Frame Patents (Class 180/311)
  • Patent number: 10737728
    Abstract: A catcher bracket is provided to protrude from a bottom wall of an inner torque box in a downward direction. Collapse beads which become starting points of collapse deformation in an up-and-down direction are formed on bent portions which correspond to boundaries between an inner wall and a rear wall and between an outer wall and the rear wall of the catcher bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Motoyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10689034
    Abstract: A subframe for a motor vehicle is provided with at least two structural elements extending in the longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle, and with at least one structural element extending in the transverse direction of the motor vehicle, a plurality of first bearing elements for connecting the subframe to a chassis of the motor vehicle, and at least two second bearing elements for connecting an assembly to the subframe. At least one of the first bearing elements and at least one of the second bearing elements are arranged at a common bearing console, which is attached to the at least one structural element extending in the transverse direction of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Sven Schmalzrieth
  • Patent number: 10569663
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to autonomous vehicle platforms and autonomous vehicles including such platforms. For example, an autonomous vehicle can include a bisymmetrical platform including a first portion, a second portion, a third portion and a fourth portion that collectively provide a supporting structure for the autonomous vehicle and that respectively comprise a wheel mounting frame configured for location of a wheel assembly. A body including front and rear sides and first and second lateral sides can be positioned on top of the bisymmetrical platform configured to receive passengers for transport. The autonomous vehicle can also include a plurality of wheel assemblies configured for secure positioning relative to each wheel mounting frame within the bisymmetrical platform and a powertrain configured to power the plurality of wheel assemblies for operation of the autonomous vehicle to travel in either a forward direction or a rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventor: Clifford Shaun Webb
  • Patent number: 10562569
    Abstract: A rear subframe structure is provided with a rear subframe configured such that a front cross member, a rear cross member, a pair of left and right upper side members, and a pair of left and right lower side members are connected; and a vehicle-body mounting portion formed. The rear subframe further includes a lower-arm support portion. The front cross member has a closed section, and a front portion of the closed section extends downwardly by forward and downward inclination of a left lateral portion and a right lateral portion of the front cross member. The lower-arm support portion is formed on a lower rear portion of the left lateral portion and the right lateral portion of the front cross member. The upper side member is connected to an upper rear portion of the left lateral portion and the right lateral portion of the front cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Tanaka, Katsuyuki Komiya
  • Patent number: 10562571
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a double-bend double-girder structure for a scooter. A frame comprises a frame body; at a front end of the frame body, two girders arranged longitudinally in a front-rear direction, a mandrel arranged transversely in a left-right direction and fixed to the girders, and a tiller arranged vertically are provided; one shock absorber is fixed to each of left and right ends of the mandrel, and a lower end of the shock absorber is fixed to a front wheel bar, an outer end of which is fixed to a front wheel; and each of the girders consists of a front girder segment, a middle girder segment and a rear girder segment, the front girder segment being relatively located above the rear girder segment, and the middle girder segment being arranged between the front girder segment and the rear girder segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HENGDIAN GROUP INNUOVO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tianbo Xu
  • Patent number: 10563562
    Abstract: An exhaust pipe assembly comprises an exhaust pipe extending along a pipe axis and a fastening panel that is mounted to the exhaust pipe. The cross-section of the fastening panel is configured in a curved manner, and two contact surfaces of the fastening panel, which are spaced apart in the circumferential direction, are soldered to the exhaust pipe. A support connected with the fastening panel is arranged between the two contact surfaces of the fastening panel. The fastening panel can be fastened to the exhaust pipe by the following steps: an exhaust pipe and a sheet-metal tab are provided; a soldering material is then captively fixed to the sheet-metal tab; and the sheet-metal tab is then arranged on the exhaust pipe such that the soldering material contacts the exhaust pipe to finally solder the sheet-metal tab to the exhaust pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Lampe, Bernhard Mayereder, Julian Raphael Olm
  • Patent number: 10494038
    Abstract: The vibration of a cab deck as well as the mass of a deck supporting member is suppressed. A slewing frame of an upper slewing body includes a front plate connected to a second side plate. A cab deck is disposed on a front side of an engine deck with a gap between the cab deck and the engine deck. A deck supporting member is connected to the second side plate and the cab deck. When viewed along an up-and-down direction, a connection portion of the front plate to be connected to the second side plate is opposed to, in the lateral direction via the second side plate, a connection portion of the deck supporting member to be connected to the second side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: Kobe Steel, Ltd., KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Irie, Takahiro Shinozaki, Yoshimune Mori, Masashi Kawabata, Kiyotsuna Kuchiki, Tomonori Nakashita, Masaya Nishizawa, Yasumasa Kimura, Eri Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10336370
    Abstract: A frame structure for an all-terrain vehicle includes upper main frame members and lower main frame members extending in a longitudinal direction of the frame structure. The lower main frame members have forward and rearward portions mounted to the upper main frame members and central portions extended in a lateral direction of the frame structure outward of the upper main frame members. A component mounting bracket is mounted to a forward end portion of the upper main frame members, upper forward suspension sub-frame members, and second sub-frame members disposed bridgingly between the upper main frame members and the upper forward suspension sub-frame members. A battery pack charger is mounted to the component mounting bracket in a space between component mounting bracket and a grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard M. Lowery, Jr., Justin M. Winter
  • Patent number: 10207574
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes side sills that are disposed in pairs on the right and left sides of the motor vehicle and that has bag-shaped cross-sections when viewed from the front of the motor vehicle and a floor panel that constitutes bottoms of at least a passenger compartment and that is coupled to the side sills. The motor vehicle further includes a battery panel that is disposed below the floor panel so as to support batteries and that is coupled to the side sills and a battery movement allowance mechanism that allows movement of the batteries toward the inside of the side sills when the batteries are moved to one side in a vehicle-width direction and, consequently, a load from the batteries is applied to the side sills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ozawa, Yu Onodera, Keita Sato
  • Patent number: 10112470
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes a chassis frame and a battery pack disposed below and engaged to the chassis frame. The chassis frame includes a first cross member, and the battery pack includes a support structure having a first cross component. The first cross component co-extends with, and is engaged to, the first cross member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: David P. Hamilton, Raviraj U. Nayak, Amit Kumar
  • Patent number: 10093183
    Abstract: In order to limit entry of a fuel cell stack into a passenger compartment by a simple structure, the fuel cell stack is accommodated in an accommodating compartment formed at a rear of a passenger compartment. A force receiving member is arranged forward with respect to the fuel cell stack and below the fuel cell stack so that rearward force acts on the force receiving member at the time of vehicle collision. When the rearward force acting on the force receiving member due to vehicle collision is larger than a predetermined upper limit value, the rearward force is converted into upward force, and the upward force is transmitted to a forward bottom surface of the fuel cell stack, whereby a forward end part of the fuel cell stack is lifted up with respect to a rearward end part of the fuel cell stack upon vehicle collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeaki Murata
  • Patent number: 10059183
    Abstract: A main frame includes a pair of left and right first frame pieces which extends rearwardly from above an engine, a pair of left and right second frame pieces each extending from a front portion in a direction slantwise downwardly and rearwardly of the associated first frame piece, and a pair of left and right third frame pieces each extending rearwardly from a lower end of the associated second frame piece through laterally of a cylinder block. The first mount section for supporting the front portion of the engine is constituted by a rubber mount in which a pair of left and right support portions, provided at respective joints between the second frame pieces and the third frame pieces, and a pair of first to-be-supported portions are connected together. The support portions are connected together through a connecting member that extends in a leftward and rightward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Wada, Takeshi Kashihara, Shunichi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9988116
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a frame body defining a cabin area and an engine area. The engine area is primarily accessible from the cabin area during installation of the engine assembly. A seat frame is removably attached to the frame body in the cabin area, and a seat assembly is removably attached to the seat frame. A method of installing the engine assembly during the assembly of the motor vehicle includes the steps of lowering the engine assembly into the cabin area of the frame body, moving the engine assembly along a longitudinal axis into the engine area of the frame body, lowering the engine assembly onto an engine mount in the engine area of the frame body, attaching the seat frame to the frame body in the cabin area, and attaching the seat assembly to the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dakota D Kirtland, Jason M Owens, Dustin L Hinders, Daniel T Sellars, Travis Barkey
  • Patent number: 9963332
    Abstract: A fork carriage for an industrial truck, which has a load-side main metal sheet, a fork-side main metal sheet and a driver-side main metal sheet, which are connected to a box-shaped fork carriage body with six flat sides, wherein the fork-side main metal sheet has two connecting interfaces for two fork prongs, the load-side main metal sheet has laterally two folded side plates, on each of which a kinematics interface is arranged, and the driver-side main metal sheet has a folded cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Schueler
  • Patent number: 9932893
    Abstract: A system includes a cast mounting tower having an upper portion configured to support an engine, a generator, or any combination thereof and a plurality of ribs coupled to and supporting the upper portion of the mounting tower. The plurality of ribs extend from the upper portion in a direction crosswise to the upper portion, the upper portion and the plurality of ribs are integrally coupled as a one-piece structure of the cast mounting tower, and the cast mounting tower is configured to couple to a frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Pavan Chakravarthy Nandigama, Peter Watson, Manikandan Suriyanarayanan
  • Patent number: 9789906
    Abstract: A strengthening member for a motor vehicle and a vehicle including a strengthening member are provided. The strengthening member can have a cross-section that has twenty-eight corners and includes sides and corners arranged to create sixteen internal angles and twelve external angles. The strengthening member can have a cross-section that includes a central portion and four lobe portions. The vehicle may include a strengthening member that has twenty-eight corners and includes sides and corners arranged to create sixteen internal angles and twelve external angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Tau Tyan
  • Patent number: 9789909
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a plurality of ground engaging members and a frame supported by the plurality of ground engaging members. Additionally, the utility vehicle includes an operator area having a front seating section and a rear seating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Erspamer, Brian J. Seidel, Richard D. Ripley, Dennis J. Lutz
  • Patent number: 9783038
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle battery clamping device comprising: a fixed beam (72) provided on a frame of a vehicle; a handle rotary shaft (73) provided on the fixed beam (72), a winding wheel train (731) provided on the handle rotary shaft (73); a steel wire rope (732) wound around the winding wheel train; a front rotary shaft (741) rotationally connected to the fixed beam (72); a rear rotary shaft (743) rotationally connected to the frame; a synchronous belt (75), with both ends being respectively wound around the front rotary shaft (741) and the rear rotary shaft (743); and a guide wheel assembly (76) provided on the fixed beam (72), wherein the steel wire rope (732) passes through the guide wheel assembly (76) and has its two ends respectively connected to the synchronous belt (75); and the two batteries are respectively clamped on each side of the vehicle battery clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ZHILUN DRIVING TECHNOLOGY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shugang Gong, Lei Zeng, Huilong Yang, Shaorong Lin, Liguang Peng
  • Patent number: 9776662
    Abstract: A sub-frame structure includes right and left side members extending in a vehicle front-rear direction, and a rear cross member extending in a vehicle width direction. The sub-frame structure is configured to support a vehicle power plant such as an engine through antivibration devices, and to be supported by a vehicle body frame. The right and left side members are rigidly fixed to a vehicle body frame through bolts. A first antivibration device is mounted on a front cross beam. First bushes and second bushes are provided in order to support the front cross beam in a floating manner relative to the right and left side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masataka Hirano, Tetsuya Miyahara
  • Patent number: 9726320
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for elastic suspension of an assembly of reservoirs (50, 60) on the underbody of a motor vehicle. The reservoirs (50, 60) are mounted substantially in parallel and have a substantially cylindrical general shape terminated by two shaped end pieces (50A, 50B; 60A, 60B). Said novel suspension device comprises two flanges (10, 11), which fit closely to the shaped end pieces (50A, 50B; 60A, 60B) of the reservoirs (50, 60) and are linked together by tie rods (30) gripping said reservoirs (50, 60), and a plurality of arms (40A, 40B, 40C, 40D) which link the flanges (10, 11) to a plurality of elastic connection points of the suspension device on the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Technoboost
    Inventors: Arnaud Mlinaric, Laurent Gagliardini, Arnaud Le Dren
  • Patent number: 9708022
    Abstract: A pump mounting seat surface is formed on a rear lower portion of a fuel tank. An approximately strip-shaped tank rear stay is mounted such that the tank rear stay escapes a pump mounting seat of the pump mounting seat surface. Both ends of the tank rear stay in the longitudinal direction project outward from the rear lower portion as mounting end portions. The mounting end portions are made to overlap with tank rear mounting bosses formed on center frames, and are fastened to the tank rear mounting bosses by bolts from above. A mounting member is not arranged below the pump mounting seat surface and hence, it is possible to ensure a space for a pipe of a fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoichi Nishida, Mitsuya Kawamura
  • Patent number: 9701345
    Abstract: A reinforcement is configured to have a corner portion corresponding to a corner portion of a side sill inner. Herein, the corner portion of the reinforcement forms a reinforcement ridgeline extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction. The reinforcement is provided such that the reinforcement ridgeline and a side-sill-inner upper ridgeline formed at a corner portion of the side sill inner overlap with each other over a range from a specified area where a wheel outward displaced in a vehicle collision is capable of contacting a side sill to a connection portion where a cross member connects to the side sill inner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahide Kanemori, Nobuyuki Nakayama, Akihiro Kawano, Hideyuki Tsukamoto, Soukichi Kikuchi, Takashi Hamada
  • Patent number: 9676417
    Abstract: A vehicle body front section structure includes a front side member, an outer side frame member, a linking member, and a reinforcing structure. The outer side frame member is disposed separated from the front side member at a vehicle width direction outer side, has a vehicle front-rear direction rear end connected to an apron section or to a front pillar, and has a vehicle front-rear direction front end side overlapping with a vehicle front-rear direction front end side of the front side member in side view. The linking member links the vehicle front-rear direction front end side of the front side member and the vehicle front-rear direction front end side of the outer side frame member, and is input with a collision load. The reinforcing structure reinforces the outer side frame member at a portion of the outer side frame member overlapping with the front side member in side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenjiro Yamada
  • Patent number: 9656693
    Abstract: A structure for fastening a stiffening bar includes a floor panel covering a bottom side of a vehicle body. A sub-frame is mounted on the floor panel and extends in a width direction of the vehicle body. A pair of center side members are mounted to the sub-frame and extend longitudinally at both sides of the bottom side of the vehicle body. A pair of rear side members extend longitudinally below the pair of center side members. The stiffening bar is mounted to the pair of rear side members so that a bottom side of the stiffening bar is higher than bottom sides of the pair of rear side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Cho, Seong Wook Seo
  • Patent number: 9616929
    Abstract: A cross-member is provided for a vehicle having a frame structure including two longitudinal beams, wherein the cross-member includes a main portion and two end-sections wherein each end section includes an outer surface for facing an inner surface of a longitudinal frame beam wherein the cross-member includes at least one protrusion extending from the outer surface of the end-sections for being introduced into a hole or notch of the frame beam for forming a form-lock to one more components to be mounted to the longitudinal frame beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Göran Levin, Bengt Kölqvist
  • Patent number: 9555756
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes: a pair of right and left front side members extending in the vehicle front-rear direction; load receiving members each projecting from a corresponding one of the front side members outward in the vehicle-width direction, having an outer side surface in the vehicle-width direction, which is tilted inward in the vehicle-width direction from the vehicle front side toward the vehicle rear side; and protruding members each disposed forward of a corresponding one of the load receiving members in the vehicle front-rear direction, each protruding forward in the vehicle front-rear direction, and each having a front end portion and a rear end portion, the rear end portion being fixed at a position at which at least a part of the protruding member overlaps with the corresponding load receiving member in a front view of the vehicle, and the front end portion being a free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chitoshi Sugano, Yasunori Iwamoto, Kenichi Murayama
  • Patent number: 9545951
    Abstract: A vehicle-body front structure includes vehicle-body side structural members extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle body at both sides of the vehicle body, a power train arranged between the vehicle-body side structural members at the both sides of the vehicle body, and a load transmission member attached to at least one of the vehicle-body side structural members or the power train with at least part of the load transmission member located outside the vehicle-body side structural members in a vehicle width direction of the vehicle body. The load transmission member is configured to transmit at least part of impact load received from an obstacle in front of the vehicle body to the vehicle body via the power train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamasa Ono, Kouji Hosomi, Tomoyuki Nakao
  • Patent number: 9540046
    Abstract: The invention relates to a subframe for a motor vehicle, comprising two front node elements (1) for connecting to a vehicle body, which node elements are spaced from each other in a vehicle transverse direction (y) and are connected to each other by means of a front subframe cross member (3), and comprising at least one functional part (28), in particular a rotary actuator, which extends adjacently to the subframe cross member (3) in a vehicle transverse direction (y), by means of which functional part a torsion can be applied to torsion springs that act on the vehicle wheel suspension. According to the invention, the subframe cross member (3) has an opening, which provides an additional installation space, in which the functional part (28) at least partially protrudes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Tobias Kramer, Jakob Bosch
  • Patent number: 9527463
    Abstract: A bumper beam assembly includes a bumper reinforcement beam that connects to right and left side members of a vehicle at a rear face of the bumper reinforcement beam at a respective bumper beam connecting location and that extend rearward therefrom in a vehicle longitudinal direction. A spacer member is connected to the rear face outboard of the bumper beam connecting location. The spacer member includes a front wall, a rear wall, an inboard wall and an outboard wall, the inboard and outboard walls extend between the front wall and rear wall in the vehicle longitudinal direction. The front wall is connected to the rear face of the bumper reinforcement beam at a connecting portion. The front wall includes a chamfer wall portion outboard of the connecting portion that is separated from the rear face of the bumper reinforcement beam providing a space between the chamfer wall portion and the rear face of the bumper reinforcement beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Naipaul Ramoutar, William F. Graves, Corinne D. Uskali, Mark D. Clauser
  • Patent number: 9517741
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel deflector bracket and method is provided. The bracket is attachable to a vehicle having a wheel, a door, and a body structure supporting a door hinge. The bracket is configured to deflect a force from the wheel to the body structure and away from the door hinge when the bracket is attached to the body structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eric A. Watterworth, Dominic S. Pupillo
  • Patent number: 9505295
    Abstract: A structure for the front section of a vehicle body is provided with: a pair of left and right front side frames; a sub-frame which is disposed between the front side frames; a pair of left and right first mount members which are disposed below the front side frames; first affixation members which affix the first mount members to the lower sections of the front side frames; first support members which are provided within the front side frames and which support the first affixation members; and reinforcement members which reinforce damper housings. The reinforcement members are joined to the upper sections of the front side frames. The first support members are affixed to the inner surfaces of the front side frames at positions below the portions to which the reinforcement members are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasunori Watanabe, Akihisa Kudoh
  • Patent number: 9446643
    Abstract: A system is provided that minimizes wheel intrusion into the occupant compartment during a small overlap collision. The system uses a front suspension subframe that is rigidly mounted to the front rails during normal vehicle operation, but which is designed to rotate during a small overlap collision, thereby allowing the attached front wheel assembly to swivel out and away from the vehicle. As a result, the wheel assembly directly involved in the collision is not driven into the passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Axel Boris Vollmer
  • Patent number: 9428222
    Abstract: An auxiliary frame for a motor vehicle, includes two front joint elements, spaced apart in transverse direction of the vehicle and configured for attachment to a vehicle body; a front cross member connecting the two front joint elements; a reinforcement element, having rear joint elements spaced apart in the transverse direction of the vehicle for attachment to the vehicle body, wherein the reinforcement element is mounted at first connection sites on the two front joint elements so as to be spaced apart from the front cross member by an offset in longitudinal direction of the vehicle; and at least one support leg extending the reinforcement element forwards in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and being connected to the front cross member at a second connection site and bridging the longitudinal offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Tobias Kramer
  • Patent number: 9421927
    Abstract: A load transfer apparatus for a vehicle includes a first deflector member that is securable both to a body mount bracket that extends from a frame rail and to the frame rail so that a first portion of the frame rail is between the body mount bracket and the bumper, and a second portion of the frame rail is between the body mount bracket and the first deflector member. The first deflector member at least partially forms a load path from the bumper to the frame rail under a sufficient offset load applied to the bumper. The load transfer apparatus may also include a second deflector member securable to the bumper to extend from the bumper such that the second deflector member is spaced from and free from contact with the body mount bracket and the first deflector member prior to application of the sufficient offset load to the bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Vedanth M. Basappa, Len V. Peschansky, Bradley E. Bowers, Bhushan W. Dandekar, Huai-Yang Chiang, Wayne J. Sturgill
  • Patent number: 9404607
    Abstract: A support assembly for a pipe arrangement includes a bracket, a clamp configured to couple to the pipe arrangement, and linkage assemblies coupled to the bracket and the clamp. The linkage assemblies include a rod, a first connector coupled to the rod at a first end and coupled to the bracket by a first locking assembly at a second end, and a second connector coupled to the rod at a first end and coupled to the clamp by a second locking assembly at a second end. The first connector is configured to rotate relative to the bracket about the first locking assembly and the second connector is configured to rotate relative to the clamp about the second locking assembly to allow movement of the clamp relative to the bracket in a first plane. A tightening assembly is adjustable to move the clamp relative to the bracket in a second plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Caterpillar Global Mining LLC
    Inventor: Bijay Bajracharya
  • Patent number: 9156340
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle, in particular a hybrid automobile or electric vehicle, having a battery that is arranged between two wheelhouses An oblong protective element that resists buckling in the event of a compression load is provided between the wheelhouses in the region of the battery in the event of a side impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Simon van den Akker
  • Patent number: 9145172
    Abstract: A vehicle body reinforcing structure which increases rigidity of a front side member, a shock absorber housing, and a fender apron of a vehicle body may include the fender apron that connects the front side member and the shock absorber housing, and the fender apron that is formed in a pipe shape so that work hardening occurs in a process of manufacturing the pipe-shaped fender apron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Ki Soon Bae
  • Patent number: 9027684
    Abstract: A vehicular battery mounting structure (10) includes a floor panel (14), a battery frame (30) arranged below the floor panel (14), and a bracket (40) provided on both left and right sides of a vehicle, interposed between the floor panel (14) and the battery frame (30). The bracket (40) includes a bottom wall portion (42), an inside flange portion (48) that is on an inside in a vehicle width direction, and an outside flange portion (50) that is on an outside in the vehicle width direction. A shape of the bracket is a generally hat-shape opening upward in the sectional view taken along the vehicle width direction. The battery frame (30) is indirectly or directly fixed to the bottom wall portion (42). The inside and outside flange portions (48, 50) are joined to the floor panel (14) such that a joint strength between the outside flange portion (50) and the floor panel (14) is greater than a joint strength between the inside flange portion (48) and the floor panel (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kosuke Araki
  • Patent number: 9022157
    Abstract: A motorcycle with an ABS module disposed to make it hard to affect the layout of other components while suppressing the influence of vibration on the ABS module. A motorcycle includes rear frames joined to corresponding rear portions of the main frames and extending upwardly and rearwardly at a position below the corresponding seat frames. Front wheel braking members apply a braking force to a front wheel. An ABS module is connected to the front wheel braking means. A seat is supported on the upper portions of the seat frames. The ABS module has at least a portion disposed below the seat and between the seat frames and the rear frames as viewed from the side. The ABS module is suspended and supported by front and rear cross stays spanned between the pair of seat frames via a front elastic members and a rear elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Konno, Hidekazu Oshima, Masaomi Yamada, Yoshiaki Sawano
  • Patent number: 9010475
    Abstract: An antilock brake control unit in a saddle-riding type vehicle includes a storage box disposed behind a head pipe and above an engine unit with a fuel tank disposed behind the storage box and obliquely above and behind the engine unit. A riding seat is disposed above the fuel tank. A seat supporting frame extends rearwardly and upwardly from rear parts of a pair of left and right main frames and crosses a front part of a fuel tank provided between the pair of left and right main frames with an upper end of the seat supporting frame supporting a front part of a riding seat. An antilock brake control unit is disposed at a position covered with the seat supporting frame from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Nagai, Tadashi Oshima
  • Patent number: 9010481
    Abstract: Separate from the vehicle's engine, a self-contained internal combustion engine supplies hydraulic power to drive a product pump on a bobtail. The self-contained engine, which can itself run on propane, is provided as part of a preassembly which includes the hydraulic pump, the hydraulic fluid tank, a heat exchanger, and a solenoid controlled start-up valve. The preassembly is mounted as a unit to the side of the bobtail in front of the rear wheels, powering the product pump at the rear of the bobtail while the vehicle's engine is off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Stac, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Merth, Shawn Auxier
  • Patent number: 9004535
    Abstract: A chassis for an electric vehicle comprises: a base frame, a front frame, a rear frame, two side frames, four suspension devices and four wheels. The front frame and the rear frame have the front arc-shaped tube and the arc-shaped rear tube fixed to the base frame, the arc-shaped tubes can not only reduce the number of tubes required but also increase the area of thrust force as compared to the straight tubes. Besides, the arc of the arc-shaped tubes avoids a connection point of an acute angle. Moreover, the height is larger than the width, which will produce less torque on the base frame as compared to that if the height is smaller than the width, thus preventing the torque acted on the base frame from damaging the connection points and improving the structural strength of the chassis at the connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Energy Control Limited.
    Inventor: Donald P. H. Wu
  • Patent number: 8991546
    Abstract: A work vehicle comprises a chassis, a compartment, a vibratory power unit positioned in the compartment and mounted to the chassis to move in vibration relative to the chassis, a pump, a fluid attenuator, and a rigid tube. The pump and the fluid attenuator are mounted to the vibratory power unit to move in vibration relative to the chassis. The rigid tube interconnects the pump and the fluid attenuator for fluid communication therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Hull, Zachary T. Flatley, Richard J. Ginsterblum
  • Patent number: 8973696
    Abstract: To provide a motorcycle in which a distinction between a main harness and ABS pipes can be easily made to enhance flexibility of packaging design of the motorcycle and to facilitate operations for assembly and piping, thereby improving productivity of the motorcycle. A main harness 50 for supplying electric power from a battery 61 to multiple electric components 62 to 67 is arranged on one side in a right-to-left direction of a vehicle 10, and ABS pipes 101, 102 and 106 for transmitting a hydraulic pressure to a brake caliper 74 are arranged on the other side in the right-to-left direction of the vehicle 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Hamauzu, Tetsuo Takeshige, Kotaro Fujiyama
  • Publication number: 20150060159
    Abstract: A snowmobile includes a transmission unit that transmits a driving force generated by an engine to the ground surface, in which ground touching portions of the transmission unit that are spaced apart from each other in the vehicle width direction receive reaction forces mutually different in magnitude from the ground surface; a suspension that supports the transmission unit so as to swing in the up-down direction; and a vehicle body vibration control damper extending between a first portion and a second portion that are spaced apart from each other of the vehicle body frame and a member fixed to the vehicle body frame, the vehicle body vibration control damper generating a damping force against variations that change the distance between the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Seiji SAWAI
  • Patent number: 8967669
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a vehicle for transporting passengers can include a chassis, a support member, and a labyrinthine girder. The support member can be rigidly engaged to and project from the chassis. The labyrinthine girder can include a coupling platform that is coupled to the support member. The labyrinthine girder can form a partial enclosure that surrounds a portion of the frame rail. An offset distance can be disposed between the labyrinthine girder and the frame rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Champion Bus, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Kane, Shawn Yopp, John Smyczak
  • Patent number: 8967315
    Abstract: A kit for converting a motorcycle into a police motorcycle includes right and left-side drop bars, a rear drop bar, and a front impact guard. The kit further includes right and left-side saddlebags that open in a clamshell position or in a side-opening position. A controller compartment positioned above and between the saddlebags contains a controller for operation of the various electrical components of the police motorcycle, including visual and audio effects. The kit also includes flashers integrated into the front headlight and front handlebar risers that raise the handlebars sufficiently to allow a rider to sit upright, instead of prone, for better observation of the surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: George Lescallett
  • Patent number: 8955632
    Abstract: A tubular frame structure is provided for a three-wheeled motor vehicle with an top upper frame extending in the vehicle longitudinal and vehicle transverse direction, and with a lower frame extending in vehicle longitudinal direction and vehicle transverse direction, which is structurally connected with the upper frame via several connecting tubes extending substantially in the vehicle vertical direction, to form at least one energy absorption structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thorsten Schurna, Curd-Sigmund Boettcher
  • Patent number: 8939246
    Abstract: To achieve efficient and proper transmission of an impact load from a floor frame on one side of a vehicle body to a floor frame on the other side to thereby protect a battery unit from damage, an automotive floor structure includes a first cross member upper and a first cross member lower. the first cross member upper extends in a lateral direction of the vehicle body and has ends attached to left and right side sills, respectively. The first cross member lower extends in the lateral direction below a front floor panel at a position under the first cross member upper, and has ends secured to the left and right floor frames, respectively. The first cross member upper and the first cross member lower vertically sandwich the battery unit therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Yamaguchi, Shotaro Ayuzawa, Shinya Kobayashi, Koichi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8936131
    Abstract: In the case of a front structure of a motor vehicle two cross members are connected to one another by means of a longitudinal beam. One of the attachments of the longitudinal beam is displaceable by an amount X in the direction of travel and has an adapter made from plastic. During driving operation a transfer of vibrations between the cross members is prevented by means of the attachment. In the event of a crash, the cross member oriented in the direction of travel is supported by the longitudinal beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Ralf-Dieter Bechtold, Stephan Blässer, Sascha Hoffeller