Charging Station For Electrically Powered Vehicle Patents (Class 320/109)
  • Patent number: 11912145
    Abstract: This disclosure describes charging systems for electrified vehicles. Exemplary charging systems may employ a multi-voltage charging circuit that supports charging of a traction battery pack at both a first voltage level during a first charging condition and a second, different voltage level during a second charging condition. Higher voltage levels may be experienced during the second charging condition as compared to the first charging condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Mackenzie, Jonathan Barker, Thomas J. Coupar
  • Patent number: 11912147
    Abstract: A system may mitigate leakage currents in non-isolated charging stations for electric vehicles. The system may include a bank of one or more parallel capacitors per phase electrically coupled to an AC voltage source, wherein a neutral point of the one or more parallel capacitors is electrically coupled to a DC ground; a bank of one or more inductors per phase electrically coupled to the one or more parallel capacitors, wherein each inductor is in series with and downstream from one capacitor; a rectifier electrically coupled to and downstream from the one or more parallel inductors, wherein the rectifier converts the AC voltage source to a DC voltage for supply to a battery; a DC bus electrically coupled to the rectifier; and a controller, wherein the controller is configured to mitigate leakage currents by controlling a voltage of at least one of the bank of one or more parallel capacitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignees: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, Longmax Corporation LTD.
    Inventors: William-Michael Eull, Liwei Zhou, Weizhong Wang, Gangqi Cen, Matthias Preindl
  • Patent number: 11912248
    Abstract: An energy module exchange system may include an enclosure with one or more storage racks configured to store and charge energy modules; an opening in the enclosure; and a robotic arm configured to retrieve the energy modules from the storage racks and pass them through an opening in the enclosure for exchange with an electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SynCells, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard O'Hora
  • Patent number: 11904711
    Abstract: Provided are a charging device and a vehicle capable of reducing the amount of noise flowing into a quick-charging facility. The pair of charging lines connecting the quick-charging facility (20) to an onboard battery (30) are referred to as quick-charging lines, and each of these quick-charging lines is provided with a relay (16-1, 16-2). Each relay (16-1, 16-2) is used to switch the current flowing in the respective quick-charging line on and off, the current being switched on during quick-charge and being switched off during normal charging. Each quick-charging line has a Y-capacitor (17) connected thereto closer to a QC port (15) than the respective relay (16-1, 16-2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuhei Chizuwa
  • Patent number: 11904714
    Abstract: A method for establishing an electrical connection of a vehicle contact unit of a vehicle which is at least in part electrically powered, to a ground contact unit of an electric charging infrastructure is provided. The ground contact unit has a plurality of electrical contact surfaces, at least two of which have to be contacted by the vehicle contact unit for charging the vehicle battery. The method includes the step of detecting, with the aid of at least one camera on the vehicle, at least one of the electrical contact surfaces and/or at least one insulation surface surrounding the electrical contact surfaces, for establishing an electrical connection. Further provided are a vehicle connection device for electrically connecting a vehicle contact unit of a vehicle which is at least in part electrically powered, to a ground contact unit of an electric charging infrastructure, and a vehicle having a vehicle connection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Hermann Stockinger, Manuel Laublaettner
  • Patent number: 11901522
    Abstract: A vehicle battery charger and a vehicle battery charging system are described and illustrated, and can include a controller enabling a user to enter a time of day at which the vehicle battery charger or system begins and/or ends charging of the vehicle battery. The vehicle battery charger can be separate from the vehicle, can be at least partially integrated into the vehicle, can include a transmitter and/or a receiver capable of communication with a controller that is remote from the vehicle and vehicle charger, and can be controlled by a user or another party (e.g., a power utility) to control battery charging based upon a time of day, cost of power, or other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Christopher B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11901745
    Abstract: The power transmitter (101) providing power to a power receiver (105) comprises a communicator (309) communicating with the power receiver (105) and a negotiator (305) negotiating a guaranteed power level with the power receiver (105) prior to a power transfer phase. The guaranteed power level is a minimum power level guaranteed by the power transmitter (101) throughout the power transfer phase. During the power transfer phase, a determiner (307) dynamically determines an available power level based on the prevailing operating parameters. The available power level is one that can currently be provided but is not guaranteed. The power controller (309) is arranged to, during the power transfer phase, increase the power level above the guaranteed minimum level in response to power control messages, and to reduce the power level regardless of the power control messages in response to a detection that the power level exceeds the available power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Andries Van Wageningen, Antonius Adraan Maria Staring
  • Patent number: 11902726
    Abstract: A method of operating a battery powered telemetric device configured with a processor, a sensor to measure data to indicate the contents or usage of a product within an asset generating sample data, data storage, at least one battery and a transmitter, includes keeping in the data storage at least one instance of previous data samples represented in a previously transmitted packet, awakening the telemetric device at variable time intervals programmed according to pre-determined user-defined characteristics so that the sensor provides sample data to the data storage to indicate the contents or usage of the product within the asset wherein the telemetric device is otherwise asleep to minimize battery drain, storing all the sample data since the transmission of the previously transmitted packet and the kept at least one instance of previous data samples represented in the previously transmitted packet in the data storage as all the stored sample data, transmitting a packet including representations of the conten
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SILICON CONTROLS PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Julien Dominique Rivals, John Richard Haddy
  • Patent number: 11890957
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods described herein relate generally to autonomous mobile units carrying a modular configurable battery system that may attach and power mobile units in transportation systems. A method can include determining charge levels, current positions, and transport speeds for an electric vehicle (EV), identifying one or more EVs in need of charging, and mobilizing a Mobile Charging Station (MoCS) to deliver one or more external batteries. A processor, with a memory including computer program code, can be configured to receive current charge level data for mobile battery-powered entities, identify one or more EVs to be charged and the proximity of both MoCS and physical battery stations, and send charging instructions to the EVs. A routing and charge transaction scheduling algorithm can be used to optimize the route of one or more battery-powered entities and to schedule charge transactions between the EV and MoCS and/or the battery station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Prabuddha Chakraborty, Swarup Bhunia, Christopher M. Vega
  • Patent number: 11890960
    Abstract: Configuring chargers at a charging site is provided. A data processing system can include a processor coupled with memory and configured to identify a configuration. The configuration can indicate a plurality of chargers coupled with a first line of an electrical panel to conduct power at a first phase and a second line of the electrical panel to conduct power at a second phase different than the first phase. The one or more processors can cause, based on the configuration and operational characteristics associated with one or more of the plurality of chargers, a controller to deliver power to a charger of the plurality of chargers via the first line and the second line based on the power capacity of the electrical panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Rivian IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Jaivardhan S. Bhati, Lingxiao Ma, Siqing Lee, Cecilia An Zhou, Yixin Cao, Bryan Duc Duong
  • Patent number: 11884177
    Abstract: An electric vehicle (EV) charging system includes a plurality of electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) units, a plurality of associated EV charging stations, electrical power distribution wires or cables for distributing electrical power from the plurality of EVSE units to the plurality of EV charging stations, and an EVSE communications bus. Each EVSE unit includes a microcontroller unit (MCU) and a solid-state switch that control whether electrical current is able to flow to an associated EV charging station and connected plug-in EV (PEV) load. The MCUs communicate over the EVSE communications bus and, as PEVs charge, plug into, and unplug from the plurality of EV charging stations, reallocate or reapportion an available supply current among the plurality of EVSE units while also dynamically adjusting one or more circuit protection attributes also provided by the EVSE units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Atom Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Harris, Ryan Kennedy, Denis Kouroussis
  • Patent number: 11884168
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a power electronic energy conversion system comprising a first energy storage device configured to store DC energy and a first voltage converter configured to convert a second voltage from a remote power supply into a first charging voltage configured to charge the first energy storage device. The apparatus also includes a first controller configured to control the first voltage converter to convert the second voltage into the first charging voltage and to provide the first charging voltage to the first energy storage device during a charging mode of operation and communicate with a second controller located remotely from the power electronic energy conversion system to cause a second charging voltage to be provided to the first energy storage device during the charging mode of operation to rapidly charge the first energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Robert Louis Steigerwald
  • Patent number: 11884164
    Abstract: A system for controlling charging of a battery of an eco-friendly vehicle includes: an on-board charger (OBC) mounted in the vehicle, setting a required charging current based on available charging current information received from a power supply unit supplying power for charging the battery, transmitting the required charging current to the power supply unit, and converting the power supplied from the power supply unit to charge the battery; and a controller determining whether charging of the battery is completed, and when it is determined that charging of the battery is abnormally terminated in a state where charging is not completed, changing the required charging current to charge the battery based on first information supplied from the power supply unit upon abnormal termination of charging and based on second information supplied from the power supply unit upon normal completion of charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Kyu Beom Ko
  • Patent number: 11884169
    Abstract: An exterior structure of a vehicle includes a charging port for external charging and a sensor unit for automated driving. The sensor unit is provided on at least one surface of a front surface, a back surface, and a side surface of the vehicle, and is provided to protrude outside the vehicle from the surface. The charging port is provided below the sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuchi Yamanouchi, Masaki Shitara, Ryo Hattori
  • Patent number: 11878595
    Abstract: A vehicle-to-vehicle power transfer system for use between a first vehicle and at least a second vehicle. The system includes an electric power system disposed in each of the first and second vehicles configured to provide electrical drive power to a vehicle drive system for propulsion of the associated vehicle and a power transfer system configured to transfer electric power from at least the electric power system of the first vehicle to the electric power system of the second vehicle while the vehicles are in motion or stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Neda Masoud, Al-Thaddeus Avestruz, Chinedum E. Okwudire
  • Patent number: 11872869
    Abstract: A battery control system for a battery electric vehicle is configured to detect that a driver door of the vehicle has been opened and connect the battery system to an electrical system of the vehicle to power at least a cabin heater and defroster of the vehicle, detect a driver start request, determine whether a set of battery parameters satisfy a threshold indicative of the battery system being sufficiently conditioned for driving of the vehicle, and when the set of battery parameters satisfy the threshold, display, via the user interface, a first message indicating that the vehicle is ready to drive and allow the driver to drive the vehicle and driving is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Abhilash Gudapati, Rudolf Kharpuri, Kevin L Mason, Francesco Ciulla
  • Patent number: 11865934
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the technical field of vehicles, and provides an electric vehicle and an integrated controller and an integrated control system therefor. The integrated controller includes: a first control chip, including a first core and a second core, where the first core is configured to control an electronic control module to drive a motor, and the second core is used as a vehicle controller; and a second control chip, configured to control an on-board charging module, so that an external AC power supply realizes AC charging for a power battery, or the power battery realizes AC discharging to an external load through an AC charging and discharging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Caifang Guo, Pengfei Yao, Axi Qi
  • Patent number: 11865940
    Abstract: An adaptive electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) unit provides intelligent control to vary the EVSE load placed upon the local electric connection based upon real time load measurements of both the overall premises load and the specific capacities and requirements of the EVSE. The EVSE unit includes a current power transformer at the main service entry point to capture real time power level at the meter. Additional real time current measurements are available within unit to measure the real time output power on the AC legs going to a vehicle. The unit is configured to a controller module which measure and controls the pilot signal output based on a comparison of the power level at the meter with the power level at the EVSE unit against the desired or required power output to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: POWERTREE SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Stacey Reineccius, John C. Sellers
  • Patent number: 11870286
    Abstract: A battery charger for electric or hybrid motor vehicles including one container body installable on a motor vehicle and defining one housing compartment, the container body comprises one grounding connector to be connected to one grounding electrical potential by one electrical grounding cable, and one electronic appliance housed inside the housing compartment, connectable to one electric battery of the motor vehicle and configured to recharge the battery, wherein the connector comprises a retaining device/structure/unit/component of the electrical grounding cable adapted to block the position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: META SYSTEM S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Simonazzi
  • Patent number: 11865926
    Abstract: An apparatus in which electric power is generated for an electrical load from differentials in electric field strengths within a vicinity of powerlines includes: a plurality of electrodes separated and electrically insulated from one another for enabling differentials in voltage resulting from differentials in electric field strength experienced there at; and electrical components electrically connected therewith and configurable to establish one or more electric circuits whereby voltage differentials cause a current to flow through the established electric circuit for powering the electrical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: NXP Aeronautics Research, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Syracuse, Chad D. Tillman
  • Patent number: 11863004
    Abstract: A split-phase bidirectional on-board charger (OBC) has separate charging and discharging modes, and includes a switchgear block connectable to an offboard charging station during the charging mode, and to an external alternating current (AC) load during the discharging mode. The OBC includes first and second DC-AC converters connected to the switchgear block and DC-DC converter connected to the first and second DC-AC converters and a DC bus. During the charging mode, the DC-AC converters output a DC link voltage to the DC-DC converter. The DC-DC converter outputs a DC charging voltage or current to the DC bus when the link voltage reaches a predetermined value. During the discharging mode, the DC-AC converters receive a DC discharging voltage or current from the DC-DC converter and together selectively output a split-phase AC voltage through the switchgear block to the AC electrical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Douglas S. Cesiel, Samantha Gunter Miller
  • Patent number: 11858368
    Abstract: An enclosure for charging an electric vehicle (EV) including an automatic vehicle moving system, which gradually moves the EV from one end of the enclosure to an opposite end of the enclosure. A charging chassis, including an EV charge connector, moves alongside the EV, charging it as the automatic vehicle moving system moves it along. The enclosure is also able to include an entertainment display in order to allow a driver to view media content while the vehicle is charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: RE-VOLT EV LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Carter, Ken Harris
  • Patent number: 11850963
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to methods and systems for charging an electric vehicle. A charging system may be used to charge the energy storage devices of an electric vehicle by using the power generation or regeneration systems or devices of the vehicle. The vehicle may access the charging system by positioning one or more wheels of the vehicle adjacent to, or on top of, one or more drive rollers of the charging system. The driver rollers may be rotatably coupled to one or more motors. A controller may control operation of the charging system, including the charging of the vehicle, by causing the motor to cause the drive rollers to rotate. The wheels of the vehicle may rotate in response to rotation of the drive rollers, causing power generation or regeneration systems of the vehicle to generate energy to store in an energy storage device of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventor: Anthony Macaluso
  • Patent number: 11852689
    Abstract: Aspects relate to a connector for charging an electric vehicle and a method for its use. An exemplary connector includes at least a direct current conductor configured to conduct a direct current, at least an alternating current conductor, configured to conduct an alternating current, at least a computing device wherein the computer is configured to receive a measurement datum of a battery module from a communicatively connected sensor, determine an operating condition of the charging circuit; identify an error element as a function of the operating condition, and transmit the identification of the error element to a data storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventor: Herman Wiegman
  • Patent number: 11855480
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a rechargeable battery for a light electric vehicle. More specifically, this disclosure describes a rechargeable battery and a rechargeable battery holster that may be used to removably couple the rechargeable battery to a light electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Neutron Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Durkee, Andrew Titus
  • Patent number: 11853057
    Abstract: An electric unmanned aerial vehicle includes a position sensor configured to obtain first coordinate information of a present position of the electric unmanned aerial vehicle in real-time, a memory configured to store second coordinate information of a preset position of the electric unmanned aerial vehicle, and a controller in communication with the position sensor and the memory. The controller is configured to calculate, based on the first coordinate information and the second coordinate information, safety electricity amount information of the electric unmanned aerial vehicle; select, based on the safety electricity amount information and a present remaining electricity amount of the electric unmanned aerial vehicle, a safety protection command from a plurality of safety protection commands; and control the electric unmanned aerial vehicle to perform the selected safety protection command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Renli Shi, Jianyu Song, Xi Chen
  • Patent number: 11855469
    Abstract: Aspects relate to a system for discharging a power source of an electric aircraft. System may be configured to transfer power from the electric aircraft via a charging connection. In one or more embodiments, a charging station in electric communication with the power source may discharge the power source. For example, a controller communicatively connected to the electric aircraft may be configured to receive a supply request from a user and subsequently, generate a control signal that initiates a transfer of electrical power from the power supply to discharge the power source so that power data associated with the discharge may be collected and transmitted to the controller or a remote device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Foland, John Charles Palombini
  • Patent number: 11850965
    Abstract: An electric vehicle charging connector including a charging connector. The charging connector including a direct current pin and an alternating current pin. The electric vehicle charging connector also including a coupling mechanism configured to: couple the charging connector to an electric vehicle, enable a flow of electricity from the charging connector to the electric vehicle, and disable the flow of electricity from the charging connector to the electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventor: Herman Wiegman
  • Patent number: 11845349
    Abstract: An on-board charger and a control method thereof are provided. The on-board charger includes a control pilot (CP) receiving module that detects a CP signal and a proximity detection (PD) receiving module that detects a PD signal. A processor repeatedly executes a low power run mode that supplies a voltage to the CP receiving module and the PD receiving module in a standby state for reservation charging and a completion state of reservation charging, and a low power stop mode that blocks a voltage supplied to the CP receiving module and the PD receiving module at predetermined periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Myoungseok Lee, Shinyoung Noh, Sounghan Noh, Na Lae Kwon
  • Patent number: 11844393
    Abstract: A charging system can include provisions for providing power to various systems or components associated with the article of footwear. A charging system may include a charging device dimensioned to be used with one or more articles of footwear, where the articles of footwear can include different sizes. In some cases, the charging system can be used to facilitate the transfer of power to components in a motorized tensioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 11843268
    Abstract: A system includes at least one antenna and a controller. The controller is configured to identify a phase of a first signal received by the at least one antenna from a wireless device. The controller is configured to determine transmission settings for the at least one antenna based on the identified phase. The controller is configured to generate, according to the transmission settings, a second signal for focusing on a wireless device. A method includes identifying a phase of a first signal received by a first transceiver from a second transceiver. The method includes determining transmission settings for the first transceiver based on the identified phase. The method includes generating, according to the transmission settings, a second signal for focusing on the second transceiver. Embodiments improve the power efficiency of wireless signal transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Hatem Zeine, Siamak Ebadi
  • Patent number: 11840199
    Abstract: A control device executes a process including a step of determining whether a first state is established, a step of acquiring an operating state of a wiper of a surrounding vehicle when the first state is determined to be established, a step of determining whether rainfall of which rainfall amount is equal to or more than a predetermined amount is predicted, and a step of executing elevating control when the rainfall of which rainfall amount is equal to or more than the predetermined amount is predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shigeki Kinomura, Yoshiyuki Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11840154
    Abstract: Electric vehicle charging management methods and systems are provided. First, a server receives a candidate charging request respectively from each of candidate charging stations or candidate mobile devices via a network. According to the candidate charging requests, at least one first charging station is selected from the candidate charging stations, and the first charging station is instructed to perform a first charging operation with an upper power limit value. The server sets the candidate charging requests of the candidate charging stations other than that of the first charging station to a pending state. When the first charging status information corresponding to the first charging operation meets an energy management condition, the server selects at least one second charging station from the candidate charging stations according to the candidate charging requests, and instructs the second charging station to perform a second charging operation with the upper power limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: NOODOE GROUP INC.
    Inventors: John C. Wang, Yi-An Hou, En-Yu Shih, Chun-Hung Kung
  • Patent number: 11840155
    Abstract: A method of controlling battery preconditioning in a vehicle includes determining a first preconditioning characteristic of a first battery of a first vehicle relative to a charging station. The method further includes transmitting the first preconditioning characteristic. The method further includes receiving, from a second vehicle, a second preconditioning characteristic of a second battery relative to the charging station. The method further includes comparing the first preconditioning characteristic and the second preconditioning characteristic to determine a preconditioning ranking for the first vehicle and the second vehicle. The method further includes determining a queue of the first and second vehicles for the charging station using the preconditioning ranking of the first and second vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: BP PULSE FLEET NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Ethan Shaotran
  • Patent number: 11843270
    Abstract: Present invention concerns charging of a power source of a device. A power usage pattern collector is configured to: collect data on power usage in a device, power source of which is chargeable, with regard to at least one particular criterion having influence on power usage in the device; and determine at least one power usage pattern by use of the collected data, said power usage pattern specifying power usage in the device with regard to at least one particular reoccurring criterion. A charging controller is configured to: acquire at least one power usage pattern; and control charging of a power source of a device by use of the at least one acquired power usage pattern. Present invention relates also to corresponding methods, correspondingly arranged computer program products, correspondingly arranged computer-readable recording media, and a system comprising the power usage pattern collector and the charging controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Group Corporation
    Inventors: Imre Sunyi, Gustaf Loov
  • Patent number: 11840159
    Abstract: An electrical system for a vehicle includes a main battery system configured to provide power for starting/cranking an engine of the vehicle, an auxiliary battery system configured to provide power for powering a set of accessory loads of the vehicle during starting/cranking of the engine, and a solid-state device disposed therebetween and including a solid-state switch configured to close/open to connect/disconnect the main and auxiliary battery systems to/from each other and intelligence circuity configured to monitor voltages in the main and auxiliary battery systems or current flowing therethrough and, based on the monitoring, commanding the solid-state switch to open to isolate the other of the main and auxiliary battery systems, wherein the isolated one of the main and auxiliary battery systems is configured to provide a degraded but operational operation of an L2+ autonomous driving feature of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Michael A Carlson, Scott L Radabaugh
  • Patent number: 11837896
    Abstract: A wall-mounted wireless battery charger for a wireless remote lighting controller includes: a wall plate configured to removably retain the wireless remote lighting controller; and an inductive charging transmitter circuit coupled to the wall plate, the inductive charging transmitter circuit being configured to wirelessly interface with an inductive charging receiver circuit of the wireless remote lighting controller when the wireless remote lighting controller is retained by the wall plate. The inductive charging receiver circuit is configured to wirelessly receive power from the inductive charging transmitter circuit and generate a direct current (DC) voltage to charge a battery of the wireless remote lighting controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Crist, Samar Shaker Soliman, John Richard Johnson, Richard Lee Westrick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11837903
    Abstract: The present invention provides a control apparatus configured to control a power unit, wherein the power unit comprises a battery, and a temperature adjuster configured to adjust a temperature of the battery to a target temperature at the time of charge or discharge of the battery, and the control apparatus calculates, based on information concerning a demand response plan used to adjust a power demand and supply, an incentive obtained by charge or discharge of the battery by the demand response plan and a power cost needed to adjust the temperature of the battery to the target temperature by the temperature adjuster at the time of charge or discharge of the battery, and controls, in a case where the incentive is larger than the power cost, the power unit to execute charge or discharge of the battery by the demand response plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Makoto Ogawa, Daisuke Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 11837904
    Abstract: A casing of a charger includes a DC port and a plurality of AC ports. The charger includes a switching device configured to connect one of the AC ports selectively to a power conversion circuit. The power conversion circuit is configured to convert, into direct current electric power, alternating current electric power input from the AC port connected by the switching device, and output the direct current electric power to the DC port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hironobu Hashimoto, Kenji Murasato
  • Patent number: 11833905
    Abstract: A through the road (TTR) hybridization strategy is proposed to facilitate introduction of hybrid electric vehicle technology in a significant portion of current and expected trucking fleets. In some cases, the technologies can be retrofitted onto an existing vehicle (e.g., a trailer, a tractor-trailer configuration, etc.). In some cases, the technologies can be built into new vehicles. In some cases, one vehicle may be built or retrofitted to operate in tandem with another and provide the hybridization benefits contemplated herein. By supplementing motive forces delivered through a primary drivetrain and fuel-fed engine with supplemental torque delivered at one or more electrically-powered drive axles, improvements in overall fuel efficiency and performance may be delivered, typically without significant redesign of existing components and systems that have been proven in the trucking industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Hyliion Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Healy, Eric F. Weber
  • Patent number: 11827115
    Abstract: Example embodiments of systems, devices, and methods are provided for electric vehicles that are subject to intermittent charging, such as rail-based electric vehicles, having one or more modular cascaded energy systems. The one or more modular systems can be configured to supply multiphase, single phase, and/or DC power to numerous motor and auxiliary loads of the EV. If multiple systems or subsystems are present in the EV, they can be interconnected to exchange energy between them in numerous different ways, such as through lines designated for carrying power from the intermittently connected charge source or through the presence of modules interconnected between arrays of the subsystems. The subsystems can be configured as subsystems that supply power for motor loads alone, motor loads in combination with auxiliary loads, and auxiliary loads alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: TAE Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikhail Slepchenkov, Roozbeh Naderi, Mohammad Mousavi
  • Patent number: 11823222
    Abstract: A power supply/demand management device includes: a battery health acquisition controller configured or programmed to acquire a battery health X of the storage battery; a power selling amount management controller configured or programmed to acquire a desired power selling amount and correct desired power selling amount based on the battery health X acquired by the battery health acquisition controller; a power transmission/reception management controller configured or programmed to manage an amount of received/transmitted power between the storage battery and the power transmission/distribution system, based on the corrected power selling amount; and an incentive management controller configured or programmed to calculate an incentive to be provided to the user of the storage battery based on the corrected power selling amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: PRIME PLANET ENERGY & SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Yutaka Yamauchi, Jun Asakura, Hideki Sakata, Hideyuki Nagai, Masanori Iechika, Yasuhiko Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11820235
    Abstract: An arrangement for preventing access to live parts in charging contact sockets of a hybrid or electrified vehicle having a plurality of such sockets each connectable to an external source of electric energy through a switch in an electric vehicle supply equipment station by inserting an electric plug in a socket for providing electric energy to batteries comprises blind plugs insertable into the sockets and the sockets are connected to each other and the batteries. A device is configured to sense presence of either an electric plug or a blind plug in each socket and the switch will be closed under the condition that either an electric plug or a blind plug is sensed by the device for all sockets and at least one of these plugs is an electric plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Scania CV AB
    Inventors: Robert Jadeborg, Gunnar Ledfelt
  • Patent number: 11824313
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a connection terminal and a connector capable of suppressing a temperature increase during energization. A vehicle-side connector 10 includes a vehicle-side terminal 50 made of metal and a heat storage body 60 held in the vehicle-side terminal 50. The vehicle-side terminal 50 includes a terminal connecting portion 51 to be electrically connected to a charger-side terminal 82, a wire connecting portion 54 to be electrically connected to a wire 70 and a holding portion 56 integrally formed to the terminal connecting portion 51 and the wire connecting portion 54. The heat storage body 60 is held in the holding portion 56.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignees: AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Hashimoto, Katsuhiko Aizawa, Akihiro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 11812917
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a cleaning system, comprising a cleaning robot and a processing station. The cleaning robot comprises a machine body, a trash discharging port and a sealing mechanism provided at the bottom of the machine body, and the sealing mechanism is configured to seal the trash discharging port. The processing station comprises a controller, an electromagnet, and a signal guiding component. The signal guiding component is configured to guide the cleaning robot to dock with the processing station, and the controller is configured to detect induction information on the processing station and control the electromagnet according to the induction information to generate a magnetic force to attract the sealing mechanism to open the trash discharging port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SILVER STAR INTELLIGENT GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhijian Liang, Quanlong Lu
  • Patent number: 11813959
    Abstract: Dynamic allocation of power modules for charging electric vehicles is described herein. The charging system includes multiple dispensers that each include one or more power modules that can supply power to any one of the dispensers at a time. A dispenser includes a first power bus that is switchably connected to one or more local power modules and switchably connected to one or more power modules located remotely in another dispenser. The one or more local power modules are switchably connected to a second power bus in the other dispenser. The dispenser includes a control unit that is to cause the local power modules and the remote power modules to switchably connect and disconnect from the first power bus to dynamically allocate the power modules between the dispenser and the other dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: CHARGEPOINT, INC.
    Inventors: Richard J. Quattrini, Jr., Peter Vaughan, David Baxter, Carl F. Hagenmaier, Jr., Patrick Kien Tran, Craig T. Matsuno, Gary A. Eldridge, Pasquale Romano
  • Patent number: 11817562
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a battery pack including a secondary battery, a battery sensor that detects a state of the secondary battery, and a first control device; a second control device provided separately from the battery pack; and a converter. The first control device is configured to use a detection value of the battery sensor to obtain a current upper limit value indicating an upper limit value of an output current of the secondary battery. The second control device is configured to use a power upper limit value indicating an upper limit value of an output power of the secondary battery to control the output power of the secondary battery. The converter is configured to perform conversion of the current upper limit value into the power upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Kikuchi, Junichi Matsumoto, Akio Uotani
  • Patent number: 11807120
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods and computer systems are disclosed herein as implemented by one or more processors associated with an autonomous recharging vehicle (ARV). The methods and systems include: forming a list of electric vehicles waiting in queue for charging by the ARV; performing an optimization algorithm to rearrange the order of the electric vehicles and determine whether the ARV needs to be recharged between charging the electric vehicles on the list and the amount of time needed to finish recharging the ARV; scheduling rendezvous points for the ARV to recharge the electric vehicles based upon the rearranged order of the electric vehicles on the list; and automatically routing the ARV to the rendezvous points based upon the scheduling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Joseph R. Brannan
  • Patent number: 11807125
    Abstract: A method is performed for optimizing the management of the charge of a set of electric batteries, where each battery is recharged during a time interval during which it is connected to an electricity distribution network, according to a charge profile provided by a charge aggregator, by applying, under the control of a charge manager of the battery, a charging power level. The method involves determining, on the aggregator side, as a charge profile, a distribution curve of the charge per day over a given period of time, defined for all the batteries solely according to constraints specific to the network, transmitting the charge distribution curve to each charge manager and, on the charge manager side, adapting the received charge distribution curve to the time interval during which the battery is connected to the network and to the associated charging power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Marine Astorg, Pierre Nicolas
  • Patent number: 11811257
    Abstract: A method for controlling a power supply device of an electrical system, the device including at least one separate power supply assembly per phase of the electrical system, each power supply assembly including at least one battery pack defined by a state parameter and provided with at least one battery to supply a control voltage to the phase to which it is connected, taking into account at least one setpoint value. The method includes executing at least one correction block receiving as input each setpoint value and the state parameter of each battery pack of the power supply assemblies of the system, and for each power supply assembly, the correction block is configured to determine a correction value to be applied directly or indirectly to its setpoint value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Leandro Cassarino, Sylvain Bacquet, Ghislain Despesse, Eric Fernandez, Yan Lopez, Remy Thomas