Electrical-type Motor Patents (Class 180/216)
  • Patent number: 10773769
    Abstract: A bicycle drive system includes a bicycle drive unit and a bicycle battery unit. A first power supply path supplies power from the battery unit to the drive unit. A second power supply path supplies smaller power from the battery unit to the drive unit than the first power supply path. In a case where the drive unit and the battery unit are connected by the first power supply path and the second power supply path, the bicycle drive system is configured to be switched between a first state, in which the battery unit stops supplying power to the drive unit via the first power supply path and supplies power to the drive unit via the second power supply path, and a second state, in which the battery unit supplies power to the drive unit via at least the first power supply path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Takeshita, Tetsuya Kitani
  • Patent number: 10763476
    Abstract: A battery mounting structure has a battery that is placed in a luggage space and that has a positive electric power terminal which protrudes upward near a rear end of the battery, a battery cover that covers at least a part of the battery, a rear pillar that is placed at a boundary between a side surface and a back surface of the vehicle and that has a flange which protrudes to a front side, and an insulating sheet that is attached to the battery cover so as to be positioned between the positive electric power terminal and the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taiki Kameyama
  • Patent number: 10745075
    Abstract: A traveling apparatus includes: an operation member configured to be displaced to a first range and a second range; an adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a wheel base length between a front wheel and a rear wheel in such a way that the wheel base length is increased when the user displaces the operation member in a direction away from a reference position in the first range; and a controller configured to control, when the user manipulates the operation member in the first range, a driving unit in such a way that the traveling apparatus travels forward based on a forward movement target speed that has been made to become larger as the wheel base length increases, in which the controller controls the driving unit in such a way that the traveling apparatus travels backward when the user manipulates the operation member in the second range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Kama, Makoto Mori
  • Patent number: 10710854
    Abstract: A reach truck 1, comprising a main body 10, at least one load arm 70, which protrudes from the main body 10, a mast trolley 20, which is supported at the at least one load arm 70, wherein the mast trolley 20 is shift-able along a longitudinal axis 100 of the reach truck 1 relative to the main body 10, a mast 30, which is attached to the mast trolley 20, a linear actuator 50, for shifting the mast trolley 20 along the longitudinal axis 100 relative to the main body 10, wherein the linear actuator 50 is attached at a first end 52, A thereof to the main body 10 and at a second end 54, C thereof to the mast trolley 20, and the linear actuator 50 is arranged inclined to the longitudinal axis 100 of the reach truck 1 and defines a first angle ? between the extension direction of the linear actuator 50 and the longitudinal axis 100, wherein the first angle ? changes depending on the position of the mast trolley 20 relative to the main body 10, and the reach truck 1 further comprises a sensor 60, for determining the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HYSTER-YALE GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Franco Robolotti, Riccardo Appiani
  • Patent number: 10640166
    Abstract: Provided is a traveling apparatus including at least, with respect to a traveling direction, a front wheel and a rear wheel and on which a user rides when traveling. The traveling apparatus includes a driving unit configured to drive at least one of the front wheel and the rear wheel, an adjusting mechanism including a rotation part configured to rotate a front wheel supporting member and a rear wheel supporting member in relation to each other, the adjusting mechanism being configured to adjust a wheel base length between the front wheel and the rear wheel by an action of the user being transmitted, thereby changing an angle formed by the front wheel supporting member and the rear wheel supporting member, and a control unit configured to control the driving unit based on a parameter, the parameter changing in conjunction with the wheel base length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Kama, Makoto Kakuchi, Makoto Mori, Eisuke Aoki
  • Patent number: 10486762
    Abstract: A motorcycle having a combustion engine and a throttle valve device, a fuel tank, and a canister for receiving fuel vapor from the fuel tank. There is disclosed an apparatus and system for use on such a motorcycle, the apparatus and system having a conduit arrangement for passing fuel vapor from the fuel tank to the canister, and from the canister to the throttle valve device, and featuring a motorcycle frame with at least one frame tube. The frame tube has an inner recess, and at least a portion of the canister is arranged in the inner recess of the frame tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: KTM AG
    Inventors: Bernhard Plazotta, Maximilian Schönberger
  • Patent number: 10207762
    Abstract: A control device (60) of a mobile body (1) calculates a center-of-gravity displacement degree index value representing an estimate of the degree of displacement of the center of gravity of the operator in the lateral direction of a vehicle body (2) from a predetermined reference position with respect to the vehicle body (2), and determines a control input for an actuator (15), which can cause a moment in the roll direction to act on the vehicle body (2), so as to increase the degree of displacement of the center of gravity of the operator indicated by the center-of-gravity displacement degree index value in a state of presence of such displacement. The control device (60) controls the actuator (15) in accordance with the control input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Kazushi Akimoto, Yuichi Uebayashi, Shinya Shirokura, Tomohiro Kawakami, Makoto Araki
  • Patent number: 10189528
    Abstract: A self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter is provided with an assembly for controlling a travel direction of the self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter, wherein, the travel direction of the self-balancing double-wheeled electrical scooter is controlled via a handle, a resilient recoverable component is provided between a scooter body and the handle, the handle is adapted for driving the resilient recoverable component to control the travel direction of the scooter, the resilient recoverable component comprises a stator (101), a rotor (112) and a resilient recoverable unit (111), the rotor (112) is mechanically connected to the handle in a fixed manner directly or indirectly, the stator (101) is mechanically connected to the scooter body (107) in a fixed manner directly or indirectly, the stator (101) and the rotor (112) are connected in a resilient manner via the resilient recoverable unit, the resilient recoverable component further comprises an angle limiting device, the angle limiting de
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CHANGZHOU AIRWHEEL
    Inventor: Guogang Zuo
  • Patent number: 10179625
    Abstract: An electrically assisted bicycle includes a crank shaft, pedals, an electric motor, a pedal effort sensor that detects a pedal effort exerted on the pedals, a propelling detection sensor that detects that the electrically assisted bicycle is starting to be propelled, and a controller that executes a first control in which a command value provided to the electric motor is obtained based on the output of the pedal effort sensor and a second control in which a command value provided to the electric motor is obtained based on the output of the pedal effort sensor and the output of the propelling detection sensor. The controller is configured or programmed to select the first control or the second control as a calculation method of a command value provided to the electric motor during a period of time from a state in which the electrically assisted bicycle is stopped until a detection of the rotation of the crank shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masanori Negoro, Kazuya Matsubara
  • Patent number: 9738300
    Abstract: A carrying apparatus provides a self-powered, rechargeable, technologically adaptable transport vehicle, such as a stroller. The apparatus includes efficient seating and storage capacities for efficiency items, such as pertinent baby supplies. Because the apparatus is self-powered, the physical stress of carrying at least one item is reduced. Furthermore, the apparatus uses technology to maintain perpetual power for operation, and to regulate and monitor the propulsion of the apparatus during transport. The apparatus may be pushed or pulled in multiple directions at varying velocities. The apparatus includes braking and accelerating capacities. A frame portion supports a seat portion, such as a buckled baby seat; a storage portion, such as a cargo mesh. A rechargeable power source powers a motor that turns a drive shaft for propulsion. Brakes position at the wheels. A control portion provides a display and levers for accelerating and decelerating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Yordan Georgiev, Iskra Hristova
  • Patent number: 9657822
    Abstract: A gear system for combining inputs is provided. The gear system can includes: a first power source that generates a rotational force; a second power source that generates a rotational force identical to or different from the rotational force of the first power source; a third power source that generates a rotational force identical or different from the rotational forces of the first power source and the second power source; and a gear unit that generates a resultant output by combining the rotational forces from the first power source to the third power source, in which the gear unit generates a resultant output by combining torque of any two of the first power source to the third power source and combining a speed of the other power source. According to this configuration, it is possible to generate various outputs from various power sources having the same or different characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: HYCORE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Hyun Park, Ho Yul Lee
  • Patent number: 9490459
    Abstract: A battery pack device in which a battery module is incorporated in a battery case and a rear floor panel is disposed between a rear seat and a back panel that is disposed in a rear of the rear seat, and which is mounted on a vehicle body via a subframe so as to be disposed in an opening of the rear floor panel, and is provided with an air intake duct through which to send a cooling wind to inside the battery case and an air discharge duct through which to discharge air from inside the battery case, wherein the subframe is provided as defined herein, a bottom cover is attached to the subframe as defined herein, a rear end portion of the bottom cover is provided as defined herein, and an air outlet of the air discharge duct is opened as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koji Takizawa
  • Patent number: 9469323
    Abstract: A cart capable of being combined to a bicycle comprises a cart body having a frame portion; at least one front wheel arranged below the frame portion for driving the cart body; the at least one front wheel being at a front portion thereof; and wherein the cart has a combination structure for combining the cart to a bicycle so that the cart is able to be driven by the bicycle. Furthermore, the cart further comprises a steering structure for controlling moving directions of the cart so that when the cart is connected to a bicycle, the steering structure can control the moving direction of the cart. The frame portion has a bottom plate put thereon for carrying object thereon. The frame portion includes a back frame; and the combining structure is installed at a handle linkage of the cart body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: An Yi Lin
  • Patent number: 9333130
    Abstract: A wheelchair includes a frame, a chair, a pair of drive wheels, a pair of rear wheels, and a pair of front wheels. Each front wheel is part of a front arm assembly that is rigidly coupled to a drive via a mounting plate. The mounting plate is connected to the wheelchair frame by a pivot. The drives are transversely mounted. The batteries are disposed rearward of the drives. The wheelchair seat can be moved forward to provide access to the batteries without fully removing the wheelchair from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: John Puskar-Pasewicz, Kip D. Alder
  • Patent number: 9199147
    Abstract: A golf bag cart comprising a wheeled drive section and a storage section configured to house one or more golf clubs. In some embodiments the golf bag cart's storage section can be flipped up from a closed position against the drive section to an open position extended away from the drive section, such that the golf bag cart can be driven around in the open position by a user. The golf bag cart can have one or more steering mechanisms configured to direct the golf bag cart as the golf bag cart is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Yama Azizi
  • Patent number: 9114851
    Abstract: The drive for a pedal vehicle, particularly for children, comprising a drive axle having two drive wheels, further comprising a pedal crank the pinion of which is connected via a chain to a further pinion which is firmly seated on the drive axle, is characterized in that the one drive wheel is connected via a freewheeling mechanism in both directions to the drive axle, and that the other drive wheel is freely rotatably seated on the drive axle and is drivable by an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Franz Schneider GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Frank Schneider
  • Patent number: 9051019
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport vehicle including a three-wheeled carriage, wherein the three-wheeled carriage includes two non-driven front wheels which are coupled to a steering, and a non-jointed rear wheel which is coupled to a drive. In order to provide a transport vehicle which can be used as a replacement for a motorized vehicle for simple transport journeys, it is envisaged that a transport platform be arranged between the axles of the front wheels and the axle of the rear wheel, and that a driver's area be arranged in front of the transport platform as viewed in the direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Matthias Reck
  • Patent number: 8985255
    Abstract: A three wheel electric vehicle platform with two wheels in front and one wheel at the rear, a full safety roll cage, a propulsion and steering system operating through the two front wheels, and operator's and passenger's seats mounted in-line along the vehicle centerline. The propulsion system is an electric motor powered by an energy storage device driving a speed reduction and differential with dual outputs suitable for two wheel front drive. The operator's seat is narrower in parts than a conventional automotive seat such that the rear seat passenger's knees can comfortably straddle the operator seat to allow the distance between the two occupants to be less than a typical automobile. The driver's and passenger's heels comfortably fit into recessed wells within the energy storage device, thus allowing the driver's and passenger's center of gravity to be lower, while still maintaining a comfortable sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Arcimoto, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Douglas Frohnmayer, Thomas Hynes Mohler, Christopher George Angot, James K. Jordan, Landon Chappell, Ames Jacoby, Larry William Milligan
  • Patent number: 8915323
    Abstract: A two-rear-wheel electric vehicle configured to lean its vehicle body frame when turning includes a vehicle body frame, a pair of right and left rear arms, a battery, and a shock absorber. The vehicle body frame includes a head pipe, a front inclined portion, a bottom portion, and a rear inclined portion. The front inclined portion extends obliquely downward and rearward from the head pipe. The bottom portion includes a front support portion that supports a front end portion of the shock absorber. The bottom portion extends rearward in a front-back direction of the vehicle from a rear end portion of the front inclined portion. The rear inclined portion includes a battery support portion, and extends obliquely upward and rearward from a rear end portion of the bottom portion. A swing shaft is positioned rearward of the front support portion and below the battery support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiichirou Tsujii, Junji Terada, Atsushi Ueno, Masatoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 8820461
    Abstract: An electric vehicle can include a pair of left and right rear wheels configured to be driven by the rotary driving power of a motor supplied with electric power from a battery. A rear body can support the motor and rear wheels, and is attached at the back of a body frame. A battery box houses at least the battery, and is supported by a battery box supporting frame joined to the body frame below a seat of the vehicle. A monitoring board monitors the state of the battery, and can be located on top of the battery. A BMU collects information from the monitoring board, and a contactor opens and closes the connection between the battery and a drive circuit for the motor. The BMU and the contactor are housed in the battery box and in front of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Shinde, Koichiro Honda, Kazunori Kuroda
  • Publication number: 20140238764
    Abstract: A two-rear-wheel electric vehicle configured to lean its vehicle body frame when turning includes a vehicle body frame, a pair of right and left rear arms, a battery, and a shock absorber. The vehicle body frame includes a head pipe, a front inclined portion, a bottom portion, and a rear inclined portion. The front inclined portion extends obliquely downward and rearward from the head pipe. The bottom portion includes a front support portion that supports a front end portion of the shock absorber. The bottom portion extends rearward in a front-back direction of the vehicle from a rear end portion of the front inclined portion. The rear inclined portion includes a battery support portion, and extends obliquely upward and rearward from a rear end portion of the bottom portion. A swing shaft is positioned rearward of the front support portion and below the battery support portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Eiichirou Tsujii, Junji Terada, Atsushi Ueno, Masatoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 8783403
    Abstract: An electrically powered self propelled transfer accessible vehicle having a chair which can be vertically positioned by a lifting frame on the vehicle controlled by an operator of the vehicle to permit a disabled person to move from a wheelchair onto the vehicle chair and then repositioned for the disabled person to enter a ride or attraction at an amusement park or to receive physical therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Llyod L. Robbins
  • Patent number: 8678123
    Abstract: An electric vehicle wherein a seat post is provided as one of the components of a body frame for housing a battery. The body frame includes a main frame, a seat frame, a roof frame, and a shield support part. The main frame includes a battery case which is continuously integral with a rear portion of a head pipe wherein the battery is housed. The seat post is continuously integral with a rear portion of the battery case. The seat frame is configured to be connected to the upper end of the seat post for positioning a seat. The roof frame rises from the rear end of the seat frame and supports the rear end of a roof. The shield support part is provided on to project from a head pipe and, together with the windshield, supports a head lamp disposed on the front surface side of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Tako, Koji Yaginuma
  • Patent number: 8631892
    Abstract: A load and transport cart includes, under a loading platform, a triangular steering plate and, therebelow, a front part of a footboard, wherein the steering plate has a bore, an annular-segment shaped groove, an elongated hole and two opposing first ball heads. The first ball heads each lie in an articulated manner in a respective bearing at one end of a respective steering lever and, at the other end of each lever is a bearing for a respective further ball head of a respective triangular swinging fork on a stub axle of which a respective front wheel is rotatably mounted, wherein each of the swinging forks is rotatably mounted on the loading platform via pivot pins, and wherein the steering axis is located in front of an imaginary axis and can be deflected to the left or right by the steering angle of 45°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Constin
  • Publication number: 20140008138
    Abstract: An electric vehicle including: an operating shaft inserted into the center of the upper portion of a motor housing and having steering handles mounted on the front end thereof to change the drive direction of the vehicle; motors mounted onto the interiors of both sides of the motor housing and having front wheels coupled correspondingly thereto; a foot board mounted on the rear side of the operating shaft; a battery and a controller mounted on the underside of the foot board; a rear connection member protruded backwardly from the board and having a caster mounted on the underside thereof; and a front connection member protruded forwardly from the foot board, coupled by a connection shaft to foot board shaft holes formed on the lower ends of both sides of the motor housing, in a state of being isolated downwardly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: ROBO3 Co.,Ltd.
    Inventors: Joon Hyung Kim, Tae Ho Kang
  • Patent number: 8505668
    Abstract: An electric two/three-wheeled vehicle includes: a battery case which houses a battery supplying electric power to an electric motor; a leg shield which covers, from a front, legs of a rider sitting on a riding seat; a cooling air inlet duct which has a downstream end portion thereof connected to the battery case; and a cooling fan which introduces cooling air into the battery case through the cooling air inlet duct. In the electric two/three-wheeled vehicle, an opening (90) open toward a rear of the vehicle is provided in the leg shield (43), and an upstream end of the cooling air inlet duct (88) is connected to the leg shield (43) in such a manner as to continue to the opening (90). Accordingly, it is possible to cool a battery while preventing entry of dust into a battery case as much as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Iwakami, Kaori Goto, Yusaku Yamashita
  • Patent number: 8447447
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuation system for a drive unit of a motor vehicle, having has a drive control unit which is assigned to the drive unit and which has a function level and a function monitoring level. A (4), a first data transmission device (5) which is arranged in the function level (3), of the drive control unit and is connected to a separate external control unit via a first communication path via which a predefined setpoint torque (Msoll) can be forwarded from the external control unit to the first data transmission device. In addition, the drive control unit also has a second data transmission device which is likewise additionally connected to the external control unit via a second communication path. The same predefined setpoint torque can also be forwarded from the external control unit to the second data transmission device via the second communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Detlef Fuchs, Lothar Rehm, Thomas Von Raumer
  • Publication number: 20130081218
    Abstract: A robot cleaner to perform cleaning without interruption of travel when passing over an obstacle. The robot cleaner includes a main body, and drive devices at left and right sides of the main body. Each drive device includes a main wheel to drive the main body, a drive motor to rotate the main wheel, a gear assembly to transmit power from the drive motor to the main wheel, a drive shaft to assist the main wheel in rotating by rotation power, and an auxiliary wheel connected to a distal end of the drive shaft so as to be located closer to the center of the main body than the main wheel. If the main wheel is lifted from a floor when passing over an obstacle during traveling, the auxiliary wheel protrudes downward to reach the floor, assisting the main body in traveling to escape from the obstacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong Won Kim, Jun Hwa Lee
  • Publication number: 20130068550
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a vehicle configuration comprising a chassis, at least one front wheel, two rear wheels, and a propulsion unit driving the rear wheels. The rear wheels are connected to the chassis by a wheel support assembly configured for allowing movement of each rear wheel relative to the chassis, a hydraulic cylinder connected to the chassis and the rear wheel supports, and a piston connected the rear wheel supports and the chassis. The piston dividing the hydraulic cylinder into fluidly connected first and second chambers such that movement of hydraulic fluid from the first or second chamber of a hydraulic cylinder to the respective first or second chamber of another hydraulic cylinder displaces the pistons of the hydraulic cylinders in opposing directions relative to the respective housings and causes the chassis to articulate with respect to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: David Andrew Gale
  • Publication number: 20130056287
    Abstract: Provided is a three-wheeled electric vehicle. The three-wheeled electric vehicle includes: a front left wheel disposed on a front left portion of the three-wheeled electric vehicle; a front right wheel disposed on a front right portion of the three-wheeled electric vehicle; a rear wheel disposed on a rear center portion of the three-wheeled electric vehicle; a first driving motor configured to transfer a driving power to the front left wheel; a second driving motor configured to transfer a driving power to the front right wheel; and a steering motor configured to transfer a steering power to the rear wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Young jin PARK, Youn-Sik PARK, Jae Seok YOU
  • Publication number: 20120318595
    Abstract: Modular human powered recumbent vehicle has a variable configuration and size. It comprises a group of standardized modules—fast attachable parts connected together by set of cross tubes (4) of variable length. It has three basic modules: middle (1), left (2) and right (3); each module has several modifications. One or more additional modules, like child seat (17), shopping basket (18), additional pedal (15) or electric (16) drive, also can be attached for performing a specific task. Vehicle can be transformed to a powered or unpowered trailer of variable configuration. It can be folded for storage and disassembled for transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Alexandre Belenkov, Eugene Belenkov, Anna Belenkova
  • Publication number: 20120247855
    Abstract: In an electric three-wheeled vehicle, a centrifugal clutch transmits rotary driving power to a counter shaft when the revolution speed of a motor exceeds a prescribed value. The clutch is coaxially located at one end of a motor output shaft. A counter shaft is located inside the outside diameter of the motor in a side view of the vehicle. The motor output shaft, counter shaft, and axles are arranged from a vehicle forward side in the order of mention. The axis center of the counter shaft is located below a line connecting the axis center of the motor output shaft and the axis center of the axle in a side view of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahide MIMURA, Shin NABEYA, Keiichiro NIIZUMA, Hitoshi SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20120247856
    Abstract: An electric vehicle can include a pair of left and right rear wheels configured to be driven by the rotary driving power of a motor supplied with electric power from a battery. A rear body can support the motor and rear wheels, and is attached at the back of a body frame. A battery box houses at least the battery, and is supported by a battery box supporting frame joined to the body frame below a seat of the vehicle. A monitoring board monitors the state of the battery, and can be located on top of the battery. A BMU collects information from the monitoring board, and a contactor opens and closes the connection between the battery and a drive circuit for the motor. The BMU and the contactor are housed in the battery box and in front of the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuo SHINDE, Koichiro HONDA, Kazunori KURODA
  • Patent number: 8177012
    Abstract: A saddle-ride three-wheeled vehicle has a fuel cell which generates an electric power by a chemical reaction between a fuel gas and a reaction gas. The three-wheeled vehicle includes a drain pipe which guides water discharged from the fuel cell out of a vehicle body; a rear body to which a pair of left and right rear wheels are journaled; and a linking mechanism which swingably links the rear body and a front body to allow the front body to sway left and right with respect to the rear body, wherein the drain pipe has a drain port between the pair of left and right rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Horii, Shinji Furuta, Katsumi Sahoda, Yoshihiro Namiki, Ranju Imao, Takuya Warashina
  • Patent number: 8141669
    Abstract: A personal transporter includes a tubular metal frame supporting a platform for supporting an operator, and the frame has forwardly projecting and parallel spaced inverted L-shaped frame members which support a pair of freely rotating front caster wheels. A pair of reversible electric motor and attached gearbox drive units are mounted on the rear portion of the frame on opposite sides of the platform, and the gearboxes have right angle output shafts forming axles supporting a pair of rear wheels. A storage battery is enclosed within a box in front of the platform, and a vertical adjustable post projects upwardly in front of the box to support a handlebar. A hand control unit is mounted on the handlebar and is connected to the drive units through a control system within the box. The rear wheels are covered by fender guards which also cover the drive units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Larry A. Laymaster
  • Patent number: 8113312
    Abstract: An evaporated fuel vapor from a fuel tank is fed through a charging pipe into an evaporated fuel storage canister, and is reserved there. The charging pipe, an upstream end of which is disposed in the fuel tank, is set to penetrate a side wall of the fuel tank and extends from the inside to the outside of the fuel tank. The canister is disposed in a swell-shaped recess on the inside of the front cowl, which recessed portion is situated between the headlight and the fuel tank as seen in side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Seki, Jun Nakano, Mitsuru Terada, Tatsuro Kato
  • Patent number: 7926608
    Abstract: An electric-motor three-wheeled vehicle includes a motor for applying a drive force to drive wheels, a motor control unit for controlling the motor, a secondary battery for storing electric power generated by a fuel cell, a rear body supporting a pair of left and right rear wheels and a connecting mechanism for connecting the rear body with a front body so as to tilt the front body while the rear wheels are in contact with the ground. The secondary battery is housed in the inside of a luggage carrier above the rear wheels. The motor and the motor control unit, including a motor driver and a main CPU, are mounted between the left and right rear wheels. The voltage converter increases or decreases the voltage of the electric power supplied from the fuel cell. The control drivers controls a supercharger of reaction gas and a electric pump of cooling water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Horii, Katsumi Sahoda, Naoki Kobayashi, Koji Aoki, Kuniaki Ikui, Takashi Sone
  • Patent number: 7913792
    Abstract: The fork-lift truck comprises a body (11) with one or more directional rear wheels and a mast (12) with a slide (13) sliding and hearing front forks for gripping and supporting the load. According to the invention, the truck comprises an intermediate frame (14), bearing the front wheels (21; 22) and oscillating with respect to the body (11) around a transversal axis (X-X) parallel to the axis (Y-Y) of the front wheels, as well as operating-cylinder means (30) interposed between said frame and said body. Said mast (12) is dismountably fastened to said intermediate frame (14), so as to be made to oscillate integrally with the frame itself around said transversal axis (X-X) by means of said operating-cylinder means (30) to swing forwards and rearwards, with both idle (21) and driving (22) front wheels, whereas it can be easily disassembled and assembled with respect to the intermediate frame (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: V. Mariotti S.r.l.
    Inventor: Rocco Bruno
  • Patent number: 7878279
    Abstract: A hybrid golf car type vehicle powered by a gasoline engine or an electric motor in the forward direction and by the electric motor in the reverse direction with the gasoline engine charging the batteries when the batteries fall below a threshold charge either with a motor generator or an alternator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Reinier Hoogenraad
  • Publication number: 20100263949
    Abstract: A multi-wheeled, self-propelled device that alters an existing walk behind caddy in that the operator stands on a motorized platform while holding onto an assembly which is attached to the handlebar of said walk behind golf caddy. The self-propelled device is temporarily attached to the bottom portion of the walk behind golf caddy. The power supply and motor remain part of the platform and the control (throttle/brake) remains part of the attached handlebar assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Jerry Dean Horn
  • Publication number: 20100237645
    Abstract: The invention provides a media display system and method that allows a user to easily maneuver through crowded areas while providing advertisements that can be selected and altered even while the media display system is in use. According to the invention, the system operates on a regenerative breaking system that recharges the battery as the system is in brake-mode or as a result of the media display in the shape of an airfoil contributing to the regenerative breaking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Charles Trainer
  • Publication number: 20100032223
    Abstract: Drifting karts in accordance with embodiments of the invention are described that include a front wheel drive train and rear caster wheels that can be dynamically engaged to induce and control drift during a turn. One embodiment of the invention includes a chassis to which a steering column is mounted, where the steering column includes at least one front steerable wheel configured to be driven by an electric motor, a battery housing mounted to the chassis, where the battery housing contains a controller and at least one battery, wiring configured to provide power from the at least one battery to the electric motor, two caster wheels mounted to the chassis, where each caster wheel is configured to rotate around a rotational axis and swivel around a swivel axis, and a hand lever configured to dynamically engage the caster wheels to induce and control drift during a turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Ali Kermani
  • Patent number: 7621358
    Abstract: An electric vehicle for personal transportation has an inflatable body that can be deflated and the electric vehicle collapsed to a storage or transport configuration that is compact and light-weight. At least one front wheel and one rear wheel are attached to the inflatable body. An electric motor is attached to a wheel and preferably there is an electric motor for each rear wheel to power and brake the vehicle. A battery pack provides vehicle propulsion and provides structural support. An electronic control unit controls the electric motor and also provides structural support. A steering assembly includes the front wheel that is structurally connected to a rear wheel by the inflatable body, a steering column, handle bars, and braking and speed controls operable by a person sitting on the inflatable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Yi Pang
  • Patent number: 7573213
    Abstract: The invention provides a motor driving device including a converter receiving and converting a non-electrical power source, such as light, heat, mechanical or chemical energy, to a first electrical power, and a selector electrically connected between the converter and a motor, for receiving the first electrical power and a second electrical power from a power source, such as an electrical power generator, and outputting the first or second electrical power according to a rotation speed of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Delta Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Lung Chiu, Ming-Shi Tsai, Wen-Shi Huang
  • Publication number: 20090071740
    Abstract: An improved wheeled vehicle includes a platform adapted and constructed to support an operator of the vehicle. A plurality of wheels support the vehicle for movement on a surface, the plurality of wheels including at least one front wheel adapted and constructed to steer the vehicle, and at least one rear wheel adapted to be driven to impart motion to the vehicle. A handlebar assembly is connected to at least one of the wheels of the vehicle. The handlebar assembly provides directional control of the vehicle, and extends toward the rear of the platform. A motorized drive mechanism is connected to at least one of the wheels, whereby actuation of the drive mechanism causes the vehicle to move along a surface. A control mechanism actuated by the foot of a user includes at least one pedal, and is used to accelerate and decelerate the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Anna Palmer
  • Publication number: 20080115995
    Abstract: A brake is provided on a vehicle. The vehicle includes two drive wheels on two independent drive axles, respectively. The drive wheels are attached to the outside ends of the drive axles. Both drive wheels and drive axles (e.g., left and right) rotate on about the same axis as one another. On each drive axle, a brake disc is attached close to the inside end of the drive axle. A friction element (e.g., a brake friction material disc) is provided between the two brake discs. A brake device (e.g., brake caliper) is coupled to the frame of the vehicle. When the brake is applied, the brake device exerts a clamping force on the discs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Ronald A. Holland
  • Patent number: 7374192
    Abstract: A system is provided that permits access to one or more components of the power train of a straddle type vehicle (or another internal component or components) without requiring such component to protrude from the body cover of the vehicle. The system can comprise a foot area that includes a foot platform for placing one's feet, an opening positioned above at least the component of the power train, and a cover for permitting the opening to be opened and closed. This system, for example, allows a user to access the oil filler port of the engine via the opening in the foot area in order to add oil to the engine of the vehicle. The system can also include a foot platform comprising a first level and a second level where the second level is located at a higher elevation relative to the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiyasu Mimasa
  • Patent number: 7328763
    Abstract: A hybrid electric drive system for a vehicle comprises a combustion engine (1), a transmission (2), a first clutch (3) disposed between the engine (1) and the transmission (2), a rotating electric machine (4) which serves as a motor as well as a generator, a second clutch (30) disposed between the rotating electric machine (4) and the transmission (2), and a storage device (9). When the second clutch (30) is commanded to connect the rotating electric machine (4) to the transmission (2), a control unit (10) controls the rotating electric machine (4) so as to decrease the difference between the rotation speeds of the rotating electric machine (4) and the transmission (2) (S2) and cause the second clutch (30) to connect the rotating electric machine (4) to the transmission (2) only after the difference decreases to a allowable value (S3, S4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Gouda, Mitsuhiro Nishina, Yuji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7293619
    Abstract: A front-wheel motor powered golf trolley comprised of a compact backward tricycle-wheel arrangement and a lightweight stiff open truss chassis. Left and right front wheel assemblies, driven by common drive axle, motorized through silent motor speed reduction, pull the trolley in an easily guided walk-along fashion. The driven front wheels are compliantly isolated from the chassis by sprung front axle support arms. Trolley stance stabilization and steering are by an independently sprung rear wheel/pivot assembly, the pivot being located between the front drive and rear wheel axles. A steering handle is the user-guiding interface and location for all hand operated controls. Upper and lower golf bag supports fold out from the chassis. Stow-ability is compact and without bulkiness. This trolley is adaptable to remote control of power, steering, and braking functions. The trolley also accommodates multiple other user conveniences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Lawrence Carhart Mitchell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7285896
    Abstract: The device includes a housing and an outer shell including tightly wound wire coils fitted within the housing. Rotatable armatures including associated commutators are disposed at outer end portions thereof. The armatures further include spring loaded brushes and a plurality of wire coils wrapped intermediately spaced adjacent to the commutators. The device further includes a drive shaft having bearings selectively spaced therealong that defines a fulcrum axis for the armature coils and output shafts connected to the drive shaft. A power supply source is electrically coupled to an A.C. or D.C. motor and disposed external of the housing. The armatures define an epicyclical train for connecting the drive shaft in a linear path so that a driving force can be equally divided between the vehicle wheels to thereby permit one vehicle wheel to revolve faster than another vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Eugene R. Mallory