temperature on the electrical energy storage system (ESS) of an electric vehicle after the vehicle has been turned off are provided. In general, whether or not coolant is circulated through a coolant loop coupled to the ESS depends on the difference between the ambient temperature and a preset temperature, the preset temperature typically corresponding to the temperature of the ESS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Scott Ira Kohn, Kurt Russell Kelty, Vineet Haresh Mehta, Jeffrey Brian Straubel
  • Patent number: 7781097
    Abstract: A means for inhibiting the propagation of thermal runaway within a plurality of batteries is provided, wherein the means is comprised of at least one layer of intumescent material interposed between the interior surface of the casing of a battery and the corresponding electrode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Vineet Haresh Mehta, Alex Prilutsky, Weston Arthur Hermann
  • Patent number: 7763381
    Abstract: A means for inhibiting the propagation of thermal runaway within a plurality of batteries is provided, wherein the means is comprised of a pair of intumescent material layers coating the battery casing, or at least a portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Vineet Haresh Mehta, Alex Prilutsky
  • Patent number: 7749647
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided in which a sleeve comprised of one or more layers of a high yield strength material surrounds the casing of a battery, the sleeve inhibiting the flow of hot, pressurized gas from within the battery through perforations formed in the battery casing during a thermal runaway event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Alex Prilutsky, Scott Ira Kohn, Vineet Haresh Mehta
  • Patent number: 7736799
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided in which a layer of an intumescent material surrounds the casing of a battery, the layer helping to prevent the formation of perforations in the battery casing during a thermal runaway event and, if a perforation is formed, inhibiting the flow of hot, pressurized gas from within the battery. A sleeve, surrounding the cell, may be used to contain the intumescent material during the thermal event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Vineet Haresh Mehta, Alex Prilutsky
  • Publication number: 20100136402
    Abstract: A sealed battery enclosure to extend the life of the batteries contained therein is provided, the sealed battery enclosure significantly reducing contamination from water or other liquids and gases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Scott Ira Kohn, Kurt Russell Kelty, Vineet Haresh Mehta, Clay Hajime Kishiyama
  • Publication number: 20100136385
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided in which a layer of an intumescent material surrounds the casing of a battery, the layer helping to prevent the formation of perforations in the battery casing during a thermal runaway event and, if a perforation is formed, inhibiting the flow of hot, pressurized gas from within the battery. A sleeve, surrounding the cell, may be used to contain the intumescent material during the thermal event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Vineet Haresh Mehta, Alex Prilutsky
  • Publication number: 20100136404
    Abstract: A battery pack is provided that includes one or more thermal barrier elements, the thermal barrier elements dividing the cells within the battery pack into groups of cells. The thermal barrier elements that separate the cells into groups prevent a thermal runaway event initiated in one group of cells from propagating to the cells within a neighboring group of cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Arthur Hermann, Scott Ira Kohn, Vineet Haresh Mehta, David G. Beck
  • Publication number: 20100086844
    Abstract: A means for inhibiting the propagation of thermal runaway within a plurality of batteries is provided, wherein the means is comprised of a pair of intumescent material layers coating the battery casing, or at least a portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Vineet Haresh Mehta, Alex Prilutsky
  • Publication number: 20100075221
    Abstract: A means for inhibiting the propagation of thermal runaway within a plurality of batteries is provided, wherein the means is comprised of at least one layer of intumescent material interposed between the interior surface of the casing of a battery and the corresponding electrode assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Vineet Haresh Mehta, Alex Prilutsky, Weston Arthur Hermann
  • Publication number: 20100075213
    Abstract: A means for inhibiting the propagation of thermal runaway within a plurality of batteries is provided, wherein the means is comprised of a layer of intumescent material covering the interior surfaces of the battery pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Vineet Haresh Mehta, Weston Arthur Hermann, Nicholas Robert Kalayjian