Battery Mountings And Holders Patents (Class 180/68.5)
  • Patent number: 11456499
    Abstract: Aspects relate to systems and methods for manufacture of a battery pack including a metal case circumscribing an inner volume circumscribed on all but one open side, where the case additionally includes a sealing rim positioned at least partially about the open side, a first component that includes at least two or more sides of the case, and a second component that includes at least one other side of the case, at least a battery module installed within the inner volume of the case, and an inner panel installed within the inner volume, between the case and the at least a battery module. In some aspects, sealing rim, first component, and second component are all joined together by welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Richard Donovan, Sam Wagner
  • Patent number: 11447194
    Abstract: An operating mechanism of a work vehicle includes: an operating portion that is provided to a side console disposed beside a seat and can be operated by an operator; and a switching portion capable of switching between a used state in which the operating portion can be used and a non-used state in which the operating portion cannot be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Norita Tottori, Hironobu Nogami, Satoru Yamanaka, Tadashi Nakamura, Hideaki Ezaki, Masafumi Oshita
  • Patent number: 11451109
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a driving device unit, a frame member supporting the driving device unit, a pair of first mounting portions provided on the frame member and positioned on one side of the driving device unit, and a second mounting portion provided on the frame member and positioned on the other side of the driving device unit. The driving device unit includes a drive device accommodating therein an electric motor, and an electric motor control device which controls the electric motor. The drive device and the electric motor control device are arranged in a horizontal direction. An electrical connection portion electrically connecting the drive device and the electric motor control device is disposed at a joining portion between the drive device and electric motor control device and inside a virtual polygon connecting the at least one pair of first mounting portions and the at least one second mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuro Tominaga, Takanori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11450912
    Abstract: A structural member for a vehicle battery tray includes a base that forms a bottom of the vehicle battery tray, a stanchion extending from the base into the vehicle battery tray, and a rivet nut disposed in the base and extending into the stanchion, wherein the rivet nut is sealed to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: DUS OPERATING INC.
    Inventors: Nolan Robert Maryanski, Amer Mansour, Walt Steiner
  • Patent number: 11440392
    Abstract: A battery system for an electric vehicle includes a first battery module with a first heater and a second battery module with a second heater. The battery system also includes a control system configured to selectively activate the first or the second heater to dissipate energy from the first or the second battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Proterra Operating Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Dustin Grace, Brian Pevear
  • Patent number: 11444352
    Abstract: An exemplary traction battery assembly includes, among other things, a battery pack and a securing assembly. The securing assembly secures the battery pack to a structure of the vehicle. The securing assembly is disposed along a horizontally facing side of the battery pack and is configured to move from a first position to a second position in response to a load to permit movement of the battery pack relative to the vehicle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donald P. Iacovoni, Paul L. Heirtzler, Jr., Hassen Hammoud, Randall Ray Roth, Brent Zapczynski, Michael E. Reibling, Christian Johan Owen Handley
  • Patent number: 11440436
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a housing case, a power storage module provided in the housing case, an electronic device provided in the housing case, an exhaust pipe disposed laterally of the housing case, and a cooling circuit including a cooling pipe through which refrigerant circulates. A portion of the cooling pipe is located between the electronic device and the exhaust pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junta Katayama
  • Patent number: 11431044
    Abstract: A passive battery cooler for a battery mounted on a vehicle, includes a battery case that accommodates the battery and attaches to a lower side of a floor panel of the vehicle. The battery cooler also includes a fixing bracket that fixes the battery case to the floor panel of the vehicle, wherein the fixing bracket and a bottom surface of the battery case constitute a ventilation passage that extends in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichi Tanaka, Sho Sakagami, Taisuke Hazama, Katsumasa Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11431049
    Abstract: Provided is a battery module mounting tray that may dampen impacts and vibrations, which may occur during the transportation of a battery module, by including a bracket to fix a side of the battery module. A battery module mounting tray includes: a bottom plate configured to support a plurality of battery modules to be seated thereon; and a bracket located on the bottom plate to fix the plurality of battery modules, and the bracket includes a first support unit to support a first side of the plurality of battery modules, a second support unit bent from both ends of the first support unit to support a portion of a side adjacent to the first side and located at an outermost side, and a third support unit extending away from a central region of the first support unit to support between the plurality of battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Deok Jo Kang
  • Patent number: 11420509
    Abstract: A floor anchor for supporting a webbing waist portion of a seat belt mechanism is supported by a seat rail that is a frame member of a seat cushion. The seat rail is supported by a rear floor panel through a fastening panel that is a holding member. An end portion of a battery pack is also supported by the floor panel through the fastening panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Saeki
  • Patent number: 11407298
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle comprising a chassis, a right track assembly and a left track assembly for supporting the chassis, and a battery unit comprising a front portion and a back portion with a center of gravity at the front portion. The battery unit is configured for connection to the chassis with the center of gravity forward of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: AMOS POWER, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Cedric Boe, Zach Kooistra, Kyle Boe, Terry Zwart, Louis Macuch, Broc Ducharme, Danielle Stalcup
  • Patent number: 11400829
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for battery-vehicle interface solutions for supporting use of swappable batteries in electric vehicles. A swappable battery may include a power delivery subsystem configured to deliver power to an electric vehicle when the swappable battery is coupled to the electric vehicle, and a power control circuit configure to control operation of the swappable battery. The electric vehicle may correspondingly include a power distribution subsystem configured to receive power from a swappable battery when the swappable battery is coupled to the electric vehicle, and a power control circuit configure to control use of the swappable battery when it is connected to the electric vehicle. The swappable battery may connect to the electric vehicle via a battery interface. The battery interface may include one or more connections for facilitating interactions between the swappable battery and the electric vehicle during operation of the swappable battery in the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventor: Hadi Hajimiri
  • Patent number: 11396340
    Abstract: The present utility model discloses a two wheel electric motorized cycle frame incorporating a case-free battery, including a frame main body with a battery containment framework disposed on the frame main body. The battery is contained by the battery containment framework. At least one side of the framework is removable to facilitate replacing the battery, and partition boards are inserted in the framework to separate out a protective cavity for electrical connections. According to the present utility model, the battery is placed in the battery containment framework, so that a battery case is omitted. The battery is safely fixed in the framework, and one side of the framework is removable to facilitate replacing the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Horizon Trade Group LLC
    Inventor: Romulus Edward Caroselli, III
  • Patent number: 11396237
    Abstract: A mechanical stabilization system for a battery assembly is disclosed. The system includes an actuator and a stabilizer that are configured to work in concert. The actuator and stabilizer are disposed in a housing of the battery assembly. The system may be implemented by depression of the actuator disposed in the housing, which causes the stabilizer to retract a support post into the housing. The depression can occur during a docking operation of the battery assembly with a lift mechanism for an electric vehicle. When the actuator is released, the support post automatically reverts to its previous, deployed state. The support post is configured to maintain the battery assembly in a stable configuration when the battery assembly is separated from the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: ARTISAN VEHICLE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kyle Hickey, Gaurav Mehta, Nicholas Dickson
  • Patent number: 11394078
    Abstract: A battery pack for failure safety includes a pack casing, a battery module of a plurality of battery modules secured to the pack casing by a battery module connection, a crush zone located beneath the battery module, wherein the crush zone comprises an energy absorbing material configured to compress as a function of the battery module and a crash force, and wherein the battery module connection releases the battery module into the crush zone guided by the inner lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Richard Donovan, Sam Wagner
  • Patent number: 11377157
    Abstract: A vehicle rear structure includes: a fuel tank arranged between a pair of side members; and a floor panel. The floor panel includes: a front floor panel and a rear floor panel that cover an upper surface and a rear surface of the fuel tank. and that have a roof section located above height positions of flanges of the side members. The rear floor panel has: a bottom surface located below the height positions of the flanges of the side members; rear vertical wall sections raised upward from both of left and right sides of the bottom surface; and rear flat sections folded to the left and the right at upper ends of the rear left and right vertical wall sections and joined to upper surface sides of the flanges on a vehicle inner side of the pair of side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Koike
  • Patent number: 11370288
    Abstract: An energy storage unit for a motor vehicle has a support frame which can be non-destructively detachably mounted on a body of the motor vehicle and a plurality of storage modules for storing electrical energy which can be mounted on the support frame. The storage modules are configured as intrinsically sealed units which can be arranged on the support frame from bottom to top in the vertical direction of the vehicle and can be inserted into respective corresponding receiving openings in the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Nihat Sasmaz, Matthias Nohr, Franz Maier, Shunsuke Amagai
  • Patent number: 11364782
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a plurality of battery modules for storing electrical energy in the region of an underbody of a passenger compartment of the motor vehicle. The underbody is delimited on each of the two sides by a side sill. As viewed in the vehicle longitudinal direction, at least two battery modules are arranged adjacent to each other between the side sills, wherein the battery modules adjoin the respective side sills and a deformation element is arranged in each case between the adjacent battery modules. The battery modules are protected against damage in the event of a side crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Fortesa Abdyli, Michael Ahlers, Gabriel Alejandro Freire, Maximilian Rolle, Christopher Schoenhoff, Hermann Seltenreich, Markus Strauch
  • Patent number: 11331994
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a coupling element for connecting vehicle components of an underfloor arrangement of a battery-powered motor vehicle, wherein the underfloor arrangement having a battery holder and at least one axle arrangement, the coupling element having at least one first connecting portion for fastening on the axle arrangement, and having at least one planar attachment surface for fastening on the battery holder, wherein the coupling element is designed in the form of an extruded multichamber profile. The disclosure also relates to an underfloor arrangement, for a motor vehicle, having two axle arrangements and a battery holder, arranged between the axle arrangements, wherein the battery holder has a side wall which delimits the battery holder in the outward direction, wherein at least one coupling element according to one of the preceding claims is provided, and connects at least one axle arrangement and the battery holder in a load-directing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: BENTELER AUTOMOBILTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Handing, Jochem Grewe, Stefan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 11332023
    Abstract: A straddled vehicle includes a body frame, a seat, a battery case storing a battery and inertial measurement unit, a drive wheel. The battery case is provided such that its bottom portion protrudes toward the position between the rear suspension and the rear wheel. The inertial measurement unit is fixed to the bottom portion of the battery case at a position above the inertial measurement unit. The bottom portion of the battery case is located in a space other than a space in which the rear suspension and the drive wheel are positioned when the rear suspension is in a most contracted state due to absorbance of shock. At least the battery and the inertial measurement unit partially overlap each other in a plan view of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kohei Sugawara
  • Patent number: 11325453
    Abstract: A mounting system is provided for positioning a battery in a vehicle, particularly between frame rails of a vehicle chassis. The system includes a battery housing that may include a base portion on which at least one battery is placed, a cover portion, and a side wall perimeter portion extending between the base portion and cover portion. A plurality of mounting brackets are coupled to the battery housing and configured for removably securing the battery housing to a structural component of the vehicle in a manner that allows for limited movement of the structural component, such as minor twisting of frame rails, without the displacement of the battery housing. Each mounting bracket may include at least one flexible portion that is elastically positioned to conform to a shape of at least a portion of the structural component. Methods for securing the battery housing in a vehicle chassis are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Friedman
  • Patent number: 11325655
    Abstract: The present disclosure is to provide a body structure of an eco-friendly vehicle for supporting a battery including an intermediate floor panel composed of a first intermediate floor panel connected to a center floor panel and a second intermediate floor panel connected to a rear floor panel; a rear cross reinforcement panel and an extension reinforcement member mounted on a bottom portion in a battery seating area of the intermediate floor panel; and an intermediate floor upper panel mounted on a front portion in the battery seating area of the intermediate floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hyung Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 11318994
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having a crash energy-absorption device includes a body, an electric hybrid drive or electric drive with an electrical machine and a vehicle battery, and an axle support. A support of the axle support is provided between the body-in-white of the motor vehicle and the axle support and/or a crash cross-beam for the axle support is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Karlheinz Volz
  • Patent number: 11312205
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle which includes an air intake grille for taking in air in a passenger compartment, an electric device, a case for accommodating the electric device, and an intake duct for connecting the intake port provided in the case and the air intake grille, where, when the air intake grille is divided into a region close to the intake port and a region far from the intake port in a vehicle width direction, the sum of opening areas of flow rate adjusting windows located in the region far from the intake port is larger than the sum of opening areas of flow rate adjusting windows located in the region close to the intake port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kengo Aoki, Hiroshi Kano
  • Patent number: 11316225
    Abstract: A battery container is adapted to be disposed at a battery charging station for containing a battery which has a charging port. The battery container includes a container body, a floating connector, and a coupling board. The container body includes a rear wall that is formed with a through hole. The floating connector extends movably through the through hole of the rear wall. The coupling board is secured co-movably to the floating connector and is slidable on the rear wall. The floating connector and the coupling board are movable relative to the container body and along a plane parallel to the rear wall when the battery is inserted into a receiving space of the container body to electrically connect the charging port of the battery to the floating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wen-Pin Yu, Huang-Wen Su, Sz-Wei Tsai
  • Patent number: 11312244
    Abstract: An open cabin electric wheeled vehicle includes a large-capacity driving battery having a volume energy density higher than the volume energy density of a lead storage battery, the large-capacity driving battery being configured to supply electric power to a driving electric motor. The vehicle also includes a fuel-type electric power generation apparatus that generates electric power using a fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mutsuaki Miyaki, Dai Sudo
  • Patent number: 11285796
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure for a vehicle having a battery and a rear seat includes a battery mounting portion provided on a floor in the rear of the rear seat and on which the battery is mounted, a cross member configured to reinforce the floor in the front of the battery mounting portion, a lower reinforcement portion configured to reinforce the floor below the battery mounting portion and to be supported on the cross member and both side members, and an upper fixing portion fastened to the lower reinforcement portion in a state of fixing the battery. The vehicle body structure is configured to protect the battery by absorbing and distributing the load from a collision, and effectively utilize the space of the rear side of the vehicle for installing the battery with the rear seat, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jiho Choi
  • Patent number: 11279219
    Abstract: A battery frame that supports a bottom of a battery pack mounted under a floor panel includes a plurality of first cross members extending along the vehicle width and having opposite ends coupled to the floor side members to thereby support the bottom of the battery pack, a second rear cross member coupled with a rear cross member and extending along the vehicle width to support the bottom of the battery pack, and first side members and second side members extending along the vehicle length and coupled with the first cross members and the second rear cross member. The first side members and the second side members are disposed such that their edge lines are connected along the vehicle length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuma Otoguro, Akira Nishino
  • Patent number: 11273697
    Abstract: A battery support structure for a vehicle includes a first peripheral member configured to be supported by a longitudinal section of a vehicle frame. A second peripheral member has an end surface that selectively attaches at an inside surface of the first peripheral member to enclose a corner section of a battery containment area. Prior to fixed attachment of the first and second peripheral members, a slip plane is defined between the end surface and the inside surface to adjust the second peripheral member along the first peripheral member to a predefined dimension of the battery containment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Shape Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Matecki, Dennis V. Rupar, James H. Dodd
  • Patent number: 11267327
    Abstract: A vehicle battery tray includes a floor assembly that has elongated tray sections that attach together at lateral edge portions of adjacent tray sections to form a floor structure that supports vehicle batteries contained in the vehicle battery tray. The elongated tray sections each have a substantially consistent cross-sectional shape that extends longitudinally along a length of the respective tray section. A first tray section includes a first attachment feature at the lateral edge portion thereof and a second tray section includes a second attachment feature at the lateral edge portion thereof that corresponds with the first attachment feature. The first and second attachment features engage together at a longitudinal seam between the lateral edge portions of the first and second tray sections, such as to align upper surfaces of the first and second tray sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Shape Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Robert Matecki, Mark Charles Stephens, Helen Weykamp
  • Patent number: 11267326
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle lower-part structure including: a pair of center side members; a main battery that is arranged between the pair of center side members; a support cross member connecting the pair of center side members and supporting a front end of the main battery from below; a pair of support brackets that protrude toward a center in a vehicle width direction from the pair of center side members at positions closer to a rear other end with respect to the support cross member, and support the main battery; and a cable drawn out from the main battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Nagaya, Yoshimi Toda, Kozo Kosho, Yozo Ikeda, Kenji Imai
  • Patent number: 11260722
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to assisting in closing a door of a vehicle by leveraging a Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) system in the vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting a position of at least one vehicle door, and when the position of the at least one vehicle door is an open position, determining whether to activate the HVAC system to reduce air pressure in a cabin of the vehicle. The method includes, in response to determining to activate the HVAC system, pumping air out of the cabin such that at least some of any increased air pressure caused by a vehicle door closure is removed from the cabin. The method includes, when the position of the at least one vehicle door has changed from the open position to a closed position, deactivating the HVAC system to stop pumping air out from the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Scott Louis Frederick, Scott P. Robison
  • Patent number: 11254224
    Abstract: A mounting and dismounting system for replaceable power sources is disclosed. The mounting and dismounting system is integrated into a vehicle. The vehicle may be an electric vehicle and the replaceable power source may include at least one battery. The mounting and dismounting system includes a lift rack assembly that engages shafts on the replaceable power source to raise and lower the replaceable power source. The mounting and dismounting system also includes a set of retaining members to help keep the shafts in place. The lift rack assembly includes rack members that move in a substantially vertical direction to limit swinging and tilting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: ARTISAN VEHICLE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Kyle Hickey
  • Patent number: 11251494
    Abstract: A battery enclosure for use in an electric vehicle where the structural support members of the battery enclosure are multi-functional and act to provide support for internally positioned batteries as well as provide additional strength to the framework of the electric vehicle. Furthermore, the structural elements can provide impact resistance to prevent unwanted intrusion into the battery enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Canoo Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip John Weicker, David Tarlau, Deborah Bourke, Alexi Charbonneau, Daniel McCarron
  • Patent number: 11247727
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a storage system includes one or more platforms to stow compute units of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle in a storage compartment of the vehicle. The platform is configured to support a compute unit of the vehicle to avoid a crumple zone of the vehicle. The crumple zone of the vehicle is designed to crumple when colliding with an object. The storage system also includes one or more shear fasteners configured to fasten the compute unit to the platform. The one or more shear fasteners are configured to break in a predetermined direction in response to a predetermined amount of lateral force. The breakage of the one or more shear fasteners decouples the compute unit from the platform in a controlled direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Woven Planet North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Charles Jones, II, Steven Son Khau, Azhar Kamal Meyer, Hannah Samantha Talisse
  • Patent number: 11239520
    Abstract: This disclosure details assemblies for mounting and supporting components within battery packs. Exemplary battery packs may include a first battery array, a second battery array positioned adjacent to the first battery array, a crossmember positioned between the first battery array and the second battery array, and a support bracket connected to the crossmember. Together, the crossmember and the support bracket established an assembly. Both the first battery array and the second battery array may be secured to the crossmember, and the support bracket may support a second tier structure above at least one of the first battery array or the second battery array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Rohan Gupta, Eid Farha, Michael William Danyo
  • Patent number: 11235671
    Abstract: An electrically powered vehicle having a generally rectangular appearance includes a rear seat disposed in a rear of a cabin of the vehicle; a main battery disposed under a floor in a center of the cabin; a power unit compartment disposed below the rear seat; a driving motor disposed in the power unit compartment; a PCU disposed above the driving motor; an ECU disposed above the PCU; and an auxiliary battery disposed in the power unit compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ikuru Konno, Takenori Kubo, Ryo Hattori
  • Patent number: 11235655
    Abstract: An assembly for a hybrid motor vehicle, in particular a partially electrified hybrid motor vehicle, includes a vehicle battery and a vehicle seat having a seat surface. The vehicle seat is connected or capable of connection to a vehicle floor of the hybrid motor vehicle by means of a seat bottom construction of the seat surface. In addition, the vehicle battery is furthermore arranged or capable of arrangement underneath the vehicle seat and above the vehicle floor and a first stiffened cross member, arranged in front of the vehicle battery in the direction of travel, and a second stiffened cross member, arranged behind the vehicle battery in the direction of travel, are provided. The vehicle battery is moreover connected to the first cross member by means of a first fixing arrangement and/or to the second cross member by means of a second fixing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Joergen Hilmann, Marius Sawatzki, Simon Jesse, Daniel Meckenstock
  • Patent number: 11233291
    Abstract: A modular battery system for a material handling vehicle is provided. The modular battery system includes a counterweight assembly, a battery assembly enclosing a power source and including a battery base, and a pair of channels removably coupled to the battery base and laterally separated from one another to define a counterweight slot therebetween. The battery assembly is configured to be slidably installed onto the counterweight assembly with the counterweight assembly received within the counterweight slot defined between the pair of channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. Confer, David B. Howe
  • Patent number: 11225168
    Abstract: An HV energy storage device for a motor vehicle as well as a method for operating the HV energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Sascha Staudenmaier
  • Patent number: 11228069
    Abstract: A battery pack provided with a plurality of battery cells, the battery pack making it possible to achieve higher safety than before during handling work. The battery pack is provided with a battery group in which the plurality of battery cells are stacked, and a housing in which the battery group is accommodated. The housing, with respect to a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to a height direction of the housing and to each other, has a dimension in the first direction which is made smaller than a dimension in the second direction. The battery group is eccentrically located on one side in the first direction in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: VEHICLE ENERGY JAPAN INC.
    Inventors: Hanzhi Yang, Takayuki Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11225151
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with two front wheels and two rear wheels and with an electric drive that is operable via a traction energy storage device. The motor vehicle has a front recess in the region between the front wheels for a traction energy storage device assigned to the front recess, and has a rear recess in the region between the front wheels and the rear wheels, arranged in an underbody of the motor vehicle, for a traction energy storage device assigned to the rear recess, and traction energy storage devices are insertable or inserted into the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Norbert Enning
  • Patent number: 11223080
    Abstract: A battery device for an at least partially electrically operated motor vehicle. The battery device includes at least one battery module with a module housing device, which provides at least one receiving compartment for a plurality of battery cells and surrounds same in the manner of a housing. A duct system conducts a temperature control medium for controlling the temperature of the battery cells. At least two cooling ducts of the duct system are integrated here in a housing portion of the module housing device and are deflected and/or brought together and/or separated there.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Inventors: Philipp Kellner, Jens Bohlien
  • Patent number: 11220169
    Abstract: An electric or hybrid sport car comprising a battery pack incorporating at least one structural element of the vehicle frame, and wherein said structural element can be removed from the vehicle frame only together with the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Favaretto
  • Patent number: 11214137
    Abstract: A battery support structure for a vehicle includes a plurality of side reinforcement members and front and rear reinforcement members. The plurality of side reinforcement members are configured to extend longitudinally relative to an associated vehicle frame, and the front and rear reinforcement members are configured to extend laterally relative to the associated vehicle frame. A plurality of module nodes are attached between adjacent ends of the side reinforcement members and the front and rear members to together form a containment wall that generally surrounds a battery containment area. The plurality of module nodes comprise corner sections of the containment wall, such that a length of the side reinforcement members or the front and rear reinforcement members is selected to provide a desired respective length or width of the battery containment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Shape Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Charles Stephens, Joseph Robert Matecki, Ed C. Pendergrass
  • Patent number: 11201372
    Abstract: A battery pack provided with a plurality of battery cells, the battery pack making it possible to achieve higher safety than before during handling work. The battery pack is provided with a battery group in which the plurality of battery cells are stacked, and a housing in which the battery group is accommodated. The housing, with respect to a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to a height direction of the housing and to each other, has a dimension in the first direction which is made smaller than a dimension in the second direction. The battery group is eccentrically located on one side in the first direction in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: VEHICLE ENERGY JAPAN INC.
    Inventors: Hanzhi Yang, Takayuki Nakajima
  • Patent number: 11198600
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a vehicle frame which is supported by first and second axles. A driver's cab, a lifting arm, and at least one electrical energy store unit are supported on the vehicle frame. The lifting arm is arranged along a longitudinal direction of the work vehicle parallel to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle frame. The driver's cab is arranged to a first side of the longitudinal axis between the two axles. The at least one energy store unit is arranged between the two axles to a second side of the longitudinal axis, which is situated opposite the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Weidemann GmbH
    Inventors: Fabian Radtke, Jan Prechel
  • Patent number: 11201370
    Abstract: A battery housing for a vehicle battery includes side walls which laterally delimit an interior of the battery housing, with a mounting frame running externally around the side walls for mounting the battery housing on a chassis of an electric vehicle, and with a floor structural element delimiting the interior of the battery housing at the bottom, wherein a first reinforcing profile for reinforcing the floor structural element is arranged on said floor structural element, and/or a second reinforcing profile for reinforcing the mounting frame is arranged on said mounting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignees: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Erik Hilfrich, Daniel Nierhoff
  • Patent number: 11201374
    Abstract: A holding structure forming at least part of a vehicle chassis for housing battery modules is disclosed herein. The holding structure has two side members, at least one of the side members defines one or more first apertures for receiving one or more battery modules of the battery modules. The holding structure may have at least one cross member that extends between the two side members. The holding structure has at least one mounting member projecting from the at least one cross member that is parallel to the two side members and that defines a plurality of second apertures that are each laterally displaced from a respective aperture of the plurality of first apertures. When received by a mounting member, the battery module extends through an aperture of the plurality of second apertures and the respective aperture of the plurality of first apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Giuseppe Ieradi
  • Patent number: 11198472
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle lower-part structure including a pair of center side members arranged under a floor of a vehicle; a first cross member and a second cross member connecting the pair of center side members; a main battery arranged in an underfloor space; one or more support plates arranged at a corner of the underfloor space; and a water tank placed on the support plate, in which the support plate is connected to both the center side member and the first or second cross member and connects the two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Nagaya, Yoshimi Toda, Yozo Ikeda, Ryo Hattori