Hybrid Vehicle (ipc) Patents (Class 180/65.21)
  • Patent number: 11110786
    Abstract: An electric truck includes a battery pack assembly with a battery pack mounting structure and at least one battery pack. The battery pack includes a box shaped outer housing and a battery unit arranged inside and supported by the outer housing. The battery pack mounting structure for each battery pack includes a first and a second cantilever attached to a chassis of the electric truck, the first and second cantilever extending in transversal direction and being in the longitudinal direction spaced a distance apart from each other. Further, the battery pack is interconnected to the first and the second cantilever during operation in a floating manner allowing a torsional movement of the chassis around the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: DESIGNWERK PRODUCTS AG
    Inventor: Frank Loacker
  • Patent number: 11077881
    Abstract: A lower vehicle body structure for a vehicle includes a floor panel, a pair of side frames, a battery, a left and right pair of side sills, a cross-member, an impact absorption member, and a reinforcement member. The impact absorption member is disposed at a lower surface side of the floor panel and at a position overlapping the cross-member in a front-rear direction of the vehicle body so as to extend in a vehicle width direction between the side frames and the side sills. Also, the impact absorption member is joined to the side frames and the side sills. The reinforcement member is disposed in the cross-member to extend in the vehicle width direction between portions of the cross-member, which correspond to the left and right pair of side frames in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yamato Matsuda, Nobuyuki Nakayama, Shuji Muraoka
  • Patent number: 11071409
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes, a traction battery and a heating unit. The heating unit is disposed within a cargo bed of a vehicle and selectively powered by the traction battery. A heating unit powering method includes powering a heating unit within a cargo bed of a vehicle using a traction battery of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Gordon Collins, Wendy L. Maclennan
  • Patent number: 11035448
    Abstract: A final drive assembly for a vehicle drive axle having first and second axle-shafts that are configured to rotate about a common first axis. The final drive assembly includes a first gear-set configured to be operatively connected to the first axle-shaft. The final drive assembly also includes a second gear-set configured to be operatively connected to the second axle-shaft. The final drive assembly additionally includes an electric motor configured to provide an electric motor torque input to each of the first and second gear-sets and arranged on a second axis that is parallel to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joseph R. Littlefield, Alan G. Holmes
  • Patent number: 10971970
    Abstract: An electrical machine comprising: at least one stator, at least one module, the at least one module comprising at least one electromagnetic coil and at least one switch, the at least one module being attached to the at least one stator; at least one rotor with a plurality of magnets attached to the at least one rotor, an integrated electrical differential coupled to at least one of the rotors, the at least one integrated electrical differential permitting the at least one rotor to output at least two rotational outputs to corresponding shafts, wherein the at least two rotational outputs are able to move the shafts at different rotational velocities to one another. The electrical machine is configured to fit into a housing, and that can be retrofitted into a conventional vehicle by replacing the mechanical differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AXIFLUX HOLDINGS PTY LTD.
    Inventor: David Elias Jahshan
  • Patent number: 10913345
    Abstract: A drive system including a drive motor having a crank shaft, a flywheel element arranged on the crankshaft, a damper which is directly or indirectly coupled on the primary side with flywheel element, a transmission assembly having a transmission input shaft which has a hollow shaft region and a transmission output shaft, a multiple clutch device arranged in between the transmission input shaft and the transmission output shaft, and an electric machine arranged in between the flywheel element and the multiple clutch device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Dietz, Lidija Gotic-Patzak, Martin Strobl, Gregor Polifke, Rainer Sch├╝tz, Marco Toneatto
  • Patent number: 10913343
    Abstract: A hybrid module for coupling an internal combustion engine in a motor vehicle includes an axis of rotation, an electric machine, a space, and a clutch. The electric machine has a rotor arranged on the axis of rotation. The space is surrounded by the rotor. The clutch is for transmitting a torque from a drive assembly. The clutch is arranged in the space surrounded by the rotor and includes a rotational part fixed to the rotor and arranged on the axis of rotation. The rotational part extends further radially from the axis of rotation than the rotor such that a heat introduced into the rotational part from the rotor or the clutch can be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Karl-Ludwig Kimmig
  • Patent number: 10857991
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, an electric machine, and a controller. The engine and the electric machine are each configured to generate power. The controller is programmed to, responsive to a power demand exceeding a first threshold while the electric machine is generating power alone, start the engine. The controller is further programmed to, responsive to the power demand exceeding the first threshold and an operator input to suppress an engine startup, override starting the engine for a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Kava, Kenneth Frederick, Floyd Cadwell, Justin Reuel Badger
  • Patent number: 10851845
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product including a stator assembly and/or a rotor assembly wherein at least one of the stator assembly and/or rotor assembly includes a central cavity, and at least two clutch assemblies, wherein at least a portion of each of the two clutch assemblies is received in the cavity. A number of variations may include a module wherein a plurality of clutches and electric motor are received in the same housing to form a module wherein the electromagnetic (motor performance and clutch performance can be tested prior to installing the module in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BORGWARNER INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Duane Chamberlin, Sven Norbert Altlay, Jomon Kaniampalackal, Clemens Burger
  • Patent number: 10843547
    Abstract: A drive train for a hybrid motor vehicle is disclosed. The drive train includes a drive shaft for introducing a torque produced in an internal combustion engine, a transmission input shaft, which can be coupled to the drive shaft by a first clutch, and a steplessly adjustable variator coupled to the transmission input shaft for converting and transmitting the torque to an output shaft. The drive train also includes an electric machine for introducing an electrically produced torque, wherein the electric machine has a rotor, which can be made to interact with a stator, and the rotor can be coupled to the transmission input shaft by a second clutch. A direct drive stage is provided, which can be coupled to the rotor of the electric machine by a third clutch, for transmitting the torque produced in the electric machine past the variator to the output shaft. The first clutch, the second clutch and the third clutch are arranged radially on the inside in relation to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bernhard Walter
  • Patent number: 10807598
    Abstract: A braking force control device includes a target acceleration calculation unit that calculates a first target acceleration based on an acquired operation amount of an accelerator pedal, a powertrain capability acquisition unit that acquires a braking force that is generable by a powertrain, and an instruction unit that instructs generation of braking forces in the powertrain and a brake. The instruction unit is configured to, when a first braking force for achieving the first target acceleration is equal to or less than the braking force that is generable by the powertrain, instruct a controller of the powertrain to generate the first braking force, and when the first braking force is larger than the braking force that is generable by the powertrain, instruct the controller of the powertrain to generate the braking force that is generable by the powertrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 10787163
    Abstract: A method of controlling energy regeneration for a mild hybrid vehicle, the mild hybrid vehicle including a mild hybrid starter generator (MHSG) that includes a rotor having a permanent magnet and an electromagnet, and engine that is connected to the MHSG for power transmission, may include determining whether a difference between an excitation current required to drive the MHSG and a desired amount of generated current is less than a predetermined reference value; and prohibiting regenerative braking when a difference between the excitation current required to drive the MHSG and the desired amount of generated current is less than the predetermined reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kwang-Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10766354
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a motor configured to drive a vehicle wheel, a battery configured to supply electric power to the motor, and a radiator configured to exchange heat between a coolant for cooling the motor and outside air. The radiator is disposed below a floor surface of the vehicle and in a gap between the motor and the battery in a front-rear direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Takai, Yuji Koga, Yoshiaki Konishi, Makoto Tsuchihashi
  • Patent number: 10753265
    Abstract: Described herein is an exhaust air pollution elimination device configured for attachment to an exhaust pipe of an internal combustion engine for removing pollutants from an exhaust flow. The device comprising multiple stages configured to both power the operation of the device and treat the exhaust flow. The device configured for installation in line with existing exhaust piping and through a pair of connecting rings. The multiple stages of the device including an electrostatic precipitator, a thermoelectric generator, an electromagnetic induction device, and a second container including a UV light source and micro fibrous mesh containing titanium dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher Mark Hill
  • Patent number: 10753425
    Abstract: A hybrid module is configured for arrangement in a torque path upstream from a transmission and downstream from an internal combustion engine. The hybrid module includes an electric motor and a clutch. The electric motor includes a rotor and a rotor carrier supporting the rotor. The hybrid module also includes a damper assembly fixed to the rotor carrier. The clutch is configured for selectively coupling the damper assembly to a shaft drivingly coupled to the internal combustion engine. The damper assembly includes an output configured for connecting to an input shaft of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: John Ramsey, Matthew Payne
  • Patent number: 10723217
    Abstract: A drive train system includes at least one internal combustion engine, at least one generator driven by the internal combustion engine for generating electrical energy, at least one electrical machine electrically connected to the generator, at least one driven front axle and at least one driven rear axle, an automatic or manual transmission located between the internal combustion engine and the respective axles, and at least one epicyclic gear unit. Each of the at least one drive front axle and at least one drive rear axle includes output means and is driven by the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas Woopen
  • Patent number: 10723211
    Abstract: A powertrain system including a first housing, a first electric motor that drives a first wheel, a first inverter coupled to the first electric motor, a first gear reducer coupled to the first electric motor. The first gear reducer couples to a first wheel. The powertrain system also includes a second electric motor that drives a second wheel, a second inverter coupled to the second electric motor, a second gear reducer coupled to the second electric motor. The second gear reducer couples to a second wheel. The housing houses the first electric motor, the first inverter, the first gear reducer, the second electric motor, second inverter, and the second gear reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Thunder Power New Energy Vehicle Development Company Limited
    Inventor: Francesco Mastrandrea
  • Patent number: 10688857
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a battery pack provided below a floor panel, a floor tunnel provided on the floor panel and protruding upward, and a reinforcement member fixed to a lower surface of the floor panel below an apex section of the floor tunnel and extending in a vehicle width direction, wherein a routing member is provided between the reinforcement member and the floor tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Tsuyuzaki, Takashi Nitta, Yoshihiro Nakano, Toshinobu Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10676091
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle includes a vehicle driving control portion configured to permit reverse driving of the vehicle in a reverse direction while the automatic transmission is placed in a forward-drive low-speed gear position, with the motor/generator being operated in a negative direction to generate a negative torque, and a transmission shifting control portion configured to implement a control for promotion to establish the forward-drive low-speed gear position, when switching from forward driving of the vehicle to its reverse driving of the vehicle is required in the process of a shifting action of the automatic transmission to the forward-drive low-speed gear position. The transmission shifting control portion implements the control for promotion to establish the forward-drive low-speed gear position, according to a state of control of the engaging-side coupling device to be brought into its engaged state for establishing the forward-drive low-speed gear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Ishihara, Takahiro Kimura, Masato Yoshikawa, Nobufusa Kobayashi, Kenta Kumazaki, Kazuomi Okasaka, Atsushi Kayukawa, Daisuke Suyama, Mitsuru Maeda
  • Patent number: 10676080
    Abstract: Hybrid vehicles and methods of operating the same are disclosed. Example methods may include providing a powertrain for the vehicle, which includes an internal combustion engine configured to provide rotational power to a rotatable input of a transmission by way of a starting device, and an electric motor-generator comprising a rotor configured to selectively provide rotational power to the rotatable input. The method may further include selectively disconnecting the engine from the rotatable input using a disconnect device separate from the starting device, thereby allowing the rotatable input of the transmission to be driven at a speed faster than an output speed of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Norman K. Bucknor, Chunhao J. Lee, Venkata Prasad Atluri, Neeraj Shidore, Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr
  • Patent number: 10670138
    Abstract: A vehicle drive device that includes a case forming a first accommodating space that accommodates a speed change device and a second accommodating space that accommodates a rotary electric machine; an storage that is disposed under the first accommodating space and stores oil; a hydraulic pump including a suction that suctions the oil from the oil storage; a first oil passage that supplies the oil discharged by the hydraulic pump to the speed change device as hydraulic oil; a second oil passage that supplies the oil discharged by the hydraulic pump to the rotary electric machine as cooling oil; and a third oil passage that returns the oil supplied to the rotary electric machine, from the second accommodating space to the oil storage, by allowing the oil to flow in a direction from the second accommodating space toward the first accommodating space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Junji Matsushita, Naoya Usami, Takeshi Horie, Kuniaki Ishii, Kazuyuki Shiiba, Tooru Matsubara, Atsushi Kawamoto, Kiyonori Takagi, Hidehiko Bansyoya
  • Patent number: 10647311
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a braking a vehicle. In one example, the braking system includes a friction braking system, a regenerative braking system, and an electronic processor. The electronic processor is communicatively coupled to the friction braking system and the regenerative braking system. The electronic processor is configured to receive a driver brake request and determine a brake failure state. The brake failure state indicates a brake failure. In response to determining the brake failure state, the electronic processor applies a braking force based on the driver brake request. The braking force includes a frictional braking force generated by the friction braking system and a regenerative braking force generated by the regenerative braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Chi Chuang, Rosalin Irwan, Qingyuan Li
  • Patent number: 10625591
    Abstract: An electric vehicle comprises: an electric drive unit including an electric motor used as a drive power source, a transaxle including a differential device and coupled to a motor shaft of the electric motor in a power transmittable manner on one end side of the electric motor in a direction of a motor centerline to transmit an output of the electric motor through the differential device to a pair of drive shafts, and a case housing the electric motor and the transaxle. The case includes a first end surface portion located on the other end side of the electric motor in the motor centerline direction and rotatably supporting the motor shaft, and an accessory component of the vehicle is attached to an outside surface of the first end surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukinobu Nishikawa, Takeshi Kuwahara, Eiji Ito, Yasuki Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10618547
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for a control system that includes a current command module configured to receive a torque command and output a current command for controlling a direct current (DC) motor, and a regenerative current limiting module configured to receive a regenerative current limit as an input and actively compute a motor current limit based on the regenerative current limit, the regenerative current limiting module configured to limit the current command based on the motor current limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Prerit Pramod, Krishna MPK Namburi
  • Patent number: 10611229
    Abstract: A hybrid drive module for a motor vehicle is provided. The hybrid drive module includes a planetary gear stage with a sun gear, a ring gear, a planetary gear carrier and at least one planetary gear that is rotatably mounted with respect to the planetary gear carrier. The hybrid drive module also includes an electric drive machine having a stator and a rotor. The ring gear and the rotor, and the planetary gear carrier and a separation clutch can be connected in a torque-conducting manner. The separation clutch is configured to interrupt the torque transfer to the planetary gear carrier, and the ring gear is arranged in the radial and axial directions at least in sections inside the rotor. The planetary gear carrier is mounted with the axial bearing and the radial bearing in a rotatable manner with respect to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Ulrich Ohnemus
  • Patent number: 10569208
    Abstract: Systems and methods for customizing a removable filter in an air purifier. The removable filter may comprise multiple filter types, and the combination and characteristics of the filter types can be varied based on air-quality requirements. In some instances, the composition of a new filter can be determined based on data obtained from analysis of used filters. Additionally, filters can be personalized based on an individual user's health data, geographic location, and regional and local air-quality characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SPRIMO, INC.
    Inventors: Raymond Combs, Chunxiao Han, Daniel K. Harden
  • Patent number: 10569761
    Abstract: A vehicle drive apparatus includes a connection/disconnection sleeve wherein a lubricating pipe is provided above the connection/disconnection sleeve and has a discharge port through which a lubricating oil is discharged, the drive gear is relatively rotatably supported by the input shaft via a bearing portion provided on the drive gear, and the connection/disconnection sleeve includes a first guide portion guiding the lubricating oil discharged from the discharge port of the lubricating pipe to a tooth surface of the drive gear when the connection/disconnection sleeve is in a first position so as to connect the drive gear and the input shaft; and a second guide portion guiding the lubricating oil discharged from the discharge port of the lubricating pipe to the bearing portion when the connection/disconnection sleeve is in a second position so as to disconnect the drive gear and the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Ikushima
  • Patent number: 10495191
    Abstract: A transmission of a motor driving vehicle, may include an input shaft connected to a driving motor and including a first clutch and a second clutch, a planetary gear set including a first rotation element directly connected to the input shaft, a second rotation element connected to the input shaft through the first clutch, and a third rotation element being able to be restrained from rotation, a gear pair configured to transmit power to the output shaft through the planetary gear set, a gear pair configured to transmit power to the input shaft without change, and additional clutches configured to control connection of the gear pairs and connection of rotation elements of the planetary gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Cjorporation
    Inventors: Soon Ki Eo, Woo Churl Son, Woo Jin Chang
  • Patent number: 10471821
    Abstract: An electrified multiple speed ratio transmission for mounting to an external power-source and transmitting a power-source torque therefrom includes an input member configured to receive the power-source torque. The transmission also includes a torque transfer system configured to receive the power-source torque from the input member and select an input-to-output speed ratio of the transmission. The transmission additionally includes an electric motor operatively connected to the torque transfer system and configured to apply an electric motor torque input thereto. Furthermore, the transmission also includes an output member operatively connected to the torque transfer system and configured to receive the power-source torque and the electric motor torque input therefrom and output a sum of the power-source torque and the electric motor torque input to drive a load. A vehicle having such an electrified multiple speed ratio transmission is also envisioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Leonid Basin
  • Patent number: 10468994
    Abstract: An inverter for driving a motor of a vehicle mediating between a battery and a driving motor is disclosed. The inverter includes a power storage module, a power module, and a cooling module. The power storage module is configured to be supplied with power from the battery. The power module is configured to be supplied with power from the power storage module to transfer the power to the driving motor. The cooling module is configured to be installed between the power storage module and the power module to simultaneously cool the power storage module and the power module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ho Tae Chun, Se Min Woo, Chang Han Jung, Yun Ho Kim, Jeong Yun Lee, Seung Hyun Han
  • Patent number: 10442284
    Abstract: An electro-hydraulic hybrid-power driving system, comprising an engine, a first motor, a second motor, a first planetary gear set, a second planetary gear set, and a hydraulic control shift set that is connected to the engine. The first motor is axially connected to the engine, the second motor is axially connected to the first planetary gear set and the second planetary gear set, and the first planetary gear set is coaxially connected to the second planetary gear set. The hydraulic control shift set includes a first gear and a second gear, a dual wet clutch is disposed between the first gear and the second gear, and the first gear, the second gear, and the dual wet clutch are coaxially connected to the engine. The present invention by disposing a specific electro-hydraulic hybrid-power driving system, different working modes can be implemented according to different requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: EKONTROL DRIVE (SUZHOU) CO., LTD
    Inventor: Qingjun Hao
  • Patent number: 10442424
    Abstract: When an accelerator operating speed is greater than a quick depression threshold value, a start threshold value is set to a value that is smaller than a selection threshold value between a single-drive mode and a double-drive mode in an EV drive mode. Then, when a required torque becomes greater than the start threshold value, an engine is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Hokoi, Koji Yoshihara, Koji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10399430
    Abstract: A transmission system for hybrid propulsion vehicles comprises a torque convertor, an external output shaft of the torque convertor which is rigidly connected to the output of the convertor and an internal output shaft which is rigidly connected to the input of the convertor, a gearbox which can be selectively connected to drive wheels of the vehicle, a main coupling member for selectively transmitting the movement of the external shaft to the gearbox, an electric motor which can be selectively operated as a motor and as an electrical generator. The transmission system further comprises a downstream coupling member and an upstream coupling member which are arranged upstream and downstream of the torque convertor, respectively, and which are capable of selectively connecting the rotor element to the external shaft and the internal shaft, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: CARRARO DRIVE TECH S.P.A.
    Inventor: Francesco Garbo
  • Patent number: 10384667
    Abstract: Systems and/or methods for controlling dual motor-dual clutch powertrains for HEV and PHEV vehicles are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method is disclosed comprising: determining the state of charge (SOC) of said batteries; determining the speed of the vehicle; if the SOC is greater than a given first threshold, selecting a charge-depleting operational mode of said vehicle; during operation of said vehicle, if the SOC is less than a given second threshold, selecting a charge-sustaining operating mode of said vehicle. In another embodiment, a system having a controller that operates the powertrain according to various embodiments is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Cummins Electrified Power NA Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Frank, Chan-Chiao Lin, Krishna Kumar, Anthony Serra
  • Patent number: 10384511
    Abstract: A climate-control system for a vehicle, comprising a controller in communication with a chiller configured to cool a vehicle battery and an evaporator configured to cool a vehicle cabin. The controller is configured to output a target chiller-pump speed based upon a difference between a battery coolant temperature and a target-battery coolant temperature to mitigate a temperature swing of air entering the cabin, and limiting the target chiller-pump speed in response to an available capacity of the chiller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Angel Fernando Porras, Timothy Noah Blatchley, Kenneth J. Jackson
  • Patent number: 10343671
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus for a hybrid vehicle may include a planetary gear set as a torque branching device disposed on the same axis with the engine; and a final reduction device having a final reduction gear receiving a torque of the engine and a torque of the second motor/generator, wherein, the torque of the engine is delivered to the final reduction gear through the planetary gear set, an intermediate shaft, and an output gear formed on an output shaft, and the torque of the second motor/generator is delivered to the final reduction gear through a shifting device facilitating multi-stages of torque transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: SungGon Byun, Chulmin Ahn, Seok Joon Kim, Junyoung Ha, Baekyu Kim
  • Patent number: 10348188
    Abstract: When an abnormality occurs in a first voltage sensor that detects a voltage of a power line on a high voltage side or a second voltage sensor that detects a voltage of a power line on a low voltage side, an estimated voltage of the power line on the high voltage side is calculated based on a detected current of a reactor that is detected by a current sensor that detects a current of the reactor as the detected current, and a step-up converter is controlled using the estimated voltage of the power line on the high voltage side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shintaro Tsujii
  • Patent number: 10328817
    Abstract: Provided is a control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle, a clutch being provided in a power transmission path leading from an engine to drive wheels, the clutch transmitting torque between the engine and the drive wheels when engaged, the clutch interrupting the transmission of torque between the engine and the drive wheels, the control apparatus including an ECU configured to execute drive control for consuming electric power of a storage device by driving a first motor, when the clutch is kept in a released state and the clutch cannot be engaged and an amount of electrical charge of the storage device is higher than a prescribed first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kensei Hata, Yuji Iwase, Yosuke Suzuki, Koichi Kato, Seitaro Nobuyasu, Taro Moteki
  • Patent number: 10328772
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for adjusting a ratio of friction to regenerative brake effort and running an electric air conditioning compressor to collect condensed water for water injection into an engine. In one example, a method may include adjusting the air conditioning compressor load of the electric AC system and the ratio of friction to regenerative brake effort based on a water level in a water storage tank of the water injection system. Further, the method may include directing energy from regenerative braking to a battery and/or to the AC compressor in response to the battery state of charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller
  • Patent number: 10321585
    Abstract: The metallic case of a power conversion apparatus includes a casing having a side wall, as well as an upper case and a lower case, a first area being formed between a cooling jacket provided at the inner periphery of the side wall and the lower case, the metal base plate dividing the first area between the cooling jacket and the upper case into a lower side second area and an upper side third area, first and second power modules being fastened to a top surface and a capacitor module being provided in the first area, driving circuits that drive inverter circuits of the power modules respectively being provided in the second area, and a control circuit that controls the driver circuits being provided in the third area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kinya Nakatsu, Hideyo Suzuki, Fusanori Nishikimi, Takeshi Matsuo, Toshiya Satou
  • Patent number: 10309364
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an exhaust heat recovery apparatus for a vehicle, in which a heat accumulator has improved heat accumulation performance and heat exchange performance, whereby an engine can be rapidly warmed up in a cold start so that fuel efficiency can be enhanced, a pollutant emission rate can be reduced, and it is possible to heat a passenger compartment immediately after the engine starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Jung Sam Gu, Hyun Kun Shin, Kwang Hun Oh, Young Ha Jeon
  • Patent number: 10253743
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a start of an engine may include the engine, a first motor connected to a crankshaft by a first connecting device to start the engine, a main battery supplying a start power to the first motor, a controller configured to monitor components of a vehicle according to a start command for the engine to generate diagnostic information and generating a reverse charging control command to supply the reverse charging power to the main battery as the determination result of the diagnostic information, and an auxiliary battery supplying the reverse charging power to the main battery according to the reverse charging control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kwang-Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10232726
    Abstract: A control pilot (CP) signal detection method for a vehicle charger includes: counting CP signals based on signal levels of the CP signals during a set period of time, when an input of the CP signals is detected while an ignition of a vehicle is turned off; determining whether a count of high-level CP signals among the CP signals is within a reference range, when the set period of time elapses; and outputting state information of the CP signals based on the determination of whether the count of high-level CP signals is within the reference range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Won Lee, Jung Hwan Na, Tae Hwan Chung
  • Patent number: 10227014
    Abstract: A charge gun and an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) are provided. The charge gun includes at least one charging terminal, a ground terminal, a control pilot terminal and an over temperature detecting circuit. The charging terminal is configured to be electrically coupled to an electric vehicle to charge the electric vehicle. The ground terminal is electrically coupled to an equipment ground. The control pilot terminal is configured to transmit a control pilot signal between the charge gun and the electric vehicle. The over-temperature detecting circuit is electrically coupled between the ground terminal and the control pilot terminal. The over-temperature detecting circuit includes a temperature sensor and a resistance of temperature sensor changes correspondingly when a temperature of the charge gun exceeds a safety limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Tsung-Yuan Wu
  • Patent number: 10208694
    Abstract: A method for controlling a plurality of injectors installed in the same cylinder of an engine may include determining whether an electrical failure occurred in any of the injectors, and entering a fail-safe mode when an electrical failure has occurred only in one of the plurality of injectors in the same cylinder. In the fail-safe mode, fuel supply to an injector that has experienced an electrical failure is cut off, and the amount of fuel injected into the cylinder by a normally operating injector is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Min-Kyu Han
  • Patent number: 10183569
    Abstract: A power generation control device is provided for a hybrid vehicle that prevents discomfort to an occupant in a traveling scenario in which stops and starts are repeated. The power generation control device includes a power generation controller that selectively carries out series power generation and idle power generation. In series power generation, a first motor/generator is used as the drive source and electric power is generated in a second motor/generator by an internal combustion engine. In idle power generation, electric power is generated in the second motor/generator by the internal combustion engine while the vehicle is stopped. The power generation controller sets a series power generation start threshold of the battery at which series power generation is started, and an idle power generation start threshold of the battery at which idle power generation is started. The series and idle power generation start thresholds are the same value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryohey Toyota, Masato Koga
  • Patent number: 10179506
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a motor, and a belt stepless speed changer device having a driving rotary body, a driven rotary body, a first shaft member supporting the driving rotary body with allowing rotation thereof in unison, a second shaft member supporting the driven rotary body with allowing rotation thereof in unison, and an endless belt wound around the driving rotary body and the driven rotary body. The vehicle further includes a transmission case configured to receive the powers from the engine and the motor via the belt stepless speed changer device and a centrifugal clutch incorporated in a power transmission line extending form the engine to the first shaft member. The motor is disposed on the side opposite the engine across the driving rotary body, and the driving power of the motor is inputted to the first shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Sumio Yagyu, Go Takaki, Shinichi Kawabata, Shigeki Hayashi, Shohei Nakai, Hiroki Bessho
  • Patent number: 10168373
    Abstract: A diagnostic device for checking a control signal wire between a controller of a motor vehicle and a charging port for a battery of the motor vehicle located on the motor vehicle side is disclosed, wherein on the charging port side, a first resistor is provided in the controller connecting the control signal wire to chassis ground, and a second resistor connected in parallel to the first resistor is provided. An evaluation device of the controller has a current source and/or a voltage source for supplying an electric current and/or a voltage independent of a charging process, and is configured to measure an electric current indicating a defect in the control signal wire, or a voltage indicating a defect in the control signal wire, utilizing the first and the second resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Sami Zaki, Niklas Schalli
  • Patent number: 10137787
    Abstract: A regenerative controller for an electric motor includes: a wheel rotation detection unit provided on a vehicle and detecting a rotation amount of a wheel that is driven via a crank rotated by human power; a crank rotation detection unit that detects a rotation amount of the crank; and a controller that calculates a first value based on the rotation amount of the wheel, a second value based on the rotation amount of the crank, and a control parameter based on at least the second value among the first value and the second value for regenerative control of a power storage device regeneratively charged by an electric motor that supplies driving power to the wheel, the controller controlling a regeneration amount of the electric motor in accordance with the control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuo Hosaka, Taichi Yanaoka
  • Patent number: 10118460
    Abstract: A hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and method of operation, which include an engine and an electric machine and storage battery coupled to power electronics, and a compressor and a chiller each having cooling capacities and coupled to refrigerant and coolant distribution and thermal management systems. The HEV also includes one or more controllers configured to charge the battery, and to adjust and control a charge-rate and cabin, battery, and coupled power electronics temperatures. The temperatures and charge-rate are controlled according to cooling needs established from a predetermined cabin temperature and charge-time, and actual temperatures of the cabin, battery, and power electronics. The charge-rate is increased, reducing the charge-time, as the predetermined cabin temperature is increased to reduce cabin cooling need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Noah Blatchley, Angel Fernando Porras