Charging Station For Electrically Powered Vehicle Patents (Class 320/109)
  • Patent number: 10415972
    Abstract: The present invention is an information processing device which registers in a map database, a charging point in which charging equipment is located at the time of charging of an electric vehicle, including a registration section that, in a case where the charging point is located within a facility area registered in the map database, registers in the map database, the charging point in association with positional information of the facility area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Sagata
  • Patent number: 10404105
    Abstract: A power storage adapter may include wireless power units for wireless power transmission of multiple portable information handling systems. In particular, when a wireless power unit wirelessly transmits a first wireless power to one of the portable information handling systems, another wireless power unit may wirelessly transmit a second wireless power to another portable information handling system. The transmission of the first wireless power may be simultaneous with the transmission of the second wireless power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Priyank Jatin Gajiwala, Andrew Thomas Sultenfuss, Richard Christopher Thompson
  • Patent number: 10399461
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention pertains to a method of charging electric storage devices such as batteries. Another aspect of the present invention pertains to a system for charging electric storage devices such as batteries. Another aspect of the present invention pertains to a mobile apparatus for charging electric storage devices such as batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FreeWire Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arcady Sosinov, Sanat Kamal Bahl, Love Kothari, Sameer Mehdiratta
  • Patent number: 10399445
    Abstract: Methods and systems for ejecting a charger handle from an electrical vehicle are provided. In the event that a power system fault or incident is detected, the charger handle of an external vehicle charging system may be automatically and physically separated from the vehicle. The fault or incident can be detected by the vehicle or the external vehicle charging system. The charger handle is ejected using a charging connection separation mechanism. This mechanism can be part of the charging system or part of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, INC.
    Inventors: Yadunandana Yellambalase, Austin L. Newman
  • Patent number: 10391876
    Abstract: A method for operating a charging station, including establishing a communication link between the charging station and an electric vehicle; checking, via the communication link, whether a software stored on a processing unit of the electric vehicle has to be updated; and transmitting, as a function of the check, update data for updating the software via the communication link to the electric vehicle with the aid of the charging station so that the software may be updated based on the update data. A charging station, an electric vehicle, a method for operating an electric vehicle, and a computer program, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10396602
    Abstract: The wireless power transmission is a system for providing wireless charging and/or primary power to electronic/electrical devices via microwave energy. The microwave energy is focused to a location by a power transmitter having one or more adaptively-phased microwave array emitters. Rectennas within the device to be charged receive and rectify the microwave energy and use it for battery charging and/or for primary power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventor: Hatem Zeine
  • Patent number: 10384543
    Abstract: An electrically powered vehicle includes a power supply device, a first outlet configured to be connectable to external equipment that is not constituent equipment of a vehicle, a second outlet configured to be connectable to external equipment that is not constituent equipment of the vehicle, a display device configured to display a first image representing that first power feed is in progress and a second image representing that second power feed is in progress, and an electronic control unit configured to control an image to be displayed on the display device. In a case where the first power feed and the second power feed are being executed, the electronic control unit is configured to perform control such that a display form of the first image is more noticeable than a display form of the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Ueo, Keisuke Kanamaru
  • Patent number: 10377253
    Abstract: A mechanized parking structure includes a plurality of vehicle carrying pallets, a plurality of parking stalls in which the vehicle carrying pallets are stored and a plurality of electric charging devices. The electric charging device includes a pallet-side electric contact device and a stall-side electric contact device, which engages with the pallet-side electric contact device when the vehicle carrying pallet is stored in the parking stall whereby electric circuit is established. Multiple physical contacts are established between the pallet-side electric contact device and the stall-side electric contact device when the electric circuit is established. The electric contact device includes multiple contact segments and springs that are compressed by the contact segments. The physical contacts are established by the movement of the vehicle carrying pallet in to the parking stall and broken by the movement of the vehicle carrying pallet out of the parking stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Chang Yup Lee
  • Patent number: 10379562
    Abstract: A system includes a control unit having a processor and a communication interface. The communication interface is configured to communicate with one or more charging stations that are electrically coupled to receive electrical power from a power distribution grid and that are configured to selectively charge one or more energy storage devices connected to the charging stations. The processor is configured to generate first control signals for communication by the communication interface to the one or more charging stations to control transfer of reactive and/or active power from the charging stations to the power distribution grid. The control signals are generated based at least in part on a load cycle profile of one or more electric machines electrically coupled to the power distribution grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Santosh Sambamoorthy Veda, Robert Dean King, Irene Michelle Berry, Zhi Zhou, Matthew Christian Nielsen, Lembit Salasoo
  • Patent number: 10377251
    Abstract: An electric vehicle charging system includes a charging interface positioned on an external surface of the electric vehicle and one or more electrodes positioned on the charging interface. The charging system may also include a heating system positioned on the charging interface. The heating system may be configured to heat at least a portion of the charging interface. The charging system may also include a control system configured to selectively activate the heating system based at least on one or more ambient conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Proterra Inc.
    Inventors: Seamus McGrath, Samuel Shartzer, Neeraj Chirmulay, Gordon Dollar, Keyur Shah
  • Patent number: 10374442
    Abstract: An integrated multiple voltage battery system includes a first pair of output terminals, a second pair of output terminals, a plurality of first battery cells connected in series with each other and operatively connected to the first pair of output terminals, at least one second battery cell operatively connected to the second pair of outlet terminals, and a plurality of switches, the plurality of switches arranged such that each first battery cell in the plurality of first battery cells can be selectively placed in parallel with the at least one second battery cell while electrically isolating the other of the plurality of first battery cells from the at least one second battery cell, wherein each of the plurality of first battery cells has a nominal open cell voltage which is about the same as a nominal open cell voltage of the at least one second battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: Bosch Battery Systems, LLC, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Scott Michael Averitt
  • Patent number: 10363825
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method, a battery management system and a vehicle for charging awakening. The battery management system includes a wake-up module, used for generating a wake-up signal when the battery management system is in a dormant or power-off state and an external charging plug is connected with a charging interface; and a power management module, used for conducting a power supply circuit between a battery module and a preset function module in the battery management system when receiving the wake-up signal. According to the system for charging wake-up provided by the present invention, the battery management system is automatically woken up when the external charging plug is accessed to charge the vehicle, so the battery management system automatically enters a normal working state from the power-off state or the dormant state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BORGWARD TRADEMARK HOLDINGS GMBH
    Inventors: Hang Rao, Zhongmin Wang
  • Patent number: 10361579
    Abstract: A charger is provided to convert AC power to generate DC power capable of charging an energy storage device. The charger includes a switching circuit unit that applies or blocks AC power input from the outside and a power factor correction circuit unit that converts the AC power applied from the switching circuit unit into DC power. A DC-DC converter then converts a voltage level of the DC power converted by the power factor correction circuit and supplies the converted voltage level of the DC power to an energy storage device. A capacitor configured is shunt-connected between the power factor correction circuit unit and the DC-DC converter. A controller operates the switching circuit unit and the power factor correction circuit unit to charge the capacitor with a predetermined voltage at an initial charging operation of the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Young Jin Jang, Hyung Souk Kang, Soung Han Noh
  • Patent number: 10355509
    Abstract: A controller issues an instruction of charge and discharge control to charge a power storage device up to a first target SOC and to discharge the power storage device up to a second target SOC. The controller lowers the first target SOC and the second target SOC with an increase in predicted temperature of the power storage device in a next charge and discharge cycle. The controller lowers the first target SOC and the second target SOC such that the second target SOC is lower than the first target SOC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomokazu Sada, Kouichi Masuda
  • Patent number: 10343539
    Abstract: A power supply device including vehicle connecting portions, a load connecting portion, a power supply portion, a memory portion for storing the number of charges and discharges for each storage-battery-equipped vehicle, and a supply control portion for performing control such that the power supply portion performs a discharge operation only on a selected supply vehicle. The supply control portion selects as the supply vehicle one of the storage-battery-equipped vehicles that satisfies a first condition that an SOC of a storage battery is greater than or equal to a prescribed value and a second condition that the number of charges and discharges is not the highest among the storage-battery-equipped vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: NICHICON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sumimura, Shigeo Ohkuma, Yuki Katayama
  • Patent number: 10343541
    Abstract: A method is provided for controlling engagement between a vehicle and a charging device includes: attempting to discover a charging device; when the charging device is discovered, identifying the discovered charging device on a list of charging equipment stored in the vehicle; determining a charging history count of the discovered charging device according to the stored list of charging equipment; when the charging history count of the discovered charging device is greater than or equal to a predetermined number, performing a charging operation with the discovered charging device; and when the charging history count of the discovered charging device is less than the predetermined number, performing a Signal Level Attenuation Characterization (SLAC) procedure against the discovered charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Yura Corporation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myung Sun Jeong, Young Jong Lee, Hyun Yong Cho, Myoung Sik Kim
  • Patent number: 10348038
    Abstract: A connector to a soft lock receptacle includes a controller and a memory electrically coupled to the controller. During a user coupling the connector to the receptacle, the controller generates and stores a stored record in the memory. During the user attempting uncoupling the connector, the controller generates a re-obtained record. Responsive to the re-obtained record matching the stored record, the controller unlocks the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Dean Ognjanovski, Robert Ognjanovski, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10336210
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a system and method of selecting range for an electric device having a rechargeable energy storage unit. The system includes a controller having a processor and tangible, non-transitory memory on which is recorded instructions. A charging unit is configured to charge the rechargeable energy storage unit when plugged to the charging unit. An operator is requested to enter a selected range for the electric device. The controller is configured to determine if the selected range is less than a predetermined maximum range. If the selected range is less than the predetermined maximum range, the selected range is converted to a selected energy consumption based on a driving model of the operator. A target voltage is determined based on the selected energy consumption and predetermined parameters of the charging unit. The rechargeable energy storage unit is charged to the target voltage, via the charging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Stec, Matthew S. Stout
  • Patent number: 10340724
    Abstract: An onboard charging system for charging from a power source may include an energy storage system. A connector may be configured to couple the onboard charging system with the power source. A charging circuit may be electrically connected between the connector and the energy storage system. A converter may be electrically connected in the charging circuit between the connector and the energy storage system. A rectifier may be electrically connected in the charging circuit between the connector and the converter. Output of an inductive receiver may be electrically connected with the charging circuit between the connector and the converter. The converter may control the delivery of voltage and current to the energy storage system from the power source and from the inductive receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOVAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Albanna, Mohammad N. Anwar, Stephen M. Cichy, Andrew J. Namou
  • Patent number: 10340710
    Abstract: A charging device for inductive transfer of electric energy with a primary conductor arranged in a first housing, by which an alternating magnetic field can be generated when it is energized with an alternating current, electrically connected to a power source that is electrically connectable to a power electronics device for energizing the primary conductor with an alternating current. A drive means for moving the first housing from a first position to a second position, wherein the charging device is equipped with a fault detecting device, by which can be detected whether the first housing is or is not moved when a movement operation has been initiated by the drive means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Reinhard Peer
  • Patent number: 10328811
    Abstract: A method for planning a charging of an electrical vehicle comprises receiving a request for charging from an electrical vehicle at a charging pole, determining a charging time slot for the electrical vehicle based on the request for charging, scheduling the charging time slot for the electrical vehicle, predicting a load requirement for the charging pole based on the request for charging and the charging time slot, and sending the load requirement to a grid operator supplying the charging pole with electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Hadeli Hadeli, Adrian Timbus, Martin Naedele
  • Patent number: 10328806
    Abstract: A novel automobile charger comprises a direct current (DC) voltage supply, wherein a positive pole of the (DC) voltage supply is connected with a first end or a first lead of a DC-to-DC module, a first end of a battery voltage detection module and a first end of a load module simultaneously while a negative pole of the DC voltage supply is connected with a second end of the DC-to-DC module, a first end of a microcontroller, a first end of an automobile start control module and a second end of the battery voltage detection module simultaneously. A third end of the DC-to-DC module is connected with a second end of the microcontroller. Third, fourth, and fifth ends of the microcontroller are connected with a third end of the battery voltage detection module, a second end of the automobile start control module and a first end of a load detection module respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Pilot Inc.
    Inventors: Calvin Shiening Wang, Chung-Hsin Wang
  • Patent number: 10322639
    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: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuhei Chizuwa
  • Patent number: 10322636
    Abstract: A charging method and an apparatus of an electric vehicle are provided. The charging is executed via connection even between an electric vehicle and a charger that employ different charging methods, irrespective of a charging method of a charger. The apparatus includes a gender converter that is connected between a vehicle inlet and a charger connector according to one of a DC combo standard specification charger and a CHAdeMO standard specification charger to supply DC power for battery charging, communication, and ground connection between a connected charger and the vehicle. A controller determines specifications of the charger connected to the vehicle inlet from a signal transmitted from the charger and executes high-speed charging according to specifications of the connected charger to perform high-speed charging of a vehicle battery with DC power supplied from the charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Woo Lee, Jin Cheol Shin
  • Patent number: 10315529
    Abstract: A cooling system includes a cooling unit configured to cool at least one of a power reception unit configured to wirelessly receive power from a power transmission unit and a power storage unit configured to store the power received by the power reception unit; and a controller configured to control the cooling unit. The cooling unit is operated by the power received by the power reception unit, and the controller controls the cooling unit on the basis of a necessary amount of charge of the power storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Araki, Motonao Niizuma, Susumu Tokura, Eiichi Urushibata, Hideo Naganuma
  • Patent number: 10312745
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a wireless power transmitter comprises a transmitter coil structure comprising a magnetic layer having a geometric center line, the magnetic layer being curved symmetrically about a geometric center line, a first coil coupled to a second coil, the first coil and second coil wound in such a way that when a current flows in the first coil in a first spatial direction the current flows in the second coil in a second spatial direction, the first coil and the second coil disposed on the magnetic layer substantially symmetrically about the geometric center line of the magnetic layer, a power circuit configured to provide a time-varying current to the transmitter coil structure; and a housing including an outer surface having a convex shape, the transmitter coil structure being disposed underneath the outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ChargEdge, Inc.
    Inventor: Sanjaya Maniktala
  • Patent number: 10308127
    Abstract: The invention discloses an electric vehicle charging pile control system and method considering grid frequency safety. The electric vehicle charging pile control system comprises a grid single-phase power input port, a voltage transformer, an AD conversion chip, a first data processor and a second data processor connected successively; the first data processor is further connected with a data real-time display device and a GPS/Beidou signal receiver respectively; the second data processor communicates with an electric vehicle charging pile and an electric vehicle battery pack respectively; and the second data processor is further connected with a man-machine interaction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Shandong University
    Inventors: Hengxu Zhang, Zongshuai Jin, Yingle Fan
  • Patent number: 10300805
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for communicating with a charging system comprising a plurality of charging stations configured to charge an electric vehicle. At least one first signal is transmitted to the charging system via a first communication link while the electric vehicle is a first distance from at least one charging station of the plurality of charging stations. The at least one first signal is indicative of a vehicle identifier of the electric vehicle. At least one second signal is received from the at least one charging station of the plurality of charging stations via a second communication link while the electric vehicle is a second distance from the at least one charging station, the second distance less than the first distance. The at least one second signal is indicative of a charging station identifier of the at least one charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Ravi Halker, Manish Tripathi, Bernward Dimke
  • Patent number: 10304099
    Abstract: The use of a just-in-time market for EV's (electric vehicles) to buy and sell energy from each other directly. Such a market enables the following: sellers to advertise the amount of energy they are willing to sell and the minimum selling price; buyers to advertise the amount of energy they are interested in buying and the maximum buying price. The market works at any location and at any time as long as there is a buyer and seller. The communications are directly between buyers and sellers without the involvement of any third parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jayanta Basak, Devasenapathi P. Seetharamakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10298036
    Abstract: A cradle for an electronic device includes a mounting portion to detachably/attachably accommodate at least a part of the electronic device, a connector disposed in the mounting portion, and a detection member disposed in the mounting portion to detect whether the electronic device is mounted on the mounting portion. Only when the electronic device is attached to the cradle, the cradle may charge a battery or establish an electrical connection automatically with an external device to transmit/receive data. Therefore, a Product Liability (PL) accident can be prevented, and reliability of the cradle can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bong-Suk Choi
  • Patent number: 10286800
    Abstract: A vehicle connected to electric vehicle supply equipment is configured to wake-up an onboard charger based on a pilot signal. A controller is configured to interrupt the pilot signal to prevent the pilot signal from subsequently waking the charger to reduce power consumed by the charger while the vehicle is connected. The interruption may be triggered by a completion of a charge cycle, an extensive charge wait interval, or a charging system condition that prevents charging. The controller may discontinue interruption of the pilot signal in response to a wake-up source other than the pilot signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Roger DeDona, Arthur M. Rutyna, Mark J. Ferrel, Bo Wu, Hilde Anne Heremans, Christopher W. Bell
  • Patent number: 10286803
    Abstract: A charging and discharging system includes an electric storage device, a connection port configured to supply electric power between the electric storage device and the outside of a vehicle, a charger configured to receive electric power from the outside of the vehicle via the connection port and to supply the electric power to the electric storage device, a power converter configured to receive electric power from the electric storage device and to output the electric power from the connection port to the outside of the vehicle, a voltage detector configured to detect a voltage across output nodes of the power converter, and a control unit configured to control the power converter. The control unit causes the power converter to output electric power after checking that the voltage across the output nodes is in an inactive state when a command for outputting electric power from the power converter is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yamato Niwa
  • Patent number: 10291011
    Abstract: A programmable power (PPSE) switching element including a front power transistor, a main switching transistor, and at least one reverse current blocking transistor in series, a gate of each of which is connected to a gate driver; an inductor and a shunt resistor connected in series with the transistors; a charge storage capacitor connected between ground and a junction located between the inductor and the shunt resistor; a high-speed NPN transistor, a collector of which is connected to the front power transistor and an emitter of which is connected to an output of the main switching transistor via the shunt resistor; a current measurement element in parallel to the shunt resistor; a voltage amplifier; and a high-speed MCU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Redler Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Yesaiahu Redler
  • Patent number: 10286807
    Abstract: Methods and systems for electric vehicles, such as battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), include preemptively cooling a traction battery of the vehicle when a DC Fast Charge (DCFC) event is expected. The expected DCFC event is predicted during a drive cycle and prior to arrival at a DCFC station, based on drive history data of the vehicle or battery state of charge. Preemptive cooling is inhibited if the expected DCFC event can be completed in an amount of time less than a predefined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Erik J. Christen, Jaswant-Jas S. Dhillon, Derek Hartl
  • Patent number: 10286791
    Abstract: A method for recognizing an over-temperature in a region of a charging socket of a motor vehicle without a temperature sensor. A temperature value is detected by means of a temperature sensor at an installation location of the temperature sensor that is different from the region. At least one configuration value of a current operating configuration in which the charging socket is operated is determined, and then a temperature reading for the region without the temperature sensor is generated by means of a characteristic map, which is designed for the purpose of including the temperature value and the at least one configuration value as input variables and of assigning the temperature reading to these input variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: AUDI AG, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Sami Robert Zaki, Florian Auberger, Daniel Spesser
  • Patent number: 10289288
    Abstract: Systems of a vehicle for sharing vehicle controls are provided. One example system includes an on-board computer that is part of the vehicle and communications circuitry of the vehicle usable by the on-board computer. The communications circuitry is configured to make connections with a wireless network for accessing a server. The on-board computer is configured to execute instructions for enabling portable devices that enter the vehicle to make a wireless connection with the vehicle. Vehicle electronics are interfaced with one or more vehicle systems and the on-board computer. The on-board computer is configured to provide access to at least one graphical user interface viewable via the portable device using the wireless connection. The at least one graphical user interface includes input options that enable control for features of said vehicle systems of the vehicle. A location for the portable device within the vehicle is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10286790
    Abstract: An electric vehicle is able to be charged from a power source via a supply side controller. The supply side controller retrieves and acquires vehicular information from the electric vehicle as an electric connection is established with the electric vehicle. The supply side controller stores the retrieved vehicular information. The vehicular information may contain charging information used for a charging control and non-charging information not used for the charging control. An information device, such as a smart phone, requests to supply the vehicular information. In response to the request, the supply side controller supplies the stored vehicular information to the information device without accessing the battery charger and the vehicular functional device. Accordingly, it is possible to supply the vehicular information without rebooting the controller on the vehicle in response to the request from the information device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10272567
    Abstract: A method of selecting and connecting power subsystems, the method including: locating, by a mobile robot including a processor and a motor, at least one of a first storage subsystem, a first power subsystem, or a first control subsystem; attaching, by the mobile robot, to the at least one of the first storage subsystem, the first power subsystem, or the first control subsystem; moving, by the mobile robot, the at least one of the first storage subsystem, the first power subsystem, or the first control subsystem to another location; and connecting, by the mobile robot, the at least one of the first storage subsystem, the first power subsystem, or the first control subsystem to at least one of a second storage subsystem, a second power subsystem, or a second control subsystem located at the other location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: THE AES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John C. Shelton, Brett Galura, Jay Geinzer, Isaiah Jefferson, Brian Peruse
  • Patent number: 10272793
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining availability of a vehicle charging station are provided. One vehicle system includes a telematics unit configured to wirelessly communicate with a second telematics unit of a second vehicle electrically coupled to a charging station; a processor configured to obtain a remaining charge time from the second vehicle, using the telematics unit; and a display for displaying the remaining charge time in association with information related to the second vehicle. One method includes establishing, using a telematics unit, wireless communication with a second telematics unit of a second vehicle electrically coupled to the charging station; obtaining, using a processor, a remaining charge time from the second vehicle via the telematics unit; and displaying, on a display, the remaining charge time in association with information related to the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Perry, Kevin James Rhodes, Chad Bednar, Erik J. Christen, Jaswant S. Dhillon, Joseph Giacchina, Dale F. Jordan, III, Pallav Sohoni, Yang Yang
  • Patent number: 10266062
    Abstract: A system for charging a vehicle battery includes a relay configured to establish/interrupt electrical connection between the vehicle battery and a vehicle system supplied with power from the vehicle battery, and a controller. The controller is configured to monitor a voltage of the battery, control the relay to interrupt the electrical connection when a voltage of the battery is less than or equal to a first predetermined reference value, and control the relay to establish the electrical connection when a predetermined condition is satisfied while the relay is electrically disconnected. The controller controls the relay to be electrically connected to charge the battery through an external power source while the electrical connection is interrupted, and then control a connection state of the relay based on the voltage of the battery, a voltage and current of the relay at a side of the vehicle system, and whether a vehicle is started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Hui Tae Yang, Kyung Ho Kim, Woo Sung Kim, Kyung In Min, Do Sung Hwang, Jae Hoon Choi, Beom Joo Kwon, Dong Gil Ha, Beom Gyu Kim, Jong Hu Yoon, Bo Ram Yang, Hee Sung Moon, Yu Seok Kim, Jung Je Woo, Suk Hyung Kim, Hyun Soo Park
  • Patent number: 10263452
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a wireless charging control method. The wireless charging control method in an apparatus having a wireless power reception module, includes sensing an event in a wireless charging mode, determining whether the sensed event is a predetermined wireless-charging indirect-associated event, when the sensed event is a predetermined wireless-charging indirect-associated event, identifying a wireless charging operation corresponding to the wireless-charging indirect-associated event and controlling wireless charging according to the identified wireless charging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hun-Cheol Oh, Soo-Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10262536
    Abstract: A system includes a processor configured to receive indication that a chargeable vehicle is within proximity to a known charging point. The processor is also configured to determine if the charging point is available for immediate use. The processor is further configured to notify a vehicle driver if the charging point is available for immediate use and offer an option to receive notification when a charging point is available for use if the charging point is not available for immediate use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathon Bezak, Owen Carpenter, Michael Platt, Damian Stone, Gregory Jerome Gunnels
  • Patent number: 10252619
    Abstract: Safety module for a charging station for electric vehicles having at least one processor, a sensor input, and a switching output. In order to be able to ensure the safety of a charging station independently of a charging process, the processor monitors at least one measured sensor value at the at least one sensor input independently of a charging process, and when the measured sensor value at the sensor input exceeds a triggering criterion, the processor outputs a switch-off signal at the switching output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: innogy SE
    Inventors: Stefan Helnerus, Daniel Heßelmann, Sven Jundel, Jürgen Waffner
  • Patent number: 10252631
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems are provided for establishing communications between a vehicle and charging system. The communications may include charge request messages sent by or received from the vehicle defining charge particulars, such as, a charge type, charging locations, charging orientation, and/or other information corresponding to charging requirements for the requesting vehicle. The charging system can respond to the charge request messages accepting or denying the vehicle charging request. In response to accepting the request message, the charging system provides charge to the vehicle in accordance with the charge particulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10250061
    Abstract: A system for charging electrically driven vehicles includes a source of three phase electrical current, a first converter converting the three-phase or one-phase electric current received from the source into a converted electric current, a single electric current transmission line transmitting the converted electric current, a second converter converting the converted signal received through the single line into three phase electric current, or one phase electric current, or direct current, and a plurality of charging stations receiving from the second converter corresponding currents and provided with charging components for charging electrically driven vehicles with a corresponding one of the received currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Bank
  • Patent number: 10245960
    Abstract: An electric power converter device for charging a battery in a vehicle may include a power factor converter, a DC-to-DC converter, and a bypass switch. The power factor converter receives a DC power from a power source and increases a voltage level of the DC power. The DC-to-DC converter is operable to decrease the voltage of the DC power from the power factor converter. The bypass switch is operable to electrically couple a power output device to one of the power factor converter or the DC-to-DC converter such that the electrical power provided by the power output device to the battery is based on one of a voltage output of the power factor converter or a voltage output of the DC-to-DC converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Ochi
  • Patent number: 10232729
    Abstract: A battery charging control apparatus of an electric vehicle includes an air conditioning control device that controls an operation of an air conditioning device, a control device that receives global positioning system (GPS) information of a user terminal, which approaches a vehicle, and to generate charging control information based on a distance that is determined based on the GPS information of the user terminal and location information of the vehicle, and a battery charging device that controls an amount of current to be supplied to a battery and the air conditioning control device, based on the charging control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Young Tak Jeon
  • Patent number: 10227016
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ceiling mounted charging station for charging the battery of an electric vehicle (210) parking on a parking space (200). The charging station comprises a charging arm (120) for connection with the electric vehicle (210). The first end of the charging arm (120) is mounted to a housing (140) of the charging station. A charging interface (180) for connection with a corresponding charging socket (220) of the electric vehicle (210) is located at a second end of the charging arm (120) opposite to the first end. The charging arm (120) is rotatable with respect to the housing (140) between a stored-position and a use-position. The distance of the second end of the charging arm (120) to the ground (250) of the parking space (200) is smaller in the use-position as in the store-position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: EASYCHARGE.ME GMBH
    Inventor: Artur Sychov
  • Patent number: 10227018
    Abstract: A device and method is provided that establishes a charging connection and a communication connection between a charging station and a vehicle, the vehicle having a first charging device and a first communication device, the charging station having a second charging device and a second communication device. The first charging device is positioned with respect to the second charging device in a way that energy for charging a battery of the vehicle is transmitted via the charging connection, and an orientation of the second communication device with respect to the first communication device, is such that the communication connection can carry out a wireless exchange of information in a way that reception of the information by a further communication device is prevented. The first communication device and the second communication device are configured in a way that the information is emitted and/or received by means of at least one communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Jörg Heuer, Anton Schmitt, Andreas Scholz, Martin Winter
  • Patent number: 10220715
    Abstract: A non-contact power supply system supplies power in a non-contact manner from a power transmission coil of a vehicle to a power reception coil of a power supply device. The power supply device has a power supply side recording means unit records information, a power supply side communication unit that communicates with the vehicle, and a power supply side controller that controls the power output from a power source to the power transmission coil. Vehicle identification information is recorded to the power supply side recording unit during the power supply or during preparation for the power supply to the power reception coil. The power supply side controller cross-checks the vehicle identification information and vehicle information transmitted from the vehicle when the power supply to the power reception coil is stopped before the power supply to the power reception coil is ended normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukinori Tsukamoto