Specific Vehicle Architecture (ipc) Patents (Class 180/65.22)
  • Patent number: 10435026
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a chassis, a driveline and an accessory coupled to the chassis and configured to receive rotational mechanical energy, a first driver and a second driver coupled to the chassis and configured to provide rotational mechanical energy, and a power transmission device. The power transmission device includes a housing coupled to the chassis, a first input shaft configured to receive the rotational mechanical energy from the first driver, a second input shaft configured to receive the rotational mechanical energy from the second driver, a primary output interface coupled to the driveline, a power takeoff shaft radially aligned with the first input shaft and coupled to the accessory, a first clutch configured to selectively rotationally couple the first input shaft to the primary output interface, and a second clutch configured to selectively rotationally couple the first input shaft to the power takeoff shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Shively, Martin Schimke, Andrew Kotloski, Seth Newlin, David Kay, Chad Hartfiel
  • Patent number: 10414403
    Abstract: A control device that controls a vehicle drive device in which an input member, an engagement device, a shift input member, a transmission device, and an output member are disposed in this order on a power transmission path connecting an internal combustion engine and wheels, the control device includes an electronic control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohei Tsuda, Shoichi Ishida, Norihiro Muto
  • Patent number: 10384670
    Abstract: A method of controlling a hybrid vehicle in case of slip of a Mild Hybrid Starter Generator (MHSG) drive belt is disclosed. The method may include determining an amount of torque assistance or an amount of regenerative braking according to the MHSG while the vehicle travels; instructing the MHSG to output a desired amount of torque, based on the amount of torque assistance or the amount of regenerative braking; detecting an output torque from the MHSG to compare the output torque with the desired amount of torque; and determining that slip occurs in the MHSG drive belt when a difference between the actual torque and the desired amount of torque exceeds a preference value, and performing control for slip prevention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kwang-Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10358035
    Abstract: A hydraulic pump powering system includes a mobile vehicle, a first electric current generator device, and one or more electric pump motors. The mobile vehicle has first and second prime movers. The first electric current generator device is disposed onboard the mobile vehicle and is configured to be mechanically coupled with the first prime mover to convert movement created by the first prime mover into first electric current. The one or more electric pump motors are configured to receive the first electric current to power a hydraulic pump. The second prime mover is configured to generate movement that is converted into a propulsive force that propels the mobile vehicle. The one or more electric pump motors are configured to receive the first electric current in order to power the hydraulic pump to pump a fluid into a pumping location located off-board the mobile vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Douglas Cryer, George Wnukoski, David Kamensky, Ramesh Krishnan, William Halli, Alexey Gaev, Ryan Martorella, Tarun Shivlani
  • Patent number: 10351238
    Abstract: UAV configurations and battery augmentation for UAV internal combustion engines, and associated systems and methods are disclosed. A representative configuration includes a fuselage, first and second wings coupled to and pivotable relative to the fuselage, and a plurality of lift rotors carried by the fuselage. A representative battery augmentation arrangement includes a DC-powered motor, an electronic speed controller, and a genset subsystem coupled to the electronic speed controller. The genset subsystem can include a battery set, an alternator, and a motor-gen controller having a phase control circuit configurable to rectify multiphase AC output from the alternator to produce rectified DC feed to the DC-powered motor. The motor-gen controller is configurable to draw DC power from the battery set to produce the rectified DC feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Endurant Systems LLC.
    Inventor: Gregory Leonard McAdoo
  • Patent number: 10328931
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle has a drive comprising an internal combustion engine, has an energy converter comprising an electric machine that can be operated for recuperation purposes, and has a control unit that is operatively connected to an operating element, to the drive and to the energy converter. The hybrid vehicle glides when the drive is not in the propulsion mode of operation and with an electric motor operated in a recuperation intensity stage in a first drive state. Based on the control unit having made the determination that the operating element was actuated, the determination is made in the control unit as to whether a condition is present, whereby the duration of the actuation of the operating element is determined and it is determined in a comparison that the duration is below the time threshold value. If the condition is present, a changeover is made from the first drive state to a second drive state in which the hybrid vehicle is then operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jörn Christian Knaup, Vasoontara Thiamtong
  • Patent number: 10300796
    Abstract: A drive device includes a first energy storage, a second energy storage, a voltage converter, a driver, and circuitry. The first energy storage has a first power weight density and a first energy weight density. The second energy storage has a second power weight density higher than the first power weight density and a second energy weight density lower than the first weight density. The voltage converter converts a voltage output from the second energy storage. The driver is driven with power supplied from at least one of the first energy storage and the second energy storage. The circuitry is configured to interrupt current from the driver or from the second energy storage to the first energy storage. The circuitry is configured to control the voltage converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ito, Daijiro Takizawa, Kenji Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10290899
    Abstract: A secondary battery includes a cathode; an anode; and (1) a first polymer compound layer disposed between the cathode and the anode and being adjacent to the cathode, (2) a second polymer compound layer disposed between the cathode and the anode and being adjacent to the anode, or (3) the first polymer compound layer and the second polymer compound layer. One or both of the first polymer compound layer and the second polymer compound layer contain a polymer compound containing fluorine (F) as a constituent element and a conductive material dispersed in the polymer compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuhei Sugita, Tadahiko Kubota
  • Patent number: 10274027
    Abstract: A sealed actuator with internal clutching assembly including an output shaft, output detent ring, moving detent ring, and a wave spring, which is fit inside a sealed housing. The moving detent ring is able to move axially to the output shaft and the output detent ring is able to rotate on the output shaft. Intermeshing ramped teeth of these rings are held together by a wave spring and allow the output shaft to rotate and transmit torque of a motor through a main gear operably coupled to an output gear mounted on the output shaft to the outside of the housing. During predetermined high loads, the output and moving detent rings ramped teeth create an axial force that overcomes the load from the wave spring, which allows moving detent ring to disengage and output shaft to rotate freely to help prevent damage to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Martin R. Matthews, Anthony J. Povinelli
  • Patent number: 10214092
    Abstract: A power transmission system for a vehicle and a vehicle including the same are provided. The power transmission system includes: an engine unit configured to generate a power; an input shaft; an output shaft configured to transfer at least partial of the power from the input shaft; an output unit configured to rotate differentially relative to the output shaft; a synchronizer disposed on the output shaft and configured to selectively engage with the output unit such that the output unit rotates synchronously with the output shaft, and the output unit is configured to output power to drive one or more front and/or rear wheels of the vehicle; a first motor generator configured to directly or indirectly couple with one of the input shaft and the output shaft for power transmission; and a second motor generator configured to drive one or more front or rear wheels of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BYD Company Limited
    Inventors: Dongsheng Yang, Yubo Lian, Jintao Zhang, Hongbin Luo
  • Patent number: 10144307
    Abstract: A management system of a vehicle battery replacement system has a plurality of battery replacement stations for replacing a depleted battery pack of an electric vehicle with a charged battery pack. Each battery replacement station includes a coordinating device. The management system also has a control system in communication with the coordinating devices of the battery replacement stations and a plurality of client devices. The control system is configured to receive a request for a battery replacement operation from a client device, and select a battery replacement station of the plurality of battery replacement stations for performing the battery replacement operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NIO NEXTEV LIMITED
    Inventors: Austin Newman, Yadunandana Yellambalase
  • Patent number: 10118661
    Abstract: An apparatus controller for prompting a rider to be positioned on a vehicle in such a manner as to reduce lateral instability due to lateral acceleration of the vehicle. The apparatus has an input for receiving specification from the rider of a desired direction of travel, and indicating means for reflecting to the rider a propitious instantaneous body orientation to enhance stability in the face of lateral acceleration. The indicating may include a handlebar that is pivotable with respect to the vehicle and that is driven in response to vehicle turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: DEKA PRODUCTS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Robert R. Ambrogi, James J. Dattolo, Robert J. Duggan, J. Douglas Field, Richard Kurt Heinzmann, Matthew M. McCambridge, John B. Morrell, Michael D. Piedmonte, Richard J. Rosasco
  • Patent number: 10106150
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a driveline of a hybrid vehicle that includes an internal combustion engine, an electric machine, and a transmission are described. In one example, gears of a transmission may be unlocked from layshafts while an engine is stopped to conserve energy. Alternatively, the gears may be locked and unlocked from layshafts in response to vehicle operating conditions while the engine is stopped to improve driveline response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Joseph Ortmann, Yanan Zhao, Ming Lang Kuang
  • Patent number: 10000141
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a fuel cell vehicle are provided. The method includes determining, by a controller, a driving pattern of a driver based on driving information including acceleration and deceleration information. A condition for activation of an idling-stop of a fuel cell is then set based on the determined driving pattern and the fuel cell is stopped from generating electric energy when the condition for activation of the idling-stop is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kyu Il Lee, Seon Hak Kim, Seong Pil Ryu
  • Patent number: 9895984
    Abstract: Deterioration of a power storage unit included in a vehicle is prevented or the power storage unit that has deteriorated is repaired, and the charge and discharge performance of the power storage unit is maximized to be maintained for a long time. Attention has focused on a reaction product formed on an electrode surface which causes malfunction or deterioration of a power storage unit such as a lithium-ion secondary battery. In the power storage unit used for a vehicle that runs on the power of an electric motor, rapid discharge occurring in the acceleration of the vehicle or the like tends to promote the solidification of the reaction product. The reaction product is removed by application of an electrical stimulus, specifically, an inversion pulse voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9825509
    Abstract: A rotating electrical machine is provided with: a plurality of bus bars that provide an electrical relay between an external power line, which is positioned on the outside of a housing, and a multiphase coil; an insulation cover that is mounted on the plurality of bus bars with a prescribed gap between each, and covers at least part of the bottom surface of each bus bar; and a coolant supply means that supplies a cooling fluid, which cools a stator, inside the housing. A through-hole, which vertically penetrates a bottom surface, is formed on the bottom surface of the insulation cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Nagumo
  • Patent number: 9809107
    Abstract: A power transmission device comprises an engine arranged on a shaft and a first motor. A second motor is arranged on a different shaft from the shaft on which the engine is arranged. A first differential mechanism has a sun gear to which the first motor is connected, a carrier to which the engine is connected, and a ring gear to which the second motor and a drive wheel are connected. A second differential mechanism has a first rotational element to which the first motor is connected, a second rotational element, and a third rotational element to which the engine is connected, and is arranged such that the first motor is located between the first differential mechanism and the second differential mechanism. A case houses the second differential mechanism. A brake mechanism is configured to restrict rotation of the second rotational element and is arranged in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shibata, Hiroyuki Shioiri, Hideaki Komada, Yuki Kurosaki, Hong Nam Dang
  • Patent number: 9801307
    Abstract: A capacitor module includes at least one capacitor element (101) and a cooling structure (103) for cooling the capacitor element. The electrical terminals (102a, 102b) of the capacitor element are mechanically connected to the cooling structure to be in heat-conductive relations with the cooling structure so that at least one of the electrical terminals of the capacitor element is mechanically connected to the cooling structure via a flexible connection element (104a, 104b) made of electrically conductive material. The flexible connection element allows the corresponding electrical terminal to move with respect to the cooling structure when the distance (D) between the electrical terminals is changing because of changes in load and/or temperature, and/or because of ageing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: VISEDO OY
    Inventors: Matti Iskanius, Tero Jarvelainen, Mikko Piispanen
  • Patent number: 9783039
    Abstract: A power transmission system of hybrid electric vehicle includes an input shaft, counter shaft, an output shaft, first motor/generator, second motor/generator, first planetary gear set, second planetary gear set to selectively externally gear-connect fourth rotation element to third rotation element through counter shaft while being directly connected to counter shaft and to directly connect fifth rotation element to output shaft and selectively connect sixth rotation element to transmission housing, first transfer gear disposed between second rotation element and output shaft, second transfer gear disposed between third rotation element and counter shaft, variable direct connection device to selectively connect two of three rotation elements of second planetary gear set, and variable connection device to selectively connect sixth rotation element to transmission housing or selectively external gear-connect third rotation element to fourth rotation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Donghwan Hwang, Changwook Lee, Jongsool Park, Kangsoo Seo, Wonmin Cho
  • Patent number: 9764656
    Abstract: An electrically driven vehicle includes a first electrical apparatus, a second electrical apparatus, a low-voltage electrical circuit, a relay terminal block, and a high-voltage cable. The low-voltage electrical circuit is connected to the first electrical apparatus. The relay terminal block is positioned in the low-voltage electrical circuit so as to be electrically connected to the first electrical apparatus. A space is provided between the relay terminal block and the first electrical apparatus. The high-voltage cable is connected to at least one of the second electrical apparatus and the first electrical apparatus and is provided to pass through a space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Murase
  • Patent number: 9751518
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle drive system for a vehicle includes a first prime mover, a first prime mover driven transmission, and a rechargeable power source. The hybrid vehicle drive system further includes an interface between the transmission and the prime mover for coupling to an electric motor. The electric motor can be in direct or indirect mechanical communication with a hydraulic pump. The electric motor can receive power from the prime mover driven transmission through the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: POWER TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas Dalum, Joseph Mario Ambrosio
  • Patent number: 9738274
    Abstract: An engine electronic control unit of a hybrid vehicle is configured to execute in-abnormality starting control for starting an engine when the engine is cranked in a state where abnormality occurs to communication between the engine electronic control unit and a hybrid electronic control unit. The hybrid electronic control unit is configured to execute in-abnormality cranking control for controlling the first motor such that the engine is cranked when the abnormality occurs to the communication between the engine electronic control unit and the hybrid electronic control unit. In addition, the hybrid electronic control unit is configured to execute in-abnormality electric travel control for controlling the second motor such that the hybrid vehicle travels only by power from the second motor when the in-abnormality cranking control is executed but the engine is not started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Noritake Mitsutani, Toshiya Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9724990
    Abstract: A motor vehicle (10) has a drive train in the region of a front axle. A body of the motor vehicle has connection points (1, 2, 3) for a laterally arranged internal combustion engine, a vehicle transmission (15) and a torque plate of a motor vehicle (10) that can be driven exclusively by the internal combustion engine. The connection points (1, 2, 3) also are connection points for a hybrid drive train (11). The vehicle uses a modular design principle and can be equipped with differently designed drive systems, including conventional drive exclusively by an internal combustion engine and hybrid drive, without having to make structural modifications. The hybrid drive train may be a serial hybrid or a parallel hybrid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DR. ING. H.C.F. PORSCHE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Klaus Hoermandinger, Nikolai Henger
  • Patent number: 9643512
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a connector for coupling a battery in the vehicle to a load external to the vehicle. An energy management system includes a controller that is programmed to operate the battery in a vehicle according to a target state of charge range that is defined by upper and lower state of charge limits. In response to receiving a request to prepare for power generation at a destination prior to arriving at the destination, the controller increases the lower state of charge limit as the distance to the destination decreases. In response to the request, the battery is operated during the drive cycle to the destination so that the battery state of charge at the destination allows the battery to provide power to the external load for a predetermined period of time before an engine is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Thomas Soo, Walter Joseph Ortmann, Marvin Paul Kraska, Michael Duane Wallace
  • Patent number: 9627721
    Abstract: An electricity storage device includes: a first battery stack (15) including a plurality of cells that are aligned in a first direction; a second battery stack (11 to 14) including a plurality of cells that are aligned in a second direction different from the first direction, the second battery stack being placed under the first battery stack; and a duct for coolant. The duct is disposed along the first battery stack and is positioned between the first battery stack and the second battery stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Kosaki, Shigeru Fukuda, Shigeto Ozaki, Yasutoshi Mizuno, Toshiyuki Hara, Takanori Kumagai, Kenji Iida, Isao Nakagawa, Makoto Kobayashi, Shigeyuki Ogasawara, Shinsuke Azuma, Yoshiaki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9614464
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for controlling rotational speed on a rotating process machine, which for example is a turbine or a propeller, where the rotating process machine is connected to at least one motor and arranged to rotate with a given rotational speed given by the motor, the motor is connected to a control system and the rotational speed of the motor is arranged to be controlled by a control system. The rotating process machine comprises a load control arranged to be adaptable, the control system is connected to the rotating process machine. With the invention, one achieves soft transitions between several selectable rotational speeds and lower energy consumption by step by step adjusting the size and the rotational speed of the motor to varying energy requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: In Motion AS
    Inventor: Hallvard Slettevoll
  • Patent number: 9604625
    Abstract: A process for controlling a vehicle start-stop operation having a hybrid drive with an internal-combustion engine and an electric motor, a service brake with an ABS and an electric parking brake, includes: determining, monitoring and analyzing performance parameters of the vehicle, the internal-combustion engine, the electric motor, the service brake and the parking brake; automatically releasing the parking brake in the case of a starting prompt because of determined performance parameters; driving the vehicle by the electric motor for the start; starting the engine by the electric motor if the engine is switched off; driving the vehicle by the electric motor and the engine; activating a generator operation of the electric motor in the case of a braking prompt because of determined performance parameters; activating the service brake; and automatically locking the electric parking brake when the vehicle is stopped after a previously definable deceleration time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: Eduard Hilberer
  • Patent number: 9592747
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for controlling the powertrain of a vehicle, which powertrain comprises a first electric drive device for driving of a first drive shaft and a second electric drive device for driving of a second drive shaft of the vehicle, comprising the step of via power electronics providing electricity supply of a first electric motor of the first electric drive device and a second electric motor of the second electric drive device, comprising the step of providing said electricity supply from a common power electronics which supplies said first and second electric motors with electricity, which motors hereby are connected in parallel. The disclosure also relates to a system for controlling the powertrain of a vehicle. The present invention also relates to a motor vehicle. The present invention also relates to a computer program and a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Viktor Lassila
  • Patent number: 9527499
    Abstract: A hybrid powertrain has a turbine generator having a shaft. The hybrid powertrain includes a power-split hybrid transmission that has an input member, an output member, and a ratio-controlling motor/generator controllable to vary a speed ratio of the input member to the output member. The turbine generator is in electrical communication with the ratio-controlling motor/generator to electrically power the ratio-controlling motor/generator when the ratio-controlling motor/generator functions as a motor during a power-split operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Alan G. Holmes
  • Patent number: 9421857
    Abstract: An assembly includes a torque converter including a casing supported for rotation about an axis, a rotor hub secured to the torque converter casing for rotation about the axis, a leg member secured to and supporting the rotor hub for rotation about the axis, and an electric machine including a rotor secured to the rotor hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steven A. Frait, John E. Brevick, Keith A. Devereaux
  • Patent number: 9321352
    Abstract: An integrated truck and trailer power system comprises auxiliary power generation and storage devices mounted on a trailer, such as an array of solar panels mounted on the roof of the trailer and a storage battery mounted on the trailer, and switching devices for controlling flow of power there between and to an electrically powered HVAC system of the truck, whereby the truck can be maintained at a comfortable temperature by supply of power stored by the auxiliary power storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Arpin Renewable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Philip R. Pierce, Peter Arpin, Norman Cook, Jay Johnson, Jeffrey C. Flath, Gary T. Wenger
  • Patent number: 9302723
    Abstract: An interchangeable power train system for use with either a 3-wheel electric powered vehicle or a 4 wheel electric powered vehicle includes a power assembly and a drive assembly mounted to a support assembly and disposed in an operative communication with one another. A chassis assembly for a 3-wheel electric vehicle body and/or a 4 wheel electric vehicle body is provided, wherein the support assembly includes one or more mounts and the chassis assembly has one or more corresponding interconnects each dimensioned and disposed to temporarily yet securely interconnect to a corresponding one of the mounts on the support assembly. An interface assembly operatively connects the power assembly and the drive assembly to either a 3-wheel electric vehicle or a 4 wheel electric vehicle to permit operation by a user seated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Resort Vehicles, Inc.
    Inventors: Erika Pollitzer, Steve Bamdas
  • Patent number: 9283950
    Abstract: A drive device for a vehicle, which is capable of improving reliability of an in-gear operation for switching a speed position to an in-gear state while ensuring the degree of freedom in design of the drive device and realizing reduction of manufacturing costs thereof. When a transmission condition for transmitting motive power of the engine to front wheels via a first-speed forward position is satisfied, the ECU controls a first speed synchronization mechanism such that the first-speed forward position is switched to the in-gear state. At this time, if a condition of output shaft rotational speed?predetermined detection lower limit is satisfied, the ECU controls the rotational speed of the front motor such that a ring gear speed is reduced, whereas if the condition is not satisfied, the ECU controls the same to a predetermined synchronization assist value for suppressing the rotational speed difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Yamamoto, Shinsuke Ishii
  • Patent number: 9278612
    Abstract: A vehicle has a motor and an engine each serving as a driving source for running the vehicle, and assembled batteries each capable of supplying an electric power to the motor. The assembled batteries include a high-power assembled battery and a high-capacity assembled battery. The high-power assembled battery is capable of charge and discharge with current relatively larger than that in the high-capacity assembled battery, and the high-capacity assembled battery has energy capacity relatively larger than that of the high-power assembled battery. In running of the vehicle using output from the motor with the engine stopped, the high-capacity assembled battery supplies more electric power to the motor than that in the high-power assembled battery. The high-power assembled battery is placed in a vehicle-inside space accommodating a passenger or baggage, and the high-capacity assembled battery is placed in a vehicle-outside space located on an outer face of a vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Kenji Kimura, Takurou Nakayama, Hirotaka Watanabe, Nobuyoshi Fujiwara, Akihiro Sato
  • Patent number: 9174513
    Abstract: The present invention provides a heating control method for a fuel cell vehicle, in which an additional heating source is used together with a typical electric heater to reduce power consumption and increase fuel efficiency as compared to the sole use of the electric heater. For this purpose, the present invention provides a heating control method for a fuel cell vehicle which comprises an electric heater for heating air supplied to the interior of the vehicle, and a heater core provided in a coolant line for cooling a fuel cell stack and heating the air supplied to the interior of the vehicle by heat exchange with the coolant discharged from the fuel cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seung Yong Lee, Chi Myung Kim, Eung Young Kim, Gi Young Nam, Sung Wook Na, Hark Koo Kim, Kwang Ok Han, Kyoon Soo Lim, Yong Sun Park
  • Patent number: 9079504
    Abstract: An electric automobile in which a power control unit is disposed in a motor room formed at a front section of a vehicle: wherein a charging port or a power supply port is provided on a lateral surface of the front section of the vehicle; a charging connector or a power supply connector for connection to a charging power supply or an external device is attached to the charging port or the power supply port; the charging connector or the power supply connector is disposed in a manner so that a forward end thereof is located rearward of a forward end of a front wheel, and a rearward end thereof is located forward of a dash panel that partitions the motor room and a vehicle cabin; the charging connector or the power supply connector and the power control unit are connected by a cable; and a connection section between the cable and the power control unit is provided forward of the charging connector or the power supply connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Amano, Ryoji Tomokage
  • Patent number: 9073542
    Abstract: A method for carrying out a boosting mode of a drive unit (3), having at least one internal combustion engine (1) and at least one electric machine (2), of a vehicle (10), in which, in order to prepare the boosting mode, the internal combustion engine (1) is adjusted to an operating state with an increased acceleration potential, and in order to charge an energy accumulator (4) the electric machine (2) is adjusted to a generator mode. When a power demand which is increased compared to the current operating state of the drive unit (3) is present, the charging process is interrupted and at the same time the electric machine (2) is activated in order to increase the driving power of the drive unit (3), wherein the increased acceleration potential which is kept in reserve by the internal combustion engine (1) is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Sebastian Rüger
  • Patent number: 9061680
    Abstract: A vehicle drive system for a vehicle including a first prime mover, a first prime mover driven transmission, and a rechargeable power source can be configured for reduced fuel consumption at idle. The vehicle drive system includes an electric motor in direct or indirect mechanical communication with the first prime mover, wherein the electric motor can receive power from the first prime mover driven transmission and can receive power from the first prime mover. The vehicle drive system also includes a control system. The control system causes the electric motor to rotate the first prime mover at a speed so that an electronic control module associated with the first prime mover does not cause fuel to be provided to the first prime mover while the vehicle is stopped, thereby reducing fuel consumption at idle for the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Odyne Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph T. Dalum
  • Publication number: 20150148166
    Abstract: A hybrid power train for a vehicle may include an input shaft, an engine side driving gear mounted at the input shaft, an output shaft, an engine side driven gear fixedly mounted at the output shaft and meshed with the engine side driving gear, a motor side driving gear and mounted to rotate by the motor, a motor side driven gear fixedly mounted at the output shaft and meshed with the motor side driving gear, an output gear rotatably mounted at the output shaft, a one way clutch mounted between the output gear and the output shaft, a clutch device mounted on the output shaft, and a planetary gear apparatus engaging between the output shaft and the output gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong Yun Park, Kyung Ha Kim
  • Publication number: 20150148167
    Abstract: A hybrid transmission of a vehicle may include a first input shaft receiving power from an engine through a first clutch, a second input shaft disposed substantially in parallel with the first input shaft and receiving power from the engine through a path different from the first input shaft, an output shaft disposed substantially in parallel with the first input shaft and the second input shaft, a common shift module including a plurality of shift gears and a plurality of synchronous apparatuses, a motor connected to the first input shaft, and first and second planetary gear apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong Yun PARK, Kyung Ha KIM, Ki Nam KIM
  • Publication number: 20150148188
    Abstract: A hybrid power train for a vehicle may include a shift module with a plurality of shift steps of a synchro-mesh type provided on a first input shaft and an output shaft, a second input shaft driven by a motor and arranged coaxially with the first input shaft, a shaft clutch means for coupling/decoupling the second input shaft and the first input shaft, a motor side driving gear arranged rotatably on the second input shaft, a motor side driven gear arranged rotatably on the output shaft to be meshed with the motor side driving gear, a first clutch means for coupling/decoupling the motor side driving gear to/from the second input shaft, a second clutch means provided for coupling/decoupling the motor side driven gear to/from the output shaft, and a variable gear ratio providing means provided on the second input shaft to alternatively transfer a rotational force of the second input shaft to the output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong Yun Park, Jae Young Choi
  • Publication number: 20150148169
    Abstract: A hybrid power train for a vehicle may include an input shaft, an engine-side drive gear provided on the input shaft, an output shaft, an engine-side driven gear rotatably provided on the output shaft and meshed with the engine-side drive gear, a motor-side drive gear rotated by a motor, a motor-side driven gear fixedly provided on the output shaft and meshed with the motor-side drive gear, an output gear rotatably provided on the output shaft, a one way clutch installed between the output gear and the output shaft, a clutch unit provided to switch an operating state of the output gear and to switch an operating state of the engine-side driven gear between a fixed state and a released state relative to the output shaft, and a planetary gear mechanism installed to couple the output shaft and the output gear to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Jong Yun PARK, Kyung Ha Kim
  • Publication number: 20150148186
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine, first and second motor generators, a power split device, a propeller shaft, an automatic transmission, and an ECU. The power split device includes a carrier, a sun gear, and a ring gear respectively coupled to a crankshaft of the engine, a rotor of the first motor generator, and a rotation shaft of the second motor generator. The automatic transmission is provided between the second motor generator and a propeller shaft. When the first motor generator has a malfunction, the ECU restricts gear shift performed by the automatic transmission, as compared with a case where the second motor generator has a malfunction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Kenji Uchida
  • Publication number: 20150148189
    Abstract: A power transmission system of a hybrid electric vehicle may include, a generating device adapted to generate electricity by torque of an engine or to start the engine. an input device adapted to receive the torque of the engine. a speed output device changing the torque transmitted from the input device into two speed steps and outputting the changed torque. an auxiliary power source disposed between the input device and the speed output device and adapted to supply torque to the speed output device or to generate electricity by the torque of the speed output device. a final reduction device outputting the torque transmitted from the speed output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: JONGYUN PARK, Sungik Bae, Jae Young Choi, Taewon Kim, Wan Soo Kim, Yeonho Kim, Kyungha Kim, Jin-sook Lee, Min Sung Kim, Won-II Lee, Shin Jong Kim, Ki Nam Kim, Eui-Cheol Chung, Bung Chul Rim
  • Publication number: 20150148170
    Abstract: A power transmission system of a hybrid electric vehicle which uses an engine and first and second motor/generators as power sources may include an input shaft receiving torque of the engine, an intermediate shaft parallel with and apart from the input shaft, an output shaft relatively rotatable with respect to the intermediate shaft, a first planetary gear set including a first rotation element, a second rotation element, and a third rotation element, a second planetary gear set including a fourth rotation element, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element, a first transfer gear connecting the second rotation element with the output shaft, a second transfer gear connecting the input shaft or the first rotation element with the sixth rotation element, and a first clutch selectively connecting two rotation elements among three rotation elements of the second planetary gear set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Chang Wook LEE, Kangsoo SEO, Jae Chang KOOK, Jongsool PARK, Dong Hwan HWANG
  • Patent number: 9038754
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle is provided. The hybrid vehicle may include an engine, an electric generator joined to the engine, and an electric drive motor, comprises a driver seat on which a driver is seated; and an engine room provided forward or rearward relative to the driver seat. Further, the engine is placed such that a crankshaft extends vertically, and a rotor of the electric generator is mounted to an upper end portion or a lower end portion of the crankshaft such that the rotor is rotatable integrally with the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Izumi Takagi
  • Publication number: 20150129345
    Abstract: In a hybrid vehicle 3, a rear wheel driving system 1 is disposed further rearwards than an internal combustion engine 4 in a front-rear direction of the vehicle 3, and an exhaust passageway 80 extends from the internal combustion engine 4 towards the rear side of the vehicle 3 and is disposed so as to surround a first plane S1 which passes through a front end of a case 11 and which is perpendicular to the front-rear direction of the vehicle 3, a second plane S2 which passes through a rear end of the case 11 and which is perpendicular to the front-rear direction of the vehicle 3, a third plane S3 which passes through a left end of the case 11 and which is perpendicular to a left-right direction of the vehicle 3, and a fourth plane S4 which passes through a right end of the case 11 and which is perpendicular to the left-right direction of the vehicle 3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takabumi Suzuki, Keiichi Ooiso, Takeshi Hoshinoya
  • Publication number: 20150126329
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle has an engine, an electric machine connected to the engine by an upstream clutch, a transmission gearbox connected to the electric machine by a downstream clutch, and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to a commanded upshift of the gearbox, modulate a pressure of the upstream clutch. A method for controlling a vehicle includes, in response to a commanded upshift of a gearbox, controlling an upstream clutch to a first nonzero speed differential corresponding to a first inertia connected to and upstream of the gearbox to reduce inertia torque during the upshift. A method for controlling a vehicle includes, in response to a commanded upshift of a gearbox when the vehicle is beyond an electrical limit and a fast path torque reduction limit, slipping an upstream clutch and reducing torque outputs of an engine and an electric machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rajit Johri, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Wei Liang, Xiaoyong Wang, Ryan Abraham McGee, Ming Lang Kuang
  • Publication number: 20150119193
    Abstract: A transmission system of a hybrid electric vehicle may include a first shaft connected to an engine, a first hollow shaft disposed without rotational interference with the first shaft and provided with a first output gear, a second hollow shaft disposed without rotational interference with the first hollow shaft and provided with a second output gear, a second shaft disposed in parallel with the first shaft and operably connected to the first shaft and the first hollow shaft through a gear unit so as to selectively transmit torque of the first shaft to the first hollow shaft, a clutch selectively connecting the second shaft to the first hollow shaft, a first motor/generator operably connected to the second hollow shaft, and a second motor/generator operably connected to the second shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Baekyu KIM, Seok Joon KIM, SeongGon BYUN, Tae Hyun KIM, Buhm Joo SUH, Jae Heon LEE, Chulmin AHN
  • Publication number: 20150119194
    Abstract: A power transmission system of a hybrid electric vehicle may include a first input device, a torque transmitting device, a second input device, an output device, and a final reduction device. The first input device may receive either or both of torques of an engine and a first motor/generator. The torque transmitting device may be disposed at a rear or downstream of the first input device and selectively receive torque from the first input device. The second input device may be disposed at a rear or downstream of the torque transmitting device, convert torque of a second motor/generator, and output the converted torque. The output device may receive torque from the torque transmitting device and/or the second input device and output the torque. The final reduction device may output the torque transmitted from the output device as driving torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kyungha KIM, Yeonho KIM, Ki Nam KIM