Electric Patents (Class 180/65.1)
  • Patent number: 10352287
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to controlling engine of a vehicle. According to an aspect of the present disclosure, when it is determined that the vehicle has entered a deep water area, an engine start-stop function of the vehicle is disabled. The deep water area has a water depth which allows water to enter the engine of the vehicle or causes the engine of the vehicle to be susceptible to water inflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tao Chen, Mingyong Tang, Huayijun Liu
  • Patent number: 10355586
    Abstract: A power converter includes: a power module that converts direct-current electric power from a power storage apparatus and alternating-current electrical power to be supplied to a load; a charger that converts alternating-current electrical power supplied via an external connector to direct-current electric power and charges the power storage apparatus therewith; a capacitor module that is arranged between the power module and the charger and that has a capacitor that smoothes voltage; a DC/DC converter that converts direct-current voltage supplied from the power storage apparatus; and a signal line connected to the charger, wherein the power module and the capacitor module are connected by high-voltage wire on one surface side of the capacitor module, and the signal line is connected to the charger by extending via other surface of the capacitor module opposite from the one surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CALSONIC KANSEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihiro Okazaki, Gen Okuzuka, Yuuichirou Nomura, Masaharu Nagano
  • Patent number: 10343674
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle having one or more controllers, at least two axles independently driven by respective electric machines (EMs) that are each coupled to a separate battery, and a combustion engine (CE) coupled to one of the axles. At least one of the controller(s) are configured to deliver power to one of the axles in a single axle drive mode, and in response to a torque demand signal (TDS) exceeding a single axle power limit, to deliver power to another axle, and/or all axles. The controller(s) are further configured to respond to the TDS exceeding a multiple axle power limit, and to deliver additional CE power to the coupled axle. In response to a braking signal, the controller(s) may also adjust at least one of the EMs to capture mechanical braking energy from a respective axle, and generate negative torque to charge one or more of the separate batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Reibling, Hari Krishna Addanki, Raymond C Siciak, John Sturza
  • Patent number: 10343484
    Abstract: Electric vehicle thermal management systems and electric vehicles using the thermal management system, are disclosed. A passenger cabin is heated by the heat dissipated from a battery and/or a motor. A cooling circuit in the management system fluidly connects the battery, the motor and a first radiator in series. The first radiator provides a heat source to the passenger cabin by means of the heat dissipated from the battery and/or the electric motor. Under certain conditions, the electric motor is selectively separated from the cooling circuit, so that when the passenger cabin needs to be heated, the thermal management system can provide heat to the passenger cabin without affecting the heat dissipation of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ming-Chieh Cheng
  • Patent number: 10339785
    Abstract: A failure diagnosis system includes: a sensor; an abnormality determination unit that determines whether an abnormality occurs in a diagnosis target device corresponding to the sensor on the basis of diagnosis target information detected by the sensor; a screen display controller that identifiably notifies a diagnosis target device for which it is determined by the abnormality determination unit that the abnormality occurs; a layout setting unit that sets a facility layout of a facility; and a disposition setting unit that sets a disposition of each diagnosis target device in the facility layout. The screen display controller identifiably notifies a diagnosis target device associated with a sensor that detects diagnosis target information that is a basis of the determination that the abnormality occurs, in a disposition screen display region 521 in which diagnosis information acquisition units are disposed on the facility layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kota Suzuki, Mikio Komatsu
  • Patent number: 10322044
    Abstract: A medical chair includes a base, a seat, and a leg rest pivotally mounted relative to the seat and adapted to move between an extended position and a retracted position. The chair further includes a first actuator for tilting the seat with respect to the base, a second actuator for lifting the seat with respect to the base, and a leg rest actuator adapted to move the leg rest. The chair also includes a controller adapted to control the first and second actuators to move the seat between a first position and a second position such that the seat is both lifted and tilted at the same time as the seat moves from the first position to the second position, and wherein the controller is adapted to control the leg rest actuator such that the leg rest maintains a substantially constant orientation with respect to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Adam Upchurch, Christopher S. Hough, Richard A. Derenne, Cory Patrick Herbst
  • Patent number: 10315499
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a floor, a seat including a back, and a traction battery module located behind the seat. The seat and floor form an air passageway, underneath the seat, from a cabin to the traction battery module. The vehicle also includes a plenum disposed between the air passageway and fraction battery module, and a sealing member fixed to the plenum and configured to engage the back to form a substantially airtight seal therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Zhu, Sarav Paramasivam, Dharmendra Patel, Patrick Maguire, Kanghua Chen
  • Patent number: 10315641
    Abstract: In the case that there is the charge record of the charger at the system startup time, the motor travel priority mode is set as the travel mode when the accumulated charge ration SOC is more than or equal to the threshold value Sev, and the hybrid travel priority mode is set as the travel mode when the accumulated charge ratio SOC is less than the threshold value Sev. In the case that there is no charge record of the charger, the travel mode is set in the same way as the case that there is the charge record when the hybrid travel shift flag Fhv is equal to value ‘0’, and the hybrid travel priority mode is set as the travel mode when the hybrid travel shift flag Fhv is equal to value ‘1’.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norihiko Kato
  • Patent number: 10314210
    Abstract: An electrical unit includes a casing, a cooling channel, a second inverter, and a heat transfer member. The casing contains a battery. The cooling channel is formed in the casing and adjacent to the battery or a first inverter. A cooling medium flows in the cooling channel. The second inverter is disposed in the casing apart from the cooling channel. The heat transfer member extends from the cooling channel or an outer wall of the cooling channel to the second inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takumi Taguchi, Tomoya Sato, Yuki Natsume
  • Patent number: 10300795
    Abstract: A regenerative braking control device of an electric vehicle, wherein, in an electric vehicle system that includes an electric motor coupled to a drive wheel, the regenerative braking control device has an electric motor controller that controls powering or regeneration of the electric motor, and a regeneration amount setting unit that sets a regeneration amount by a driver operation and that can change the regeneration amount according to an intention of a driver. The electric motor controller includes a regeneration instruction torque limitation unit that limits, immediately before stop of the vehicle with a motor rotation speed in a low-speed area, the regeneration amount to be decreased as a motor rotation speed is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Sawada
  • Patent number: 10305106
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a nonaqueous electrolyte battery is provided. This nonaqueous electrolyte battery includes a negative electrode, a positive electrode, and a nonaqueous electrolyte. The negative electrode contains a negative electrode active material having a Li insertion/extraction potential of 0.8 V (vs. Li/Li+) or more. The positive electrode contains a positive electrode active material represented by LiMn1-x-yFexAyPO4 (where 0<x?0.3, 0?y?0.1, and A is at least one selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ca, Al, Ti, Zn, and Zr) and an active material that Li can be inserted to at a potential of 3.3 V (vs. Li/Li+) or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Keigo Hoshina, Tetsuya Sasakawa, Mitsuru Ishibashi, Yoshiyuki Isozaki, Norio Takami
  • Patent number: 10300808
    Abstract: Systems of an autonomous vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. During travel of an autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle, the autonomous vehicle can determine a charge is needed. Within the planned path of travel, the autonomous vehicle can determine when the autonomous vehicle may arrive at a charging station, what destinations are planned after reaching the charging station, the current temperature of the battery (and the temperature of the surroundings), the weather conditions at the charging station, etc. Based on these determinations and/or calculations, the autonomous vehicle can precondition the battery before the autonomous vehicle arrives at the charging station, for example, the autonomous vehicle starts cooling the battery at a quicker than normal rate so that the autonomous vehicle arrives at the charging station with the battery at the coldest possible temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Rick Rajaie
  • Patent number: 10293704
    Abstract: Electric vehicles (EVs), power trains and control units and methods are provided. Power trains comprise a main fast-charging lithium ion battery (FC), configured to deliver power to the electric vehicle, a supercapacitor-emulating fast-charging lithium ion battery (SCeFC), configured to receive power and deliver power to the FC and/or to the EV, and a control unit. Both the FC and the SCeFC have anodes based on the same anode active material, and the SCeFC is configured to operate at high rates within a limited operation range of state of charge (SoC), maintained by the control unit, which is further configured to manage the FC and the SCeFC with respect to power delivery to and from the EV, respectively, and manage power delivery from the SCeFC to the FC according to specified criteria that minimize a depth of discharge and/or a number of cycles of the FC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: StoreDot Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Aronov
  • Patent number: 10298029
    Abstract: A battery pack for providing different power sources may include: a low voltage battery configured to supply a first voltage; a high voltage battery configured to supply a second voltage, the second voltage being higher than the first voltage; a charging circuit configured to charge the low voltage battery using the high voltage battery; and/or a controller configured to control the charging circuit to charge the low voltage battery when a charge state of the low voltage battery is less than a desired charge state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joon-Kee Cho, ChangHyun Roh, Youngbo Shim, Byung-Kwon Choi, Taesin Ha
  • Patent number: 10286894
    Abstract: A hybrid work machine includes: an engine configured to drive a hydraulic pump as a hydraulic source of a hydraulic actuator; an engine-assist motor generator attached to the engine; an electric motor for use in a part of a driving system of the work machine; an electricity storage device configured to store generated power of the motor generator; a power converter disposed between the electric motor and DC buses; and a buck-boost converter disposed between the DC buses and the electricity storage device, and configured to perform power transfer between the DC buses and the electricity storage device by raising and lowering a voltage of the DC buses, the hybrid work machine, further comprises: a controller configured to temporarily raise the voltage of the DC buses when a torque required for the electric motor exceeds a torque outputtable at the voltage of the DC buses connected to the power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KCM Corporation
    Inventors: Tomonori Takada, Takashi Ikimi, Kazuya Sekine, Masaki Higurashi
  • Patent number: 10281021
    Abstract: A power system includes an electric motor, a transmission, and a differential gear system. The transmission includes a first gear that is mechanically connected to the electric motor, a second gear that has a rotation axis in common with the first gear and is mechanically connected to a differential gear casing of the differential gear system, a pinion gear that meshes with the first gear and the second gear, and a pinion holder that rotatably supports the pinion gear. The pinion holder has a pinion gear supporting portion which is disposed on a side of the differential gear casing of the differential gear system to support the pinion gear, relative to a meshing portion between the second gear and the pinion gear. An inner diameter of the second gear at the meshing portion is equal to or smaller than an outer diameter of the pinion holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Ohmura
  • Patent number: 10272004
    Abstract: A front wheel drive powered wheelchair is provided and may include a support frame, a pair of opposing drive wheels, a pair of drives, and a pair of rear wheels. The frame may include a front portion, a seat post, and two independent arms extending rearward from the front portion. Each drive wheel may be coupled to the front portion of the frame. Each drive may be mounted to the front portion of the frame and may be operatively connected to a respective drive wheel of the pair of drive wheels. Each rear wheel may be coupled to a respective independent arm of the support frame. Each independent arm may be capable of flexing independent of the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Art, Gerald White, Matthew Tolan, Christopher Grymko
  • Patent number: 10265229
    Abstract: A suspension for a vehicle is provided. The suspension includes, for example, a frame, at least one drive assembly and at least one caster pivot arm. The at least one drive assembly and the at least one caster pivot arm are pivotally connected to the frame at a common pivot axis such that the drive assembly and the front caster pivot arm are pivotable relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INVACARE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Bekoscke, Damon Jurkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10259336
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes an interpack switch configured to connect portions of a traction battery when closed to transfer electric charge therebetween, and a controller configured to, responsive to a request, operate the switch to disconnect the portions and to initiate transfer of electric charge to each of the portions in parallel and at a same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael McQuillen, Philip Michael Gonzales, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10252724
    Abstract: A portable two-wheeled self-balancing personal transport vehicle comprises a single support platform having first and second foot placement sections, one or more inertial sensors operable to provide pitch data for the platform. The first foot placement section and the second foot placement section are associated with a first wheel and a second wheel respectively controlled by a first and a second drive motor. At least one load sensor provides first load data for the first foot placement section and at least one load sensor provides second load data for the second foot placement section. Control circuitry is connected to the first and second drive motors, and operable to transmit to the first and second drive motors balancing signals for self-balancing the support platform housing in response to the pitch data, as well as one or more steering torque signals in response to the first and second load data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: P&N PHC, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Bryan Laird Edney
  • Patent number: 10256699
    Abstract: A method and device for liquid cooling of an electric motor and a transmission configuration. The electric motor includes a rotor with a rotor shaft and a stator provided with windings, and the transmission configuration includes a transmission shaft. The rotor and transmission configuration are journally supported by a support configuration. Supplying a liquid for cooling via the support configuration is performed in such a way that the electric motor as well as the transmission configuration are cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Viktor Lassila, Oskar Prinsback
  • Patent number: 10252637
    Abstract: A saddle-ride type vehicle includes a vehicle body frame steerably supporting a front fork by a head pipe and swingably supporting a rear wheel unit around a pivot, an air-cooled type fuel cell unit supported by the vehicle body frame on a rear side of the head pipe and including an outside air intake port facing forward, and a vehicle body cover defining a front of an intake air space that is connected to the intake port. The vehicle body cover includes a traveling air passage changing a direction of traveling air that flows in from a front. Accordingly, it is possible to efficiently supply traveling air to a fuel cell unit that includes a fuel cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kanta Yamamoto, Daisuke Kuriki, Masamoto Ito, Naoki Yoshida, Masayoshi Takano, Shigehiro Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10232731
    Abstract: A system is provided that selectively heats the battery or battery module with the lowest voltage when the battery pack is at a low charge level, thereby decreasing the internal resistance and mitigating the magnitude of the voltage drop of the affected battery/battery module. As a result, termination of the battery pack's discharge cycle is delayed and the driving range of the vehicle is increased, thereby giving the driver a little more time and driving range to reach a charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventor: Jong Yon Kim
  • Patent number: 10222233
    Abstract: Methods and systems for measuring multi-turn angular position include a system of N gears meshed with one another, each gear having a unique number of teeth. A first gear is mounted to an input shaft. A set of N angular position sensors are each configured to measure the angular position of a respective gear in the system of N gears within one rotation. A control module is configured to determine an angular position of the input shaft over multiple rotations using the measured angular positions of the N gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ULTRA MOTION LLC
    Inventors: Sean Rodger, Erwin Rodger, Rob Koch, Tom Quartararo
  • Patent number: 10217997
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a positive electrode active material including at least one selected from among compounds represented by Formula 1 below and a lithium secondary battery including the same that is capable of improving lifetime characteristics and rate characteristics while exhibiting excellent safety: Li[LixMyM?(1-x-y)]O2-zAz (1), where M is at least one element selected from a group consisting of Ru, Mo, Nb, Te, Re, Ir, Pt, Cr, S, W, Os, and Po, M? is at least one element selected from a group consisting of Ni, Ti, Co, Al, Mn, Fe, Mg, B, Cr, Zr, Zn, and second row transition metals, A is a negative monovalent or divalent anion, and 0<x<0.3, 0.2?y?0.5, 0?z<0.5, and 0.2<x+y<0.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: LG Chem, Ltd., Research Affairs of SNU & SNU R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Hoe Jin Hah, Kyoung Ho Kim, Il Hong Kim, Je Young Kim, Kisuk Kang, Jihyun Hong
  • Patent number: 10207573
    Abstract: A battery mounting structure for maintaining a sufficient passenger compartment in vehicles is provided. The battery mounting structure comprises a pair of longitudinal side sills (11, 12), and a battery pack (7) disposed between the side sills (11, 12). A plurality of battery modules (9) are juxtaposed in a casing (8) of the battery pack (7). A linear depression (39) protrudes downwardly from a reinforcement member (15) situated underneath a floor panel (17) supported by the side sills (11, 12), and the battery pack (7) has a linear depression (38) hold the linear depression (39) therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Hara
  • Patent number: 10207745
    Abstract: A rear vehicle body reinforcement structure may include side seal members disposed in the left and right sides of the vehicle along a width direction of the vehicle; rear floor side members extending along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and assembled with the side seal members respectively by being disposed in the left and right of the vehicle along the width direction of the vehicle, a center floor panel and a rear floor panel, assembled to the side seal members; center floor side members extending along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and assembled to the center floor panel; a tunnel portion that is provided in the center floor panel and protrudes upward along the height direction of the vehicle; and tunnel side members that extend along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and assembled to the tunnel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Log Won Do
  • Patent number: 10202029
    Abstract: A high voltage unit installed in a vehicle includes a high voltage component and a casing that accommodates the high voltage component. The casing includes a side wall provided with a pressure receiving portion that receives impact in a horizontal direction and a planer portion on which the high voltage component is arranged, the planer portion being adjacent to an inner side of the side wall. The high voltage component is arranged on the planer portion with a gap from the side wall provided with the pressure receiving portion. An area corresponding to the gap of the planer portion includes a portion, between the pressure receiving portion and the high voltage component, provided with a brittle portion, and includes a portion, other than the brittle portion, provided with a high strength portion having higher strength than the brittle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Sumikawa, Hiroyuki Sekine
  • Patent number: 10205328
    Abstract: A bicycle power control apparatus is basically provided with a rectifier, a storage battery, a detection unit and a controller. The rectifier is configured to rectify power generated by an AC generator that is mounted on a bicycle. The storage battery is configured to store DC power outputted by the rectifier. The storage battery is configured to supply the DC power to an electric component that is mounted to the bicycle. The detection unit is configured to detect an electrical signal from the AC generator. The controller is configured to control a ratio of a distributed amount of the DC power to the electric component with respect to a distributed amount of the DC power to the storage battery according to the detection result of the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takafumi Suzuki, Yoshiyuki Kasai, Toshiyuki Takani
  • Patent number: 10202042
    Abstract: A power conversion system includes a controller to control discharge of a smoothing condenser based on at least one signal received through an input. The at least one signal indicates a failure of a discharge circuit configured to discharge the smoothing condenser The controller controls discharge of stored charge in the smoothing condenser through parasitic resistance components of a power system which includes the smoothing condenser. The power conversion system may be used with an electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Futoshi Yamane, Masami Ishikawa, Mitsutoshi Muraoka, Taro Yoshida, Yoshinari Murayama, Kenji Furusawa
  • Patent number: 10199697
    Abstract: An exemplary battery pack includes a battery assembly and an enclosure assembly housing the battery assembly. The enclosure assembly is arranged to dissipate heat from at least two sides of the battery assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hari Addanki, Steve F. Chorian, George Albert Garfinkel, Keith Kearney, Kevin A. Montgomery, Chi Paik, Chung-hsing Kuo, Jeffrey Matthew Haag
  • Patent number: 10199953
    Abstract: A power conversion device comprising: a plurality of first power semiconductor modules incorporating a series circuit of a first semiconductor device and a second semiconductor device, the series circuit connected in parallel to a series circuit of a first capacitor and a second capacitor which are connected in series to a direct current power supply; a plurality of second power semiconductor modules incorporating a bi-directional semiconductor device connected between a connection point between the first capacitor and the second capacitor and a connection point between the first semiconductor device and the second semiconductor device; and a laminated bus bar connecting main circuit terminals of the plurality of first power semiconductor modules and the plurality of second power semiconductor modules to each other. The laminated bus bar includes a pair of output bas bars disposed at a front side and a back side, respectively so as to facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasunobu Kadota
  • Patent number: 10193191
    Abstract: A battery module includes a pack section and a cover assembly. The pack section has an interconnect board, conductive channels, and battery cells extending through the interconnect board. Each battery cell includes electrode cell tabs joined to a corresponding conductive channel. The cover assembly is connectable to the pack section, and has conductive interconnect members, electrical fuses, and sense lines built into or integral with a cover plate. The interconnect members extend from the cover plate and form part of an electrical circuit between the conductive channels of the pack section and the fuses and sense lines of the cover plate when the cover assembly is connected to the pack section. An electrical system includes the battery module, a DC voltage bus, and at least one high-voltage component connected to the battery module via the DC voltage bus. The electrical system may be part of a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yue Fan, Charanjit S. Chawa, Pinakin Naik
  • Patent number: 10183564
    Abstract: A body structure of a vehicle includes a floor panel, a battery pack, an electric water heater (electric apparatus), and a bracket which mounts the electric water heater to the floor panel. The electric water heater is mounted to the floor panel so as to set a battery pack side of the electric apparatus higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA ENGINEERING KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yusuke Okada, Shinya Nakamura, Sosuke Wada, Koji Tomobuchi, Teruichi Manabe
  • Patent number: 10183698
    Abstract: Suitable for frame vehicles, the kit provides a frame to be mounted on the chassis with attachment devices at a head section and at a middle section of the frame that supports an electric motor, a transmission and at least one battery system. Replacement of the conventional engine and transmission by the frame-mounted unit can be fast. The frame can be attached at the middle section using shear bolts to avoid impeding a crumple of the chassis during a front impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Services Automobiles GranTuned Inc.
    Inventors: Duy-An Ta, Noël Giguère, François-Nicolas Lanciault
  • Patent number: 10180329
    Abstract: A autonomous robotic golf caddy which is capable of following a portable receiver at a pre-determined distance, and which is capable of sensing a potential impending collision with an object in its path and stop prior to said potential impending collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Lemmings, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis W. Doane, Rick M. Doane, Timothy L. Doane, Shea P. Doane, Robert T. Nicola, Kenneth M. Burns
  • Patent number: 10167050
    Abstract: An electrical assistance device for a bicycle includes an electrical machine, a drive roller, an actuatable positioner, and a controller. The electrical machine includes a support arm and a rotor shaft, which carries the drive roller via a free wheel. The support arm is mounted on the bicycle by a pivot shaft, which pivots between a drive position and a separated position. The actuatable positioner releasably holds the support arm in the separated position. The controller controls operation of the electrical machine and is able to cause the electrical machine to produce a motive torque in a direction toward a wheel of the bicycle driven in forward movement. The controller also is able to deliver an electrical pulse to the electrical machine to produce a reaction torque in a direction opposite to the motive torque to cause the support arm to pivot, causing actuation of the positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventor: David Olsommer
  • Patent number: 10167836
    Abstract: A method includes remotely starting an engine of a vehicle in response to a command, from a remote user of the vehicle, to start the engine for preconditioning the vehicle. The method assesses a charge level of a battery of the vehicle following engine start and adjusts engine-on time and vehicle settings to prioritize battery charge maintenance versus preconditioning based on the charge level. Another method for remotely starting the engine includes notifying, from the vehicle, the user that the battery has a charge level below a predetermined threshold. This method includes remotely starting the engine to charge the battery with energy from the engine upon receiving from the user a confirmation to start the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Kevin Holub, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10160506
    Abstract: To suppress intake noise and secure a quiet ride on a straddle type vehicle wherein a box-shaped structure includes an air cleaner box connected to an engine. In addition, exhaust air from the radiator disposed in the vicinity of the box-shaped structure is prevented from hitting a leg portion of a rider. A main frame is provided as a separate body from a head box so as to support a power unit and a front two-wheeled suspension device. The head box is supported on the main frame due to the fact that an air cleaner box is fixed on the main frame through a fixing member. A guide portion is formed on the air cleaner box so as to guide the exhaust wind from a radiator to the lower direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10163287
    Abstract: A multi sensor detection and disabling lock system includes detector cases for holding interchangeable detectors that sample for chemical, biological and radiological compounds, agents and elements, with each detector case disposed in or upon the monitored product. The detector case transmits detection information to a monitoring computer terminal and transmits a signal to a lock disabler engaged to the product to lock or disable the product's lock thereby preventing untrained, unauthorized and unequipped individuals from gaining access and entry to the product, and also preventing further contamination of the area. The detection system can be interconnected to surveillance towers scanning detector cases disposed at seaport docks, freight depots and rail terminals for monitoring containers being prepared for shipment or sitting on docks for long periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Larry Golden
  • Patent number: 10150383
    Abstract: A method of operating the thermal management system in a vehicle is provided, where the thermal management system includes a heat exchanger (e.g., a radiator) and a heat source (e.g., battery pack, drive train, power electronics, etc.). After characterizing the thermal management system, whenever the system controller issues a cooling demand an appropriate set of operating settings is determined that minimizes the amount of power consumed by the system's actuators (e.g., blower fan, coolant pump) while still meeting the cooling demand. As a result, the heat source is cooled to the degree required with a minimum expenditure of power, thereby minimizing the impact on driving range and vehicle performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ATIEVA, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Gauthier, Benson Tsai
  • Patent number: 10144477
    Abstract: A gear drive balancing scooter is provided that has a left side, a right side, and a center section located between the left and right side. The center section is coupled to the right and left sides through a gear. As the left side moves with respect to the center section, the right side moves in an opposite direction with respect to the center section. Both sides have a respective wheel motor assembly that is used to balance the scooter. To steer the scooter, the user angles one side differently than the other side. The angle of each side determines the rate and direction that each wheel motor assembly rotates. An optional staff extends upwardly from the center section to provide stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: Garrick Theodore Lankford, Michael David Marston, Weiwei Wang, Yong Wang
  • Patent number: 10144405
    Abstract: An output controller for an engine control for an engine system having an internal combustion engine and an electric generator coupled to the internal combustion engine. The output controller including a computing device, an inertia compensator, and an efficiency calculator. The computing device is configured to calculate a target rotational speed for the electric generator and an output torque for the internal combustion engine The inertia compensating device is configured to calculate a torque transmitted to a shaft of the generator and a desired torque for the internal combustion engine. The efficiency calculator is configured to calculate a degree of efficiency of the engine system and to adapt the value for a mechanical target output for the engine system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Meinrad Praxmarer, Milos Medvecky, Martin Silberbauer, Bernd Spielmann, Andreas Wagner
  • Patent number: 10137042
    Abstract: The travelling apparatus according to exemplary embodiments includes front wheels, which are driving wheels, an upper frame, first linear motion mechanisms configured to be extendable and retractable and couple the front wheels to the upper frame, middle wheels configured to be disposed at a back of the front wheels, second linear motion mechanisms configured to be extendable and retractable and couple a riding part to the middle wheels, rear wheels configured to be disposed at a back of the middle wheels, lower links configured to couple the middle wheels to the rear wheels, respectively, rear links configured to couple the lower links to the upper frame, and a third linear motion mechanism configured to change an angle between the upper frame and the rear links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masaru Ishikawa, Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Tomoyuki Takahata, Isao Shimoyama, Takashi Izuo, Yoshihiro Kuroki, Taro Takahashi, Yusuke Kosaka
  • Patent number: 10137572
    Abstract: A glass cleaning robot outage emergency processing method comprises the following steps: Step 100 in which a glass cleaning robot (1) operates in an external power supply power-on mode, and is automatically switched to a built-in battery power-on mode when the external power supply suddenly suffers outage; Step 200 in which a control unit controls the glass cleaning robot (1) to walk downward; Step 300 in which when a collision board of the glass cleaning robot (1) collides with a barrier or when the glass cleaning robot (1) walks and reaches an edge of a glass, a sensing unit transfers a signal to the control unit; and Step 400 in which the control unit controls the glass cleaning robot (1) to give an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ecovacs Robotics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinju Tang, Xiaojun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10131230
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle includes a determination unit that determines whether or not a start condition is established, the start condition including a torque converter is in a non-lock-up state and the vehicle is starting; and a display control unit that causes a virtual number of rotations to be displayed on a tachometer instead of an actual number of rotations when it is determined by the determination unit that the start condition is established. The display control unit calculates an acting number of rotations by referring to the actual number of rotations and a number of rotations on a driving wheel side relative to the torque converter in an automatic transmission, and causes the acting number of rotations to be displayed on the tachometer as the virtual number of rotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Teppei Tanizoe, Noritaka Aoyama, Kenji Ohmura, Masataka Ohtsuka, Nagamitsu Hiraoka, Ken Hirashita, Takahisa Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10124691
    Abstract: Disclosures herein are related to improving energy transfer with vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Bryan Marc Failing
  • Patent number: 10128475
    Abstract: An integrated battery and shock and/or vibration isolation assembly broadly comprising a battery and an isolation assembly. The isolation assembly broadly comprises a battery support tray and a number of shock absorbing elements. The shock absorbing elements are positioned between the battery and battery support tray and each include a shock absorbing portion configured to mechanically isolate the battery from vibrations and/or shocks transferred from a vehicle, other machine, or operating environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Savior Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Clayton Templeman, Brock Christian Templeman
  • Patent number: 10124698
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle, and a vehicle having at least one first electric motor, at least one second electric motor, a front axle to be driven by the at least one first electric motor, a rear axle to be driven by the at least one second electric motor. The at least one first electric motor and the at least one second electric motor are controlled to operate using a torque which is dependent upon a characteristic map that defines areas which are delimited depending on a driver-requested torque and a vehicle speed, which areas have torque distributions for the at least one first electric motor and the at least one second electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventor: Michael Martin
  • Patent number: 10121158
    Abstract: Methods and systems for maximizing the proportion of renewable energy relative to the total energy used during the charging of electrically powered vehicles are described. The methods and systems contemplate the acquisition, by a TSP, of data pertaining to the renewable energy mixture, i.e. the ratio of energy produced from renewable sources to energy produced from non-renewable sources, of the energy provided by one or more utility companies. Renewable energy mixture forecasts and information pertaining to charging and use of one or more vehicles are used to generate schedules for charging one or more electrically powered vehicles such that the use of renewable energy in vehicle charging is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL MOTORS LLC
    Inventors: Vijay Vardhan, Mohan Jayaraman