Electric Patents (Class 180/65.1)
  • Patent number: 10818897
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connecting element (1) to connect a battery cell (15) of an electric vehicle (16) to a battery box (10), wherein the connecting element (1) has at least one connecting section (5) for connection to the battery cell and is joined to the battery box (10). The problem addressed by the invention is that of being able at least largely to dispense with the need to use filler material when joining the connecting element to the baseplate of the battery box so as to improve its quality and make it more cost-effective. The problem is solved by a connecting element (1) that has at least one joining section (2) for securely connecting the connecting element to the battery box (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Linde + Wiemann SE & Co. KG
    Inventors: Werner Schmidt, Marcel Georg, Michael Solbach
  • Patent number: 10800259
    Abstract: A plug-in hybrid vehicle includes an engine mechanically coupled to at least one wheel and having a turbocharger. A first electric machine is coupled to at least one wheel. A second electric machine is coupled to the turbocharger. An electric store or battery is coupled to the first and second electric machines. A controller is coupled to the second electric machine and a plug configured to connect to an external electric grid. The second electric machine is configured to drive the turbocharger during charging of the battery from the external electric grid via the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Julio Orozco, Arnulf Sponheimer
  • Patent number: 10800243
    Abstract: An electromechanical drive assembly for a multitrack motor vehicle includes two electric motors, each with an associated reduction gear. The first and the second electric motor are arranged adjacent to one another and are, aligned transversely to the longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle. The first and the second reduction gear are connected on oppositely facing sides of the motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thorsten Biermann, Daniel Burghardt, Brian Lee, Christopher Shamie
  • Patent number: 10793011
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle. The motor vehicle has an electric traction machine. In a first kind of operation of the motor vehicle, before or during a release of a parking brake of the motor vehicle when the motor vehicle is at a standstill, a desired rotational speed for a rotational speed regulation of the traction machine is set to a value corresponding to the standstill of the motor vehicle, and an actual rotational speed of the traction machine is adjusted to the desired rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Clemens Burow
  • Patent number: 10787073
    Abstract: An electric drive system for a vehicle includes a motor housing and a gearbox housing that is mountable to the motor housing at a predetermined number of rotational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin MacKenzie, Kyle Gary Mattinson, Jude Berthault
  • Patent number: 10775111
    Abstract: A pumped heat energy storage system (11) is provided. A thermodynamic charging assembly (11?) may be configured to compress a working fluid and generate thermal energy. A thermal storage assembly (32) is coupled to charging assembly to store at atmospheric pressure by way of a conveyable bulk solid thermal storage media thermal energy generated by the charging assembly. A thermodynamic discharging assembly (11?) is coupled to the thermal storage assembly to extract thermal energy from the thermal storage assembly and convert extracted thermal energy to electrical energy. A heat exchanger assembly (34) is coupled to the thermal storage assembly. The heat exchanger assembly is arranged to directly thermally couple the conveyable bulk solid thermal storage media that is conveyed to the heat exchanger assembly with a flow of the working fluid that passes through the heat exchanger assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: DRESSER-RAND COMPANY
    Inventor: Jason M. Kerth
  • Patent number: 10778117
    Abstract: Provided herein is an inverter module to power an electric vehicle. The inverter module can include a power module or multiple power modules. The power module can include a capacitor and a heat sink coupled with the capacitor. The power module can include a ceramic plate coupled with the heat sink. The power module can include a locator having a plurality of slots and a plurality of transistors disposed within the plurality of slots. The locator and the plurality of transistors can be disposed over a first surface of the ceramic plate. The power module can include a laminated bus bar disposed over a first surface of the locator. The power module can include a gate drive printed circuit board coupled with the laminated bus bar. The power module can include a dielectric gel tray disposed over a first surface of the gate drive printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Yunan Song, Kangwei Mao, Jinzhu Li, Colin Haag, Nathan Chung, Zhong Nie, Duanyang Wang, Yifan Tang
  • Patent number: 10772242
    Abstract: Provided herein is an inverter module to power an electric vehicle. The inverter module can include a power module or multiple power modules. The power module can include a capacitor and a heat sink coupled with the capacitor. The power module can include a ceramic plate coupled with the heat sink. The power module can include a locator having a plurality of slots and a plurality of transistors disposed within the plurality of slots. The locator and the plurality of transistors can be disposed over a first surface of the ceramic plate. The power module can include a laminated bus bar disposed over a first surface of the locator. The power module can include a gate drive printed circuit board coupled with the laminated bus bar. The power module can include a dielectric gel tray disposed over a first surface of the gate drive printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: CHONGQING JINKANG NEW ENERGY VEHICLE CO., LTD., SF MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Yunan Song, Kangwei Mao, Jinzhu Li, Colin Haag, Nathan Chung, Zhong Nie, Duanyang Wang, Yifan Tang
  • Patent number: 10766347
    Abstract: A battery unit (38F) comprising a plurality of batteries (3) and a connection control device (35a, 35b, 36a, 36b, 36d, 36e) which controls electrical connection relating to the battery unit (38F) are provided in a vehicle (1). The battery unit (38F) comprises two groups (S1R, S1L) of the batteries (3) disposed to have a space (G) there-between, and the connection control device (35a, 35b, 36a, 36b, 36d, 36e) is disposed in the space (G). The layout of the connection control device (35a, 35b, 36a, 36b, 36d, 36e) is thereby optimized and the length of a harness (34) can be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Iwasa, Hidetoshi Kadota, Tadayoshi Hashimura, Satoshi Shigematsu, Nobuhiro Mori, Kentaro Hatta
  • Patent number: 10759252
    Abstract: A cooling and heating system of a battery for a vehicle is provided. The system includes a battery module that provides driving energy to the vehicle and an electric component that drives the vehicle using the driving energy of the battery module. An air passage unit of the system includes a radiator disposed therein, a first flow path through which the air passing through the electric component of the vehicle is introduced, a second flow path through which the air passing through the radiator is discharged to the outside of the vehicle, and a door that for selectively opens and closes the first flow path and the second flow path. A controller operates the door to open or close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Shin Lee, Man Ju Oh, So Yoon Park, Jae Woong Kim, So La Chung
  • Patent number: 10763472
    Abstract: A battery housing for a vehicle driven by an electric motor comprises a tray part including a bottom and side walls integrally formed thereon, and furthermore comprises a frame structure surrounding the tray part on the outside, wherein a gap remains between the side walls and the frame structure disposed on the outside thereof. At least two side walls of the tray part located opposite one another with respect to the tray volume each have at least one embossment, which is designed to point away from the tray volume and is supported on the frame structure. A brace disposed in the tray part is supported with the end-face ends thereof in the mutually opposing embossments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KIRCHHOFF AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Günther, Marco Töller
  • Patent number: 10752079
    Abstract: A discharged air flow path connected to a cooling fan has a first discharged air flow path which is connected to at least one side trim of a left side trim and a right side trim and a second discharged air flow path which branches off from the first discharged air flow path and which is connected to the side trim. A first connecting portion which connects the first discharged air flow path and the side trim is disposed so as to be spaced away from a second connecting portion which connects the second discharged air flow path and the side trim in a front-rear direction. The first discharged air flow path and the second discharged air flow path discharge air into a passenger compartment by way of the side trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Takezawa
  • Patent number: 10744891
    Abstract: A system comprises a high voltage (HV) battery system connected to an HV bus, a motor generator unit (MGU) connected to the HV bus, a main contactor disposed on the HV bus between the MGU and the HV battery system such that, when the main contactor is closed, the HV battery system stabilizes a voltage of the HV bus, a low voltage (LV) battery system connected to an LV bus and configured to stabilize a voltage of the LV bus when the main contactor is open or malfunctioning, a direct current to direct current (DC-DC) converter connected to the HV bus and the LV bus, and a controller configured to (i) when the main contactor is closed, control the DC-DC converter to stabilize the LV bus voltage, and (ii) when the main contactor is open or malfunctioning, control the DC-DC converter to stabilize the HV bus voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R Luedtke
  • Patent number: 10744872
    Abstract: A two-track multi-axle motor vehicle including at least two fuel tanks in which a fuel for producing driving energy for a vehicle drive unit can be stored under high pressure of the order of magnitude of 300 bar and more is provide. Each tank includes a safety valve device having a temperature-sensitive element monitoring only a partial region of the tank surface. The safety valve device allows at least a partial quantity of the stored fuel to escape from the respective tank at a higher temperature, which can occur, for example, in the case of a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Pelger, Klaus Szoucsek
  • Patent number: 10730403
    Abstract: A thermal management system for a vehicle includes a controller. The controller pre-heats a coolant in a power electronics loop via heat transfer between the coolant and an electronic component in response to an ambient temperature being less than a threshold and a coolant temperature being less than a battery temperature. The controller also pumps the coolant through a battery loop in response to the coolant temperature exceeding the battery temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Angel Fernando Porras, Timothy Noah Blatchley, Kenneth J. Jackson, Randy Lee Mallari
  • Patent number: 10734687
    Abstract: A battery pack including at least one battery cell, a protective circuit module on a side of the at least one battery cell, and a case including the protective circuit module and the at least one battery cell. The protective circuit module includes a battery management system, an inverter, and an output terminal to supply power for driving a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woonseong Baek, Sejin Ji, Hyeoncheol Jeong
  • Patent number: 10730380
    Abstract: A vehicle body rear structure includes: a pair of left and right rear side frames extending in a vehicle front-rear direction; a vehicle-mounted component provided between the pair of rear side frames; and a pair of support members for supporting the vehicle-mounted component. The support members respectively extend along the rear side frames and in the vehicle front-rear direction, and are respectively arranged side-by-side with the rear side frames in a vehicle width direction and inwardly of the rear side frames in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Tatsuwaki, Hideki Tai, Junya Harada, Daisuke Matsunaga, Shinji Kumagai, Yoshikazu Inoue, Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Shouji Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 10720617
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a composite end plate for a battery module, comprising: a rigid substrate comprising a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other in a thickness direction of the rigid substrate, wherein the first surface can be provided to face a battery of the battery module, and the rigid substrate comprises two ends opposite to each other in a width direction of the rigid substrate; and a rigid connecting cylinder extending along a height direction of the rigid substrate and made of different material from that of the rigid substrate, wherein two ends of the rigid substrate are connected and fixed to two respective rigid connecting cylinders, and a portion of the rigid connecting cylinder exposed at a side where the second surface is located is connected and fixed to an external structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Gen Cao, Wencai Xu, Jihua Yao, Wenwen Liu
  • Patent number: 10710425
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cooling arrangement that includes an air conditioning loop and a battery cooling loop connected together by a common chiller and arranged to cool each of cabin air and a battery. A coolant three-way proportional control valve is connected to the chiller and the battery. The control valve is configured to operatively control a capacity of the chiller for the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ali Jalilevand, Manfred Koberstein, Michael Steven Wallis
  • Patent number: 10714799
    Abstract: A fuel-cell vehicle includes a fuel cell and a secondary battery. A circulation flow passage causes a coolant to circulate between the fuel cell and a radiator. A bypass flow passage passes through the secondary battery. One end of the bypass flow passage is connected to an upstream side of the radiator and the other end thereof is connected to a downstream side of the radiator of the circulation flow passage. A controller switches a switching valve such that the coolant flows to the radiator side when a coolant temperature is higher than a predetermined temperature threshold value, and switches the switching valve such that the coolant flows to the bypass flow passage side when the coolant temperature is lower than the temperature threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kotaro Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10710595
    Abstract: A driving evaluation device includes a processor. The processor is configured to acquire vehicle information including a vehicle speed in each trip of a vehicle, evaluate an economical level of each trip of the vehicle based on smallness of change in vehicle speed, and change an evaluation method of the economical level based on the smallness of the change in vehicle speed according to the maximum speed in each trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryuichi Suzuki, Koki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10703288
    Abstract: A pickup truck includes a box side inner panel, a box side outer panel, a first compartment defined between the box side inner panel and the box side outer panel and a battery cooling pack held in the first compartment. A storage space customization feature may also be provided in the first compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Colleen Marie Hoffman, Jack Marchlewski
  • Patent number: 10700343
    Abstract: A positive electrode is for use in an air battery. The positive electrode includes a current collector including one or more openings, and an electroconductive layer including a porous body, the porous body including a carbon material. In the electroconductive layer, a second pore volume of a first region is greater than a second pore volume of a second region, wherein it is assumed that the electroconductive layer includes the first and second regions, the second region faces the one or more openings of the current collector, and the first region is located opposite to the second region with respect to a central plane containing midpoints in a thickness direction of the electroconductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Koichi Sawada
  • Patent number: 10693340
    Abstract: An alternator for generating electrical power to one or more components of a power network includes a machine portion including a stator, a rotor and a rectifier, a battery connection terminal connected to the machine portion and configured to be connected to a battery, and an isolation device integral to the alternator. The isolation device is located on an electrical path between at least the machine portion and the battery connection terminal, and the isolation device is configured to isolate at least one of the alternator and another component of the power network from receiving electric current from the battery based on an undesirable condition occurring in the power network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Alfermann, Daniel E. Wilkins, Drake J. Sayre
  • Patent number: 10682923
    Abstract: An on-board charging system for electric vehicles provides a source of electric charging power to even when the electric vehicle is not in motion. The charging system includes a free rolling axle supporting at least one driven ground wheel to power an electric generator. An electric charge is produced by the generator when driven by the free rolling axle and is stored in a plant battery. An inverter and a charger are selectively coupled to a battery pack that provides the motive power to the electric vehicle. A controller selectively charges the battery pack when it detects a predetermined charge state of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LECTROTECH SYSTEM INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin Robert Esdel
  • Patent number: 10647189
    Abstract: A battery system for an electric vehicle includes a first battery module with a first heater and a second battery module with a second heater. The battery system also includes a control system configured to selectively activate the first or the second heater to dissipate energy from the first or the second battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Proterra Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Grace, Brian Pevear
  • Patent number: 10647173
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an exterior surface, a sensor disposed on the exterior surface, a passenger cabin fixed relative to the exterior surface, a duct receiving airflow from the passenger cabin, and a valve disposed in the duct and movable between a first position directing the airflow to the sensor and a second position directing the airflow outside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Aed M. Dudar, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10618409
    Abstract: A Hybrid-Lite system for use with a vehicle includes a prime mover, an electric power system, and auxiliaries. The prime mover comprises an internal combustion engine. The electric power system is configured to be driven by the combustion engine to produce electric energy for powering the auxiliaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Mobile Climate Control, Corp.
    Inventor: Adel Gergis
  • Patent number: 10611392
    Abstract: A sterilization mechanism for a shopping cart is described. The shopping cart includes a frame, a basket portion mounted to the frame, and a handle portion mounted to the frame and including a top and bottom section. The shopping cart includes a cleanliness sensor configured to detect a cleanliness level of the handle portion. The shopping cart includes a sterilization mechanism for killing microorganisms on the handle portion detachably mounted to the handle portion. The sterilization mechanism includes an ultraviolet light source disposed within the body of the sterilization mechanism and configured to be actuated into a light-emitting position when the cleanliness level is detected to be equal to or above a predetermined cleanliness threshold. In the light-emitting position, the ultraviolet light source is configured to emit ultraviolet light onto the handle portion to sterilize both the top and bottom sections of the handle portion from a mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Feng Yang, Steven Jackson Lewis, Matthew Dwain Biermann
  • Patent number: 10603998
    Abstract: A battery mounting structure, includes: a battery pack mounted below a floor pan of a vehicle cabin; a vehicle body framework member to which a vehicle horizontal direction end portion of the floor pan is joined; and a sealing member that has resilience and that plugs a gap between the battery pack and the vehicle body framework member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masaru Toyota
  • Patent number: 10597081
    Abstract: A vehicle front portion structure includes: a dash cross-member extending in a vehicle width direction at a lower portion in a vehicle vertical direction of a dash panel, the dash panel being configured to partition between a power unit compartment provided at a vehicle front portion and a vehicle cabin, and the dash cross-member being a first framework member of which a cross-sectional shape when cut along the vehicle front-rear direction forms a first chamber portion between the dash cross-member and the dash panel; and a battery pack that extends in the vehicle width direction and the vehicle front-rear direction at the vehicle lower side of a floor panel that structures a floor portion of the vehicle cabin, a front end portion in the vehicle front-rear direction of the battery pack being joined to the dash cross-member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ayukawa
  • Patent number: 10597024
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine cranked by an electric machine powered by a first battery, a first plurality of components powered by the first battery, a second plurality of components powered by a second battery, and a processor programmed to isolate the second battery and associated components from the first battery and associated components at least during engine cranking. The first battery may be a low voltage battery having a first chemistry, such as a lead-acid battery with associated components that are less sensitive to voltage variation induced by engine cranking or starting, such as heated mirrors, seats, wipers, a climate control blower, power windows/doors, and auxiliary pumps. The second battery may be a low or high voltage battery having a second chemistry, such as a lithium-ion battery with associated components that may be more sensitive to low voltage during engine cranking/starting, such as lighting, electronics, and infotainment systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hafiz Shafeek Khafagy, Gjergji Shaska, Kirk Pebley, Marirose Ilkka, Zeljko Deljevic
  • Patent number: 10589595
    Abstract: Temperature control of an interior of a motor vehicle having an electrical drive is carried out by a heat pump arrangement having a heating temperature region and a low temperature region, wherein the heating temperature region includes at least one interior heat exchanger thermally coupled to the interior and the low temperature region includes at least one of an exterior heat exchanger and a heat exchanger disposed on a component of the electrical drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Felix Schedel, Philipp Hofmann, Oliver Horn, Peter Satzger, Markus Moser
  • Patent number: 10589634
    Abstract: A battery electric vehicle provided in the present invention comprises a vehicle body having wheels, an electric motor, an electric generator, and an electricity management device. The electric motor and the electric generator are connected to different wheels of the vehicle body respectively. The electric generator generates electricity by converting the rotational kinetic energy of the wheel into electrical energy. The electricity management device includes a management and controlling member, a detecting member, and a plurality of battery packs. The management and controlling member controls at least one of the battery packs to provide electricity to the electric motor by electrically connecting the electric motor, while the management and controlling member controls at least one battery pack of other battery packs to be charged by receiving the electricity generated by means of electrically connecting to the electric generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: LINENG-TECH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chih-Yu Lee
  • Patent number: 10576833
    Abstract: An exemplary charger positioning method includes, among other things, positioning a charging plug of a conductive charger relative to a charge port of a vehicle based on a wireless transmission between the conductive charger and the vehicle. An exemplary charger assembly includes a transmitter system associated with one of a vehicle or a conductive charger, a receiver system associated with the other of the vehicle or the conductive charger, and an actuator that moves a charging plug of the conductive charger to a charging position in response to a transmission from the transmitter system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Hadi Malek, Daniel Boston, Jacob Mathews
  • Patent number: 10576359
    Abstract: A personal transportation vehicle comprises a carrier, a control device, and a first and second pair of wheels. The first pair of wheels are fixed in a direction and the second pair of wheels are mounted on swivels below the carrier. The first and the second pair of wheels are arranged aligned and parallel to each other below the carrier. A first controller drives the first wheel and a second controller drives the second wheel of the first pair of wheels. The control device transmits signals to the first controller and the second controller to control the first driving device and the second driving device. The second pair of wheels are swiveled and driven by a difference between the rotational speeds of the first wheel and the second wheel of the first pair of wheels to determine a movement direction of the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Moboster Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kevin Chiu
  • Patent number: 10569657
    Abstract: A vehicle brake system, including: a brake operation member to be operated by a driver of a vehicle; a hydraulic brake device provided for one of a front wheel and a rear wheel and configured to generate a hydraulic braking force in accordance with an operation of the brake operation member, the hydraulic braking force depending on a pressure of a working fluid; and an electric brake device provided for the other of the front wheel and the rear wheel and configured to generate an electric braking force in accordance with the operation of the brake operation member, the electric braking force depending on a motion of an electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Yamamoto, Yu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10569795
    Abstract: An auxiliary transport vehicle according to the disclosure comprises a drive unit and an attachment that is placed thereon, wherein the drive unit comprises just two wheels with a common axis of rotation and each with an electric drive, an electronic control device and an electrical energy storage device, and wherein the control device is embodied for actuating the drives in such a way that the auxiliary transport vehicle is kept in an upright position, and for autonomously driving the auxiliary transport vehicle to a specifiable destination and for following an external control device. The disclosure also concerns an auxiliary transport system and a method for operating an auxiliary transport vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Anais Castinel
  • Patent number: 10549620
    Abstract: A mounting system for an electric vehicle includes a front cross beam extending from a right side of a passenger compartment of the electric vehicle to a left side of the passenger compartment. The mounting system includes a rear cross beam extending from the right side to the left side. An underside of each of the front cross beam and the rear cross beam defines a plurality of mounting features configured for mounting a battery assembly to an underside of the electric vehicle. A plurality of seat rails extend across and mounted to the front cross beam and the rear cross beam, the plurality of seat rails being configured for mounting seats within the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Thunder Power Electric Vehicle Limited
    Inventor: Jens Maier
  • Patent number: 10549650
    Abstract: Single, internally adjustable modular battery systems are provided, for handling power delivery from and to various power systems such as electric vehicles, photovoltaic systems, solar systems, grid-scale battery energy storage systems, home energy storage systems and power walls. Batteries 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 to operate at high rates within a limited operation range of state of charge (SoC), respective module management systems, and a control unit. Both the FC and the SCeFC have anodes based on the same anode active material and the control unit is configured to manage the FC and the SCeFC and manage power delivery to and from the power system(s), to optimize the operation of the FC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Storedot Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Aronov
  • Patent number: 10552368
    Abstract: Provided is an in-vehicle control device that allows the giving and receiving of data via inter-core communication at the timing of a user, as well as being capable of minimizing processing load while satisfying safety requirements of different functional safety levels in the inter-core communication of a multicore microcomputer. The data communication between a plurality of cores is performed by a writing means for writing the data of a core register into a region of a shared memory of the cores, where safety levels are set, using a hardware function. The cores have different functional safety levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shingo Ito, Kosei Goto, Takeshi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10549973
    Abstract: An industrial truck comprising a lift frame with a load part for carrying a load, a reach carriage acting on the lift frame for moving the lift frame forward and backward, at least one sensor configured to measure an actual speed of the reach carriage, and a control unit configured to specify a target speed for the reach carriage, to determine a control deviation of the actual speed measured by the at least one sensor from the target speed, and to regulate the movement speed of the reach carriage based on the determined speed deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christian Puke
  • Patent number: 10518775
    Abstract: A vehicle includes primary and secondary axles including primary and secondary electric machines, respectively. A vehicle controller is programmed to, responsive to a braking torque request, command regenerative torques, that are a proportion of the braking torque request, to the electric machines such that the proportion commanded to the secondary electric machine decreases responsive to lateral acceleration of the vehicle increasing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Velazquez Alcantar, Corwin Stout, Rajit Johri, Joseph Jay Torres
  • Patent number: 10518656
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for charging a vehicle. A vehicle and charging station can be designed such that an electric or hybrid vehicle can operate in a fashion similar to a conventional vehicle by being opportunity charged throughout a known route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Proterra Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, Dale Hill, John Horth, Reuben Sarkar, Teresa J. Abbott, William Joseph Lord Reeves, Ryan Thomas Wiens
  • Patent number: 10514266
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and a system for displaying a distance to empty (traveling range) of a vehicle, capable of updating the distance to empty more quickly by reducing an amount of computation for calculating the distance to empty (traveling range) of the vehicle. The method includes calculating a distance to empty reachable with current energy of a vehicle based on status information of the vehicle and displaying the calculated distance to empty on a display; and recalculating a distance to empty by reflecting only changed pieces of the status information of the vehicle to update the distance to empty, and replacing the distance to empty displayed on the display with the updated distance to empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sooyoung Shin, Sangwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 10507736
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle, which is capable of preventing direct input of an impact to an external power feeding device that stores a high-voltage component, and is capable of protecting the external power feeding device. A vehicle 100 includes: an external power feeding device 70 that stores a high-voltage component for performing external power feeding; and a secondary battery 60 that stores a part of electric power, both of which are provided in a rear in a travel direction of the vehicle 100. The external power feeding device 70 is disposed in front of a rear end 61 of the secondary battery 60, and is disposed below a lower end 62 of the secondary battery 60 in a vertical direction when viewed from a side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Katano, Akiyoshi Furuzawa
  • Patent number: 10500951
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle in which an electric motor is disposed such that a rotational axis of a rotor of the electric motor is located to one side, from the center of the front-back direction, relative to: a second power transmission member that is disposed on a power transmission path between a first rotating element and one wheel LWf; a third power transmission member that is arranged on a power transmission path between a third rotating element and the other wheel; or a differential mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Andrii Pydin
  • Patent number: 10505238
    Abstract: A cooling system includes a cooling fan that blows cooled air to a main battery and a temperature sensor. When the temperature of the main battery is equal to or higher than a first predetermined temperature after start up of an electric drive vehicle, the cooling fan is driven with a constant command value for a predetermined time period and detection process of abnormal condition is performed for detecting presence or absence of abnormal condition of the cooling fan based on an actual rotation speed of the cooling fan. When the start up of the electric drive vehicle is based on an external charging operation of the secondary battery, driving of the cooling fan with the constant command value is inhibited. This structure ensures sufficient opportunities for detecting presence or absence of abnormal condition of the cooling fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junta Izumi, Noritaka Ikejiri, Kiyoe Ochiai, Kiyohito Machida, Masakazu Habu
  • Patent number: 10493834
    Abstract: A vehicle including: a floor panel; a pair of left and right front seats which are disposed on the floor panel; and a high-voltage battery which is disposed between the front seats and which is held on a frame member, wherein a guide member which guides the frame member is provided between the front seats on the floor panel, and wherein the guide member has a pair of left and right guide rails and a positioning portion which controls a position of the frame member in relation to the guide member in at least a front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsubasa Ikeya, Tetsuya Takezawa
  • Patent number: 10494034
    Abstract: An assembly includes a subframe, a rocker, a battery cage supported by the rocker, and a battery supported by the battery cage. The assembly includes a reinforcement bolted to the rocker and positioned to be along a load path through the subframe resulting from a vehicle frontal impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew B. Makowski, Abdelmonaam Sassi, Thiag Subbian, Jayanth Kumar Basavalingiah, Jamil M. Alwan, Chelliah Madasamy