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SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COUPLING A VEHICLE TO AN EXTERNAL GRID AND/OR NETWORK
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  • Year: 2010
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    Abstract
    Vehicle charging apparatuses and methods connect a vehicle to an external power source, the vehicle having a battery that is capable of being charged from the external power source and having a receptacle configured to receive a plug connected to the external power source. An alignment target receives at least one visual alignment beam from a vehicle, the position of the alignment beam providing visual indication to a vehicle operator that the vehicle is properly aligned relative to the charging station. A robotic arm is mounted to a structure and has a plug at a distal end thereof, the plug interconnected to the external power source and adapted to engage the vehicle receptacle to transfer power to or from the vehicle. A module may be provided for controlling the robotic arm such that said plug engages with the vehicle receptacle when the vehicle is properly aligned to receive the plug.
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    Michael J. Suchar1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    An automatic recharging docking station for electric vehicles or hybrid electric vehicles in which standardized uniform charging stations are positioned in public parking facilities, private parking facilities, rest stops, or the like, and by means of a retractable vehicle probe, allow the owner/user of the vehicle to attach to the charging station and recharge the batteries or storage cells of the vehicle while the owner/user is at work, shopping, or otherwise not requiring the use of the vehic...
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    Richard Mack1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    Bracket assemblies are disclosed for securing one or more flags on a motorcycle. In one embodiment, the bracket assembly mounts to the backrest of a motorcycle and includes opposing plate members which fasten together, with the backrest sandwiched between the plate members. Rubber gaskets and spacers between the plate members prevent damage to the backrest. One or more receptacles, each sized and configured for supported receipt of the lower end of a flagpole therein, are provided on the bracket...
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    Norimoto Minoshima4
    Estimated H-index: 4
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    Yasuharu Odachi8
    Estimated H-index: 8
    An inductive coupler for use in a battery charging system for an electric vehicle has a primary device having a primary coil and a core and a secondary device having a secondary coil and core. The primary and secondary devices are coupleable together with the primary coil placed within an open space defined by the secondary coil. The secondary coil is formed and sized so as to have a greater dimension than the primary coil as measured in the longitudinal direction of an electric vehicle parked f...
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    Heiji Kuki6
    Estimated H-index: 6
    (Sumitomo Chemical),
    Sho Miyazaki8
    Estimated H-index: 8
    (Sumitomo Chemical),
    Tsutomu Tanaka7
    Estimated H-index: 7
    (Sumitomo Chemical)
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    A connection system and connection method for easily charging an electric automotive vehicle are provided. A secondary coil 20 connected with a battery 21 is provided at the bottom of a body of an electric automotive vehicle E. On the other hand, a recess A is formed in the ground of a parking lot, and a coil moving device 30 for movably supporting a primary coil 10 is installed in the recess A. Three magnetic sensors 50 are provided on a body 40 of the coil moving device 30. Further, power supp...
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    Arlie L. Keith1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    An electric vehicle having a computer for controlling the charging of its battery includes a probe adapted to connect with a receptacle on a charging station which has a computer for controlling the charging voltage provided over the connection to the vehicle. In response to the vehicle announcing its presence with a broadcast signal, the charge station receptacle may be raised until it senses a laser signal presented by the vehicle to indicate alignment of the receptacle with the vehicle probe....
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    Hirotaka Fukushima16
    Estimated H-index: 16
    (Yazaki),
    Toshiaki Hasegawa10
    Estimated H-index: 10
    (Yazaki)
    A charging connector device for an electric vehicle is provided which includes a power receiving connector mounted on a vehicle body and a power supplying connector coupled or engaged with the power receiving connector. The power supplying connector includes a main cable path and a cable connecting portion. In the main cable path, a plurality of lead wires are arranged to be connected to a grounding terminal, a charging terminal and other terminals, and at least two wire securing shafts are prov...
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    Heiji Kuki6
    Estimated H-index: 6
    (Sumitomo Chemical),
    Sho Miyazaki8
    Estimated H-index: 8
    (Sumitomo Chemical),
    Tsutomu Tanaka7
    Estimated H-index: 7
    (Sumitomo Chemical)
    ... more
    To facilitate the charging of an electric automotive vehicle, a primary coil 31 connected with a charging power source is so provided as to project from a wall surface W of a parking space. An electric automotive vehicle E is advanced toward the wall surface W and parked in a position where the primary coil 31 is accommodated in a receptacle 11 provided below a front bumper B of the vehicle E. Then, a pressure switch 40 provided in a shock absorbing material 39 operates to detect the presence of...
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    Nicholas J. Pellegrino1
    Estimated H-index: 1
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    Edward Farrell1
    Estimated H-index: 1
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    Harry F. Smith2
    Estimated H-index: 2
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    Estimated H-index: 2
    Method and apparatus providing supplementary navigation data to be used with a vehicular navigation system. The supplementary navigation data can be superimposed over primary navigation data on a navigation system display or can be presented as a split-screen display. The supplementary navigation data may contain information such as locations of local facilities, local road information, types of local facilities. The supplementary navigation data is received by the vehicle when the vehicle is co...
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    Jeffrey J. Ronning9
    Estimated H-index: 9
    (Delphi Automotive)
    An apparatus for supplying an electrical charge to a vehicle having a plurality of contact members and a plurality of elastic members secured to the inner surface of the plurality of contact members at one end and a plurality of relays at the other end. The relays are suspended behind the inner surface of the plurality of contact members and the elastic members allow the plurality of relays to travel in a range defined by a first position and a second position and the relays are in a facially sp...
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    Shinji Ichikawa30
    Estimated H-index: 30
    (Toyota),
    Masaru Sasaki9
    Estimated H-index: 9
    (Toyota),
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    Estimated H-index: 13
    (Toyota)
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    In a noncontact electric power feeding system by means of a resonance method, an electric power receiving apparatus includes a plurality of secondary self-resonant coils. The noncontact electric power feeding system makes a switch between these secondary self-resonant coils to detect a distance between the electric power receiving apparatus and an electric power transmitting unit, and selects, according to distance L as detected, a secondary self-resonant coil with high transfer efficiency for r...
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    An automotive safety device, specifically, an automobile safety device that assists drivers to remain in their proper driving lane when driving a moving vehicle. One embodiment of the present invention can include a flat planar body member, a plurality of light emitting members connected to the planar body member, wherein the light emitting members are configured in a predetermined arrangement, a power source electronically connected to the light emitting members, and a selectively engageable di...
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    Daniel David Hershey1
    Estimated H-index: 1
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    Victory Fay1
    Estimated H-index: 1
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    James Carl1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    ... more
    A system for in situ charging of at least one rechargeable power source of a remote vehicle. The system comprises a power recharger having contacts configured to supply power to the at least one rechargeable power source, and a chassis adapter at least partially enclosing the at least one rechargeable power source and retaining the at least one rechargeable power source on the remote vehicle, the chassis adapter including terminals connected to the at least one rechargeable power source and conf...
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    Björn Elias5
    Estimated H-index: 5
    (Audi),
    Christian Ohlen2
    Estimated H-index: 2
    (Audi),
    Anca Ebner2
    Estimated H-index: 2
    (Audi)
    A secondary transformer unit for mounting on a vehicle having an electric drive includes at least one secondary core, and at least one secondary coil that is arranged on the secondary core. At least one outer skin is provided to envelope the secondary core and contains reinforcing fibers. The outer skin is configured to retain inside the at least one outer skin fragments produced when the at least one secondary core breaks.
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    Norbert Bendicks1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    A charging station for charging a vehicle includes a charger, a camera, a positioner, and a controller. The charger has a transformer part by which electrical energy can be transferred to a corresponding transformer part arranged behind the vehicle license plate when the charger is in a position relative to the license plate at which the transformer parts sandwich the license plate. The camera generates positional information indicative of positioning between the charger and the license plate. T...
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    Hee Jin Lee (Hyundai Motor Company), Chae Mo Yang (Hyundai Motor Company)
    A transmitter apparatus of a wireless power transmission system for charging a vehicle includes a parking stopper configured to be fixedly mounted on a ground of a parking space. A transmitter is configured to be connected to the parking stopper and to include a transmitter coil which generates a magnetic field at the time of parking the vehicle.
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    Koji Miwa6
    Estimated H-index: 6
    (Toyota)
    An ECU operates a charging unit such that a power storage device is charged by an electric power from a power supply. When a vehicle moves while charging the unit charges the power storage device, the ECU stops charging the unit to discontinue the charging of the power storage device. The ECU diagnoses a state of the charging unit after the charging of the power storage device is stopped. The ECU determines whether the charging of the power storage device is able to be resumed based on the diagn...
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    Douglas Raymond Martin13
    Estimated H-index: 13
    (Ford Motor Company),
    Kenneth James Miller8
    Estimated H-index: 8
    (Ford Motor Company),
    William David Treharne14
    Estimated H-index: 14
    (Ford Motor Company)
    A vehicle guidance system is provided with a controller configured to receive input signals indicative of an instantaneous charging port position relative to an external charging pad and a charging status. The controller is further configured to transmit a vehicle status signal in response to the input signals. An interface communicates with the controller, and is configured to display a vehicle position indicator and a charging status message in response to the vehicle status signal.
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    Bryan Marc Failing1
    Estimated H-index: 1
    A method, computer-readable medium, system, and apparatus for improving energy transfer with a vehicle are disclosed.
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    Shinji Ichikawa30
    Estimated H-index: 30
    (Toyota)
    A power reception unit includes a secondary self-resonant coil receiving electric power from a power transmission unit of a power feeding device by resonating with a primary self-resonant coil included in the power transmission unit through an electromagnetic field. The power reception unit is stored in an engine room where a driving power generation unit including an engine and motor generator are stored. In detail, the power reception unit is arranged at the bottom of the engine room. A shield...
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