Battery Mountings And Holders Patents (Class 180/68.5)
  • Patent number: 10974614
    Abstract: A method and system for swapping batteries in an electric vehicle is disclosed. The method includes dismounting a first battery assembly, moving to a second battery assembly and mounting the second battery assembly onto the vehicle. Mounting and dismounting are accomplished by an onboard mounting and dismounting system. The method can be used in a zero infrastructure environment such as an underground mine since mounting and dismounting are accomplished by components on the vehicle itself. An auxiliary battery pack powers the vehicle during between dismounting a battery pack and mounting another battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Artisan Vehicle Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Huff, Kyle Hickey
  • Patent number: 10978763
    Abstract: An exemplary battery pack cover includes a polymer layer and a metallic layer grounded to a chassis of an electric vehicle. An exemplary method includes shielding battery cells of a battery pack against electromagnetic interference and thermal energy using a multilayer cover that is grounded to a chassis of an electrified vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Hyung Min Baek
  • Patent number: 10967720
    Abstract: A body-on-frame vehicle includes a left frame rail, a right frame rail, a plate, a plurality of cross-members, a plurality of power storage modules, and a first electric motor. The plate is attached to both frame rails. The plurality of cross-members are attached to both frame rails. Adjacent cross-members cooperate with the plate and frame rails to define compartments. The plurality of power storage modules are disposed within a plurality of the compartments. The first electric motor is supported by a section of the frame rails forward or rearward of the power storage modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ari Caliskan, Arnold Kadiu
  • Patent number: 10968813
    Abstract: A hybrid cooling system of a vehicle includes a first cooling system having an engine, a first radiator, and a first water pump. A second cooling system includes a PE system, a second radiator, and a second water pump. A first cooling passage connects the engine and the PE system. A second cooling passage connects the first radiator and the second radiator. A third cooling passage and a fourth cooling passage connect the first cooling passage and the second cooling passage. Three-way valves is provided in the third cooling passage and the fourth cooling passage, respectively, to enable integrated cooling or individual cooling by opening and closing of the three-way valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kil Young Youn
  • Patent number: 10964984
    Abstract: A battery installation for an at least partially electrically operated motor vehicle and to a motor vehicle having such a battery installation. The battery installation includes a receptacle installation for providing a receptacle space for at least one battery module having at least one battery cell. The receptacle installation includes an upper part-structure which delimits the receptacle space in an upward and/or a lateral manner, and a lower part-structure which delimits the receptacle space in a downward manner. The lower part-structure herein includes an upper component that is configured so as to be planar, and a lower component that is configured so as to be planar, and at least one reinforcement component that is disposed between the upper component and the lower component and is configured as a hollow profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Philipp Kellner, Jens Bohlien
  • Patent number: 10960748
    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: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Shape Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph Robert Matecki, Mark Charles Stephens, Helen Weykamp
  • Patent number: 10958053
    Abstract: A bracket for supporting at least one electrical device includes a pair of legs engaging one another in an interlocking manner. Each of the legs includes an end portion and a pair of rails connected to the associated end portion, and each end portion is configured to be secured to a support member. Each pair of rails extends from the associated end portion in a parallel orientation, and the rails are laterally spaced apart from one another. The pair of rails of one leg is coupled to the pair of rails of the other leg and the pair of rails of the one leg is slidable relative to the pair of rails of the other leg to change the distance between the end portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Krzysztof Korcz, Steven J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10953926
    Abstract: A protective cage assembly includes a frame, a bracket assembly mounted to a first tubular member of the frame, a gusset of the bracket assembly extending between the bracket assembly and a second tubular member of the frame, and a third tubular member of the frame removably received by the bracket assembly. The protective cage assembly may be mounted within a cargo space of an electrified vehicle for both protecting the battery pack and establishing a load bearing floor of the cargo space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Howard Saunders, Wayne Haider, Catherine Bansek, Steven Michael Cyr, Luke Allen Pontz, Sahil Nagpal, Jeffery Gilchrist
  • Patent number: 10946508
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power tool and battery pack assembly including a battery pack (18) for connection with the power tool (1) to provide power for the operation of the power tool (1) when connected thereto. The battery pack (18) includes a plurality of power cells and connection means (40, 42) are provided to allow the selective supply of power at least a first or second voltage level to the power tool (1) from the battery pack (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: KOKI HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Rients Bakker
  • Patent number: 10950905
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery module, as well as a battery pack and a vehicle comprising the same. The battery module includes a plurality of battery cells arranged side by side to face each other in at least one direction, a cooling plate located below the plurality of battery cells, and a heat transfer tape adhered to the battery cells to transfer heat of the battery cells to the cooling plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mi-Geum Choi, Dal-Mo Kang, Jeong-O Mun, Yoon-Koo Lee
  • Patent number: 10938005
    Abstract: The assembly of motor scooters has not yet been sufficiently solved. According to the invention, the object is achieved by a seat assembly (70), in particular a battery assembly (70), for a motor vehicle (10), comprising: a frame (21), in particular comprising a battery housing (21); a saddle (20) arranged on the frame (21) and detachably connected to the frame (21) by a securing element; a compartment (150, 150?) having a drawer (152) arranged extendible within the compartment (150, 150?), wherein: the securing element is adapted to: release the saddle (20) in a release position; and secure the saddle (20) in an anchoring position, wherein the securing element is arranged and adapted such that the securing element is actuated and/or released when the drawer (152) is pulled out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: UJET S.A.
    Inventors: Yuri Koropachinsky, Patrick David
  • Patent number: 10919375
    Abstract: A device that supports a motor vehicle component includes a plate that is equipped with a securing device for securing a protective casing of the component and an attachment device for attaching to a structural element of the chassis of the motor vehicle. The attachment device is designed to break in the event of a collision involving the motor vehicle. The support device also includes a deflector that forms a ramp tilted upwards, one end of which extends at the height of the plate and an opposing end of which is tilted relative to the plate. This support device helps protect the occupant in case of a frontal impact collision by preventing rigid members from stacking up in a critical manner in the engine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s
    Inventors: Lionel Blanc, Celine Lafoy
  • Patent number: 10923786
    Abstract: A housing assembly and a method of manufacturing the housing assembly. The housing assembly includes a trap portion and a heat transfer portion. A first plate member of the heat transfer portion has one or more first and second flanges having a length L1 and L2. A second plate member of the heat transfer portion has one or more first and second flanges having a length L3 and L4 that are larger than the lengths L1 and L2. At least a portion of the one or more first and second flanges of the first plate member are integrally connected to at least a portion of said one or more first and second flanges of said second plate member. Additionally, at least a portion of the one or more first and second flanges of the second plate member are overmoulded within the tray portion of the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly D. Puckett
  • Patent number: 10913329
    Abstract: A component system for ventilating a trunk compartment area and a motor vehicle for the purpose of cooling at least one unit located in the trunk compartment area and a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger motor vehicle. The component system has a loading floor for storing objects, the trunk compartment area can be arranged below the loading floor, and a first component which delimits the trunk compartment area in sections, in particular a bodyshell component. Between the loading floor and the first component, at least one passage is arranged for guiding an air flow into the trunk compartment area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Harald Roesemann, Jennifer Paschke, Dennis Leip, Adriano Podda, Christian Wendl
  • Patent number: 10910613
    Abstract: An exemplary retention assembly includes a plurality of battery cells, a heat exchange structure, and a strap that pulls together the heat exchange structure and the plurality of battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Daniel Maguire, Brian Utley
  • Patent number: 10894471
    Abstract: A mounting structure for a power conversion device includes: a vehicle body component extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle; a mounting component provided on the vehicle body component; a drive unit held by the vehicle body component via the mounting component; and a power conversion device attached to the mounting component. A stiffness of the mounting component is greater than a stiffness of the vehicle body component. The power conversion device is arranged between a front end and a rear end of the drive unit in a side view of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Yokoyama, Mikio Nozaki, Hiroki Wada, Takahiro Kurosawa, Takeshi Hamamoto, Anna Hayashi, Tomoya Kamada, Takashi Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 10864816
    Abstract: A structure for a lower portion of a vehicle body includes a right side sill (14), a right floor frame (17), a right cross member (68), and a muffler. A fuel tank is provided on an inner side of the right floor frame (17) in a vehicle width direction. The right cross member (68) spans between the right floor frame (17) and the right side sill (14) and extends in the vehicle width direction. Furthermore, the muffler is provided in a region enclosed by the right side sill (14), the right floor frame (17), and the right cross member (68). The right cross member (68) has an upward deformation guiding part (77). The upward deformation guiding part (77) is formed to be able to be deformed upward due to an impact load (F2) input to the right side sill (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kato, Masaaki Yamane, Satoru Kawabe, Takenobu Haga, Ken Yasui
  • Patent number: 10864828
    Abstract: The present invention relates to all terrain vehicles having at least a pair of laterally spaced apart seating surfaces. More particularly, the present invention relates to trail compliant side-by-side all terrain vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Larry Sunsdahl, Aaron David Deckard, Marcus Johannes Tullemans, Jason Carl Plugge, Alan A. Meyer, Brian Michael Safranski
  • Patent number: 10857871
    Abstract: A vehicle rear structure prevents early deterioration of fastening portions on side members of a battery pack having a large mass caused by vertical vibrations during travelling of a vehicle. The vehicle rear structure includes a pair of side members disposed on right and left sides of the vehicle in a width direction of the vehicle and extending in a front-rear direction of the vehicle, and a battery pack whose bottom surface side is fastened to the side members. The vehicle rear structure also includes an upper back skeletal member extending in the width direction of the vehicle above the battery pack and fixed to the body of the vehicle, in which an upper surface side of the battery pack is fixed to the upper back skeletal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Fumiaki Sato
  • Patent number: 10862088
    Abstract: A battery case for securing and mechanically isolating a battery from a vehicle having an OEM battery holder. The battery case includes an adapter for securing the battery case to the vehicle. The adapter is configured for placement within a receiving cavity defined by the OEM battery holder. The adapter has a footprint that is substantially identical to the footprint of the battery. The adapter further has securement features that are substantially identical to the securement features on the battery. The battery case further includes a lower battery containment plate for supporting the battery thereon. The battery case still further includes at least one shock absorbing element positioned between the adapter and the lower battery containment plate for absorbing shocks and vibrations received from the vehicle so as to mechanically isolate the battery from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Savior Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Clayton Templeman, Brock Christian Templeman
  • Patent number: 10847771
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle including: an internal battery pack that has an internal battery module and an internal case housing the internal battery module, and is disposed inside the vehicle; and an external battery pack that has an external battery module and an external case housing the external battery module, and is disposed outside the vehicle, wherein an air exchange rate of the internal case is higher than an air exchange rate of the external case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Goitsuka, Koichi Tanaka, Hiroya Mizuta
  • Patent number: 10840489
    Abstract: For improved attachment of an energy accumulator to an underbody of a motor vehicle, an attachment device has a top side that is designed to be attached to the underbody via attachment fasteners and an underside that is designed to be connected to a top side of the energy accumulator. The underside of the attachment device and the top side of the energy accumulator are integrally bonded by an adhesive at least in a region remote from outer edges of the top side of the energy accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Marcus Raepple
  • Patent number: 10840488
    Abstract: A battery fixing device includes: a receiving member on which two batteries are placed parallel to each other; a retainer having a portion hanging down between the two batteries to retain mutually opposed shoulder portions of the two batteries: rods having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being fixed to the receiving member and the distal end passing through each end of the retainer; and nuts threadably engaged with the distal ends of the rods. The rods penetrate through the retainer within the range in which the two batteries are opposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeaki Izumi, Tatsuya Fujino
  • Patent number: 10833305
    Abstract: Methods and systems for warming a battery of a vehicle. The battery is configured to power a motor of the vehicle. The system includes a vent located below the battery and within an opening in the bottom surface of the vehicle, the vent configured to be in an open state or a closed state, the opening being substantially open when the vent is in the open state and the opening being substantially covered when the vent is in the closed state. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the vent and the battery and configured to determine whether a temperature of the battery is below a threshold temperature, and cause the vent to move from the closed state to the open state when the temperature of the battery is below the threshold temperature to allow the battery to directly absorb heat radiated from the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Geoffrey D. Gaither
  • Patent number: 10829156
    Abstract: A vehicle lower structure includes: a battery pack provided under a floor of a vehicle cabin; a framework member fixed to a bottom surface of the case, the framework member extending across the case in a vehicle width direction; a first extension framework member detachably attached to one end of the framework member in the vehicle width direction such that at least one of distal ends of the first extension framework member in the vehicle width direction is located outward of one end of the case in the vehicle width direction; and a second extension framework member detachably attached to the other end of the framework member in the vehicle width direction such that at least one of distal ends of the second extension framework member in the vehicle width direction is located outward of the other end of the case in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuma Otoguro, Yuya Saruwatari, Toshiharu Shinya, Shinobu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10826032
    Abstract: A battery pack includes: at least one battery module; a housing; and attachment members. The at least one battery module is housed in the housing. The attachment members are coupled to the housing, and attachable to a vehicle body. The housing is positioned under a floor of a vehicle. Each of the attachment members extends from a side of the housing to another side along a lower surface of the housing. Lower surfaces of the attachment members are coupled to a plate member. A lower portion of the battery pack has a double-bottomed part formed by the plate member and a bottom surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masahiro Kaneshige
  • Patent number: 10818887
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power storage device capable of preventing deterioration of sealability even when a pulling force is applied to a casing and having high safety and excellent durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., ELIIY Power Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoya Makabe, Takeshi Yanagisawa, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Masaharu Nakamori, Hideyuki Sugiyama, Hiroshi Sato, Takeshi Sawada, Kazutoshi Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 10814710
    Abstract: The lower part structure of a vehicle includes a battery unit disposed under the floor of the vehicle and attached to the body or the chassis of the vehicle at one or more battery attaching positions, and an under-cover including one or more first cover segments and one or more second cover segments, wherein the one or more first cover segments cover the battery attaching position from below, and the one or more second cover segments are attached to the battery unit and do not cover the battery attaching position from below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koyo Nagano, Ryosuke Fukui
  • Patent number: 10808703
    Abstract: A multistage centrifugal pump has a foot part (2) and a head part (9), between which pump stages are integrated. The head part (9) and the foot part (2) are connected via tie-rods (11) which with one end are fastened on the head part (9) and with the other end are fastened on the foot part (2). The tie-rods (11) at one end comprise a thread (14), with which they are tightened on the head part (9). The tie-rods (11) are formed from sheet metal. At the end opposite the thread, the tie-rods include a recess, with which recess the tie-rods are each positively fixed on the foot part (2), at least in the tensile direction (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GRUNDFOS HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Steen Mikkelsen, Niels Due Jensen, Brian Lundsted Poulsen
  • Patent number: 10800244
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a motor vehicle with an exhaust silencer arranged at a rear axle. At least one battery receptacle is arranged adjacent to and at least partially at a side and/or rear of the vehicle component on a rear floor, and formed as a tray. At least one battery is arranged at least partially in the battery receptacle. At least one deflector element is arranged between the battery receptacle and the vehicle component. And the deflector element is configured such that the vehicle component, standing in contact with the deflector element due to a sideways and/or forward displacement of the vehicle component, is pressed downward by the exhaust silencer in a floor direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marius Sawatzki, Hauke Weber, Jozsef Toth, Daniel Meckenstock
  • Patent number: 10800459
    Abstract: A vehicle side portion structure that includes: a pair of rockers that, at vehicle side portions, respectively extend along a vehicle longitudinal direction at both outer sides in a vehicle transverse direction of a floor panel that is a floor portion of a vehicle cabin interior, first impact absorbing portions that form closed cross-sectional structures and that, at a time of a side collision of a vehicle, plastically deform and absorb collision energy being provided at interiors of the pair of rockers; and side doors that open and close door opening portions of the vehicle side portions, second impact absorbing portions, which form closed cross-sectional structures and, at the time of a side collision of the vehicle, plastically deform and absorb collision energy, being provided at lower portions of interiors of the side doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ayukawa
  • Patent number: 10787070
    Abstract: An electric vehicle, having a floor assembly including lateral longitudinal carriers, front and rear crossmembers, a vehicle undertray which extends between the lateral longitudinal carriers and the crossmembers and a passenger compartment floor which extends above the vehicle undertray, a technical space between the passenger compartment floor and the vehicle undertray in a rear section of the floor assembly, in which rear section rear seats are mounted above the passenger compartment floor. Furthermore, the electric vehicle includes at least one electric machine and a traction battery arranged below the floor assembly and on the floor assembly. Starting from the passenger compartment floor, the rear crossmember extends as far as into the region of the vehicle undertray and closes the technical space at a rear end. The traction battery is mounted on the lateral longitudinal carriers and on the front and rear crossmembers, and is sealed circumferentially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Joachim Kappich
  • Patent number: 10790555
    Abstract: Disclosed is a temperature-raising system for a battery module, which includes a heater assembly including a heater and a heater cover. The temperature-raising system includes: a battery module that includes one or more batteries; two or more heater assemblies that are attached to the battery module using a fixing means; a temperature sensor that is connected to the battery module or to the heater assemblies and senses a temperature of the battery module; and a controller that receives a preset target temperature, senses the temperature of the battery module using the temperature sensor, and turns on or off the heater using a voltage of the battery module, based on the preset target temperature and the temperature of the battery module that is sensed by the temperature sensor, the preset target temperature being a temperature that the battery module is targeted to reach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SK INNOVATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji Yoon Lee, Dong Hun Lim, Yun Nyoung Lee, Seung Hoon Ju
  • Patent number: 10787203
    Abstract: A hybrid energy storage and delivery device includes a plastic enclosure that establishes a first sealed chamber and a second sealed chamber. The first sealed chamber is configured as a fuel tank for storing a liquid fuel and the second sealed chamber is configured as a battery pack for storing electrical energy. Thus, the fuel tank and battery pack may be integrated together within a single enclosure in order to improve vehicle packaging efficiencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin A. Montgomery, Hari Krishna Addanki, Patrick Daniel Maguire, Keith Kearney
  • Patent number: 10780923
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle frame elongated along a longitudinal axis. The vehicle frame includes a first rail and a second rail spaced from each other and each elongated along the longitudinal axis. The vehicle frame includes a longitudinal beam between the first and second rails and elongated along the longitudinal axis. The vehicle includes a vehicle body. The vehicle body includes a cross-beam directly connected to the longitudinal beam and to the first and second rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ari Garo Caliskan, Arnold Kadiu, Shawn Michael Morgans, Parameswararao Pothuraju, Aref Vandadi
  • Patent number: 10780776
    Abstract: A vehicle understructure includes a hydrogen tank that is disposed along a longitudinal axis of a vehicle. At least an upper portion of the hydrogen tank is enclosed in a floor tunnel. The hydrogen tank includes dome portions that are disposed at both ends of a cylindrical center body portion of the tank, and at least one valve portion that protrudes from at least one of the dome portions. The vehicle understructure also includes a brace that extends along a transverse axis of the vehicle and is secured to transversely outer side portions of the floor tunnel. The brace is at least partially overlapped with at least one of the dome portions when viewed from the front or rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shuhei Banno, Yasuyuki Kumazawa
  • Patent number: 10777781
    Abstract: Monobloc batteries include compartments containing cells. Terminals extend into the compartments and are electrically connected with the cells via tabs. The tabs are folded to form bent stacks and include openings in partial registration with each other. The terminals extend through the openings and are secured to the tabs. The terminals are off-center relative to the compartments to preserve space for the bent stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ZAF ENERGY SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael J. Gordon, Shiloh J. Williams, Michael T. Shireman, Eivind Listerud, Adam Weisenstein, Randy Moore
  • Patent number: 10773582
    Abstract: A battery tray for a battery powered vehicle includes a battery tray having a side wall. An impact absorbing structure is connected to the side wall. The impact absorbing structure includes at least one roll-formed member fixed to the side wall. The at least one roll-formed member is created from a single metal plate and includes a first plate portion roll-formed to create a first cavity and having a first flange created in a member central wall of the first plate portion. The first flange is fixed to the first plate portion. A second plate portion is roll-formed to create a second cavity and has a second flange at an end of the second plate portion fixed to the member central wall. A roll-formed U-shaped attachment member is fixed to the at least one roll-formed member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Walter J. Steiner, Indraneel Page, Rob Hendren
  • Patent number: 10763474
    Abstract: The invention refers to a battery lock-up device, a new energy vehicle comprising the battery lock-up device, and a method for installing/detaching a power battery. The battery lock-up device comprises: a connection bracket having a first connection hole and a dual limited position structure; a housing structure having a second connection hole; a press plate and a nut, the press plate comprising a head portion and a pillar portion passing through the first connection hole and the second connection hole, the pillar portion being formed with a threaded portion for engaging with the nut and having a distal end adapted to mate with a rotational operation tool; and an anti-rotation locking member which locks the nut against the housing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NIO NEXTEV LIMITED
    Inventors: Changjiu Yin, Haitao Zhu
  • Patent number: 10763473
    Abstract: A battery enclosure for a vehicle chassis having a base member with raised surface features on the upper surface outlining individual cells, each cell configured to receive at least one battery; a cover member having a plurality of depending surface features on the lower surface which are aligned with the surface features of the base member. The cover member includes a channel formed in the upper surface thereof, aligned with and extending along a length of the depending surface feature disposed on the bottom surface. A lattice support structure is also included which has a plurality of support members extending axially and transversely, wherein the lattice support structure is configured to be at least partially disposed within the channel of the cover member and mounted to the vehicle chassis. The lattice support member providing increased rigidity and a load distribution path for externally applied forces (e.g. crash events) to prevent or inhibit enclosure breakage or puncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TPI Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Lucchesi, Stephen Nolet, McKevin Veloso
  • Patent number: 10752102
    Abstract: A tractor trailer battery system having a battery compartment containing one or more battery units which house one or more battery cells, electrical leads from the battery units to a trailer mounted controller in electrical communication with a cab mounted controller which is in electrical communication an electric motor or hybrid engine system. The battery system allows for either the trailer mounted controller or the cab mounted controller to provide principal communication to the electric motor or hybrid engine system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventors: John B. Lampsa, Evan J. Lampsa
  • Patent number: 10749156
    Abstract: A battery including supporting material is disclosed. The battery comprises a plurality of modules, each of which further comprises a plurality of battery cells that store and discharge electrical energy. To support the battery modules, a supporting material such as foam is inserted in the space between the battery modules. To support the cells within the modules, a supporting material such as foam is also inserted in between the battery cells in each of the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin L. Newman, Joshua Smith
  • Patent number: 10741809
    Abstract: A vehicle battery case is provided. The battery case includes a lower panel and at least one transverse member that is disposed on the lower panel to increase transverse rigidity. Additionally, at least one longitudinal member is disposed on the lower panel to increase longitudinal rigidity, and a sidewall member is attached to an upper surface of the lower panel along a rim of the lower panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Min Wook Kim, Beom Joo Kwon, Yoon Cheol Jeon
  • Patent number: 10737565
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle capable of reducing an impact on a fuel cell stack thereof in the vehicle-width direction is provided. The fuel cell vehicle includes: the fuel cell stack; a stack frame to which the fuel cell stack is adapted to be mounted, and disposed in a front compartment of the vehicle; and a pair of front side members disposed on both the right and left sides of the stack frame and disposed to extend in the vehicle front-rear direction. The fuel cell stack is disposed so as to be fitted within the width in the vehicle-width direction of the stack frame in the vehicle-width direction. The stack frame entirely overlaps the front side members when viewed in the vehicle-width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yugo Ichida, Hiroaki Nishiumi
  • Patent number: 10723234
    Abstract: A battery housing for an electric-motor-driven vehicle comprising a tub-like housing part having a plurality of support elements arranged at a distance from each other, and having a bottom part supported on the support elements. The bottom part is convexly curved toward the outside of the housing part in the longitudinal and/or transverse extent in the span of the bottom part between each pair of adjacent support elements arranged at a distance from each other, and is connected in the direction of the curvature to the support elements between which the span of the arch extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KIRCHHOFF AUTOMOTIVE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Alexander G√ľnther
  • Patent number: 10720620
    Abstract: This disclosure details mounting systems and associated methods for mounting a battery pack to an electrified vehicle. An exemplary electrified vehicle may include a frame, a battery pack, and a mounting system for mounting the battery pack to the frame. The mounting system may include one or more side rails. Each side rail may include a predefined crush initiator configured to plastically deform for absorbing and transferring energy during vehicle impact loading events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ihab Grace, David Edward Paul, Ahteram Khan, Brad Warren Probert, Anil Reddy Pullalarevu, Mike Popovski
  • Patent number: 10720680
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an automobile tray component, including a tray base plate and mounting beams arranged around the tray base plate, where the tray base plate includes an upper plate body, an intermediate plate body, and a lower plate body, a cooling cavity is arranged between the upper plate body and the intermediate plate body, and a buffer cavity is arranged between the intermediate plate body and the lower plate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Xi Shen, Zhipei Lu, Jia Lu, Weixin Zheng, Yan Zhu, Jianhua Zhu
  • Patent number: 10710638
    Abstract: A vehicle lower portion structure includes a pair of rocker panels and an electric power supply device. The rocker panel is configured to include an outer portion, an inner portion, and a first shock absorbing portion. The outer portion is positioned on an outer side in a vehicle width direction. The inner portion is formed integrally with the outer portion, is positioned inward of the outer portion in the vehicle width direction, and forms a closed sectional portion with the outer portion. The first shock absorbing portion extends in the vehicle width direction from the outer portion to the inner portion in the closed sectional portion and is disposed to overlap the electric power supply device in vehicle side view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kyosuke Kawase, Masaki Ito
  • Patent number: 10710527
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes: a seat; a back panel having at least a part disposed behind the seat; and a battery disposed behind the back panel. The battery is disposed above a seating surface of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuki Ishibashi, Itsuo Takegami, Kazumasa Hisada
  • Patent number: 10703189
    Abstract: Exposure of a battery pack to water is suppressed. The battery pack is mounted on an underbody. A floor carpet laid on the underbody in the vicinity of the battery pack has a wall portion formed of a peripheral edge portion along the battery pack rising upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiya Ishikura, Michiko Okuno, Toshinori Kasai