Having Specific Motor-to-body-frame Relationship Patents (Class 180/291)
  • Patent number: 10967915
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle front portion structure including: a right and left pair of front side members that are disposed on both vehicle width direction sides of a vehicle body front portion and extend along the vehicle front and rear direction; a cross member that is disposed between front end portions of the right and left pair of front side members and interconnects the front end portions in the vehicle width direction; a front-wheel-drive motor that is disposed on the vehicle rear side of the cross member; and a radiator that is disposed on the vehicle rear side of the cross member and on the vehicle front side of the motor and extends along the vehicle width direction and the vehicle up and down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigenori Hashida, Hyuga Atsumi
  • Patent number: 10933727
    Abstract: An engine mount which connects an engine to a vehicle body is provided. The engine mount includes a housing which defines a body of the engine mount and a main rubber body that is installed within the housing and defines a space portion that accommodates a fluid that flows through a nozzle plate. A core is inserted into and fixed to the main rubber body and an a fixing bolt is coupled to the core. A lower support bracket is coupled to the vehicle body and the fixing bolt is inserted therein. A damper that attenuates vibration is disposed at a lower side of the core or at first and second ends of the lower support bracket of the of the engine mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung-Won Kim, Hyo-Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 10926799
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a plurality of ground-engaging members, a frame assembly supported by the plurality of ground-engaging members, and a seating area supported by the frame assembly and configured to support at least an operator and a passenger. The vehicle also includes a cargo area positioned rearward of the seating area and including a floor configured to support cargo thereon. Additionally, the vehicle includes a powertrain assembly including an engine and a transmission operably coupled to at least one of the plurality of ground-engaging members. A heat exchanger is fluidly coupled to the engine. The heat exchanger is angled relative to the floor of the cargo area and positioned along a lateral side of the cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Houkom, Kyle J. Schounard, David J. Hicke, Shawn D. Peterson, Travis J. Ellefson
  • Patent number: 10913340
    Abstract: A vehicle body lower structure includes a battery pack, side sills, and a battery side frame that extends in a forward/rearward direction between the side sills and the battery pack and that is configured to support the battery pack, the battery side frame has a first attachment member fixed to the side sills, and a second attachment member that is coupled to the battery pack and that constitutes a closed cross section between the first attachment member and the battery pack, and the first attachment member has an outer fixing point fixed to the side sills and an inner fixing point fixed to a wall that constitutes a closed cross section of the second attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Tsuyuzaki, Hiroyuki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10882386
    Abstract: A transmission-side mount bracket includes connection portions which connect a front-side leg portion and a rear-side leg portion of a leg member, a middle attachment (fixation) portion which is provided at the connection portions at a position located between the front-side leg portion and the rear-side leg portion and fixed to the powertrain, and a rigidity-reduction portion (an opening portion) which has the rigidity against a load applied in the vehicle width direction which is lower than that of the front-side leg portion and the rear-side leg portion and is provided at a position located in the vicinity of the middle attachment (fixation) portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Okita, Hiroaki Suumen, Satoshi Mizutani, Masaki Aoyama, Hiromi Miwade
  • Patent number: 10875396
    Abstract: A driving device unit includes an electric motor configured to drive a vehicle, a drive device accommodating the electric motor, and an electric motor control device configured to control the electric motor. The drive device and the electric motor control device are arranged side by side in a horizontal direction, and an electrical connection portion electrically connecting the drive device and the electric motor control device is disposed at a joining portion between the drive device and the electric motor control device, and the drive device and the electric motor control device include a first fixing portion that directly fixes the drive device and the electric motor control device in the vicinity of the electrical connection portion, and a second fixing portion that fixes the drive device and the electric motor control device via a stiffener at a position away from the electrical connection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Suzuki, Takuro Tominaga, Shogo Nomura, Shogo Tsumura
  • Patent number: 10814711
    Abstract: At least one of a pair of right and left motor unit support systems for mounting and supporting a motor unit (71) on a cross member (80) is fastened and fixed to an upper part of the motor unit (71) by a first shaft-like fastening member (a first bolt (101)). An axial direction of the first shaft-like fastening member (the first bolt (101)) is the same as a vehicle longitudinal direction in a state in which the at least one of the motor unit support systems is fastened and fixed to the upper part of the motor unit (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Suumen, Masaki Aoyama, Yoshiaki Noguchi, Yusuke Oki
  • Patent number: 10723340
    Abstract: A brake booster is mounted on a forward bulkhead of a motor vehicle having two elements, a first element being securely connected to the brake booster whilst a second element is securely connected to the bulkhead. The two elements are restrained against vertical movement relative to one another by at least one connector which is deformed or fails upon a movement of the brake booster upward relative to the bulkhead. An actuator is movably mounted to the bulkhead below the brake booster and rearward of a gearbox housing such that rearward movement of the gearbox housing during a frontal collision presses against the actuator and moves the actuator upward to apply pressure to the brake booster, the pressure causing the brake booster to move upward relative to the bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Meckenstock, Marius Sawatzki, Michael Spurling
  • Patent number: 10676133
    Abstract: A tension rod supporting part (14) is provided at a sub-frame front structure (10) of a front part of a front sub-frame (5); the side member (6) is disposed upward in one side and extended rearward from the tension rod supporting part (14); a rack arrangement step (A) opened downward for arranging a steering rack (55) is formed behind the tension rod supporting portion (14) and under the side member (6); and a stabilizer support part (62) is provided in the rack arrangement step (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Komiya, Masaaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10633030
    Abstract: An exemplary brake booster device includes a brake booster mounted on a vehicle component, and an actuator lever that, in response to a force applied to the actuator by a gearbox housing, pivots to move the brake booster upward. An exemplary method includes pivoting an actuator lever about a pivot axis under a force effect in an X direction resulting from a gearbox housing, and, during the pivoting, using the actuator lever apply a force in a Z direction to a module mounted on a bulkhead to alter a position of the module mounted on the bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Meckenstock, Marius Sawatzki, Istvan Somogyvari, Michael Spurling
  • Patent number: 10618425
    Abstract: This disclosure details mounting systems and associated methods for mounting a battery pack to an electrified vehicle. An exemplary electrified vehicle may include a frame, a battery pack, and a mounting system for mounting the battery pack to the frame. The mounting system may include one or more isolator assemblies for substantially isolating the battery pack from vehicle loads that may be imparted onto the frame. Each isolator assembly may include a beam and multiple bushings mounted within the beam and connected to either the frame or the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eric de Hesselle, Steven Michael Cyr
  • Patent number: 10611228
    Abstract: An engine mounting structure includes an engine mount fixed to a frame of a vehicle body and an engine bracket fixed to an engine. The engine mount includes a mount fixture on which the engine bracket is assembled. When mounting the engine, the mount fixture and the engine bracket engage with each other at a first engagement portion close to the engine and a second engagement portion close to the frame. In the first mounting portion, the mount fixture urges the engine bracket toward the engine for engagement, and in the second engagement portion, the mount fixture urges the engine bracket toward the frame for engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Murakami
  • Patent number: 10604187
    Abstract: Safety blocks can provide two points of contact for a torque tube of a sprint car if it breaks free and begins to move. During impact, safety blocks absorb and transfer energy from the torque tube to the sprint car frame located on the outer face of the safety blocks. Each face of the safety blocks can be manufactured to accommodate any surface irregularity within the sprint car frame. The safety blocks may be inserted into the sprint car from the rear of the sprint car towards the front of the sprint car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Isom
  • Patent number: 10597085
    Abstract: A vehicle has a transmission and a brake booster disposed rearward of the transmission. A generally C-shaped lever is pivotingly mounted to the transmission and immediately adjacent to the brake booster such that a first arm of the lever is disposed forward of the brake and a second arm of the lever is disposed beneath the brake booster. The lever is configured such that rearward movement of the transmission due to a vehicle collision urges the first arm into contact with the brake booster and thereby rotates the lever such that the second arm urges the brake booster upwardly relative to the transmission. The upward movement of the brake booster thereby prevents the brake booster from being trapped between the transmission and structure of the vehicle such that it may cause undesirable intrusion of a brake pedal into the vehicle passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Istvan Somogyvari, Daniel Meckenstock
  • Patent number: 10549784
    Abstract: An exemplary brake booster device includes, among other things, a brake booster mounted on a vehicle component, and an actuator that, in response to a force applied to the actuator by a gearbox housing, pivots to move the brake booster upward. The actuator includes at least two pivot elements spaced from each other, and a displacement mounted in a jointed manner between the at least two pivot elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Meckenstock, Marius Sawatzki, Istvan Somogyvari, Michael Spurling
  • Patent number: 10550545
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a vehicle body, a travel device, a driving source, and a cooling device. The travel device is provided below the vehicle body. The driving source is disposed in a front part of the vehicle body. The driving source generates driving power for the travel device. The cooling device is disposed on one side in the vehicle width direction of the vehicle body and rearward of the driving source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Yuushi Oshikawa, Takashi Noda, Taira Ozaki, Takuya Uemura, Hiroshi Itogawa
  • Patent number: 10532645
    Abstract: A drive package includes a remote located CVT and a motor where the CVT is positioned rearward (or forward) of the motor. An auxiliary drive mechanism couples a drive shaft of the CVT to a crankshaft of the motor. The auxiliary drive mechanism is a belt or chain. The drive shaft is substantially parallel to, and longitudinally offset from, the crankshaft. Thus, the width of the drive package is reduced as compared to ATVs having a CVT located adjacent the motor. A method of making an ATV with the drive package is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ARCTIC CAT, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Tiry
  • Patent number: 10391848
    Abstract: Provided is an engine mounting structure for a cab-over type vehicle wherein an engine 10 is mounted on a left and right pair of chassis frame members 3L, 3R extending in the front-rear direction of the vehicle body, and wherein a cab 2 is disposed above the engine 10. The engine 10 has exhaust system connected to either the left or right side surface of the engine 10, and the engine 10 is mounted on the chassis frame members 3L, 3R at a predetermined angle so that the either the left or right side surface faces upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: ISUZU MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Kouji Hirukawa
  • Patent number: 10391859
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a blower pipe extending between an inner space of a front hood and a rear portion of a vehicle body for sucking cooling air from the inner space toward an engine section. The blower pipe has an air inlet that is opened toward an inner side in a vehicle body transverse direction in the inner space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Kuramoto, Hiroki Bessho, Kantaro Morimoto, Sechan Park, Rei Tokuda
  • Patent number: 10340708
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a battery comprising at least one battery cell, a first switch electrically connected between the battery and an external terminal of the battery pack, and configured to be switched in response to a first control signal, a capacitor configured to stabilize a switching state of the first switch, a second switch electrically connected in parallel to the capacitor, and configured to be switched in response to a second control signal, and a battery protection unit configured to output the first and second signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kyungsub Shim
  • Patent number: 10315700
    Abstract: The provision of impact structures is difficult in the case of small vehicles, due to the shortage of working depth. We propose to use the wheel and tire as part of the deformable structures, which reduces the overall weight of the vehicle and requires little or no additional space in which to provide the impact structures. There is still a need to control the movement of the wheel under impact, but we have found that this can be done by appropriate design of the suspension components so that they react in a defined manner to an impact and guide the wheel in the correct manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GORDON MURRAY DESIGN LIMITED
    Inventor: Frank Coppuck
  • Patent number: 10294634
    Abstract: A method for retrofitting a high drive track-type tractor with a rear entry electric drive motor module. The method includes inserting the rear entry electric drive motor module into a frame housing. The rear entry electric drive motor module includes an electric drive planetary gear assembly, and an electric motor. The method further includes attaching a reaction member to the rear entry electric drive motor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Tigue, Vance M. Buatte, Jonathan M. Baumann, Gregory Austin, Timothy J. Schlack
  • Patent number: 10279755
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wire harness arrangement structure of a vehicle, comprising plural component control parts to control plural electric components for governing a drive of the vehicle, a main control part to generate a command signal for providing a command to the plural component control parts, and plural main wire harnesses to transmit the command signal. The plural electric components include at least a brake, an engine, a transmission, and a steering, and the plural main wire harnesses constitute a signal transmission loop which extends from the main control part and returns to the main control part by way of the plural component control parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sadahisa Yamada, Taro Tamagawa, Masaaki Shimizu, Osamu Michihira
  • Patent number: 10232699
    Abstract: Provided is a work vehicle in which a seat support frame that supports a driver seat is equipped on a vehicle body frame, the vehicle body frame includes: a front portion vehicle frame at which a floor surface of a driving portion is provided; and a rear portion vehicle frame disposed at a position higher than the floor surface of the driving portion and rearward of the front portion vehicle frame. An engine is equipped below the rear portion vehicle frame, a battery that supplies power to an electric motor is equipped above the front portion vehicle frame and below the seat support frame, and a frame portion of the seat support frame that exists above the battery at a position opposing the battery is configured to be detachable from another frame portion that is fixed to the vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshinori Oyama, Takeshi Satozono, Rei Tokuda, Kazuyuki Tashiro, Masatoshi Sakai, Yuki Nakaoka
  • Patent number: 10214876
    Abstract: A work machine includes a machine body, an engine, a rotary electrical device, and an electric power controller. The engine is provided on the machine body to move the machine body. The rotary electrical device is provided on the machine body to move the machine body. The electric power controller is disposed above the rotary electrical device in a height direction along a height of the work machine to control the rotary electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nakagawa, Masahiro Kuroda, Masahiko Nomura, Shinichi Kawabata, Yuki Shimoike, Sumio Yagyu, Kazuto Okazaki, Shizuo Demizu, Yoshihiro Takayama, Toshihiro Nakao
  • Patent number: 10215091
    Abstract: A variable compression ratio engine (1) is provided with a multi-link mechanism (101) between a piston (102) and a crankshaft (103). The multi-link mechanism (101) includes an upper link (104), a lower link (105) and a control link (106). An anti-vibration device (6) for vehicles is attached between the upper part of the engine (1) and a vehicle body to which the engine (1) is mounted. The anti-vibration device (6) includes a rod body (63) having a first elastic connecting part (61) at one end and a second elastic connecting part (62) at another end. The first elastic connecting part (61) is connected to the engine (1). The second elastic connecting part (62) is connected to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiko Kondo, Yoshinori Hirano, Keiichiro Matsumoto, Koji Tanimura, Shunsuke Ebata
  • Patent number: 10207577
    Abstract: A tractor includes a vehicle body, an engine, a cooling device, a fan, and a first exterior member. The engine is disposed on the front side of the vehicle body. The cooling device is disposed behind the engine. The fan is arranged to produce cooling air for the cooling device. The first exterior member is disposed on the front side of the vehicle body and covers the engine, the cooling device, and the fan. A first discharge port is arranged to discharge the cooling air and is provided in a first side surface of the first exterior member. The front side surface is positioned on a first side in the vehicle left-right direction. The front surface of the first exterior member includes no opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Yuushi Oshikawa, Takashi Noda, Taira Ozaki, Takuya Uemura, Yuya Takahashi, Masami Hirayama, Hiroshi Itogawa
  • Patent number: 10196953
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tank cover for covering a diesel exhaust fluid tank of a vehicle. The tank cover can be added directly over a diesel exhaust fluid tank or can be used to replace a factory/OEM or other replacement cover. In some embodiments, the tank cover can be easily installed onto a vehicle through existing components, and no additional drilling may need to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lund, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Mettler, Brian Cutway
  • Patent number: 10099548
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes: an engine; an engine room in which the engine is contained and that has a front opening in a front face thereof and a rear opening in a rear face thereof; and an air intake duct that has an air inlet in a front part of a vehicle body and extends in a front-rear direction, the air intake duct guiding air from the air inlet to the front opening, in which the engine room includes a bottom plate and a left partition wall and a right partition wall that are provided on respective sides, in a vehicle width direction, of the engine and cover at least a crankcase part of the engine in side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Teruaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10082201
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle powertrain that includes an internal combustion engine, a transmission driving at least two wheels, and an intermediate unit connecting the engine and a transmission housing enclosing the transmission. The intermediate unit is configured to allow relative rotation between the engine and the transmission housing about an axis (X) that is colinear with an engine output shaft and a transmission input shaft. The arrangement prevents engine vibrations from being transmitted to the transmission, and prevents torque shock from the vehicle wheels from being transmitted to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Soren Eriksson
  • Patent number: 10071655
    Abstract: A body structure includes: a center frame extending in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle at the center in the vehicle width direction; and at least one support member extending toward the outer side in the vehicle width direction from the center frame. The support member supports at least one of a steering system, a pedal system, a seat, and a footrest member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masamoto Ito, Martin Petersson
  • Patent number: 10005357
    Abstract: A working vehicle includes: an engine mounted on a traveling machine body; a hydraulic continuously variable transmission configured to shift driving force from the engine; a transmission case incorporating the hydraulic continuously variable transmission; and rear traveling units disposed on both left and right sides of the transmission case via rear axle cases. The transmission case is divided into three sections of a front case, an intermediate case, and a rear case. The left and right rear axle cases are attached to both left and right sides of the rear case. The intermediate case, coupling the front case to the rear case, is coupled to left and right vehicle body frames forming the traveling machine body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Hashimoto, Kazumi Yokota
  • Patent number: 9950603
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes a connecting member (10) formed of a belt-shaped metal plate, the connecting member (10) has a plate-shaped bottom section (11), a first folded section (12) formed by folding a circumferential edge of the bottom section (11) and a circumferential wall section (13) that is formed in a continuous annular shape and that continues to the bottom section (11) via a folded section (12), and the bottom section (11) of the connecting member is formed in a V shape upward or downward in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuya Abe, Ryoichi Yoshitomi, Choichi Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9944177
    Abstract: An all-terrain vehicle (“ATV”) a frame extending along a longitudinal centerline of the ATV. Additionally, the ATV includes a plurality of ground engaging members operably coupled to the frame which includes a first ground-engaging member and a second ground-engaging member positioned on a first side of the longitudinal centerline and a third ground-ground engaging member and a fourth ground-engaging member positioned on a second side of the longitudinal centerline. The ATV further includes a straddle seat supported by the frame and configured to support an operator, an engine supported by the frame, and an engine air inlet fluidly coupled to the engine and positioned forward of the straddle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Burton D. Fischer, William B. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9914487
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes: a vehicle body frame; a prime mover part that is supported by the vehicle body frame; a bonnet that is configured to vertically swing between a closed position at which the prime mover part is covered, and an open position at which the prime mover part is open; and a support frame that supports a free end side of the bonnet located at the closed position. At least left and right guide-target parts of the bonnet or left and right guiding parts of the support frame have left and right inclined surfaces that serve as centering effective surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Koichiro Matsumoto, Nobuyuki Yamashita, Hiroshi Kawabata, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Masayuki Akita, Tasuku Teraoka, Yoshihisa Tonoya
  • Patent number: 9896144
    Abstract: A straddle-type vehicle includes: a seat to be straddled and sat upon by a rider; an electric motor configured to generate traveling power for driving a wheel; a battery case arranged in front of the seat and accommodating a battery storing DC power to be supplied to the electric motor; and a charging connector which is arranged above the battery and through which the battery is charged from an external power supply, wherein the charging connector includes a connector connection surface to which a power supply connector of the external power supply is connected and which faces a vehicle width direction, and the charging connector is attachable to and detachable from a vehicle body integrally with the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Kawabata
  • Patent number: 9884648
    Abstract: A push arm has a rear surface and a front surface. A rear surface of the push arm is located adjacent to and spaced apart from a front suspension structure defining a gap therebetween. The push arm extends forward and laterally outward such that the front surface of the push arm is located laterally outboard of and spaced apart from a front end of a first side member of a vehicle frame. A support bracket has a front section releasably attached to the push arm and a rear section releasably attached to a first cross-member of the vehicle frame adjacent to an intersection of the first side member and the first cross-member. The support bracket is configured such that in response to an off-center impact event against the front surface of the push arm, the support bracket guiding movement of the push arm in a rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Dean Grattan, Christopher Robert Hartley, Gunnar Mason, Matthew Michael Gapinski
  • Patent number: 9874264
    Abstract: A powertrain mount is connectable between a vehicle's powertrain component and body structure. The powertrain mount includes a moveable core and a housing for the moveable core. The housing supports the moveable core for movement relative to the housing, in one or more open degrees of freedom, to one or more floating poses where the moveable core is rigidly mechanically decoupled from the housing in the open degrees of freedom. A magnetic field generation system includes one or more housing-side magnetic devices at the housing and one or more moveable-core-side magnetic devices at the moveable core. The housing-side magnetic devices and the moveable-core-side magnetic devices are configured to collectively generate mutually balanced magnetic fields between the housing and the moveable core in the open degrees of freedom that retentively locate the moveable core in one or more floating poses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey D. Gaither
  • Patent number: 9868345
    Abstract: A roll-rod for a vehicle which is mounted so as to connect a sub-frame and a power train may include at least one rubber block mounted between a front body portion and a rear end plate, in which the rubber block disposed at a rearmost part may be formed with a “U”-shaped band portion having an opening to which the end plate is fitted and joined wherein the “U”-shaped band portion is open in a vertical direction to the axial direction of a rearmost rubber block of the at least one rubber block to form the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyo-Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 9809114
    Abstract: A fuel tank system includes a fuel tank and a support structure. The support structure provides impact protection to the fuel tank. The support structure has mounting members, a bottom plate and a support member. The mounting members mount to the vehicle. The bottom plate is provided proximate a bottom wall of the fuel tank, wherein the bottom plate protects the fuel tank from being crushed or punctured and serves as a skid plate if ground contact is made. The support member extends between a respective mounting member and the bottom plate. The support member is configured to fail during impact, allowing the fuel tank to be moved downwardly and laterally by the energy of the impact to a position in which the fuel tank is substantially out of the path of the impact or protected by the chassis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Erin Marie Shipp
  • Patent number: 9776494
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body structure includes a frame rail and a bracket attached to the rail and adapted for attaching an engine mount. The bracket has a first portion secured to the frame rail beneath the engine mount and at least one cantilever portion projecting at one end beyond the first portion. The cantilever portion defines an anchoring point for attachment of the engine mount that is spaced from the frame rail so that the portion of the frame rail beneath the anchoring point may undergo controlled deformation in the event of a front end vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew David George Shynn, Bradley Staines, Joerg Reim, Matthew Sykes, Jon Horseman, Peter Brook, Alan Thorpe, Raise Ahmed
  • Patent number: 9764789
    Abstract: A side cover structure for enhancing the external appearance and turning performance of a saddle-ride-type vehicle. A side cover structure of a saddle-ride-type vehicle includes a head pipe with a frame extending rearwardly from the head pipe. Side covers cover the frame from left and right sides. A bent portion is bent toward the outside in a vehicle width direction from a base portion and is formed on the side cover. An opening is formed in the base plate portion positioned in the vicinity of the bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Rui Maeda, Soya Uchida, Koji Koyano, Yasuhiro Ohashi, Daiki Hamaguchi, Koji Mizuta, Hiroyuki Sasazawa, Yukitou Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 9764764
    Abstract: A subframe for a motor vehicle axle optimized for stiffness and weight is provided. Such a subframe may comprise a base member, a cross member, and a stiffening element. The base member may have an upper shell, a lower shell connected to the upper shell, and a connecting point formed on one of the shells for a pendulum bearing of a pendulum bar. The cross member may extend in a transverse direction, be attached to the base member, and have mounts for longitudinal members of the motor vehicle. The stiffening element may be connected to at least one shell in a region of the connecting point. Also described is a production method for a subframe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: KIRCHHOFF AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Carolin Irle, Christoph Meisterjahn, Josef Bartzik
  • Patent number: 9751570
    Abstract: A front vehicle body structure includes: front lower side members extending along a length of a vehicle and located on left and right sides along a width of the vehicle; and a center lower cross reinforcement member extending along the width of the vehicle so as to interconnect middle portions of the left and right front lower side members along the length of the vehicle, where a steering gear box is mounted on the center lower cross reinforcement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Heeju Kim
  • Patent number: 9711819
    Abstract: A mount structure includes a mount member, and a bracket member. An upper surface of the bracket member, which is connected to a lower portion of a fuel cell stack, includes an upper surface cut formed by cutting the bracket member in a depth direction, and the upper surface cut extends in a surface direction. A lower surface of the bracket member, which is opposite to the upper surface, includes a lower surface cut formed by cutting the bracket member in the depth direction, and the lower surface cut extends in the surface direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Choichi Ishikawa, Ryoichi Yoshitomi, Hideharu Naito, Susumu Yodono, Takashi Kuroiwa
  • Patent number: 9694665
    Abstract: A liquid leakage countermeasure of a cooling medium channel is facilitated, and a need of high power of a pump for circulating a cooling medium is relaxed. An electric vehicle includes: a vehicle body including a dashboard which separates a front space covered with a hood and a boarding space provided with a seat on which a driver is seated; an electric component which is provided behind the dashboard and generates heat by electric energy for generating rotational power for vehicle traveling; and a heat exchanger provided behind the dashboard and configured to cool down a cooling medium circulating between the heat exchanger and the electric component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9676415
    Abstract: A vehicle having a structure is provided. The system includes a cradle mounted to the structure at a first position and a second position, the second position being spaced apart from the first position. A rear drive module is provided having a housing, the housing coupled to the cradle between the first position and the second position, the housing coupled to the cradle in at least two locations. At least one linkage is operably coupled to the housing on a first end and to the structure on a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Daryl R. Poirier, James C. Holtgreven, Joseph A. Schudt, John E. Howard
  • Patent number: 9579973
    Abstract: Systems, vehicles, and assemblies that include an prime mover, a transmission, and a coupler. The coupler couples the prime mover and the transmission. A preferred embodiment includes a system for forming a rigid body that includes a rotational prime mover and a transmission assembly. The transmission assembly transmits at least a portion of the rotational energy from the prime mover to a driven member at a frequency. The system includes a first and a second bridging member. Coupling the first bridging member to the second bridging member forms a symmetric bridge or coupler. The symmetric bridge is symmetric about a first plane of symmetry. Furthermore, coupling a first portion of the bridge to the rotational prime mover and coupling a second portion of the bridge to the transmission assembly forms the rigid body. The rigid body further includes the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Arctic Cat Inc.
    Inventor: Brian G. Eck
  • Patent number: 9580126
    Abstract: A straddle-type vehicle includes: a seat to be straddled and sat upon by a rider; an electric motor configured to generate traveling power for driving a wheel; a battery case arranged in front of the seat and accommodating a battery storing DC power to be supplied to the electric motor; and a charging connector which is arranged above the battery and through which the battery is charged from an external power supply, wherein the charging connector includes a connector connection surface to which a power supply connector of the external power supply is connected and which faces a vehicle width direction, and the charging connector is attachable to and detachable from a vehicle body integrally with the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Kawabata
  • Patent number: 9543598
    Abstract: An air-cooled fuel cell-powered motorcycle allowing early detection of a malfunction in a fuel cell stack. The fuel cell-powered motorcycle includes a vehicle body; an electric motor for driving a driving wheel, an air-cooled fuel cell for supplying electric power to the electric motor and a hydrogen tank for storing a fuel gas supplied to the fuel cell, respectively housed in the vehicle body; a fan for supplying air as a reactant and a coolant to the fuel cell; and an exhaust duct for discharging the air having cooled the fuel cell out of a rear end of the vehicle body, the exhaust duct having an inlet connected to a rear end portion of the fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuji Otsuka, Yoshifumi Takai