Parallel (ipc) Patents (Class 180/65.25)
  • Patent number: 11187207
    Abstract: A compact air turbine configured to convert some of the energy from a stream of passing air into electrical energy. The turbine is placed on a moving vehicle in a location where drag is occurring and may in fact be placed in a location where additional drag is desirable. The preferred embodiments incorporate a movable inlet ramp or door to aid in self-starting and increase efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel Brett Perkins
  • Patent number: 11167747
    Abstract: A drive unit for a drivetrain of a hybrid motor vehicle comprises a first electric machine and a second electric machine, which, in respect of its rotor, is arranged coaxially with an axis of rotation of a rotor of the first electric machine. A first transmission stage is arranged between a drive component, which is configured to be selectively coupled for conjoint rotation to an output shaft of an internal combustion engine, and a power shaft of the first electric machine and/or of the second electric machine. A transmission component unit is provided, via which the power shaft of the respective electric machine is configured to be selectively coupled to wheel driveshafts. The drive component of the internal combustion engine is coupled to an intermediate gear unit via a second transmission stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Trinkenschuh, Steffen Lehmann
  • Patent number: 11167634
    Abstract: A drive train for a hybrid vehicle, in particular for a temporarily four-wheel-driven motor vehicle, wherein the drive train comprises a first partial drive train assigned to a primary axle and a second partial drive train assigned to a secondary axle, and wherein the first partial drive train comprises a first drive unit configured as an internal combustion engine and a second drive unit configured as an electric machine and a change transmission, is refined in that the hybrid drive train is inexpensive to produce, has low CO2 emissions in operation, and may be used in a drive train of a temporarily four-wheel-driven motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Gerhard Hofer, Hansdieter Wiedner, Stefan Tischlinger
  • Patent number: 11155256
    Abstract: A control system has at least one electronic control unit for controlling an internal combustion engine in a hybrid vehicle, which records at least the vehicle speed and the driver's desired driving performance and the driving performance specified by a safety control system or a driver assistance system. The control unit is designed such that, below a pre-defined vehicle speed threshold and/or in the event of recognition of an urban area, while in a purely electric driving mode, it only engages the internal combustion engine when the current desired driving performance exceeds a pre-defined upper threshold, preferably once the maximum tractive force at the wheel for purely electric driving is at least reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ferdinand Wiesbeck, Michael Etzel, Andreas Rank, Jochen Schroeder, Christian Glatz
  • Patent number: 11148530
    Abstract: A multi-purpose vehicle is disclosed that includes a mode change switch for operating a travel mode of a vehicle body and a mode control device for switching the travel mode of the vehicle body in response to an operation of the mode change switch. The mode control device switches the travel mode of the vehicle body between a two-wheel engine driving mode in which only an engine is driven, a two-wheel motor driving mode in which only a motor is driven, a four-wheel hybrid driving mode in which both of the engine and the motor are driven, and an OFF-mode in which none of the engine and the motor is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi Sakai
  • Patent number: 11149830
    Abstract: A torque converter for a hybrid module may include a hydraulic coupling arrangement, a front cover, an impeller shell, and an electric rotor. The hydraulic coupling arrangement may include an impeller and a turbine. The front cover may have a first rim extending in a first axial direction. The front cover may at least partially encase the hydraulic coupling arrangement. The impeller shell may be fixed to the front cover and may at least partially encase the hydraulic coupling arrangement. The impeller shell may have a second rim extending in a second axial direction, opposite the first axial direction, a circumferential ring at a distal end of the second rim, and at least one impeller blade. The electric rotor may be fixed to the impeller shell second rim and axially retained by the circumferential ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthew Payne, Patrick Lindemann, Markus Steinberger, Micah Steiner, Daniel Sayre
  • Patent number: 11117491
    Abstract: During running of an electric vehicle, a battery temperature control section performs preliminary temperature adjustment processing so that a temperature of the battery at a point of time of arrival at a reachable charging station is within a suitable charging temperature range. When the preliminary temperature adjustment processing is performed, a running control section performs processing for maintaining a remaining capacity securing condition that an estimated remaining capacity is equal to or exceeds a remaining capacity criterion value, the estimated remaining capacity resulting from subtraction of an estimated running electricity amount and an estimated temperature control electricity amount from a remaining capacity of the battery at a current point of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kenta Fukami, Atsushi Sakurai
  • Patent number: 11050272
    Abstract: Systems of an electrical vehicle and the operations thereof are provided. Inflow current occurs when components of differing voltage are connected absent mitigating components. Batteries and other components may be damaged by unrestrained inflow current. By performing a pre-charge, a battery line is gradually brought up to the voltage source potential. Additionally, by determining the observed voltage, while a lesser voltage is applied, to a connected component, a determination may be made if charging should or should not continue. If the observed voltage is less than that applied, a problem may be present and charging discontinued. As a result, high-voltage current that may be inadvertently exposed may be curtailed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11034232
    Abstract: A vehicle driveline system for a vehicle is provided. The system comprises a differential having a differential housing connectable to an engine via a pinion, and two output shafts being connectable with respective wheel axles, and an electrical motor being selectively connected to the differential housing. The differential housing extends into a hollow shaft having a radial protrusion provided with engagement means, such as splines, for connecting with a shifting sleeve, wherein said shifting sleeve is configured to be actuated for connecting the electrical motor to said differential housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventor: Kristoffer Nilsson
  • Patent number: 11001164
    Abstract: An improved electric vehicle powered by a plurality of rechargeable batteries which are discharged and simultaneously charged during the vehicle's operation. The batteries are discharged as the energy used to operate the vehicle is drawn from the batteries. The operation of the vehicle activates two power systems configured to generate voltage and to recharge the depleting batteries. The two power systems are: (1) dual-purpose electric motors configured to convert the mechanical energy created by the rotation of the vehicle's wheels into electric current; and (2) a thermocouple which converts energy created by temperature difference between two objects into voltage, a process commonly known as the thermoelectric effect or Seebeck effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Isaac M Aburto
  • Patent number: 11001252
    Abstract: A vehicle drive apparatus including a speed change mechanism, a first and second motor-generators, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor is configured to perform controlling the speed change mechanism, the first motor-generator and the second motor-generator so as to switch a speed range to a low-speed range, operate the first motor-generator as a motor and operate the second motor-generator as a generator when a vehicle speed is equal to or greater than a predetermined vehicle speed and an acceleration instruction is detected, and so as to switch the speed range to a high-speed range, operate the first motor-generator as a generator and operate the second motor-generator as a motor when the vehicle speed is equal to or greater than the predetermined vehicle speed and a deceleration instruction or a termination instruction of an acceleration is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiko Nakagawara, Takahiro Kasahara
  • Patent number: 10988131
    Abstract: A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which has an engine and a motor and travels using a power of the engine and an electric power of the motor, includes: a battery configured to supply a drive energy of the motor; a battery sensor configured to measure a state of charge (SOC) of the battery; and a controller configured to estimate an average mileage per cycle established using traveling information of the vehicle, estimate an average SOC per cycle using the measured SOC, and control a reference power needed for driving the engine according to the estimated average mileage and the estimated average SOC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Joon Kim, Young Chui Kim, Leehyoung Cho, Dong Ho Yang
  • Patent number: 10981560
    Abstract: There is provided a hybrid vehicle that suppresses overdischarge of a power storage device. In the case where a braking force is applied to drive wheels accompanied with regenerative driving of a second motor in an accelerator-off state upon satisfaction of a filter regeneration condition, when a state of charge of a power storage device is equal to or higher than a reference value, an engine and a first motor are controlled such as to perform fuel cutting of the engine and motoring of the engine by the first motor. When the state of charge of the power storage device is lower than the reference value, on the other hand, the engine is controlled such as to perform self-sustained operation or rotation stop of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichiro Muta
  • Patent number: 10985635
    Abstract: An axle assembly having a resolver and a method of assembly. The axle assembly may include an electric motor module that may be mounted to a differential carrier. The electric motor module may have a motor cover that may be disposed opposite the differential carrier. The resolver may be mounted to a side of the motor cover that may face away from a rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Smith, Mark J. Wilkins, Curtis Heimbaugh, Angel Begov
  • Patent number: 10967729
    Abstract: A power transmission system includes: a power source; a speed change unit, where the speed change unit is selectively power-coupled to the power source; a first motor generator unit; a system power output portion; and a mode conversion device, where the mode conversion device includes: a conversion device input portion and a conversion device output portion, the conversion device input portion outputs power from at least one of the power source and the first motor generator unit, the conversion device output portion is connected to an input end of the system power output portion, and the conversion device input portion is selectively power-coupled to the conversion device output portion; and when the conversion device input portion is power-coupled to the conversion device output portion, the rotational speed of the conversion device input portion is greater than or equal to the rotational speed of the conversion device output portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yubo Lian, Heping Ling, Zhen Zhai, Youbin Xu, Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10962111
    Abstract: A controller changes a shift line of the continuously variable transmission to a high rotation side when execution of automatic brake is detected during sailing stop which stops the engine while driving the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: JATCO LTD, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yusuke Oota
  • Patent number: 10958134
    Abstract: An electric machine includes a stator assembly, a rotor positioned within the stator assembly, and a rotor carrier coupled to the rotor. The rotor carrier includes a hub portion, a first cylindrical portion coupled to the hub portion and defining a first diameter that is less than an inner diameter of the rotor, and a second cylindrical portion extending from the first cylindrical portion and defining a second diameter that is greater than the inner diameter of the rotor. A first clutch is positioned within the rotor carrier and engages an inner surface of the first cylindrical portion of the rotor carrier. A second clutch is positioned within the rotor carrier and engages an inner surface of the second cylindrical portion of the rotor carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Chamberlin, Sven N. Altlay, Jomon Kaniampalackal
  • Patent number: 10948054
    Abstract: A combination starter-generator device is provided for a work vehicle having an engine. The starter-generator device includes an electric machine and a gear set configured to receive rotational input from the electric machine and engine. The gear set is configured to operate in one of at least a first, second, or third gear ratio in a first power flow direction and at least a fourth gear ratio in a second power flow direction. The starter-generator device further includes at least one clutch selectively coupled to the gear set to effect the gear ratios and an actuation assembly including at least one electromechanical solenoid device configured to selectively shift the at least one clutch from a disengaged position in which the at least one clutch is decoupled from the gear set into an engaged position in which the at least one clutch is coupled to the gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven R. Fliearman, Lisa R. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10946854
    Abstract: A control device of a hybrid vehicle includes a power consumption calculating part configured to calculate power able to be consumed in the electric heating type catalyst, and a power supply control part configured to select a route for supplying the regenerative power to the electric heating type catalyst and supply the regenerative power to the electric heating type catalyst. The power supply control part is configured to supply the regenerative power to the electric heating type catalyst without going through the battery if the power able to be consumed in the electric heating type catalyst is equal to or more than a predetermined value, and supply the regenerative power to the electric heating type catalyst through the battery if the power able to be consumed in the electric heating type catalyst is less than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hidekazu Nawata
  • Patent number: 10926622
    Abstract: A drive module for a motor vehicle includes a housing, an electric machine, a rotor carrier, and an angular position sensor. The electric machine is for generating a drive torque and includes a rotor. The rotor carrier is connected substantially rotationally fixed to the rotor and mounted such that it can be rotated at least radially. The angular position sensor is for measuring an angular position of the rotor carrier. The angular position sensor is arranged such that the angular position of the rotor carrier or a first component substantially rotationally fixed to the rotor carrier can be detected by the angular position sensor in relation to a second component fixed to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dirk Reimnitz
  • Patent number: 10919530
    Abstract: A method for decelerating a vehicle includes actuating an electric brake motor of an electromechanical braking mechanism in an event of a failure of a hydraulic vehicle brake to produce a braking force in an event of a failure of the hydraulic vehicle brake. The method further includes producing a decelerating torque in the drive train of the vehicle in the event of the failure of the hydraulic vehicle brake. The vehicle includes a brake system. The brake system has the hydraulic vehicle brake and the electromechanical braking mechanism with the electric brake motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Edith Mannherz, Tobias Putzer
  • Patent number: 10914349
    Abstract: A power unit of a utility vehicle includes a power source for travel of the utility vehicle, a continuously variable transmission, a gear transmission, and an output mechanism. The gear transmission includes a GT input shaft, a GT output shaft, and first and second GT intermediate shafts that transmit rotational power from the GT input shaft to the GT output shaft. The first GT intermediate shaft is disposed on one side with respect to the GT input shaft, and the second GT intermediate shaft is disposed on the other side with respect to the GT input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shouji Ozawa, Yoshimoto Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10875521
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a hybrid powertrain or driveline that includes an engine and an integrated starter/generator are described. In one example, engine power is adjusted based on a time averaged transmission input shaft power so that the engine may operate in a power region where its performance is enhanced to support operation in an off-road environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Lars Niklas Pettersson
  • Patent number: 10843672
    Abstract: A power split hybrid powertrain includes an electrically actuated brake that selectively engages a ring gear attached to a flywheel. The ring gear may be, for example, a starter ring gear. Engagement of the brake while the engine is stopped permits use of both electric machines to provide torque to vehicle wheels, thereby increasing the electric torque capacity of the powertrain. The brake is mounted for movement relative to the ring gear, and a mechanical linkage is attached to the brake. In the event of a malfunction of the brake that prevents normal operation of the powertrain, the linkage is manually actuatable by a vehicle operator to move the brake to an override position wherein it cannot engage the ring gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Kucab
  • Patent number: 10836375
    Abstract: Powertrain configurations for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) are disclosed. One powertrain comprises: a prime mover; an electric motor-generator, said electric motor-generator mechanically coupled to said prime mover via a first clutch; a transmission, said transmission mechanically coupled to said electric motor-generator via a second clutch; a battery, said battery electrically coupled to said electric motor-generator, said battery capable of supplying electrical energy to said electric motor-generator; and a controller, said controller capable of supplying control signals to said prime mover, said first clutch, said electric motor-generator, said second clutch and said transmission such that said controller is capable of dynamically affecting a plurality of operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CUMMINS ELECTRIFIED POWER NA INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Kaufman, Chan-Chiao Lin, Andrew Frank
  • Patent number: 10837371
    Abstract: A vehicle power supply apparatus includes a generator, an electrical energy accumulator, a throttle valve, a power generation controller, a throttle plate position upper limit setting unit, and a throttle valve controller. The generator is coupled to an engine of a vehicle. The electrical energy accumulator is able to be coupled to the generator. The throttle valve is provided in an intake system of the engine. The power generation controller allows the generator to perform regenerative power generation on decelerated travel of the vehicle. The throttle plate position upper limit setting unit sets an upper limit of a throttle plate position of the throttle valve on the basis of a state of the electrical energy accumulator. The throttle valve controller controls the throttle plate position within a range downward from the upper limit, during the regenerative power generation by the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takahiro Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10821964
    Abstract: A control apparatus for a vehicle controls a hybrid vehicle including a drive motor and an engine, both of which are linked to a driving wheel. The control apparatus includes: a regenerative controller; a fuel injection controller; a clutch controller; a condition satisfaction determiner; and a delay controller. The regenerative controller regeneratively drives the drive motor at the time of decelerating the hybrid vehicle. The fuel injection controller stops a fuel injection at the time of decelerating the hybrid vehicle. The clutch controller releases a clutch that switches a power transmission on and off between the engine and the driving wheel at the time of a regenerative driving by the regenerative controller. The condition satisfaction determiner determines whether execution conditions of diagnoses performed in a fuel cut state in which the clutch is engaged and the fuel injection is stopped are all satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Kaneko, Masahiro Ono
  • Patent number: 10780787
    Abstract: A control method of a fuel cell vehicle comprises estimating a load applied to an own vehicle that is the fuel cell vehicle and that runs on an estimated route by using current traffic flow information or the like in addition to the estimated route; determining whether an overload area is present on the estimated route by using the estimated load; and when it is determined that the overload area is present on the estimated route, performing an increasing process of increasing a cooling power of a cooling system to be greater than a cooling power set in an ordinary control mode before the own vehicle reaches the overload area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Bandai, Tomohiko Mizukoshi
  • Patent number: 10780789
    Abstract: A charging apparatus for charging at least one electric energy storage, in particular of motor vehicles, comprising a plurality of charging units, each charging unit having an AC/DC converter, a DC interlink circuit, a high-voltage energy storage and a DC/DC converter, wherein the charging units can be connected up on the output side as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Stefan Götz, David Köhler
  • Patent number: 10766349
    Abstract: A powertrain for a vehicle includes an internal combustion engine and a transfer case. The transfer case includes a primary output shaft, an electric motor, and a planetary gear set. The primary output shaft receives engine torque from the internal combustion engine. The electric motor includes a rotor and a stator. The planetary gear set includes a sun gear rotatably fixed to the rotor, a ring gear, planet gears arranged radially between and engaging the sun gear and the ring gear, and a planet carrier coupled to the planet gears and rotatably fixed to the primary output shaft. The ring gear is selectively groundable for selectively transferring torque between the electric motor and the primary output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Larry A. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10744867
    Abstract: A vehicle comprises a transaxle, a battery and a load carrying bed. The transaxle includes a casing incorporating a drive train and supporting an axle and includes an electric motor mounted on the casing to drive the axle via the drive train. The battery is provided for supplying electric power to the electric motor. The transaxle and the battery are disposed below the load carrying bed so as to overlap the load carrying bed when viewed in plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Kochidomari, Takashi Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 10746171
    Abstract: A hydraulic pressure supply system includes a mechanical oil pump; an electric oil pump; an electric motor that drives the electric oil pump; a control device that controls the operation of the electric oil pump; and a hydraulic pressure measurement circuit that measures a hydraulic pressure of the outlet-side pipe of the electric oil pump. The control device starts supplying electric power to the electric motor to thereby start drive of the electric oil pump before the mechanical oil pump stops operating, and limits the power-supply current to the electric motor to a first current or less during a time period between the start of the drive of the electric oil pump and the time when the hydraulic pressure measured by the hydraulic pressure measurement circuit exceeds a prescribed outlet hydraulic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaaki Komori, Satoshi Kawamura
  • Patent number: 10737680
    Abstract: An electrified axle system includes a pair of wheels, a super positioning torque vectoring differential coupled between the wheels, and a controller. The super positioning torque vectoring differential includes a traction motor and a vectoring motor. The controller operates the vectoring motor in speed control mode to reduce a speed difference between the wheels responsive to the difference exceeding a threshold, and operates the vectoring motor in torque control mode responsive to the difference falling within a target range and an accelerator pedal position achieving a value that depends on lateral acceleration associated with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Velazquez Alcantar, Joseph Jay Torres, Peter James Barrette, Rajit Johri, Ming Lang Kuang, Corwin Stout, Jonathan Craig Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10738868
    Abstract: A power train and related vehicle have a multi-mode power transmission with a first continuously variable power source (“CVP”) that may convert rotational power received by the engine for transmission to a second CVP. A variator assembly may receive rotational power from the second CVP at a first input and directly from the engine at a second input. A control assembly may include one or more output components and a plurality of clutch devices arranged between the one or more output components and the variator assembly and engine. In a first state of the control assembly, the plurality of clutch devices may collectively provide direct power transmission between the engine and the one or more output components. In a second state of the control assembly, the plurality of clutches may collectively provide power transmission between the variator and the one or more output components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Kyle K. McKinzie, Reginald M. Bindl
  • Patent number: 10730394
    Abstract: An electromechanical integrated machine (EIM) according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, an internal rotor coupled to a vehicle wheel and an external rotor coupled to a flywheel. An electrified vehicle according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first EIM associated with a first wheel, a second EIM associated with a second wheel, a battery having energy to power the first and second wheels, and a flywheel to receive energy from the first and second EIMs during braking. Each EIM includes an internal rotor coupled to the respective first or second wheel and an external rotor coupled to the flywheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Ayala, Francisco Javier Quintero Perez, Ruben Ochoa
  • Patent number: 10724493
    Abstract: A device for increasing torque of a crankshaft pulley includes: a pulley surrounding a crankshaft and connected to engine accessories; a planetary gear set having first, second, and third rotary elements, wherein the rotary element is always fixed to the pulley, the second rotary element is always fixed to the crankshaft, and the third rotary element is operated as a selective fixed element; a one-way clutch disposed between the first rotary element and the second rotary element to transmit rotational force only in a direction from the first rotary element to the second rotary element; and a first bearing disposed between the crankshaft and the first rotary element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Sambo Motors Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kum Lim Choi, Hyun Chan Kim, Eun Je Seong
  • Patent number: 10717352
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprises a primary drive machine with a primary drive shaft for receiving or outputting power, a secondary drive machine with a secondary drive shaft for outputting power, and a secondary torque transmission device having an input side and an output side. A torque initiated by the input side and discharged by the output side can be influenced by the secondary torque transmission device. The vehicle further comprises an energy storage device and an output device which supplies the power output to the vehicle. The primary drive machine can be operated in a first operating state in which power is output by the primary drive shaft, and a second operating state in which power is received by the secondary drive shaft via the primary drive shaft and said power can be stored as energy in the energy storing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: IVD PROF. HOHENBERG GMBH
    Inventor: Guenter Hohenberg
  • Patent number: 10703215
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, a vehicle powertrain includes an engine and an electric machine mechanically coupled by a clutch. The powertrain also includes a torque converter configured to fluidly couple the electric machine to an output shaft. A controller is programmed to command a rotational speed output of the electric machine to the torque converter based on a predicted torque delivered across the clutch. The controller is further programmed to modify the command based on a difference between the commanded rotational speed output and an actual rotational speed output of the electric machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wei Liang, Rajit Johri, Xiaoyong Wang, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Ming Lang Kuang, Jeffrey Allen Doering
  • Patent number: 10704614
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle drive apparatus, including a prime-mover-output-shaft, a transmission-input-shaft and a motor-rotor provided therebetween, each rotatable around an axis-line, a first-clutch connecting/disconnecting the output-shaft and the motor, a second-clutch connecting/disconnecting the motor and the input-shaft, a case-member having a radially extending non-rotating-sidewall-member and a non-rotating-shaft-member extending around the axis-line, and a rotor-support-member having a rotating-shaft-member rotatably fitted on the non-rotating-shaft-member and a rotating-sidewall-member facing the non-rotating-sidewall-member and extending radially outward from the rotating-shaft-member, and cantilevering the rotor, wherein the first/second-clutch has first/second-plates alternately and rotatably arranged in the axial-direction, a clutch-hub supporting the first-plates movably in the axial-direction, and a clutch-drum supporting the second-plates movably in the axial-direction, the clutch-hub of the first-clu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kohei Iizuka
  • Patent number: 10688982
    Abstract: A method controlling a state of a drivetrain including a set of couplers and reducers between a powertrain of a motor vehicle and one or a plurality of drive wheels of the vehicle, the drivetrain configured to take up a plurality of kinematic states each defined by a diagram of engagements of the couplers and reducers making it possible to link an engine of the powertrain to at least one drive wheel, the method including: calculating, before changing the kinematic state, depending on a current speed of the vehicle, a current kinematic state of the vehicle, and an intended kinematic state that is different from the current state, a change-of-state end speed; and comparing the change-of-state end speed with a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Gregory Planche, Frederic Roudeau, Aurelien Lefevre
  • Patent number: 10673358
    Abstract: An electric drive system includes an energy storage system (ESS), a power conversion system, and an alternating current (AC) traction system. The ESS provides or receives electric power. The ESS includes a first energy storage unit and a second energy storage unit. The power conversion system is electrically coupled to the ESS for converting an input power to an output power. The AC traction system is electrically coupled to the power conversion system for converting the output power of the power conversion system to mechanical torques. The AC traction system includes a first AC drive device and a second AC drive device. An energy management system (EMS) is in electrical communication with the ESS, the AC traction system, and the power conversion system for providing control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Jian Zhou, Fei Xu, Dong Liu, Hai Qiu, Pengju Kang
  • Patent number: 10668801
    Abstract: A powertrain (12) for a vehicle (10) is disclosed. The powertrain (12) comprises: a combustion engine (24), (ii) a drivetrain (14) having a torque converter (32) with a first state of operation in which the input (34) of the torque converter (32) is locked to the output (36) of the torque converter (32) and a second state of operation in which the input (34) of the torque converter (32) is not locked to the output (36) of the torque converter (32) for allowing slippage. The drivetrain also has a final drive (44) for supplying torque to the drive wheel (16) from the torque converter (32), wherein the final drive (44) is coupled to the torque converter (32) at a fixed gear ratio. The powertrain (12) further comprises: (iii) a first electric motor (28) configured to supply torque to the drivetrain (14) on the output-side of the torque converter (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ALPRAAZ AB
    Inventor: Christian von Koenigsegg
  • Patent number: 10661813
    Abstract: A system for moving electrically powered apparatuses is described, comprising at least one fixed supporting track along which the apparatuses are moved. The track is made by a tubular section bar having an opening extending for its whole length and at least one carriage is movably housed inside the track. The system further comprises at least one motor for moving the carriage in the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: I MOD S.A.S DI CECCATO LUIGI & C
    Inventors: Luigi Ceccato, Miro Vlasanovic′
  • Patent number: 10641241
    Abstract: A negative pressure air suction type fluid-driven power machine comprises a fluid pressure accumulation bin, a necking port, a flow inlet, a flow guiding cover, a fluid-inlet flow guiding cover, turbine driving blades, a turbine housing, a turbine shaft, a turbine bracket, nozzles surrounding peripheries of the turbine driving blades, a turbine fluid outlet, a fluid negative-pressure flow guiding cover, a fluid negative-pressure outlet, an external driving fluid inlet, an external driving fluid flow guiding cover, and nozzles. The negative pressure air suction type fluid-driven power machine is formed using a gravity acceleration fluid generated by a fluid flowing to a direction opposite to operation of an object as a main driving power source and using a fluid air suction phenomenon as an auxiliary power source, and can replace some effects of steam engines, internal combustion engines, motors and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Zijie Wang
  • Patent number: 10641358
    Abstract: An automated manual transmission may include an input shaft selectively provided with torque from an engine through a clutch; an output shaft disposed in parallel with the input shaft; a shifting device including a plurality of gear pairs, which have different gear ratios and are engaged with each other on the input shaft and the output shaft, and selecting at least a gear pair out of the plurality of gear pairs, by using a coupling member; wherein the at least a gear pair corresponds to a speed of a vehicle a motor shaft connected to a motor and provided with torque from the motor; and clutch devices disposed between the motor shaft and the input shaft to transmit torque in a first direction thereof and between the motor shaft and the output shaft to transmit torque in a second direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Soon Ki Eo, Kun Sa Ryu, Hong Suk Suh
  • Patent number: 10626953
    Abstract: There is provided a variable speed increaser including a planetary gear transmission device which changes the speed of a rotational driving force of the electric driving device and transmits the changed rotation driving force to a driving target, and a rotation rate controller. The electric driving device includes a constant-speed motor having a constant-speed rotor, and a variable-speed motor having a variable-speed rotor and driven in a regenerative mode and in a power mode. A rotation rate of the output shaft varies within an operation range between a maximum rotation rate and a minimum rotation rate. The constant-speed motor has a rated torque which allows the output shaft to have the maximum rotation rate by itself. The rotation rate controller changes the rotation rate of the output shaft rotating within the operation range by driving the variable-speed motor only in the regenerative mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Okamoto, Hiroyuki Miyata, Hideki Tonaka
  • Patent number: 10612609
    Abstract: A mechanical front wheel drive roller wedging control system includes a 4WD switch in a vehicle operator station, a roller cage drag mechanism electrically activated by the 4WD switch and providing a drag on a roller cage if the 4WD switch is in an on position, and a throttle pedal switch actuated by the throttle pedal and that deactivates the roller cage drag mechanism when the throttle pedal is released. In an alternative embodiment, a controller may deactivate the roller cage drag mechanism when a throttle position sensor or engine speed sensor is below a minimum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Jesse A. Braun, Jeffrey A. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 10576816
    Abstract: A transmission for electric vehicles may include a first input shaft receiving a rotational force from a first motor; a second input shaft receiving a rotational force from a second motor; a one-way clutch mounted between the first and second input shafts, transferring only a forward rotation of the first input shaft to the second input shaft, and transferring only a reverse rotation of the second input shaft to the first input shaft; an output shaft disposed in parallel to the first and second shafts; a gear shifting device coupled to the first input shaft and the output shaft and coupled to the second input shaft and the output shaft, wherein the gear pairs have different shift ratios, and a gear pair corresponding to a driving speed is selected by a clutch device; and an idler gear coupled between gears coupled to the second input shaft and the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Soon Ki Eo, Seong Wook Hwang, Chon Ok Kim, Il Han Yoo, Jong Yun Park, Seong Wook Ji
  • Patent number: 10562519
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a hybrid vehicle having an engine and an eMachine coupled by a clutch using a hybrid controller is presented. The method determines an idle fuel rate of the engine, determines a hybrid efficiency index for the hybrid vehicle, determines an expected energy storage rate increase for an operating condition where the engine is decoupled from a vehicle transmission using said clutch, multiplies the expected energy storage rate increase by the hybrid efficiency index to determine an expected fuel rate reduction of the engine in the operating condition; and decouples the engine from the vehicle transmission using the clutch if the expected fuel rate reduction is greater than the idle fuel rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen T. West, Aaron Rues
  • Patent number: 10557527
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical drive unit connectable with first and second motor/generators includes an output member, a stationary member, a gear-train, and a torque-transmitting device. The drive unit also includes a compound planetary gear arrangement having a ring gear structure, first and second sun gears, and a carrier structure. The gear arrangement includes first, second, third, and fourth junction points and has a double-pinion assembly having a first pinion gear in mesh with the first sun gear member and a second pinion gear in mesh with the first pinion gear and with the ring gear structure. The gear arrangement is operatively connected to the second motor/generator at the first junction point via the gear-train and to the first motor/generator at the fourth junction point. The output member is operatively connected to the second junction point. Furthermore, the torque-transmitting device is engageable to ground the third junction point to the stationary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James D. Hendrickson, Craig S. Ross