Charging Station For Electrically Powered Vehicle Patents (Class 320/109)
  • Patent number: 11505082
    Abstract: Automatic troubleshooting method is provided for a charging device of an electric vehicle. The operation of the charging device is monitored, and when an abnormal situation specified by a predetermined abnormal situation definition is detected, a troubleshooting procedure corresponding to the predetermined abnormal situation definition is performed automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: NOODOE CORPORATION
    Inventors: John C. Wang, Chia-Ssu Wu
  • Patent number: 11508996
    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: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11505076
    Abstract: A system for exchanging electrical energy between an electrical energy source and an electrical energy store of a vehicle, wherein the system includes an electrical connection, at least one electronic component, and a cooling device having a heat transfer medium, wherein, when the electrical energy store of the vehicle is connected to the electrical connection and electrical energy is exchanged between the energy source and the electrical energy store via the at least one electronic component, the heat transfer medium of the cooling device is designed to provide heat, which arises during the exchange of electrical energy in the system, to a consumer of the heat, which is coupled to the system and is arranged in a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Daniel Ruppert
  • Patent number: 11498444
    Abstract: A system and method for the overcurrent protection in an electric vehicle is illustrated. The system comprises an AC pin, a DC pin, an electric vehicle charging connector, wherein the electric vehicle charging connector comprises a protection circuit, wherein the protection circuit is configured to control a transmission of power through the electric vehicle charging connector, a sensor, wherein the sensor is configured to detect an output current, and a controller communicatively connected to the sensor. The controller is configured to detect an overcurrent output as a function of the output current and trip the protection circuit as a function of the overcurrent output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventor: Herman Wiegman
  • Patent number: 11498449
    Abstract: Charging apparatus and methods are provided that support multiple charging devices. In an embodiment, a charging apparatus includes a secondary signal generator (SSG) and an output circuit. The SSG receives charging control signals and generates one or more secondary charging control signals. The output circuit outputs the charging control signals to a primary charging device and the one or more secondary charging control signals to one or more secondary charging devices, thereby enabling the use of multiple charging devices in battery applications. In an embodiment, the secondary charging signals are pulse width modulated to control the current output of the secondary charging devices to avoid over-current conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Motiv Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Shivam Gupta, James Michael Castelaz
  • Patent number: 11498447
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller that sends a charge request defining a charge location to a charge donor vehicle for vehicle-to-vehicle charging, responsive to not detecting a charge cable that satisfies the charge request in the vehicle and the charge donor vehicle, sends a borrow request including the charge location to a charge cable donor vehicle, and responsive to confirmation from the charge donor vehicle and charge cable donor vehicle, directs the vehicle to drive to the charge location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Katherine Howard-Cone, Justin Carmen Campanaro, Farshad Harirchi, Devang Bhalchandra Dave
  • Patent number: 11498448
    Abstract: High power bidirectional charging systems with a split battery architecture are disclosed. The bidirectional charging systems can include a bidirectional charger and an integrated battery. The bidirectional charger is bidirectional, providing vehicle-to-grid (V2G) energy transfer capability from an electrical grid to an electric vehicle (EV), as well as electrical energy transfer capability from the integrated battery to the power grid and from EV battery to the electrical grid. The integrated battery is split into two sections. A first battery section is a lower voltage battery, which can feed the output direct current (DC) directly without a converter. A second battery section is a higher voltage battery. The output power provided by the charger can exceed voltage limits of the individual electronic components by adding the output of the first integrated battery section with an output of the second integrated battery section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Enel X Way USA, LLC
    Inventor: Cornelis Van De Water
  • Patent number: 11491886
    Abstract: The invention describes a DC voltage charging post (100; 200; 300) for charging an electric vehicle. The DC voltage charging post (100; 200; 300) comprises two DC voltage charging post input connections (102, 104) for an input DC voltage (VE) with a first voltage range provided by a central unit; a first DC voltage converter (106; 302) for converting the input DC voltage (VE) into a output DC voltage (VA) with a second voltage range; two DC voltage charging post output connections (108, 110) for providing the output DC voltage (VA) to the electric vehicle; and a control unit (112) with a first communication interface (114) for communication between the DC voltage charging post (100; 200; 300) and the central unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: ELOADED GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Steinbacher
  • Patent number: 11489208
    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: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11485494
    Abstract: The presently disclosed embodiments generally relate to systems, devices, and methods for sensing and charging of electronic devices using coils. In some embodiments, the presently disclosed system can include a pad, a charging foot, and a backpack. The pad can include one or more nested coils therein that can sense one or more corresponding receiver coils of an unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that landed thereon. The nested coils of the pad can provide charging energy to the UAV independent of the location along the pad in which the UAV landed, and no precise alignment between the receiver coils and the charging coils is required. The charging foot can be attached to one or more legs of the UAV, and can include a receiver coil and circuitry to regulate energy received by the coil to a charging voltage level that can be provided to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Yousof Naderi, Kaushik Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 11485232
    Abstract: An FCV includes: a driving device that generates traveling power by using at least one of electric power output from an FC system and electric power output from a battery; and a display device that presents a first indicator and a second indicator, the first indicator indicating a remaining amount of electric power to be output from the FC system, the second indicator indicating a remaining amount of electric power to be output from the battery. An amount of electric power that can be output from the FC system when the hydrogen tank is full is larger than an amount of electric power that can be output from the battery when the battery is fully charged. A presentation area of the first indicator is larger than a presentation area of the second indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shinji Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 11485243
    Abstract: The vehicle includes an inlet configured to be connected to a charging connector provided in a charging station, a lock device configured to switch between a locked state where the charging connector is locked to the inlet and an unlocked state where the charging connector is removable from the inlet, a power storage device configured to be charged with an electric power supplied through the charging connector, and a control device configured to control charging of the power storage device. In a state where the charging connector is connected to the inlet and the power storage device is being charged, the control device stops charging when the lock device is in the unlocked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Kojima, Takahiko Mase
  • Patent number: 11485244
    Abstract: An on-board charger for an electric vehicle a silicon controlled rectifier circuit configured to receive an AC input voltage and output a first AC rectified voltage, a power factor correction circuit configured to receive the rectified AC voltage and output a DC voltage, a DC Link capacitor that receives DC voltage as a capacitor voltage; and a controller configured to operate in a first mode and a second mode depending on the DC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: César Ruano Álvarez, Adrià Marcos Pastor, Josep Maria Bosque Moncusi, Victor Saborido Rodríguez
  • Patent number: 11489207
    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: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11489287
    Abstract: A dampening system combined between a mounting bracket and a block oriented along an x-axis. An electrical connector of a pair of electrical connectors combined to the block for relative movement about a y-axis and a z-axis to combine with the other electrical connector on the magnetic chuck of a pallet changing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Techniks, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Worthington
  • Patent number: 11479136
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for automatically charging a vehicle include a charging plug to connect to a charging port of the vehicle, a manipulator to move the charging plug to the charging port of the vehicle, a power supply connected with the charging plug to supply charging power to the vehicle, and a processor. The processor obtains vehicle information and parking information through communication with the vehicle when recognizing parking of the vehicle, calculates a vehicle position using the vehicle information and the parking information, recognizes the charging port of the vehicle based on the calculated vehicle position, and controls the manipulator to connect the charging plug to the charging port of the vehicle such that a battery of the vehicle is charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jae Ho Yang
  • Patent number: 11482948
    Abstract: A system for providing both driving and charging functionality by using a plurality of traction inverters and a plurality of energy storage devices coupled to one another across the electric motor; an AC/DC converter front-end circuit interfacing the first/second traction inverters and the power source; a controller circuit configured to control operating characteristics of the AC/DC converter front-end circuit, wherein the first/second traction inverters are provided gating signals to one or more switching gates of the first/second traction inverters to shape power characteristics of power delivered to the first/second energy storage devices, from the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, ELEAPPOWER LTD.
    Inventors: Peter Lehn, Ruoyun Shi, Theodore Soong
  • Patent number: 11482735
    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: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11482736
    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: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11479139
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an onboard charging system of an electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: InvertedPower Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Stefan Smolenaers
  • Patent number: 11479135
    Abstract: A charging station for charging a battery of an electric vehicle including: a main body having a base portion positioned in a substructure and a charging portion, the charging portion includes an electrical outlet for connection to the electric vehicle; lifting means for moving the charging portion between a first position in which the charging portion is located in the base portion and a second position in which the charging portion is in a raised location out of the base portion and above the substructure; a lifting controller to activate the lifting means to move the charging portion between the first position and second position. The charging station is operable to charge the vehicle when the charging portion is in the first position within the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Chargicity Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Price, Andrew Frame
  • Patent number: 11472301
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods including a first pair of redundant temperature sensors proximate a first plug; a second pair of redundant temperature sensors proximate a second plug; a first microcontroller connected to a plugsense line and a ground line, where the first microcontroller may be configured to receive temperature data from the first pair of redundant temperature sensors and the second pair of redundant temperature sensors; and a first switch configured to receive a data packet comprising temperature data from the first pair of redundant temperature sensors and the second pair of redundant temperature sensors, where the first switch transmits the data packet by lowering voltage in the plugsense line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: WEBASTO CHARGING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Varundeep Singh, Peter Gabrielsson
  • Patent number: 11472300
    Abstract: A charge port illumination system includes, among other things, a first charge port assembly having a charge port, a courtesy lamp assembly configured to selectively activate to illuminate the charge port, and indicators each configured to selectively activate to illuminate and indicate a state of charge of a traction battery. The system further includes a microcontroller that selectively activates the courtesy lamp assembly and selectively activates the plurality of indicators of the first charge port assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Toussaint Carpenter
  • Patent number: 11472675
    Abstract: A connecting arrangement by which an electric load, which can be displaced in at least one direction of travel in relation to a feeder device, is supplied, by a cable, with electrical energy and/or data. The feeder device has at least one connection member for connecting to a corresponding connecting element of a cable carried by the electric load. An energy-supply system supplies the electric load. A simplified automatic connection of the cable to the feeder device by a connecting arrangement has a manipulator for connecting the connecting element to the connection member. A related energy-supply system has such a connecting arrangement and a related method has the following steps: a) positioning the connecting element in relation to the feeder device, b) using a manipulator to grip the connecting element and/or the cable, and c) using the manipulator to connect the connecting element to the connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Conductix-Wampfler GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Maier, Frank Kreiter, Martin Nöltner, Dietmar Lang
  • Patent number: 11476686
    Abstract: The application relates to a charging system, including a number of m chargers each adapted for providing electrical energy to charge an electrical vehicle, whereby m is an integer and m?1, a number of n outlet ports each adapted for electrically connecting the electrical vehicle, whereby n is an integer and n?2, and a switchable connection matrix device including a number of n outlet port switches each adapted for electrically connecting at least one of the m chargers to one of the n outlet ports and, if m>1, a number of m?1 charger switches each adapted for electrically connecting two of the m chargers, whereby the switchable connection matrix device is adapted for detecting a short-circuit between at least two outlet ports and/or for generating a fault signal if the short-circuit between at least two outlet ports is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ABB SCHWEIZ AG
    Inventor: Osman Senturk
  • Patent number: 11476697
    Abstract: Provided is a battery-charging device that uses a full-bridge rectifier circuit in which each arm is composed of MOSFET as a circuit that rectifies an output of a magnet-type AC generator. The charging device comprises: an ON/OFF state establishment means that, on the basis of a polarity of a potential of each input terminal of the rectifier circuit, establishes ON/OFF state to be assumed by each MOSFET of the rectifier circuit when a battery is charged; a during-charging FET control means that performs control which matches the state of each MOSFET of the rectifier circuit with the state established by the ON/OFF state establishment means when the battery is charged; a short-circuit control means that performs short-circuit control which causes short-circuiting between output terminals of the generator when battery charging is paused; and a FET OFF means that generates a FET OFF time period in which all of the MOSFETs of the rectifier circuit assume an OFF state in a fixed cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: MAHLE ELECTRIC DRIVES JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Yamaguchi, Yuki Wakazuki, Ryuichiro Takahashi, Kazuo Matsuda
  • Patent number: 11472297
    Abstract: An electrical system, and, more particularly, to an electrical system for an aircraft comprising one or more energy sinks and a hybrid energy storage system. The hybrid energy storage system may comprise one or more primary energy sources, a secondary energy source, and a secondary energy source control unit. The one or more primary energy sources may be coupled to and supply power to the one or more energy sinks. The secondary energy source may be coupled to the one or more primary energy sources and adapted to supply power at a variable output voltage to the one or more primary energy sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Geiss
  • Patent number: 11469531
    Abstract: A liquid-cooled charging system for a vehicle is configured to dissipate heat generated during charging (including fast-charging) of an electrically-powered vehicle. The liquid-cooled charging system includes a charging assembly having an interface assembly configured to support a charging plug of a charging station and an energy transfer assembly configured to electrically couple the charging station to the battery of the vehicle during charging. Components of the charging assembly and energy transfer assembly also define a fluid circuit. A coolant system of the liquid-cooled charging system is fluidly connected to the fluid circuit, allowing coolant to flow through the fluid circuit to dissipate heat from the charging assembly components during charging of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Donald Cole, Max Daniel McVety
  • Patent number: 11458855
    Abstract: An electric vehicle charging system using a robot and a charging method using the same are disclosed. The electric vehicle charging system using a robot, for connecting a charging connector to a charging socket of the electric vehicle, includes a robot arm for moving and rotating the charging connector, an image acquirer installed in the robot arm so as to generate image information of the charging socket, and a controller for controlling operation of the robot arm and the image acquirer. The image acquirer includes a first light controller provided with a first lamp and a first illuminance sensor, a second light controller installed at an opposite side of the first light controller with respect to the charging connector, and provided with a second lamp and a second illuminance sensor, and a camera capturing an image of the charging socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Chang Eui Shin
  • Patent number: 11458930
    Abstract: Start-up of an engine is prevented, and easier installation to a vehicle can be achieved. A device includes: connectors configured to be connected to battery cables of a vehicle; a communication unit configured to communicate with an external device; a power consuming device configured to consume power of a vehicle battery; and an overall control unit configured to perform control of causing consumption of power of the vehicle battery by using the power consuming device, when the overall control unit receives a signal for instructing consumption of the vehicle battery from the external device through the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Haruhiko Sawajiri
  • Patent number: 11460863
    Abstract: A system for controlling a fleet of unmanned vehicles includes a plurality of unmanned vehicles connected to a computing device. The computing device stores a dynamic attribute and a static attribute respective to each of the plurality of unmanned vehicles. The computing device is configured to: receive a task request including (i) an item identifier of an item, (ii) an action type defining an action to be performed respective to the item, and (iii) a location identifier of a location at which to perform the action; responsive to receiving the request, retrieve the stored dynamic attributes and static attributes; based on a comparison of the task request with the dynamic attributes and the static attributes, select one of the plurality of unmanned vehicles; and transmit, via the network, a command to the selected unmanned vehicle to perform the action respective to the item at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Clearpath Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Christopher Gariepy, Alex Bencz
  • Patent number: 11458859
    Abstract: A charging arrangement for an electric vehicle having a traction battery includes a charging station connected to a medium-voltage grid and a charging cable to be coupled to the electric vehicle, wherein a medium-voltage transformer is arranged in the charging station, at which medium-voltage transformer the medium voltage is present on a primary side and at least one IT low-voltage grid and a TN low-voltage grid electrically isolated therefrom are formed on a secondary side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: SCIENLAB BETEILIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventor: Julian Stentenbach
  • Patent number: 11462932
    Abstract: Technology for charging at least one battery is described. An aspect of the technology involves charging a battery using alternating current (AC) power by periodically stopping (602) charging of a battery of a mobile energy storage and power consumption device (16A) with AC power, and when charging of the battery with AC power is stopped, initiating (604) a direct current (DC) power charging communications cycle for the battery, in which the initiating the DC power charging communications cycle includes obtaining (606) state of battery related information for the battery by transmitting, over a communication link or interface, a request signal to a charging control device at the mobile energy storage and power consumption device indicating DC power charging mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: IoTecha Corp.
    Inventors: Oleg Logvinov, Michael J. Macaluso
  • Patent number: 11453291
    Abstract: A contactless charging device for contactlessly charging an energy accumulator of a motor vehicle, wherein the contactless charging device has an interface for coupling the contactless charging device to a power source, wherein the interface is designed for communicative coupling and for wired electrical coupling to a charging station, wherein the charging station is designed for the wired charging of the energy accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Tobias Grassl
  • Patent number: 11447030
    Abstract: A method for authentication of an electric aircraft for recharging. The method includes receiving, at a charging connector, an authentication datum from an electric aircraft. The charging connector is configured to mate with an electric aircraft port of the electric aircraft. The method further includes verifying, at a computing device communicatively connected to the charging connector, the authentication datum. The method further includes enabling charging of the electric aircraft, at the charging connector and by the computing device, as a function of the verification of the authentication datum. A system for authentication of an electric aircraft for recharging is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: BETA AIR, LLC
    Inventor: John Charles Palombini
  • Patent number: 11440420
    Abstract: An access connector, system and methods for accessing an electrical network are described. The access connector comprises a body portion configured to be installed in roadside infrastructure such that the access connector is substantially flush with an outer surface of the of the roadside infrastructure. The access connector provides a mechanical and electrical connection point for an electrical vehicle connector. The system comprises a plurality of access connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TROJAN ENERGY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ian Mackenzie
  • Patent number: 11444338
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system comprising: a rechargeable energy storage battery system comprising a monitoring module and an Internet of Things (IoT) based control module; a block chain network; a processor; and a tangible non-transitory memory; wherein system is operable to receiving periodically by a smart battery management platform, battery related information and one or more environment factors; extracting, processing and analyzing, the battery related information to retrieve a real-time feature of the rechargeable energy storage battery system and the one or more environment factors affecting the battery life and the battery performance by a smart battery management platform; predicting in real-time battery health and life status by the smart battery management platform; rendering using immersive technology, real-time simulated display of situational awareness by a battery management platform; and sending a control signal to the IoT based control module of the rechargeable energy storage batt
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: KNOETIK SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kyra Dhawan, Kian Dhawan
  • Patent number: 11444478
    Abstract: A control device includes: a voltage control unit that sequentially switches a command voltage of a direct current-direct current converter between different predetermined measurement voltages to control the command voltage; an obtaining unit that obtains, for each of the measurement voltages, a first terminal voltage of a battery when constant current discharge is performed and a second terminal voltage of the battery when constant current charge is performed; and a correction unit that corrects an SOV-OCV characteristic curve indicating a relationship between the state of charge and an open circuit voltage of the battery, based on a comparison between the first terminal voltages newly obtained by the obtaining unit and the first terminal voltages immediately previously obtained by the obtaining unit and a comparison between the second terminal voltages newly obtained by the obtaining unit and the second terminal voltages immediately previously obtained by the obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takayuki Akaishi
  • Patent number: 11440425
    Abstract: A method for aligning a charging device with a vehicle for charging includes detecting whether a vehicle is parked on a parking space where the charging device is located. If so, capturing at least one image of the vehicle and determining a position of a power receiving device of the vehicle by reference to the at least one image. Controlling movement of the charging device based on the relative positions of the power receiving device and a position of the charging device and aligning the charging device to couple wirelessly and charging the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Szu-Chi Peng, Liang-Kao Chang
  • Patent number: 11437810
    Abstract: A transient voltage suppressor (“TVS”) device includes a housing. Three prongs extend from the first end and are adapted for electrically connecting to an alternating current power source receptacle. Three recessed contacts extend into the second end of the housing for receiving three prongs from a power connector. The three prongs and three recessed contacts are adapted to pass electrical power along a ground wire, a neutral wire, and line wire, respectively. A protection circuit includes at least one silicon avalanche suppression diode (“SAS diode”) to limit high transient voltage imposed thereon to a lower level. A notification circuit is configured to communicate a status of the TVS device and configured to notify a user of one or more of: a correct connection of the vehicle wiring with respect to the power source, an incorrect connection of the vehicle wiring with respect to the power source, or a fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Richard Odenberg, John Haynes
  • Patent number: 11437843
    Abstract: An under-floor charging station can be mounted under a floor such that a top plate of the under-floor charging station is substantially flush with a top surface of the floor without touching the ground. Openings in the top plate allow charging elements to extend when in use to charge a mobile robot, and to retract under the floor when not in use. The retractable charging elements prevent tripping hazards and allow the mobile robot to move freely throughout a clean room. Moreover, because the charging elements can be retracted in an unobtrusive position when the under-floor charging station is not in use, the under-floor charging station is permitted to be positioned in locations in the clean room that allow the mobile robot to continue working while charging and/or allow non-stop running of the mobile robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Lung Wu, Sing-Tsung Li, Ren-Hau Wu, Yang-Ann Chu, Jiun-Rong Pai, Feng-Kuang Wu
  • Patent number: 11427094
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for prioritizing one or more electric vehicles that need a battery charge while driving. The method receives a wireless communication between one or more electric vehicles on a section of the roadway. The method further communicates a risk score between the one or more electric vehicles, based on a charging regulation model. The method further prioritizes a need for a battery charge, for the one or more electric vehicles on the section of the roadway, based on the communicated risk score. The method further engages one or more wireless charging points on the section of the roadway, with the one or more electric vehicles, based on the prioritized need for a battery charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Kyndryl, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Treadway, Craig M. Trim, Chen Liang, Shikhar Kwatra, Jeremy R. Fox, Joseph Blee
  • Patent number: 11427101
    Abstract: A system for charging a battery of a vehicle using inductive charging is provided. The system includes a charging pad for inductive charge transfer. The charge pad is configured with electronics that enables wireless communication. A self-aligning mechanism is part of the charging pad, and the self-aligning mechanism is configured to adjust positioning of the charging pad when the vehicle is disposed over the charging pad. A computer associated with the charging pad is configured to execute method operations for communicating with electronics of the vehicle to enable charging of the battery of the vehicle. The electronics of the vehicle is configured to identify a user account for charging the vehicle. An application associated with the user account is configured to receive updates regarding a charging status of the vehicle responsive to said inductive charge transfer being enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 11427103
    Abstract: A method for operating a charging station for charging a plurality of electric vehicles, in particular electric cars, wherein the charging station is connected at a grid connection point to an electrical supply grid in order to be supplied with electrical energy from the electrical supply grid via said grid connection point, comprising the steps of drawing electrical energy from the electrical supply grid and charging one or more electric vehicles using the electrical energy drawn from the electrical supply grid, wherein the charging station is controlled in such a way that the electrical supply grid is electrically supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Brombach, Christian Strafiel, Tobias Pingel
  • Patent number: 11420526
    Abstract: A processor included in a server acquires, by a weather information acquisition unit, weather information related to rainfall in a region where an external charging of a vehicle is performed. The processor also acquires flooding information indicative of prediction of flood damage to the region from a flooding information DB included in a storage device. If the vehicle is determined, based on the acquired weather information and flooding information, as likely to be inundated with water while the vehicle is stationary in the charging station, the processor transmits to the vehicle a stop instruction for stopping the external charging. The vehicle stops the external charging if the vehicle receives the stop instruction for stopping the external charging from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akito Motohira
  • Patent number: 11413976
    Abstract: A charging cable includes: a plurality of pins; a storage configured to store software, which controls communication with a communication device connected through at least one of the plurality of pins, controls communication with a charging object connected through the plurality of pins, controls charging of the charging object and monitors the charging; and a controller configured to: when a first voltage is applied to the at least one pin of the plurality of pins, control to output a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal having a predetermined first duty ratio corresponding to a communication enabled state with the communication device through the at least one pin; and when a second voltage is applied to the at least one pin, change to an update mode and control to output the PWM signal having a predetermined second duty ratio corresponding to the change to the update mode through the at least one pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, YURA CORPORATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun Jae Jung, Dae Hwan Kwon, Myeong Jin Kwon
  • Patent number: 11413985
    Abstract: A diagnosis system includes: a charging control part that controls, upon connection between a vehicle and a charger provided at an outside of the vehicle, charging from the charger to a secondary battery provided on the vehicle; and a derivation part that derives a degradation degree of the secondary battery based on a change amount of a charging rate of the secondary battery and an integration value of a charging current of the secondary battery, wherein the charging control part determines, based on a remaining time until a next departure time of the vehicle, whether specific charging in which a charging pause period is provided in a middle of a charging time of the secondary battery is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taisuke Tsurutani, Taisuke Kurachi, Yuuki Ohno
  • Patent number: 11413978
    Abstract: A charging system incorporates at least one motor; conductive charging arms rotatably coupled to the motor; a controller coupled to the motor and configured to rotate the conductive charging arms; and a sensor configured to sense the presence of a powered device and provide a signal to notify the controller of the presence of the powered device. In response to receiving the signal, the controller controls the motor to rotate the conductive arms to positions of electrical charging contact with the powered device. The powered device can be a drone powered by a rechargeable battery. The positions of electrical charging contact include electrical connections to terminals of the rechargeable battery. The charging system may also incorporate the feature of the motor having a stepper motor coupled to each of the conductive arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: MICHIGAN AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Will Johnson
  • Patent number: 11413952
    Abstract: A hybrid module for a motor vehicle drive train includes an electric machine, a rotor bearing carrier, a first bearing, a second bearing, and an intermediate shaft. The electric machine has a rotor unit with a rotor. The roller bearing carrier is for rotatably supporting the rotor unit. The intermediate shaft is for transmitting a torque between an internal combustion engine and a transmission or an output. The internal combustion engine and, the transmission or the output, can be connected to the hybrid module. The intermediate shaft is rotatably supported by the first bearing and the second bearing. The first bearing or the second bearing is supported on the rotor bearing carrier, supported or on the rotor unit, or is arranged to be supported on an output shaft of the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Aurelie Keller, Dirk Reimnitz, Michael Baumann
  • Patent number: 11413977
    Abstract: A charging assembly for an electric vehicle that can be mounted on a public utility pole, such as an electricity pole. The charging assembly includes a housing enclosing a charging circuitry and a control unit. The charging circuitry is electrically connected to a power supply and an electric cord for charging the electric vehicle. The control unit includes a network circuitry for creating a network over which a user device can connect to interact with the charging assembly through an interface provided on the user device. The charging assembly further includes a beacon, a dome camera, a display panel, and a series of indicators for showing the progress of the charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Dovene Komi Deh