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Charging station for electrically powered vehicle

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320 - Electricity: battery or capacitor charging or discharging

320107000 - CELL OR BATTERY CHARGER STRUCTURE

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20130026988VEHICLE CHARGING DEVICE AND VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM USING SAME - Disclosed is a vehicle charging device that can perform communication even if the vehicle charging device and a charging instruction device are connected to power line pairs having different phases in a multiple-wire power line. The vehicle charging device (01-31-2013
20130026987ELECTRIC/HYBRID VEHICLE CHARGING STANDS AND ASSEMBLY METHODS THEREFOR - An improved charging stand for electric or hybrid vehicles is based upon a two-piece construction. Different top sections may be used, including a plain top with a rounded end or a decorative top which may include an optional ambient light fixture. A single fastener may be placed through the top section and into the pipe to hold the entire assembly together. An upright pipe has a cutout to receive a recharge controller with a recharge cable, the pipe further including a slot to receive the cable. A first plastic sleeve has a height below the cutout in the pipe corresponding the bottom of the slot. The recharge controller is accessible through the cutout with the cable protruding through the slot. A second plastic sleeve with a closed top and an open bottom mates with top of the first plastic sleeve with a cutout corresponding to the cutout in the pipe.01-31-2013
20130026986TRANSFORMER-LEVEL MANAGEMENT OF POWER CONSUMPTION BY ONE OR MORE CONSUMERS - Various examples provide a system and method including receiving a plurality of electrical vehicle charge requests, receiving a plurality of additional electric load power requests, and controlling charging of the electrical vehicles in association with the plurality of electrical vehicle charge power requests. Various examples include modulating the charging of one or more of the electrical vehicles to maintain total power consumed by the electrical vehicles and a plurality of additional electric loads below a threshold power consumption rate.01-31-2013
20130026985CHARGING DEVICE FOR USE IN CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND METHOD OF PROVIDING ELECTRICITY TO AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A method of delivering power from a power supply to an electric vehicle is described herein. The method includes receiving a request to deliver power from the power supply to the electric vehicle. A first monitoring signal indicative of a combustible gas is transmitted from a sensor to a controller. The controller determines whether electrical power is to be delivered, from a charging device to the electric vehicle, based at least in part on the received first monitoring signal.01-31-2013
20120161702CHARGING METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Disclosed are a charging apparatus and a charging method for a battery of an electric vehicle. The charging apparatus for a battery of an electric vehicle includes: a communication module that communicates power information and information on a battery of the electric vehicle; a charging mode setting module that receives a user's order; a charging switch that connects the battery of the electric vehicle with the charging power in accordance with an input control signal; and a charging control module that sets the charging amount of the battery by using the power information and the information on the battery, sets charging information including charging power and at least one time period for charging the battery of the electric vehicle within a predetermined time range, and input the control signal to the charging switch on the basis of the charging information.06-28-2012
20120161701POWER CONTROL SYSTEM - A power control system includes a house power controller and a vehicle power controller connected by a power cable. The house power controller includes a control signal generator; a switch that operates responsive to a control signal instructing a charged amount, and passes/stops AC power coming from a power distribution system; a selector switch that switches whether to send AC power to the power cable, or to output DC power from the power cable; and a power converter converting DC power from the selector switch into AC power, and sending AC power to the power distribution system. The vehicle power controller includes a battery storing DC power; a vehicle-side selector switch that switches whether to send DC power from the battery to the power cable, or to output AC power from the power cable; and a charger that charges the battery with AC power from the vehicle-side selector switch.06-28-2012
20120161700INTERACTIVE CHARGING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An interactive charging management system and a method thereof are provided. The present method includes following steps. A leakage event is detected when an electric vehicle is connected with a charging post. When the leakage event is not detected, the charging post is controlled to enter a charging state from a ready state, so as to continuously supply a charging power to the electric vehicle until the electric vehicle is completely charged. When the leakage event is detected, the charging post is controlled to stop supplying the charging power to the electric vehicle, and the electric vehicle is indicated to go offline, so as to perform a leakage test and determine whether to resume the ready state. When the charging post cannot resume the ready state, a service notice is issued to notify a curing unit to process.06-28-2012
20120169282Method and Device for Identifying an Electric Vehicle to a Billing Centre - Method, device and system for charging electric vehicles. Carrying out 07-05-2012
20100141205DYNAMIC LOAD MANAGEMENT FOR USE IN RECHARGING VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ELECTRICALLY POWERED PROPULSION SYSTEMS - The E-Grid Sub-Network Load Manager operates to regulate the demands presented by the vehicles to the associated Sub-Network thereby to spread the load presented to the service disconnect over time to enable the controllable charging of a large number of vehicles. The load management can be implemented by a number of methodologies, including: queuing requests and serving each request in sequence until satisfaction; queuing requests and cycling through them, partially serving each request, then proceeding to the next until the cyclic partial charging service has satisfied all requests; ordering requests pursuant to a percentage of recharge required measurement; ordering requests on an estimated connection time metric; ordering requests on a predetermined level of service basis; and the like. It is evident that a number of these methods can be concurrently employed thereby to serve all of the vehicles in the most efficient manner that can be determined.06-10-2010
20100013434Charging station - The present application relates to a charging station operable in a charging cycle for charging an electric vehicle. The charging station has a key-activated controller for controlling the charging cycle. The application also relates to a key for operating the charging station. Furthermore, the application relates to a charging station having an interface for connecting the charging station to a data network. The application also relates to a charging station having a socket for receiving a plug and a key-operated locking mechanism for locking a plug in said socket. A frangible panel movable between an open position and a closed position may be provided. A processor may be provided for generating data to impose a financial charge on an individual for using the charging station. The application also relates to methods of operating a charging station including the steps of obtaining user identification data; supplying electricity to a charging socket; and generating data for levying a financial charge on the user.01-21-2010
20130134935MEDIUM VOLTAGE STAND ALONE DC FAST CHARGER - An apparatus for DC fast charging of an electric vehicle includes an active front end AC-DC converter and an isolated DC-DC converter. The active front end AC-DC converter is adapted to rectify a medium voltage alternating current (AC) from a utility grid to a high voltage direct current (DC). The isolated DC-DC converter is adapted to transform the high voltage DC to a low voltage DC for charging the electric vehicle.05-30-2013
20080258682Electric Public Transit System - The present invention relates to an electric public transit system, comprising electric driven buses with a cassette battery set and bus-mounted control system, a charge station and a loading and unloading apparatus. When said bus needs change the cassette battery set, said loading and unloading apparatus takes said cassette battery set from said bus and then replace with a charged cassette battery set. Both said charge station and said loading and unloading apparatus are equipped with their control systems, respectively, which can intercommunicate with said bus-mounted control system. In the present invention, the cassette battery sets are charged during power consumption valleys of the power grid, and therefore, the transit system can save energy and benefit the environment. Additionally it is also fast and accurate for loading and unloading the cassette battery set in the system of the present invention, which can also guarantee the bus operating online continuously and greatly enhance the usage ratio of the bus.10-23-2008
20110193522OPERATION MANAGING SERVER FOR CHARGING STATIONS AND OPERATION MANAGING SYSTEM FOR CHARGING STATIONS - An operation managing server for charging stations each of which has a charger and accepts a charging request for charging a vehicle battery of a user through the charger at a charging station, including a charging request accepting unit that accepts a charging request from a user when the user makes the charging request, and a charging time estimating unit that estimates a charging time required to charge the vehicle battery of the user on the basis of past charger using data of the user, wherein when there is any charging request from a next user, the charging request accepting unit accepts the charging request concerned while reflecting the estimated charging time of the former user.08-11-2011
20110193521CONNECTING DEVICE - A connecting device includes: a shaft; a drum that has a container defined therein and is rotatably disposed on the shaft; a stator that is fixed to the shaft and is contained inside of the container; a rotator that is fixed to the drum, is rotatably disposed on the shaft, and is contained inside of the container with an interval with respect to the stator; first terminals that are disposed in the stator; second terminals that are disposed in the rotator and are brought into contact with the first terminals, respectively; a connecting cord that is wound around the drum, and has a connecting plug to be connected to a vehicle at one end thereof whereas is electrically connected to the second terminals at the other end thereof; a power supply cord having a power source plug electrically connected to the first terminals at one end thereof whereas connected to an outside power supply at the other end thereof; and a leakage detector contained inside of the container.08-11-2011
20090121678Feeder-Lineless Traffic System and Charging Method Therefor - Provided is a railway type feeder-lineless traffic system in which the weight of a vehicle is reduced while the structure of the vehicle is simplified, and it is possible to carry out a quick charge during a brief stopping time at a station or the like. A charging method in a feeder-lineless traffic system in which a vehicle mounted thereon with an electric storage unit runs on a predetermined pathway with the use of a power, and the electric storage unit in the vehicle is charged from a charger set up on the pathway, wherein a contact charging way in which a power feeder 05-14-2009
20130082655CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD - A method for controlling charge after judging as to whether a charging cable CC connected to a charging inlet E04-04-2013
20130033230DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STORING ELECTRICAL ENERGY - A device for storing electrical energy in a vehicle includes at least one vehicle battery, which can be connected to an electrical power network by a vehicle charging interface of the vehicle. The vehicle battery has a storage capacity for storing electrical energy. The storage capacity of the vehicle battery is partitioned for different users.02-07-2013
20130033229METHOD AND SYSTEM TO ELECTRICALLY CHARGE AND DISCHARGE A BATTERY USING AN ELECTRICAL CHARGING SYSTEM THAT ELECTRICALLY COMMUNICATES WITH A REGENERATIVE BRAKING ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT - A method to electrically charge an energy storage device (ESD) includes a step of electrically charging the ESD with energy transmitted through a regenerative braking electrical circuit (RBEC) disposed on vehicle by an electrical charging system (ECS) in electrical connection therewith. The ESD may be electrically charged by the ECS or a motor/generator that is also in electrical communication with the RBEC. The method also includes another step of electrically transmitting energy from the ESD through the RBEC and the ECS to supply energy to a power grid disposed external to the vehicle. An ECS for electrically charging an ESD is also presented that includes a first transducer, a second transducer that wirelessly receives energy from the first transducer, a motor/generator, and at least one electrical component which receives energy from the second transducer or energy from the motor/generator to electrically charge the ESD.02-07-2013
20130043838BATTERY CHARGER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE, AND RESCUE VEHICLE - A generator driven by the driving force of a vehicle traction engine has permanent magnets and electromagnets arranged in tandem on a rotor, the magnetic field of the permanent magnet and the magnetic field of the electromagnet act independently on stator coils of a stator, forming a high-power unit controlled by a generator control unit that, when the output of the generator is lower than a prescribed value, flows forward current through the field coils to generate a magnetic field having the same orientation as the magnetic field due to the permanent magnet, and when the output of the generator is higher than a prescribed value, passes a reverse current through the field coils that generates a magnetic field having an opposite orientation to that of the magnetic field due to the permanent magnet, forming an alternating current having a prescribed value. The alternating current output is rectified.02-21-2013
20100045232MODULARIZED INTERFACE AND RELATED METHOD FOR CONNECTING PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES TO THE ENERGY GRID - This invention is directed to a modularized interface for connecting a plug-in electric vehicle to the energy grid. For use with public or semi-public outlets, the modularized interface comprises a module and a smart socket, where the module is integrated within or capable of being connected to, the vehicle's charging interface. The module is normally disabled, but is enabled only after the end user is authenticated, the smart socket and its associated meter have been identified, and the module and the end user's account with the local utility are validated. The module meters the energy consumption, and, when the module is disconnected from the smart socket, indicating termination of the charging session, the metered data is communicated to the utility for updating the end user's account, and the module is disabled. The module is also capable of use with conventional outlets located, for example, in private residences.02-25-2010
20120206100ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT - An electric vehicle supply circuit comprises input wiring including a hot conductor and a neutral conductor to connect the electric vehicle supply circuit to a power source having a hot conductor and a neutral conductor, and a charge circuit interrupting device arranged to disconnect the hot conductor and the neutral conductor if the power source is wired incorrectly. A monitor circuit may operate as a polarity detector if the power source is wired incorrectly, or as a grounding monitor circuit if the power source is wired correctly. Another electric vehicle supply circuit includes a monitor circuit to to detect whether a power source is wired correctly, and an indicator to communicate to a user whether hot and neutral conductors of the power source are wired correctly.08-16-2012
20130038283CHARGER SYSTEM WITH SAFETY GUARDIAN - A safety guardian operable to facilitate notifying an Electronic Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) system whether a vehicle charging system is ready to accept energy. The safety guardian may be configured to facilitate control of a vehicle interface used to provide a reference voltage to the EVSE reflective of whether the charging system is ready to accept energy. The guardian may control the vehicle interface in the absence of a suitable control signal from the vehicle charging system in order to ensure the EVSE is notified when the vehicle charging system is not ready to accept energy.02-14-2013
20100102775Retractable Overhead Charging Cord Dispenser - The present invention is generally directed to a retractable overhead charging cord dispenser which has multi-positioning capability to provide plug-in electric power to PHEVs parked at various positions in a garage or the like. An illustrative embodiment of the retractable overhead charging cord dispenser includes an arm assembly, a cord guide arm carried by the arm assembly, a cord storage device provided in the arm assembly and a retractable charging cord extendable from the cord storage device and extending through and protruding from the cord guide arm.04-29-2010
20130038286METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CHARGING AN ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE - A charging device for charging an energy storage device is described. The charging device includes a memory for storing a plurality of state machines and a processing device coupled to the memory. The processing device is configured to select a state machine of the plurality of state machines and to operate the charging device in accordance with the selected state machine.02-14-2013
20130038287INSTALLATION STRUCTURE FOR CHARGING EQUIPMENT IN REAR VEHICLE BODY - There is provided the installation structure for charging equipment in a rear vehicle body capable of enhancing rigidity of the rear vehicle body, performing roundabout installation of the outlet cable without applying large load to the cable, preventing deterioration of the charging equipment due to external factors, and readily installing the charging equipment. In the installation structure for charging equipment in a rear vehicle body, the charger 02-14-2013
20130038285ELECTRICAL SYSTEM INCLUDING APPARATUS THAT CONTAINS A DOMIC-SHAPED HOUSING - A transducer includes a housing having a domic shape. The transducer is associated with a vehicular electrical charging system (ECS) used to electrically charge an energy storage device (ESD) disposed on a vehicle. The transducer is adapted for attachment to a ground surface with the domic-shaped housing extending outwardly away therefrom. The domic-shaped housing of the transducer, when disposed beneath an undercarriage of a vehicle, fills a space intermediate the transducer and the undercarriage such that animals, such as a dog or a cat, are discouraged from overlyingly residing thereon. External surface segments of the domic-shaped housing depend or slope away from a peak point of the domic-shaped housing so that foreign objects, like a soda can or a tool that engage the domic-shaped housing, may passively slidingly move off of the housing to ensure optimal performance of the transducer.02-14-2013
20130038284VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS AND METHODS FOR USE IN CHARGING AN ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE - Vehicle charging stations and methods for use in charging an electrically powered vehicle are disclosed. One example vehicle charging station includes a power source and a charging device coupled to the power source. The charging device is configured to control a charging process between the power source and an electrically powered vehicle, transmit, via at least one network, a first electronic message to a user, and receive, via the at least one network, a second electronic message from the user. The first electronic message includes at least one condition related to at least one of the charging process and the electrically power vehicle. The second electronic message includes a user command related to the at least one condition.02-14-2013
20100097031APPARATUS FOR ENERGY TRANSFER USING CONVERTER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME - According to an aspect of the invention, a motor drive circuit includes a first energy storage device configured to supply electrical energy, a bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter coupled to the first energy storage device, a voltage inverter coupled to the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter, and an input device configured to receive electrical energy from an external energy source. The motor drive circuit further includes a coupling system coupled to the input device, to the first energy storage device, and to the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter. The coupling system has a first configuration configured to transfer electrical energy to the first energy storage device via the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter, and has a second configuration configured to transfer electrical energy from the first energy storage device to the voltage inverter via the bi-directional DC-to-DC voltage converter.04-22-2010
20100109604MULTI POWER SOURCED ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An inductive power transfer (IPT) pad and system for the charging of electric and hybid electric vehicles. The batter of such a vehicle can be selectively coupled to a high power electrical supply for fast charging or a lower power electrical supply for charging using IPT. The batteries of the vehicles are used in a system to control the load demand in an electricity network through variations of the frequency of power supplied.05-06-2010
20100109603Battery alternating recharging process - As an example in this Patent Application which focuses on the need to have a battery system last longer in all battery applications in various devices. These devices are cell phones, generators of electricity and actually too many other types of devices which are too numerous to mention. Using the electric vehicle in this Application which is one of the best examples. Using the electric vehicle, which in the past has not been a practical means of transporting people as well as goods, due to the recharging of the Batteries. The most important negative reason is the length of time the Batteries could supply electric current in the operation of the vehicle. The batteries in an electric vehicle have kept this mode of transportation from becoming cost efficient. The recharging of the batteries in an electric vehicle has taken a required amount of time to recharge. The time required has meant the electric vehicle could not be used. The time required to recharge the batteries has been the major reason for not advancing the electric vehicle's use in a practical, everyday means. The batteries' limited time of supplying electric current for use has been a contributing factor limiting the distance that is needed in everyday modern modes of travel. This invention uses the Battery Alternating Recharging Process, which allows the time and distance to be attained in which these negatives can be overcome, eliminating the need to have the electric vehicle to be taken out of service to be charged.05-06-2010
20130082654ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING APPARATUS, ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME, AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING METHOD - Provided is an electric vehicle charging apparatus, and more particularly, an electric vehicle charging apparatus that periodically transmits a consumed amount of power to a cost claim server, so as to claim a cost per unit time. The charging apparatus includes a charging certification unit receiving certification information of the electric vehicle, a power measurement unit generating power consumption information as a result obtained by calculating an amount of power consumed for charging the electric vehicle, and a communication unit transmitting the certification information to a certification server, and transmitting the power consumption information to a cost claim server.04-04-2013
20120212179THERMAL WALL PLUG SENSING AND CONTROL - A system and method operable to facilitate thermal wall plug sensing and control may include an ability to control current drawn by a charging system or other load according to a temperature determined at an interface between the charging system and an energy source used to provided energy to the charging system. A temperature sensed with a temperature sensor included in a plug assembly or other housing or cord used to connect the charging system to the energy source may be used to implement the temperature regulated current control.08-23-2012
20120181986NETWORK-CONTROLLED CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A server of a network-controlled charging system for electric vehicles receives a request for charge transfer for an electric vehicle at a network-controlled charge transfer device, determines whether to enable charge transfer, and responsive to determining to enable charge transfer, transmits a communication to the network-controlled charge transfer device that indicates to the network-controlled charge transfer device to enable charge transfer.07-19-2012
20120181985NETWORK-CONTROLLED CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A network-controlled charge transfer device for electric vehicles includes a control device to turn electric supply on and off to enable and disable charge transfer for electric vehicles, a transceiver to communicate requests for charge transfer with a remote server and receive communications from the remote server, and a controller, coupled with the control device and the transceiver, to cause the control device to turn the electric supply on based on communication from the remote server.07-19-2012
20120181984CHARGING APPARATUS - A charging apparatus for charging electric power supplied from a power source to a charging target includes a station section configured to supply the electric power to the charging target. The station section includes a base extending in a vertical direction and a protrusion fixed to a part of the base and protruding frontward than the base. Space for disposing at least one article is formed on at least one of the upper side and the lower side of the protrusion.07-19-2012
20120181983DUAL-CHARGER SYSTEM - A charger system for use in a vehicle to charge a vehicle battery includes a first charger and a second charger. The chargers are connected to a vehicle bus. Each charger has a master indication digital input and decodes the input to determine its role as master charger or slave charger. The master charger configures its connection to the vehicle bus to use a master node message set. The slave charger configures its connection to the vehicle bus to use a slave node message set.07-19-2012
20120181982Localized Charging of Electric Vehicles - The described method and system provide for managing the charging of individual electric vehicles with respect to local substations or grids to lower the load on a given substation or grid. When the load on a substation or grid reaches a warning threshold, a call center may facilitate the implementation of a charging plan to reduce the load. The call center may locate and identify vehicles that are being charged in the relevant area and may further manage the charging of the located vehicles to reduce the load through a charging plan. The plan may be based on the current State of charge of each vehicle, the historical use and projected use of each vehicle, vehicle charging patterns, and the severity of the load on the substation or grid.07-19-2012
20130049688VEHICLE BATTERY COOLING DEVICE - To achieve improvement in a vehicle battery cooling device in its effect on the cooling of a battery, and also in its mountability in a vehicle through simplification of a passage structure for the cooling. A structure is such that: an upstream end portion of an air inlet passage for cooling down a battery is opened behind and above a rear seat while an upstream end portion of an air inlet passage for cooling down a charger is opened to a space in front of a lower side of the rear seat; and in a case in which an air conditioning device takes in air from a lower part of a cabin and blows out cool air to an upper part of the cabin, air having cooled down the battery is returned into the cabin through the air inlet passage for cooling down the charger.02-28-2013
20130049690Vehicle Charger with Memory Function for Electric Vehicles - A vehicle charger with memory function for electric vehicles contains an AC input circuit, a power factor correction circuit, a high voltage DC circuit, a DC-DC conversion circuit, an output control circuit, and a charging output terminal. The charging output terminal is connected to and charges a battery pack of the electric vehicle. A MCU chip, a battery pack voltage detection circuit, an operation data memory chip, a vehicle control signal connection port, a perpetual calendar chip, a data reading port, and an auxiliary power supply circuit are further included. The MCU chip detects a voltage of the battery pack through the battery pack voltage detection circuit, automatically records the charge and discharge data of the battery pack, and stores the data into the operation data memory chip. The recorded data include: times to complete a normal charge process, times and when the charge is not done in time after discharged, times and when the charge is powered off to be stopped before it is full-charged, and times and when the voltage of the battery pack meets a low voltage protection. The charger can provide real-time and reliable data and has a protection function for batteries with low voltage.02-28-2013
20130049687System and Method for in Situ Charging of a Remote Vehicle - 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 configured to mate with the power recharger to allow the power recharger to recharge the at least one rechargeable power source. The chassis adapter comprises charger input contacts including a positive contact, a ground, and one or more data contacts. The power recharger automatically disengages from the recharging terminals when the remote vehicle is driven away from the chassis adapter without damaging the power recharger.02-28-2013
20130049689STORED ENERGY AND CHARGING APPLIANCE - A charging system detachably drawing from a power source comprising: (a) an electrical output configuration; (b) an electrical input configuration; and (c) an energy store configuration; and methods of provisioning the energy store, the charging system, and electric vehicle charger devices.02-28-2013
20100001687BATTERY CHARGE MONITORING DEVICE - A battery charge monitoring device for monitoring feed of electric power from a power source installation to a battery, the power source installation being disposed separately from a vehicle on which the battery is mounted, and the vehicle using the electric power fed from the battery as a drive source for traveling, includes a vehicle storage portion which stores therein vehicle identification information allotted to the vehicle, a vehicle side communication portion which performs a power line communication with a power source side communication portion of the power source installation through a power line for feeding the electric power from the power source installation to the battery, and a vehicle side control portion which controls the vehicle side communication portion so as to transmit the vehicle identification information stored in the vehicle storage portion, to the power source side communication portion, when a communication channel is established between the power source side communication portion and the vehicle side communication portion.01-07-2010
20130069591BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A battery charger of a battery charging apparatus is disposed on an exterior case of an engine in such a manner that a generated heat is transferred therebetween. An ECU drives a cooling system when an engine temperature and temperature of the battery charger satisfy a predetermined cooling temperature condition. A cooling capacity for cooling the battery charger is improved by establishing a heat radiation passage to radiate a heat from the battery charger efficiently.03-21-2013
20130069592CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A charging system for electric vehicles is disclosed, which includes at least one charging port with an interface for power exchange with at least one electric vehicle, and at least one power converter for converting power from a power source such as a power grid to a suitable format for charging the vehicle. The power converter can be at a remote location from the charging port, such as a separate room, and/or a separate building.03-21-2013
20130069590ELECTRICAL CONNECTING DEVICE FOR HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR CHARGING - An electrical connecting device having an output connection, which is designed to be detachably connected to a charging connection of an accumulator device of a vehicle operated using current, the electrical connecting device also including a supply connection that is designed to be detachably connected to a network connection of an alternating current low-voltage interconnected network. The connecting device is characterized in that the electrical connecting device includes an alternating current/direct current converter, which is suitable for converting the alternating voltage of the supply connection to an electric DC voltage suitable for the accumulator device. A method is also described for charging an accumulator device of a vehicle operated by current using an electrical connecting device.03-21-2013
20130069588QUICK CHARGER AND QUICK CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An object of the present invention is to provide a quick charger for an electric vehicle in which a quick charging cable can be compactly stored, which is excellent in safety, and in which the burden on a user in operations is lightened.03-21-2013
20100134067ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT SHARING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS - Electric vehicle charging stations are coupled with a circuit sharing controller. Multiple electric vehicle charging stations are wired on the same electrical circuit. The circuit sharing controller implements a circuit sharing process that dynamically allocates electric current to charging stations on the same electrical circuit such that the capacity of the electrical circuit is not exceeded while permitting each of those charging stations to draw electric current through that electrical circuit for at least some amount of time.06-03-2010
20130088198ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC CHARGING METHOD - An electric charger converts electric power from an external electric power supply into charging electric power for an electricity storage apparatus. A PLG-ECU determines a charging schedule regarding charging current and charging duration for the electricity storage apparatus based on a necessary amount of charge that is an amount of charge needed in order to complete the charging of the electricity storage apparatus and a scheduled charging end time specified via an input portion, and controls the electric charger based on the charging schedule. The PLG-ECU determines the charging schedule based on a first current that is within the range of current suppliable from the external electric power supply and that is a minimum charging current that is needed in order to supply the necessary amount of charge to the electricity storage apparatus within the duration from the present time to the scheduled charging end time.04-11-2013
20130088200CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD - A charging control method for controlling a charge operation to a storage unit E04-11-2013
20130088199Overriding Delayed Electric Vehicle Charging Events - An electric vehicle charging station that supports delayed charging overrides. In one embodiment, to support delayed charging override in an electric vehicle charging station that requires authorization, after authentication is successful (e.g., the electric vehicle operator is authorized) and the electric vehicle is detected (e.g., the charging cord has been plugged into the charging port of the electric vehicle), the charging station begins a plug out timer for the electric vehicle operator to unplug the charging cord from the charging port of the electric vehicle and then begins a plug-in timer for the electric vehicle operator to plug the charging cord back into the charging port of the electric vehicle. If the electric vehicle operator does so within the periods of the timers, the charging session will not end and the delayed charging will be overridden.04-11-2013
20130088197APPARATUS FOR CHARGING BATTERY OF VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF - Provided is a fast charging apparatus and method for a vehicle that may simultaneously charge a battery of a vehicle with electricity from at least two chargers through at least two charge connecting units provided to the vehicle.04-11-2013
20130088196HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGER WITH SUCH CHARGING SYSTEM - A high-voltage battery charging system includes a rectifier circuit, a power factor correction circuit, a bus capacitor, an intermediate non-isolated DC-DC converting circuit, an intermediate output capacitor, and a non-isolated DC-DC converting circuit. The rectifier circuit is used for rectifying an AC input voltage into a rectified voltage. The power factor correction circuit is used for increasing a power factor of the rectified voltage and generating a bus voltage. The bus capacitor is used for energy storage and voltage stabilization. The intermediate non-isolated DC-DC converting circuit is used for boosting the bus voltage into an intermediate output voltage. The intermediate output capacitor is connected between an output terminal of the intermediate non-isolated DC-DC converting circuit and the common terminal COM for energy storage and voltage stabilization. The non-isolated DC-DC converting circuit is used for converting the intermediate output voltage into a high charging voltage, thereby charging the high-voltage battery unit.04-11-2013
20100102776CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE, ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE, METHOD FOR CHARGING CONTROL FOR ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDED MEDIUM HAVING PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON FOR COMPUTER TO EXECUTE THE CHARGING CONTROL - An energy cost prediction unit predicts an energy cost for the next travel. A lifetime prediction unit uses a charge amount—lifetime map to predict the lifetime of a power storage device according to an amount of charge to the power storage device. A usage cost prediction unit predicts the cost of using the power storage device according to the amount of charge to the power storage device, based on the lifetime of the power storage device predicted by the lifetime prediction unit. The predicted cost associated with the amount of charge to the power storage device is indicated on a display device. In accordance with an instruction from a user, the power storage device is charged from a charging station.04-29-2010
20090302801CHARGING SYSTEM AND VEHICLE AND CHARGE CONTROLLER FOR THE CHARGING SYSTEM - A charging system for charging a vehicle battery using a commercial power supply available in a construction on the ground includes a charge device, a power line, a time setting unit, and a control unit. The charge device mounted on a vehicle charges the vehicle battery. The power line connects between the construction on the ground and the vehicle. The time setting unit sets a charge start time for starting battery charging. The control unit is used for starting battery charging at the charge start time.12-10-2009
20120217928ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING INTERFACE - An electric vehicle charging connection (EVCC) includes metering logic within a socket that supplies electricity to a plug-in cord, and metering logic within a handle of the plug-in cord. The handle and socket compare metering information from the metering logic, and electrical flow from the socket is disabled based on results of the comparison.08-30-2012
20120217927SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATICALLY CHARGING ELECTRICALLY POWERED AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLES - A system for automatically charging electrically powered automated guided vehicles in which a unique identification tag is attached to each vehicle in the system. A reader is positioned to periodically read the tags on each vehicle as the vehicle passes near the reader. The reader then produces an output signal which identifies the vehicle as an input signal to a processor. The processor receives the signal from the reader and is programmed to determine if the vehicle is scheduled for an electrical recharging. If so, the processor generates an output signal to the vehicle to divert the vehicle to an electrical charging station. At the charging station, an electrical charger automatically engages electrodes on the vehicle to initiate and thereafter complete the electrical charge.08-30-2012
20130057211CHARGING CONTROL SYSTEM AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD - Charging control section 03-07-2013
20130057214CHARGING SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An energy store charging system is provided for an electric vehicle for use typically in premises having a mains electrical supply. The system includes a load sensor arranged to determine the total concurrent electrical loads on the same mains electrical supply circuit and a charging circuit connected to said mains supply for delivering power to the energy store. A controller is arranged to limit the power drawn by the charging circuit in dependence upon a comparison between the total concurrent electrical load and a maximum threshold power supply deliverable via the incoming mains electrical supply line.03-07-2013
20130057213BATTERY MONITORING AND CHARGING SYSTEM AND MOTOR-DRIVEN VEHICLE - A battery monitoring and charging system includes a charging equipment and a motor-driven vehicle. The motor-driven vehicle includes a battery, a charger that charges the battery by power supplied from the charging equipment, a charging control device that controls operations of the charger, a communication device that communicates with the charging equipment, a voltage detecting device that monitors voltage of the battery and an activation control device that generates a first control signal if the monitored voltage falls below a threshold value when the charging control device is in off state. When the activation control device generates the first control signal, the charging control device is activated, generating to the charging equipment through the communication device a second control signal that is indicative of a need that the charging equipment should supply power to the motor-driven vehicle and causing the charger to start operation of the charger.03-07-2013
20130057212BATTERY CHARGING DEVICES AND SYSTEMS - A charger for a starting, lighting, and ignition (SLI) battery is provided. The charger includes a base unit having a pair of terminals that are adapted to engage a pair of conductive terminals coupled to a battery unit to electrically couple the base unit to the battery unit. The charger also includes charging circuitry having power conversion circuitry that is adapted to receive primary power and to convert the primary power to a battery power output compatible with a charging voltage of the battery unit.03-07-2013
20130057209Multiport Vehicle DC Charging System with Variable Power Distribution - A battery charging station is provided that includes a plurality of charge ports, a plurality of power stages where each power stage includes an AC to DC converter and where each power stage provides a portion of the charging station's maximum available charging power, a switching system that is used to couple the output of the power stages to the charging ports, a system monitor that determines current charging station and vehicle conditions, and a controller that controls operation of the switching system in accordance with a predefined set of power distribution rules and on the basis of the current charging station and vehicle conditions. Current charging station and vehicle conditions may include vehicle arrival time, usage fees, vehicle and/or customer priority information, battery pack SOC, and/or intended departure time.03-07-2013
20130069589VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS - A vehicle battery charging apparatus includes a charging connector including a charging current output terminal for outputting a charging current to a vehicle having an electric motor as a drive source and a proximity detection terminal for detecting a proximity of the charging connector to a inlet on the vehicle, a voltage output portion that outputs a voltage from the proximity detection terminal via a first resistor, a detection means that can detect a variation in current flowing through the first resistor caused by fitting the charging connector to the vehicle inlet, and a control section that detects the proximity of the charging connector and the vehicle inlet based on the variation in current flowing through the first resistor detected by the detection means, and enables the charging current output terminal to output a charging current when the proximity is detected.03-21-2013
20090091291POWER GRID LOAD MANAGEMENT FOR PLUG-IN VEHICLES - Methods and systems are provided for controlling the charging of an onboard energy storage system of a plug-in vehicle using a remote command center, such as a vehicle telematics service. An embodiment of such a method involves the transmission of a charge request for the onboard energy storage system to a remote command center associated with the plug-in vehicle. In response to the charge request, a charge command is received from the remote command center. The charging of the onboard energy storage system is regulated in accordance with the received charge command, which may be a charge enable command or a charge disable command.04-09-2009
20130093394CHARGING DEVICE FOR ELECTROMOTIVE VEHICLE - An AC-DC converter converts an alternating-current voltage, supplied from an external power supply, to a direct-current voltage higher than a peak voltage of the alternating-current voltage, and outputs the direct-current voltage to a first power supply line. In a normal control mode, a DC-DC converter steps down a voltage of the power supply line through on/off control over a switching element to charge a main battery. On the other hand, in an upper arm ON control mode, the DC-DC converter charge the main battery while the switching element is kept in an on state. On the basis of a state of external charging, a control device applies the upper arm ON control mode when a condition that upper arm ON control is applicable is satisfied, and applies the normal control mode when the condition is not satisfied.04-18-2013
20130063086CHARGING DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CHARGING ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLES - Charging devices and methods for charging electrically powered vehicles are disclosed. One example charging device includes a processor configured to at least partially control a state voltage and a detection circuit coupled to the processor. The detection circuit includes an energy storage device and a discharge circuit coupled to the energy storage device. The energy storage device is configured to be charged by the state voltage. The discharge circuit is configured to discharge said energy storage device in response to a discharge command from said processor. The processor is configured to determine a charging state associated with the electrically powered vehicle based on a voltage across said energy storage device.03-14-2013
20130063087Charging Circuit and Method for Operating Such Circuit - A charging circuit includes first and second input terminals connecting the circuit to first and second supply terminals, respectively, of a DC power source, first and second output terminals providing an output voltage to a load to be charged, a first switch between the first and second input terminals, a current sensor between the first input terminal and the first output terminal in series with the first switch, a connecting element having first and second inductance connectors for connecting an inductance, the first inductance connector connected to the switch and the second inductance connector connected to the first output terminal, and a diode element connected to the first inductance connector and the second output terminal. The first switch and the current sensor are arranged to be connected to a control circuit arranged for controlling operation of the first switch in response to a signal received from the current sensor.03-14-2013
20130063088SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING BATTERY PACK - Disclosed are a system and method for charging a battery pack. The system uses a recovery vehicle to quickly charge a vehicle battery pack. The system includes a charging power supply module equipped in the recovery vehicle, quick charging power lines placed in the vehicle battery pack, a quick charge switch placed in the quick charging power lines, and a control module.03-14-2013
20130099738VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGER WITH IMPROVED CABLE STORAGE - A vehicle battery charger including a base unit configured to store various cables and clamps are provided. A battery charging cable and pair of battery terminal clamps coupled to the charging cable may be stored in a compartment formed in the base unit when not in use, the clamps secured to pegs mounted within the compartment and a cover closing over the compartment. A grid power cable that provides electrical power to the battery charger may be wrapped around a channel formed in the base unit and secured in the channel with a retainer when not in use.04-25-2013
20130162208CHARGE CONTROLLER AND CHARGING SYSTEM - A charge controller for controlling the charging of a battery provided inside a vehicle using a control signal supplied from an external power source apparatus via a power cable includes a control section for controlling the charging of the battery and an activating section for activating the control section inside the vehicle. The external power source apparatus switches the control signal from a non-oscillation state to an oscillation state when the preparation for power supply is completed. The activating section has an oscillation state judgment section for judging whether the input control signal is in the oscillation state or the non-oscillation state and for outputting an oscillation state judgment signal and an activating signal generation section for generating an activating signal for activating the control section when the oscillation state judgment signal is switched from a state indicating non-oscillation to a state indicating oscillation.06-27-2013
20120235639CHARGING SYSTEM - In a charging system, an interlock switch is configured to be turned on when a power switch of a vehicle body is turned off and turned off when the power switch is turned on is disposed between a negative terminal of a battery and a second negative input portion. A first positive output portion and a second positive output portion are connected to each other with a coil of a relay circuit installed in the charger body interposed therebetween. A relay switch of the relay circuit in which on and off operations are switched by the coil is connected to the first positive output portion.09-20-2012
20130162207DEVICES AND METHODS FOR THE SAFE DRIVING, CHARGING AND ENERGY RECOVERY OPERATION OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - The invention relates to a method and an electrical protection and monitoring device with an insulation monitoring instrument and a differential current monitoring instrument in an electric vehicle for safe driving operation and also for safe charging and energy recovery operation of the electric vehicle at a charging station. The invention further relates to a device for the safe charging and energy recovery operation of an electric vehicle at a charging station with electrical protection and monitoring devices.06-27-2013
20110279083CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A charging system of electric vehicles comprises: a delivery box 11-17-2011
20110279082SAFETY SUPERVISORY MODULE OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION - A safety supervisory module (SSM) of an electric vehicle charging station that controls flow of current from the electric vehicle charging station to an electric vehicle. The SSM includes a set of two or more processors to control operation of a contactor control circuitry of the SSM to open and close a set of contacts of a set of power supply lines to control flow of current from the charging station to an electric vehicle. Each processor independently determines whether an unsafe condition exists and asserts a relay enable signal to the contactor control circuitry only when an unsafe condition does not exist. The contactor control circuitry generates a current to energize a relay to close the set of contacts responsive to the relay enable signal being asserted by each and every processor of the set of processors, and inhibits closure of the set of contacts or opens the set of contacts to prevent electricity from flowing between the charging station and an electric vehicle when any of the set of processors is not asserting the relay enable signal.11-17-2011
20110140660BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLES - A user-operated switch is provided to enable an engine to operate a generator to charge a battery while the vehicle is parked.06-16-2011
20110140656CHARGING STATION WITH PROTECTIVE DOOR - An electric vehicle charging station includes a parking meter; a main display coupled to the parking meter to display information; a fast charge port and a regular charge port coupled to the parking meter to dispense electricity upon authorization; a payment reader coupled to the parking meter to accept a financial card and to enable one or more ports after card authorization; a door coupled to the charge ports, the door allowing access to the ports after authorization and closing access to the ports after charging completes, the door securing the port from unauthorized charging and to secure the ports from tampering; and an outer casing to enclose the parking meter.06-16-2011
20130020993Multi-Mode Electric Vehicle Charging Station - A reduced size and complexity multi-mode electric vehicle charging station is provided which allows a user to select AC and DC powerform output and may provide those outputs to connectors for charging electric vehicles. A voltage source is provided to a DC converter that then outputs to a DC bus or electrical connection. The DC bus may be accessed by DC charging equipment or a DC-AC inverter that is connected to AC charging equipment, thereby providing DC and AC charging ability. In one aspect, the multi-mode electric vehicle charging station is used in a rescue vehicle for charging stranded EVs via multiple charging standards without requiring the rescue vehicle to carry independent charging systems for each charging standard. In another aspect, the charging station is used in a stationary charging station to reduce cost and complexity of using multiple independent charging systems.01-24-2013
20130020992SMART CHARGING SYSTEM FOR MOBILE VEHICLES AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - A smart charging system for mobile vehicles includes a charging apparatus, a meter, and a cloud server. The charging apparatus is connected between an electric grid and an electric vehicle. The charging apparatus is supplied by the electric grid and then provides power to supply the electric vehicle. The meter is operatively connected between the electric grid and the charging apparatus. The meter has a communication with the electric grid to obtain supplied power from the electric grid to the charging apparatus. The cloud server is operatively connected to the electric grid and further operatively connected to the charging apparatus via a gateway apparatus to receive power-supplying information of the electric grid and power-charging information of the electric vehicle. Further, the charging apparatus smartly charges the electric vehicle according to the power-supplying information and the power-charging information.01-24-2013
20120112694Method and Arrangement for Data Communication Between A Service Provider and A Vehicle - A method and an arrangement for data communication between a service provider and a vehicle having an electric drive are provided. A communication connection can be established between the vehicle and the service provider via a first wireless connection. When the vehicle is connected to a charging station via a charging connection for charging an accumulator provided in the vehicle, a further communication connection is established between the vehicle and the service provider via the charging station.05-10-2012
20120032637BATTERY CHARGING CONTROL DEVICE AND BATTERY CHARGING CONTROL METHOD FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A battery charging control device for controlling a power generation device installed in an electric vehicle sets a battery energy management area using a current position of a host vehicle as a reference, detects at least one travelable route within the battery energy management area, calculates a battery energy management upper limit value and a battery energy management lower limit value on the basis of a maximum value and a minimum value of energy values required to travel to respective points on the travelable route from the current position, and calculates a battery energy management width by subtracting the management lower limit value from the management upper limit value. When the battery energy management width is not within a predetermined range, the battery energy management area is modified so as to enter the predetermined range. As a result, battery charging is controlled such that a magnitude relationship between the battery energy management upper limit value and the battery energy management lower limit value does not reverse.02-09-2012
20110285350CHARGING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - A charge control device includes a charge power detection unit for detecting charge power supplied to a power storage device; a target value determination unit for determining a target value of the charge power to the power storage device; a first feedback control unit for correcting the target value based on the difference between the charge power and the target value to generate a power command value; a supply power detection unit for detecting supply power output from the charger; a guard target value determination unit for determining a guard target value corresponding to an upper limit value of the power command value based on allowable power of a system for charging; a second feedback control unit for correcting the guard target value based on the difference between the supply power detected by the supply power detection unit and the guard target value; and an upper limit guard processing unit for limiting the target value corrected by the first feedback control unit based on the guard target value corrected by the second feedback control unit.11-24-2011
20110291616UNIVERSAL CHARGING DEVICE - A universal charging device, the device comprising: a charging pack including at least one of an AC terminal for inputting an AC power, an AC/DC converter for rectifying the AC power to a DC power, a DC terminal for outputting a DC power of a first power value, and a charging pack switch for turning on/off an output of the DC power.12-01-2011
20120098490CHARGE CONTROLLER FOR ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE - A charging connector includes a lock button for locking the charging connector in a charging inlet, and a limit switch for electrically connecting a control pilot line and a ground line to each other in response to an operation of the lock button. The vehicle inlet includes a switch circuit for selectively connecting the control pilot line and the ground line with a resistance circuit, depending on whether a charging lid is open or closed. A CPU is configured to be able to supply a voltage to the control pilot line, and based on a potential of a control signal in accordance with presence/absence of voltage supply to the control pilot line, it detects the state of connection of a charging cable and the state of control pilot line.04-26-2012
20120139488SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REACTIVE POWER USING ELECTRIC CAR BATTERY - Provided are a system and a method for providing reactive power using an electric car battery, and more particularly, a system and a method for providing reactive power to a micro-grid using a bidirectional charger that is an electric car battery and an electric car charging device.06-07-2012
20110215758SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DATA TRANSFER TO A VEHICLE AND FOR CHARGING SAID VEHICLE - A data transfer, power supply and charging apparatus having a data interface transfers both energy to an energy storage device and vehicle- or driver-related data via a charging cable or electric line. The use of a charging cable for transmitting data to and from the vehicle is suitable particularly for electric and hybrid vehicles in the automotive sector. In this way, it is possible to perform updates for vehicle-internal systems and to check these. In addition, the data transfer, power supply and charging apparatus may include a communication unit which also allows data to be received and sent during travel without an electrical connection.09-08-2011
20100013436Street Light Mounted Network-Controlled Charge Transfer Device for Electric Vehicles - A network-controlled charge transfer device for transferring charge between a local power grid and an electric vehicle is mounted to a street light. The charge transfer device includes the following: an electrical receptacle to receive an electrical connector for connection to the electric vehicle; an electric power line that couples the power grid to the electrical receptacle through a wiring box; a control device to switch the receptacle on and off; a current measuring device to measure current flowing through the electric power line; and a controller to operate the control device and to monitor output from the current measuring device.01-21-2010
20100295508APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BALANCING THE TRANSFER OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY FROM AN EXTERNAL POWER SOURCE TO A VEHICLE - In at least one embodiment, a device for balancing a flow of electrical energy from a vehicle to an external power source is provided. The device comprises a balance circuit being configured to receive an input current signal from the power source and to transmit an output current signal to the external power source for charging a element in a vehicle. A differential resistance causes the input current signal and the output current signal to be different. A current measuring device is configured to generate an output differential signal indicating a difference between the input and output current signals. A current generating device is configured to generate a compensated current signal in response to the output differential signal and to adjust the output current signal with the compensated current signal such that the input and output current signals are generally similar to one another.11-25-2010
20110133694METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING VOLTAGE OF 12V AUXILIARY BATTERY FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - The present invention provides a method for controlling a charging voltage of a 12V auxiliary battery for a hybrid vehicle, which can (1) improve charging efficiency of an auxiliary battery by increasing the output voltage of a DC-DC converter during cold start when the outside air temperature is low, (2) improve the charging efficiency of the auxiliary battery by increasing or decreasing the output power of the DC-DC converter according to the state of charge of the auxiliary battery and by increasing the output voltage of the DC-DC converter when many electrical loads are turned on, and (3) allow the DC-DC converter to provide continuous power supply for charging the auxiliary battery by turning on a main switch disposed between a high voltage battery and the DC-DC converter based on a reverse power conversion operation of the DC-DC converter even in the case where the voltage of the auxiliary battery falls below 9V.06-09-2011
20100283426Method and apparatus for charging an electric vehicle from a streetlight - Streetlights along streets and in parking lots are often suitably located for a vehicle to park in immediate proximity. An electric vehicle charging system and method allows the power supply previously dedicated to the streetlight to be used for electric vehicle recharging whenever the streetlight is not lit. In some embodiments, if the total of the current drawn by the electric vehicle charging and the lit streetlight is less than the rating of the streetlight power supply, then charging may continue even while the streetlight is lit. Further, if an electric vehicle so charging offers a utility-interactive inverter, then upon demand the electric vehicle may be available to supply power back to the electric grid.11-11-2010
20100079105CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL DEVICE AND CABLE CONNECTION STATE DETERMINING METHOD - A vehicle-side connector included at one end of a cable through which a power source outside a vehicle feeds a power storage device, includes a signal pin, a resistive element R04-01-2010
20110148356NETWORK-CONTROLLED CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A network-controlled charge transfer device for electric vehicles includes a control device to turn electric supply on and off to enable and disable charge transfer for electric vehicles, a transceiver to communicate requests for charge transfer with a remote server and receive communications from the remote server, and a controller, coupled with the control device and the transceiver, to cause the control device to turn the electric supply on based on communication from the remote server.06-23-2011
20130057210Method of Operating a Multiport Vehicle Charging System - A method of distributing charging power among a plurality of charge ports of a battery charging station is provided, where the battery charging station includes a plurality of power stages where each power stage includes an AC to DC converter and provides a portion of the charging station's maximum available charging power, the method comprising the steps of (i) monitoring battery charging station conditions and operating conditions for each charging port; (ii) determining current battery charging station conditions, including current operating conditions for each charging port; (iii) determining power distribution for the battery charging station and the charging ports in response to the current battery charging conditions and in accordance with a predefined set of power distribution rules; and (iv) coupling the power stages to the charging ports in accordance with the power distribution.03-07-2013
20110121779CHARGING AND DISCHARGING SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC-POWERED VEHICLE - A control pilot circuit of a power cable having a male-type plug generates a pilot signal such that the power cable can be identified as a power cable for charging on the vehicle side. On the other hand, a control pilot circuit of a power cable having a not-shown female-type plug generates the pilot signal such that the power cable can be identified as a power cable for power feeding on the vehicle side. An ECU of a vehicle controls an AC/DC converter in any one of the charging mode and the power feeding mode in response to the pilot signal.05-26-2011
20110267003Charging Station and Method for Operating Same - There is provided a loading station. An exemplary loading station comprises a storage medium for use as a source of energy for vehicles. The exemplary loading station also comprises a device that controls a loading and/or unloading process of the storage medium and for identifying the storage medium. A transponder for wireless data transmission is connected to the storage medium. The loading station further comprises a detection device for the transponder.11-03-2011
20110169447ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT - An electric vehicle charging system includes a portable housing having an integral holder to hold a connector for an electric vehicle supply circuit. An electric vehicle supply equipment enclosure includes an integral chamber to store all or part of a cord. A mounting bracket for an electric vehicle supply equipment enclosure covers an open portion of the enclosure. A method for facilitating use of an electric vehicle includes providing a prewiring kit for the electric vehicle. An electric vehicle supply equipment enclosure includes an integral disconnect switch. An electric vehicle supply circuit includes a grounding monitor circuit having automatic test functionality. Another electric vehicle supply circuit includes a contact monitor circuit to monitor the state of one or more of the contacts.07-14-2011
20110169448ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING OF ELECTRICALLY-DRIVEN VEHICLE - In an electrically-driven vehicle comprising a battery which can be charged from an external power supply, a charger, a charger controller which controls the charger, and a battery controller which monitors a battery state, energy loss during the charging is reduced and charging efficiency is improved. A hybrid electric vehicle which is the electrically-driven vehicle includes a charging circuit having a charger which is connected to a high-voltage battery and a charge-time connection switch which is connected between the high-voltage battery and the charger, a charger ECU, and a battery ECU. The battery ECU is activated when a voltage signal is input, and when determining that the state of the high-voltage battery satisfies a chargeable condition, connects the charge-time connection switch, activates the charger ECU and transmits a signal representing the battery state to the charger ECU.07-14-2011
20110199049ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRICALLY RECHARGING VEHICLES - An assembly for electrically recharging vehicles, to which individual radio units are assigned, having a parking space for a vehicle, a recharging station assigned to the parking space for cable-connected recharging of a vehicle located therein, and a transceiver connecting to the recharging station for communication with a radio unit, wherein the transceiver clears the recharging station for the recharging process depending on the communication with the radio unit, and the transceiver has a communication zone, which is restricted to the region of the parking space or can locate a radio unit as being located in this restricted region.08-18-2011
20110199048CHARGING CABLE, VEHICLE, AND VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM - A charging cable for use in charging a vehicle includes a power line, an input section, an oscillator, and a pulse-width adjusting device. The power line is used to carry power from an external power supply to the vehicle. The external power supply and the vehicle are connected to each other with the power line disposed therebetween. A set charging current value in charging the vehicle is input to the input section. The oscillator is configured to generate an oscillation signal having a pulse width within a range of a rated current of the external power supply. The rated current is capable of being supplied to the vehicle. The pulse-width adjusting device is configured to adjust the pulse width of the oscillation signal generated by the oscillator to correspond to the set charging current value input from the input section.08-18-2011
20110169449APPARATUS FOR TRANSFERRING ENERGY USING POWER ELECTRONICS AND MACHINE INDUCTANCE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME - A fraction inverter circuit includes a first energy storage device configured to output a DC voltage, a first bi-directional DC-to-AC voltage inverter coupled to the first energy storage device, and a first electromechanical device. The first electromechanical device includes a first plurality of conductors coupled to the first bi-directional DC-to-AC voltage inverter, a second plurality of conductors coupled together, and a plurality of windings coupled between the first plurality of conductors and the second plurality of conductors. The traction converter circuit also includes a charge bus comprising a first conductor coupled to the second plurality of conductors of the first electromechanical device, the charge bus configured to transmit a charging current to or receive a charging current from the first electromechanical device to charge the first energy storage device via the first electromechanical device and the first bi-directional DC-to-AC voltage inverter.07-14-2011
20090261779TRANSMISSION LINE DIRECTIONAL AWARENESS - Coupling a charging station to a power line segment that is terminated at a first end by a charging terminal includes: sensing a communication signal propagating on the power line and being coupled from multiple taps connected to the power line segment, and determining if the communication signal is propagating on the power line segment in the direction from the first end to a second end of the power line segment or in the direction from the second end to the first end.10-22-2009
20130099736BATTERY CHARGER WITH LIGHTED TERMINAL CLAMP - A vehicle battery charger includes a pair of battery terminal clamps and a light source disposed on one or both of the terminal clamps. The terminal clamps are coupled to a battery charging base unit via cabling and configured to be secured to terminals of a battery, in order to convey electrical power from a charging power supply disposed in the base unit to the battery. The light source, powered by a separate power supply than the charging power supply, is used to provide illumination of the battery so that the terminal clamps may be correctly attached to the battery terminals.04-25-2013
20130099739ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT - An electronic control unit includes a pilot voltage setting circuit that changes a voltage of a pilot signal in a stepwise manner, a processor that controls the pilot voltage setting circuit to change the voltage of the pilot signal, an input buffer that is disposed in a stage preceding a pilot signal input port of the processor, and an input buffer voltage setting circuit that changes an input voltage of the input buffer so as to be within a recommended input voltage range of the input buffer based on the change in the voltage of the pilot signal.04-25-2013
20130099740ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT - A processor of an electronic control unit performs at least one of a first diagnosis process of determining whether or not a switching element is abnormal based on a signal output from an abnormality diagnosis circuit in a state where a first diagnosis voltage supply circuit is controlled to supply a first diagnosis voltage to a control line and a second diagnosis process of determining whether or not a pilot signal line is abnormal based on the signal output from the abnormality diagnosis circuit obtained in a state where a second diagnosis voltage supply circuit is controlled to supply a second diagnosis voltage to the pilot signal line.04-25-2013
20130099742ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT - An electronic control unit includes a processor performing a process necessary for a charging control based on a pilot signal, an input circuit disposed in a stage preceding an input port of the processor, and a pseudo-signal supply circuit supplying a pseudo-pilot signal to a pilot signal line under the control of the processor, and the processor performs a malfunction diagnosis for the input circuit based on a signal state of the input port when controlling the pseudo-signal supply circuit to supply the pseudo-pilot signal to the pilot signal line.04-25-2013
20130099744METHOD AND CONTROL UNIT FOR CHARGING A VEHICLE BATTERY - A vehicle battery is charged by an authorized charging station. A first cryptographically protected communication link is set up between a charging control unit of the vehicle and the charging station after successful preliminary verification of a digital certificate for the charging station by the charging control unit of the vehicle. A second communication link is then set up between the charging control unit and an authorization server for charging stations. The charging control unit transmits information from the preliminarily verified digital certificate to the authorization server via the second communication link, which information is used by the authorization server to carry out an authorization check on the respective charging station. An authorization check result is transmitted from the authorization server to the charging control unit via the second communication link, which result is used to control a charging of the vehicle battery.04-25-2013
20110140657Staged Deployment for Electrical Charge Spots - A method and system is provided to deploy electrical charge spots in stages according to demand. During a first stage a plurality of infrastructure adapters are installed. This may involve demolishing and rebuilding portions of the infrastructure and laying down power cables from the electrical power supply to the charge spot locations. The infrastructure adapters are then coupled to an electrical power supply. Many if not all of the infrastructure adapters are covered with a temporary housing protecting them from vandalism and weather. During a second stage, in response to a demand for charge stations, the charge stations are completed. During the second stage, at least one external unit is attached to an infrastructure adapter by making an infrastructure adapter quick connect interface with an external unit quick connect interface. As such, a charge spot is completed quickly in response to demand.06-16-2011
20110199047CHARGER AND CHARGING SYSTEM - A charger includes a charging cable and a charging connector. A heater is configured to heat the charging connector using electric power supplied through the charging cable. A state determining device is configured to detect a charge state of a vehicle-mounted battery and to determine whether a heating condition to heat the charging connector is met. A heating controller is configured to control heating performed by the heater based on a determination made by the state determining device. The heater is able to be switched into a post-charge heating state in which the heater heats the charging connector after completion of charging of the vehicle-mounted battery. The heating controller switches the heater into the post-charge heating state and controls heating performed by the heater when the state determining device detects that charging of the vehicle-mounted battery is completed and determines that a heating condition is met.08-18-2011
20110204847ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION ADVERTISING SYSTEMS - Disclosed herein are representative embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems relating to electric vehicle charging stations (“EVCSs”) and electric vehicle supply equipment (“EVSE”) that are configured to display advertisements to a user. For example, in one embodiment, advertisements are displayed on a display device of the EVCS or EVSE as the EVCS or EVSE awaits user interaction. An indication is received of user interaction with the EVCS or EVSE. A transaction is facilitated between a user and the EVCS or EVSE by which the user indicates that one or more electric vehicle batteries of an electric vehicle are to be charged via one of one or more charging ports of the EVCS or EVSE. A charging operation is performed that provides an electric charge to the one or more electric vehicle batteries of the electric vehicle via the one of the one or more charging ports.08-25-2011
20110267004Method of Operating a Recharging System Utilizing a Voltage Dividing Heater - A method of charging a rechargeable battery pack installed in an electric vehicle is provided in which the charging system includes a switching circuit that is operable in at least a first mode and a second mode. In the first mode the switching circuit couples the power supply and an external power source to both a heater and the charging circuit, the heater providing a voltage divider circuit within the charging circuit. In the second mode the switching circuit couples the power supply and the external power source only to the charging circuit, bypassing the heater.11-03-2011
20120293121FULL CHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ONBOARD BATTERY - A full charge control apparatus includes a temperature detection accuracy decision unit and a full charge decision unit. The temperature detection accuracy decision unit detects an engine speed, a vehicle speed and an ambient temperature and, based on these surrounding conditions, determines whether the difference between the temperature of the battery estimated from a measurement by a temperature sensor and a true battery temperature falls within a specified accuracy range. If the battery temperature measurement accuracy is not within the specified range, the criteria for judging the fully charged state of the battery are modified to ensure that the battery will not be under-charged.11-22-2012
20100156349SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PAY AS YOU GO CHARGING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A vehicle charging station for use in transmitting electrical charging power to a vehicle for use in charging the vehicle is provided. The vehicle charging station includes a controller configured to receive a request for authorization from the vehicle, and transmit a response to the vehicle, wherein the response indicates either an approval or a denial of the request. The vehicle charging station also includes an electricity power meter configured to receive a quantity of electrical charging power and measurement information from the controller, measure the quantity of electrical charging power delivered to the vehicle, and transmit the measurement of the quantity of received electrical charging power to the controller.06-24-2010
20080272734Energy Consuming Body and A Method for Supplying Dynamic Force Energy to the Energy Consuming Body - The present invention discloses a type of secure and efficient wheel assembly using fluid or solid stuffing materials so as to minimize the blowout risks, a wheel rim transmission assembly, an energy exchanging arrangement used in transporting system, and a vehicle energy storage system, as well as corresponding methods for manufacturing and preparing such assemblies and arrangements in applications.11-06-2008
20110006731VEHICLE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS WITH BATTERY MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS - An electronic system in a vehicle includes a motor, a charger, a battery pack, and a bus. The motor drives wheels and propellers of the vehicle. The charger generates charging power according to a control signal. The battery pack coupled to the charger and the motor is operable for generating the control signal based upon a status of each cell of multiple cells in the battery pack, for receiving the charging power via a charging path when the vehicle is stalled, and for powering the motor via a discharging path when the vehicle is started. The bus coupled to the charger and the battery pack is operable for transmitting the control signal from the battery pack to the charger.01-13-2011
20100141203SELF-IDENTIFYING POWER SOURCE FOR USE IN RECHARGING VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ELECTRICALLY POWERED PROPULSION SYSTEMS - The Self-Identifying Power Source For Use In Recharging Vehicles Equipped With Electrically Powered Propulsion Systems provides a unique identification of an outlet (or electric meter) to a vehicle which is connected to the outlet (or electric meter) to enable the vehicle to report the vehicle's energy consumption to the utility company to enable the utility company to bill the vehicle owner and credit the outlet owner for the power consumed by the recharging of the vehicular battery banks.06-10-2010
20120056583METHOD AND DEVICE FOR THE EFFICIENT CHARGING OF A VEHICLE BATTERY - A method and a device are provided for the efficient charging of a vehicle battery of an electric vehicle by a charging station of a group charging station. The connected vehicle battery, starting from an initial charge state, is charged in accordance with a calculated charge priority value until the charge state of the vehicle battery reaches a selectable charge state. The calculated charge priority values of the vehicle batteries connected at the same time to the charging stations of the group charging station determine which batteries will be charged within a charging interval.03-08-2012
20120056582SHARING CHARGING SYSTEM - When it is determined that a charge controllable vehicle and a charge uncontrollable vehicle coexist are connected to a plurality of charging stations, available power X is distributed and supplied to the charge controllable vehicle or the charge uncontrollable vehicle so that total power derived from the charge controllable vehicle and the charge uncontrollable vehicle does not exceed the available power X of a power supply unit, and the available power X is distributed as time division and supplied to the charge controllable vehicle and the charge uncontrollable vehicle.03-08-2012
20080238365CHARGING APPARATUS - An apparatus capable of charging a battery mounted on a robot while allowing the robot to remain stably still in the state of standing on its legs is provided. Driving a first connector backward while it is connected with a second connector would cause a body of the robot to tilt as if being pulled by the first connector. However, it is possible to prevent the posture of the robot from becoming unstable by utilizing the fact that the connected state of first signal terminals and second signal terminals is maintained in that state. The backward driving of the first connector is restricted when a charge control unit is capable of communicating with a control system via the first signal terminals and the second signal terminals. This prevents the undesirable event that the posture of the robot becomes unstable due to the first connector being driven backward unconditionally.10-02-2008
20130119931CONTROL PILOT DETECTION CIRCUIT - A control pilot detection circuit operable with a control pilot signal provided from an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) system to facilitate output of a control pilot wake-up signal. The control pilot wake-up signal may be operable with a controller to facilitate controlling operations of a vehicle charging system, such as to facilitate charging a high voltage battery included within a vehicle.05-16-2013
20130119932BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS - A battery charging apparatus includes an input power processing unit configured to receive an AC power and convert the received AC power into an output voltage for power conversion; a hybrid power converting unit configured to use a common transformer to separately convert the output voltage of the input power processing unit into a first voltage and a second voltage for charging a high voltage battery and an auxiliary battery; a high voltage charging unit configured to drop the first voltage output from the hybrid power converting unit and charge the high voltage battery with the dropped first voltage; and an auxiliary voltage charging unit configured to generate an auxiliary voltage by dropping the second voltage output from the hybrid power converting unit or a voltage of the high voltage battery, and charge the auxiliary battery with the auxiliary voltage.05-16-2013
20130119933GROUND FAULT INTERRUPT CIRCUIT FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - In one implementation, a ground fault interrupt circuit is provided for a utility power connection to an electric vehicle charging unit. The ground fault interrupt circuit may include a gain amplifier having an input connected to be capable of receiving a differential current from a current sensing transformer and a comparator having an input connect to a reference voltage. It includes a rectifier circuit connected between the gain amplifier and the comparator with a charge accumulator circuit coupled between the rectifier and the comparator.05-16-2013
20130214738MULTI-STANDARD, ALTERNATING CURRENT OR DIRECT CURRENT COMPATIBLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT - A multi-standard compatible electric vehicle supply equipment includes a plurality of different electric vehicle connectors each of which corresponds to one of a plurality of different electric vehicle standards. A power converter inputs alternating current power and includes an output to output direct current power. A circuit is structured to selectively electrically connect a source of alternating current power to a number of the electric vehicle connectors, selectively electrically connect the output of the power converter to a selected one of the different electric vehicle connectors, employ a plurality of different communication protocols for the different electric vehicle connectors, detect connectivity of one of the different electric vehicle connectors with an electric vehicle and responsively select one of a plurality of different charging modes, and communicate with the electric vehicle through the selected one of the different electric vehicle connectors.08-22-2013
20120105002METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATED CHARGING OF ELECTRICALLY POWERED MOVING OBJECTS - An apparatus includes a base plate, one or more lifting mechanisms coupled to the base plate and configured to elevate the base plate, at least one connector coupled to the base plate, an insulation layer coupled to the base plate and at least one connector; one or more power inputs configured to allow electricity flow to or from the at least one connector; and a control unit coupled to the one or more power inputs and configured to control the flow of electricity.05-03-2012
20100141206Battery Exchange Station - At a battery exchange station a discharged battery is removed and a charged battery is inserted into an electric vehicle. The battery exchange station has various mechanisms to make this exchange. In some embodiments, the batteries are stored in a warehouse, where they are given an appropriate amount of charge. The charged batteries are moved from the warehouse by an automated robotic mechanism. The automated robotic system provides the charged battery to a battery exchange system which inserts the charged battery into the vehicle after it removes the discharged battery from the vehicle. The insertion and removal of the battery is done vertically, i.e., into and out of the bottom of the vehicle. The battery exchange system is located in a service bay under the vehicle. A sliding door system creates an opening above the service bay. The opening is of variable size depending on the size of the vehicle.06-10-2010
20120068663POWER SOURCE DEVICE - A power control device for a vehicle includes a first battery, a second battery, the voltage of which is lower than the voltage of the first battery, and a transformer. The transformer includes a primary coil, to which an alternating-current power source is connected, a first secondary coil, to which the first battery is connected, and at least one second secondary coil, to which the second battery is connected. A rectification circuit is located between the second secondary coil and the second battery. A voltage adjustment circuit is located between the rectification circuit and the second battery. A control section charges the first battery using the alternating current power source, and, simultaneously supplies electrical power to the second battery.03-22-2012
20120068664SYSTEM FOR REPLACING A BATTERY OF A GROUND TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE, PARTICULARLY OF AN UNMANNED HEAVY-DUTY TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE FOR ISO CONTAINERS - The invention relates to a system for replacing a battery of a ground transportation vehicle, particularly of an unmanned heavy-duty transportation vehicle for ISO containers. The system includes storage spaces for batteries, at least one ground transportation vehicle having a receiving space for a replaceable battery, and at least one loading and unloading device for transporting batteries between the storage spaces and the receiving space of the transport vehicle in a replacement area. The storage space and the receiving space may include respective centering elements such that the battery is aligned relative to the storage space or the receiving space in response to the loading motion of the loading and unloading device.03-22-2012
20110227534VEHICULAR CHARGING SYSTEM - A charging ECU causes a charger to perform quick charging until a state of charge of a power storage device reaches a predetermined state. The charging ECU causes the charger to perform additional charging during which charging progresses more slowly than the quick charging, when the state of charge comes closer to full charge than the predetermined state. The charging ECU stops charging of the power storage device by the charger when the state of charge of the power storage device reaches a charging stop threshold value during the additional charging, and stops charging of the power storage device by the charger when a time of the additional charging exceeds a predetermined time even if the state of charge of the power storage device does not reach the charging stop threshold value.09-22-2011
20110227533CAR PARKING ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM - A car parking system for charging motor vehicles with electrical energy, with at least one charging station which is capable of being coupled electrically to a motor vehicle in order to charge a charge storage unit of this motor vehicle, wherein this charging station has associated with it at least one parking space for temporarily parking the motor vehicle to be charged. According to the invention the car parking system has at least one central processing unit which is separate from the charging station and which communicates in terms of data with the charging station, wherein data characteristic of the motor vehicle are capable of being transferred by way of a communication link existing at least temporarily between the central processing unit and the charging station.09-22-2011
20090096416Charging Device, Electric Vehicle Equipped With the Charging Device and Charging Control Method - An HV-ECU acquires electric power information from an electricity transmission line by using a modem. The electric power information includes information regarding the amount of carbon dioxide having been emitted in the generating process of the commercial electric power supplied from an electricity transmission line. When the CO04-16-2009
20110140658Automated Parking Garage with Electric Vehicle Charging - Systems and methods provide electric vehicle charging in a high-density parking system. A carriage receptacle is physically attached to a carriage of a high-density parking system. The carriage receptacle electrically connects to an electric vehicle supported by the carriage. A bay receptacle is physically attached to a bay of the high-density parking system. The bay receptacle electrically connects the carriage receptacle to a power source to provide electrical charging to the electric vehicle when the carriage is moved into the bay. An electrical vehicle charging request is received from a user at a controller of the high-density parking system. In response to the electrical vehicle charging request, the controller selects the carriage and the bay to provide electrical charging to the electric vehicle when the carriage is moved into the bay.06-16-2011
20110140659POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD - A power management system is a system for performing power management on a management subject apparatus that includes a charging unit for charging a storage apparatus installed in a vehicle. The power management system includes: a detection unit that detects a power consumed by the management subject apparatus; an adjustment unit that adjusts a charging power charged to the vehicle from the charging unit; and a control unit that controls the adjustment unit. The control unit determines an allowable power that can be supplied to the vehicle from the charging unit, notifies the vehicle of the allowable power, and controls the adjustment unit such that a power transmitted to the vehicle is reduced when a response to the notification of the allowable power is not received. With the system according to the invention, restrictions on charging subject vehicles can be alleviated without increasing a charging capacity of a charging facility.06-16-2011
20110227531SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECHARGING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A recharging port for an electric vehicle includes a recharging lid having a latch to secure the recharging lid to the recharging port when the lid is closed; an arm coupled to the recharging lid to open the recharging lid; and a power receptacle recessed in the recharging port to provide power to recharge one or more batteries in the electric vehicle.09-22-2011
20090256523Vehicle charging system, vehicle charging device and electric vehicle - When a connector portion (10-15-2009
20090256522Electric Vehicle Battery Charging by Driving the Propulsion Shaft - A system and method for charging a battery of an electric vehicle is disclosed. An embodiment of the present invention enables an internal motor of an electric vehicle to be backdriven. When the internal motor is backdriven, it operates as an electric generator to produce electric power used to charge the electric vehicle's battery.10-15-2009
20120194129Energy Storage System for Supplying Electrical Energy to Consumers in a Vehicle - An energy storage system supplies electric energy to consuming devices in a vehicle, particularly in a motor vehicle. The system includes a first power grid having a first energy accumulator and a second power grid having a second energy accumulator, the first and second power grids being electrically coupled such that electric energy from the first power grid is feedable to the second power grid for regenerating the second energy accumulator. The energy storage system is operatively configured such that it is detected when a number of conditions has been met, the number of conditions including at least that an external charging device is connected to the first power grid for charging the first energy accumulator. In the event that the number of conditions has been met, regeneration of the second energy accumulator is carried out.08-02-2012
20100188043System for optimizing battery pack cut-off voltage - A method and apparatus that allows the end user to control the charging system, and in particular the battery pack charging level, of an all-electric or hybrid vehicle based on expected use is provided.07-29-2010
20120139489METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND A CHARGING STATION - A method is described for communication with an electric vehicle, comprising a generating of a first predetermined DC voltage level on a pilot conductor, a recognition of the existence of an electrical connection to an electric vehicle by means of the detection of a second predetermined DC voltage level on the pilot conductor, a sending out of a trigger signal on the pilot conductor, a detection of a vehicle identification signal on the pilot conductor and an approval of the electricity supply on a power conductor.06-07-2012
20090079389Charging device for electric vehicle - The present invention provides a charging device for an electric vehicle with which optimal charging can be performed reliably when charging a storage device of the electric vehicle, without performing fast charging and normal charging at the same time.03-26-2009
20090079388AUTOMATED RECHARGING SYSTEM - An automated recharging system to automatically recharge a vehicle is disclosed. A recharging device may be incorporated into the automated recharging system to perform the automatic recharge. The recharging device may include one or more sensors to sense the location of an electrical receptacle of the vehicle, an electrical connector to automatically connect to the receptacle to provide electrical current through the connection, and a controller to cause the connection to be made so as to automatically recharge the vehicle.03-26-2009
20120032636Power Share System for Electric Vehicle Service Equipment - A power sharing system employs an easily installed power share module for controlling the operation of an EVSE for charging an electric vehicle. The power module senses the power load of an appliance or of a service line to a remote residential unit and transmits a command signal to the EVSE. The power control module is configurable to transmit an on/off signal to the EVSE or a control level signal to the EVSE for controlling the charging by the EVSE in accordance with the available power due to the load of the appliance or the service line load.02-09-2012
20100259219LITHIUM ION SECONDARY CELL CHARGE METHOD AND HYBRID VEHICLE - Provided is a lithium ion secondary cell charge method including: a step S10-14-2010
20100259218BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME - A battery charger may be capable of receiving power from a power distribution circuit. The charger may be configured to receive a request for reactive power and, in response, cause the requested reactive power to be present on the power distribution circuit.10-14-2010
20130214737DATA TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND METHOD BETWEEN CHARGER AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE - This disclosure provides a data transmission device used between a charger and an electric vehicle, including an internal interface compatible with messages or commands of a first protocol; an external interface compatible with messages or commands of a second protocol; an outside-to-inside transformation module, being adapted to receive messages or commands of the second protocol from the electric vehicle, to transform the messages or commands of the second protocol to messages or commands of the first protocol according to functions of data carried by the messages or commands, and to send the messages or commands of the first protocol to the charger; and an inside-to-outside transformation module, being adapted to receive messages or commands of the first protocol from the charger, to transform the messages or commands of the first protocol to messages or commands of the second protocol according to functions of data carried by the messages or commands, and to send the messages or commands of the second protocol to the electric vehicle; wherein the messages or commands sent from the outside-to-inside transformation module to the charger include: CER message, CSR message, CCS message and CCR message.08-22-2013
20100013435Charging Station - A charging station for electric vehicles is disclosed. The charging station includes a charge device and a terminal. The terminal is used for monitoring and recording the charging status of the charge device. The charging station can rapidly charge electric vehicles just like gas stations for engine powered vehicles.01-21-2010
20100013433VEHICLE CHARGING STATION HAVING A DUAL POSITION LOCKING DOOR - A vehicle charging station including a compartment having a door, a receptacle disposed within the interior of the compartment for receiving a charging cord from a vehicle, and a door mechanism. The door mechanism includes a first latch for locking and unlocking the door from a closed position. The first latch locks the door in the closed position without drawing power and keeps the door locked in the closed position if power is lost to the vehicle charging station. The door mechanism also includes a second latch for locking and unlocking the door in a second position such that the door is ajar allowing the cord to pass from the vehicle to the interior of the compartment. The second latch allows the door to open beyond its ajar position to allow the cord to be removed if power is lost to the vehicle charging station while the door is locked in the second position.01-21-2010
20100225274CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - An HV_ECU executes a program including a step of determining whether a charging cable is connected to a power supply external to the vehicle when a connector signal CNCT output in the case where the charging cable is connected to an inlet of the vehicle is input to the vehicle; and a step of determining whether a malfunction occurs in a charger mounted in the vehicle when the charging cable is not connected to the power supply.09-09-2010
20120139490VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE - A vehicle externally chargeable with electric power transmitted through a charging cable from an external power supply includes a chargeable power storage device, a charging device and a control device. The charging device supplies charge power to the power storage device using the electric power transmitted from the external power supply. The control device controls the charging device to limit the charge power based on the state of the power transmission path from the external power supply to the charging device. By this configuration, even when an extension cable is added by a user or when a failure occurs in the charging cable and the like, damage to the cable and influences upon surrounding devices due to excessive heat generation at the cable can be suppressed.06-07-2012
20120194128Charge Transfer Devices for Plug-In Electric Vehicles - A charge transfer device for a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) includes a charging cable system that supplies electric power to the PEV. The charging cable system having a first end connected to a first electrical connector that connects to the PEV for a charging operation and a second, opposite end connected to a second electrical connector for connecting to a power outlet. A meter unit is located between the first and second ends of the charging cable system. The meter unit determines electrical power information for use during the charging operation. A communications unit is located between the first and second ends of the charging cable system. The communications unit communicates the electrical power information to a remote server.08-02-2012
20110057613Charge status display apparatus and electric power supply control apparatus - When a user performs a short-press manipulation to A button or B button, a vehicle ID associated with either A button or B button having received the short-press manipulation is specified based on a button-vehicle correspondence table. Charge status information of a battery of a vehicle corresponding to the above associated vehicle ID is acquired from the vehicle. Thereby, the display device displays the acquired charge status information or the electric power supply is started to the battery of the vehicle corresponding to the vehicle ID.03-10-2011
20110057612Battery charge state transmission device and external charging system - A communication part of a battery charge state transmission device of a charging device acquires charge state information of each external charge vehicle. A station communication part transmits the charge state information to an information management station device. The charge state information is grouped for transmission so that the number of transmissions, the amount of communication traffic and the cost of communication with the management station device, and the operation load of the management station device are reduced.03-10-2011
20110057611CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - To properly resume charging when insertion and removal of a charging cable connector are repeated, a control apparatus includes a power control unit that turns on a charging mode signal when a signal state changes from a state with no change for a certain period of time to a changed state, to activate a charging control unit, and turns off the charging mode signal when detecting a charging completion signal turned on by the charging control unit and outputted from a signal generating unit included in the charging cable which connects an external power source to the vehicle; and the charging control unit turns on the charging completion signal when the charging has been completed, and thereafter turns off the charging completion signal when detecting that the charging mode signal has been turned off by the power control unit.03-10-2011
20130127417CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - Some embodiments include a control system for electric vehicle charging stations and method of using the same as disclosed herein. Other embodiments of related systems and methods are also disclosed.05-23-2013
20130127418ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD FOR BATTERY THEREOF - The present invention relates to an electric vehicle and a charging control method for a battery thereof. An electric vehicle having a high-voltage battery which supplies driving power to a plurality of electric field loads comprises: a charger which is connected with an external power source to charge the high-voltage battery; a vehicle control module (VCM) which controls connection between the charger and the high-voltage battery; a battery management system (BMS) manages the state of the high-voltage battery according to the charging of the high-voltage battery or the supply of operating power from the high-voltage battery; and a voltage detection unit which detects and reports the charged state of the high-voltage battery to the battery management system, wherein the charger comprises a charger control unit, which controls to perform a power saving mode to minimize power consumption by interrupting the transmission of a driving signal for driving of the vehicle control module and battery management system when the charging of the high-voltage battery has been completed. Accordingly, even though the electric vehicle is left as it is after having been fully charged, the high-voltage is automatically charged, which makes it possible to stably operate the electric vehicle system.05-23-2013
20090153099METHOD OF ELECTRIC ENERGY TRANSFER BETWEEN A VEHICLE AND A STATIONARY COLLECTOR - A vehicle includes an amplifier, a vehicle battery for supplying electrical power to the amplifier, a frequency generator for generating an input signal for the amplifier, and a control system. The amplifier is in communication with the frequency generator for selectively increasing the power of the input signal and outputting an output signal having a frequency and an increased power than the input signal. The control system includes a sensor for detecting the presence of a stator exteriorly of the vehicle and is in communication with the frequency generator and the amplifier. The vehicle also includes a magnetic field generating device for generating a magnetic field. The amplifier is in communication with the magnetic field generating device, and the magnetic field generating device generates a magnetic field in response to receiving the output signal from the amplifier.06-18-2009
20110031929Electric supply controller, electric supply system and method for controlling electric supply to charger and vehicle - Chargers are connectable with vehicles. An electric supply controller controls a switching circuit to connect an electric power supply line to one of the chargers. A storage unit of the electric supply controller associates information on a priority to each of the vehicles and stores the associated information therein. When the vehicles are simultaneously connected to different chargers, a control unit of the electric supply controller controls the switching circuit to connect the electric power supply line preferentially to one of the different chargers. The one of the different chargers is connected to one of the vehicles assigned with a highest priority.02-10-2011
20120032634PROXIMITY DETECTION CIRCUIT FOR ON-BOARD VEHICLE CHARGER - A proximity detection circuit suitable for use with an on-board vehicle charger, such as but not limited to the type of charges used within hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles, to facilitate current conservation during period of time when it is unnecessary or otherwise undesirable for the on-board charger to test for connection of a cordset or other connection used to connect the on-board charger to a charging station or other current source.02-09-2012
20100308768DOCKING BAYS FOR RECHARGING VEHICLE BATTERIES - Docking bays for providing energy to vehicles having a rechargeable battery are disclosed. A given docking bay includes a pair of normally de-energized, unprotected, docking bay contacts for making electrical contact with cooperative vehicle contacts when the vehicle is driven into the docking bay. Typically the vehicle will be an electric vehicle, but is not necessarily an electric vehicle. The given docking bay also includes a contact energizer having an output operatively connected to the docking bay contacts and an input connectable to an external source of energy, for example a domestic AC power grid. The energizer is switchable in response to an energizer control signal from a first state where battery recharging energy is not provided to the docking bay contacts to a second state where battery recharching energy derived from the external source is provided to the docking bay contacts. A controller is operatively connected to the energizer.12-09-2010
20110127956CHARGING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CHARGING VEHICLE - An ECU detects a rated current that can be supplied from a power supply to a power storage device, based on a pilot signal. If a combination of detected values of a voltage; the rated current and a power supply frequency matches a predefined combination, the ECU executes charging with a voltage, a current and a frequency in accordance with the combination. On the other hand, if it is determined that the combination of the voltage, the rated current and the frequency does not match any one of predefined combinations and if it is determined that the power supply itself is normal, the ECU executes charging by limiting a charging current to a predefined minimum rated current value. If it is determined that the combination of the voltage, the rated current and the frequency does not match any one of predefined combinations and if it is determined that the power supply is abnormal, the ECU prohibits charging.06-02-2011
20130134937CHARGING DEVICE - A charging device charges an in-vehicle battery for an electric vehicle by a power supply fed from an attachment plug extending from an external power supply. The charging device includes: a charging inlet; a housing recess formed within the charging inlet; a charging connector disposed within the housing recess; and an illumination light source embedded in an upper peripheral wall of the housing recess. The illumination light source emits light downward, and an optical axis thereof is positioned closer to an opening of the housing recess than a front surface of the charging connector. A first irradiation light emitted toward the opening of the housing recess than the optical axis is emitted obliquely downward from the charging inlet. A second irradiation light emitted toward a bottom of the housing recess than the optical axis is emitted to the charging connector.05-30-2013
20130134940POWER CONTROL APPARATUS - The power supplying system is provided with: a timing determining unit for determining the timing at which charging and/or discharging of a storage battery, which stores power by being charged and supplies power by being discharged, is to be executed; and a controllable period estimation unit for estimating a controllable period, which is a period of time wherein the timing determining unit is able to determine the timing at which to execute the charging or discharging of the storage battery. The timing determining unit determines the timing at which to execute the charging and/or discharging of the storage battery on the basis of the controllable period.05-30-2013
20100301802CHARGING APPARATUS - The charging apparatus supplying power from a power source to a vehicle includes a body, a cable, a communication device, a starting switch and a controller. The controller is connected to the communication device and the starting switch for controlling the power supply from the power source to the charging connector. If the charging connector is connected to a vehicle which has no communication function for communicating with the charging apparatus, the controller controls so that a voltage is applied to the charging connector when the starting switch is operated. If the charging connector is connected to a vehicle which has communication function for communicating with the charging apparatus, the controller controls so that a voltage is applied to the charging connector in accordance with the communication between the communication device and the vehicle.12-02-2010
20110109267CHARGING SYSTEM FOR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM WITHOUT CONTACT WIRE - The present invention provides a charging system for a transportation system without a contact wire having a configuration in which a power storage device of a vehicle is charged by a charging device provided on the ground when the vehicle equipped with the power storage device stops at a station on a track. In the present invention, the track includes a first track and a second track, the station includes a station controller which detects stopping of the vehicle, the charging device includes a first power line for supplying power to a vehicle on the first track and a second power line for supplying power to a vehicle on the second track, the first power line and the second power line each include switching means for controlling flow of the power supplied from the charging device, and the station controller controls the switching means, thereby causing the charging device to charge any of the vehicle on the first track and the vehicle on the second track.05-12-2011
20110109266METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CO-OPERATIVE CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A method and system provide for the cooperative charging of electric vehicles. By using power line communications, chargers of the electric vehicles who are serviced by the same distribution transformer can form self-contained local area networks due to the nature of power line communications (PLCs). Alternatively, or in addition to the PLCs, other communication networks, such as the Internet and local area networks, may be used as part of the communications infrastructure for the chargers. After the chargers of the electric vehicles are coupled to one another through power line communications or traditional communications networks, they can form a logical token ring network. According to this token ring network, a predetermined number of tokens can be assigned within the token ring network for permitting chargers with tokens to charge respective electric vehicles while chargers without tokens must wait until they receive a token to initiate charging.05-12-2011
20110127958BATTERY CHARGE/DISCHARGE CONTROL DEVICE AND HYBRID VEHICLE USING THE SAME - A battery charge/discharge control device (06-02-2011
20110025267SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGING - A system for charging a battery within an at least partially electric vehicle. The system includes a charging device wherein the charging device configured to electrically connect to the at least partially electric vehicle and charge at least one battery by a predetermined amount. The system also includes a network configured to determine the location of the charging device.02-03-2011
20110025268REPLACING DISCHARGED BATTERIES IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A quick economical re-energizing system of Electric Vehicles {EV}5 intended for replacing discharged electric batteries of Electric Vehicles by charged ones, when there are no “on-boared” means for the continuous charging of batteries, and provided said EV are suitable for the offered re-energizing system, the technique of replacing the discharged batteries by charged ones, automatically {or semi-automatically}, being equivalent to the regular known re-fueling of cars, as regarding the duration of the process and the convenience of drivers and passengers, said re-energizing being enabled due to unique capabilities deriving from a newly invented electric automotive system, like allowing all the four traveling wheels of EV to swivel about their steering axes, at 90 degrees from the travel direction, or like self-elevating and lowering the EVs body in relation to the traveling wheels, as required for the offered re-energizing process of Electric Vehicles.02-03-2011
20110025266CHARGING STRUCTURE OF UNSHELTERED ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A charging structure of an unsheltered electric vehicle has a vehicle with at least a frame, a handling unit and a power unit. The power unit has an output terminal which is one side connected with a mobile and rotary cover by a holding strip to have a water-tight protection, an adapting unit which connects the power unit via the output terminal, and an insertion part which is a movable connection with the output terminal. A rotary cover provides a rotatable connection and a water-tight protection for both combinations of the insertion part and above-mentioned output terminal, a power cord which is electrically connected with the insertion part, and at least a connector electrically connected with the other end of the power cord.02-03-2011
20110127957Charge/Start System and Electric Vehicle Applying the Same - A charge/start system applied in an electric vehicle is provided. The charge/start system includes a charge/start device coupled to an external power source, an on-car electric source coupled to the charge/start device and a battery unit coupled to the charge/start device for storing and providing power. In charge mode, under control of the charge/start device, anyone of the external power source and the on-car electric source provides power to the battery unit for charging the battery unit through the charge/start device. In starting mode, under control of the charge/start device, the battery unit provides power to the on-car electric source for activating the on-car electric source through the charge/start device.06-02-2011
20100156348CHARGER AND CHARGING METHOD - A charger adapted for charging at least one energy storage device to be charged by means of an electrical charging power provided by an electrical power supply grid is provided. The charger includes a grid parameter detector unit adapted for detecting at least one electrical grid parameter of the electrical power supply grid and for outputting a grid parameter detection signal on the basis of the at least one detected electrical grid parameter. A control unit receives the grid parameter detection signal and determines a control signal, wherein a charging power adjustment unit adjusts the electrical charging power on the basis of the control signal.06-24-2010
20110043165METHOD FOR CHARGING A PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A system and method for charging a plug-in electric vehicle with an external power source, even when the overall power requested by the plug-in electric vehicle exceeds the overall power available from the external power source. In an exemplary embodiment, a method determines the overall power requested by one or more vehicle systems, and then compares that to the overall available power from the external power source. If the overall requested power exceeds the overall available power, then the power from the external power source is allocated or apportioned to the different vehicle systems according to an allocation process that may consider factors like predetermined priorities and current vehicle conditions.02-24-2011
20110241619DISTRIBUTED CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRICAL VEHICLE - The distributed charging system is for charging an energy storage device of an electrical vehicle operated within an operation region where a number of station or parking areas are arranged at intervals. The system contains a plurality of charging stations and fast charging devices where a charging station is provided at each station or parking area and at least a fast charging device is provided at each charging station. When the electrical vehicle is parked at a station or parking area, the electrical vehicle's energy storage device is quickly charged by the fast charging device there. Therefore, there is no additional and dedicated time spent for charging while the capacity, cost, weight, and size of the energy storage device could be reduced, making the electrical vehicle less costly, more compact, and with more extended operation time and distance.10-06-2011
20090322282CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGING APPARATUS THEREOF - A charging system includes a robot and a charging apparatus for charging the robot. The robot includes a casing and at least one power receiving terminal. The casing defines at least one slot receiving the at least one power receiving terminal. The charging apparatus includes at least one deformable power supply terminal. The at least one power receiving terminal is pressed to be deformed by the casing of the robot.12-31-2009
20110084659Mobile cart docking and communication system - A power and communication system for a mobile cart is provided. The system includes a wall unit, which includes a processor and a power circuit. The power circuit receives external power and provides switched AC power to the cart unit when the wall unit is engaged with the cart unit and the processor enables the power circuit. The system also includes a cart unit. The cart unit includes a memory device storing a signature. The memory device is coupled to the processor when the wall unit is engaged with the cart unit. The processor detects continuity when the wall unit is engaged with the cart unit, and in response, the processor reads the signature. The processor enables the power circuit if the signature is a valid signature, and disables the power circuit if the signature is invalid. The switched AC power recharges a rechargeable power source of the mobile cart.04-14-2011
20100188042Electrical power transmission apparatus - The electrical power transmission apparatus is electrically connected to an electrical main and a fee collecting device. The electrical power transmission apparatus includes a transmission unit that includes a first output port and a second output port; an electrical power flow detector is electrically connected to the electric main; a conversion unit includes a first converter and a second converter that effect conversion of electrical power, the first and second converters are respectively and electrically connected between the first and second output ports and the electrical power flow detector, and the first and second output ports respectively supply alternate-current (AC) power and direct-current (DC) power through the conversion effected by the first and second converters; and a processing unit is electrically connected between the electrical power flow detector and the fee collecting device and is further electrically connected to the conversion unit to control selection of the electrical power to be transmitted to AC power or DC power. The processing unit receives a detection result of the electrical power flow detected by the electrical power flow detector for generating a related amount of fee with which the fee collecting device carries out a fee collecting operation.07-29-2010
20100039067CHARGING STATIONS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - The invention relates to systems and methods for charging a vehicle. A vehicle and charging station can be designed such that an electric or hybrid vehicle can operate in a fashion similar to a conventional vehicle by being opportunity charged throughout a known route.02-18-2010
20110175569VEHICULAR BATERY CHARGER, CHARGING SYSTEM, AND METHOD - 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.07-21-2011
20110101915POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM OF VEHICLE - A charging system of a vehicle for charging a vehicle-mounted power storage device includes a charger configured to receive electric power from a power supply external to the vehicle for charging the power storage device, a charging power sensing portion for sensing charging power supplied to the power storage device, and a charging control device for performing control on the charger by generating a power command value for the charger based on a target value. The charging control device detects a difference between charging power sensed by the charging power sensing portion and the target value and determines presence/absence of abnormality of the charger based on the detected difference.05-05-2011
20120146582SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CHARGING BATTERY SYSTEMS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES - An electric vehicle charging-control system includes a charge-monitoring device coupled with a battery system of an electric vehicle, a processor coupled with the charge-monitoring device, and a communication interface coupled with the processor. The charge-monitoring device may detect the charging conditions of an electricity charge provided from a charging device to the battery system for charging the battery system, and the processor may determine whether the charging conditions exceed a tolerance criteria associated with at least one of the charge-monitoring device, the battery system, and the electric vehicle. The communication interface may communicate to the charge-monitoring device, a charge-receiving device, and/or the charging device at least one of a charging instruction and a charging indication provided by the processor based on a determination of whether the charging conditions exceed the tolerance criteria.06-14-2012
20110074350KIOSK VEHICLE CHARGING AND SELECTING SYSTEMS - A vehicle charging and selection system for kiosk operated electrical vehicles. The system includes a utility connected AC charging source, a battery-to-battery DC charging source, a number of vehicle charging stations, a local power bus connectable to both charging sources and each of the charging stations and a system controller connected to each of the charging stations. The system controller evaluates the vehicle battery condition of each electric vehicle connected to one of the charging stations and determines the most efficient method for charging the largest number of vehicle batteries based on current condition of the individual batteries, weather conditions, time of day, status of the utility electrical grid, etc. The system controller also selects one of the connected electric vehicles for customer use by using the battery charging information and additional information about the desired trip provided by the customer and other external data sources monitored by the system controller.03-31-2011
20110074351Overhead Electric Vehicle Charging System - An electric charging system for charging electric vehicles is particularly adapted for use in a parking garage. Parking spaces in the garage are fixed with a charging station so that the vehicles may be charged while they park at the garage. The power cable which connects to charge the vehicle battery is suspended at a height generally above the vehicle and is automatically retractable. Information concerning the power charge is automatically transmitted to the payment station at the exit gate. A point of sale (POS) module is mounted for communication with the power cable. The point of sale (POS) module and the connector are easily accessible and the connector is positionable for ease of connection with the vehicle terminal. A retractor for extending and retracting an overhead power cable employs a drive wheel and a clutch which are electronically controlled.03-31-2011
20120200256BATTERY CHARGING STATION - A method of operating an electric vehicle charging system utilizing a plurality of charging units and charging points is disclosed. The method includes determining a rate of charge to be delivered to each vehicle and then allocating a respective portion of the total charging capacity of the charging station to each vehicle.08-09-2012
20110050168CHARGE CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE AND DEVICE THEREOF - The present invention provides a charge control method for a vehicle that can increase efficiency in the use of limited power. The charge control method, includes: determining, by charge control device, a charging capability of a charger selected in accordance with charge request information transmitted from the vehicle among a plurality of chargers positioned in an area corresponding to the vehicle; and controlling the charger to charge the vehicle with the amount of requested power corresponding to the charge request information in accordance with the charging capability.03-03-2011
20100295507CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - An oscillator provided in a charging cable outputs a non-oscillating signal when the potential of a pilot signal is around V(11-25-2010
20100001686Electric vehicle battery alternating recharging process - An Electric Vehicle in the past has not been a practical means of transporting people as well as goods, due to the recharging of the Batteries.01-07-2010
20090315512POWER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING CHARGING STATE IN THAT POWER SYSTEM - Generation power determining unit specifies efficiency characteristic based on identification ID of each vehicle. Generation power determining unit determines a power generation mechanism or mechanisms to be operated such that amount of power consumption by the power generation mechanism or mechanisms as a whole is minimized. By dividing power ΣPg* necessary for charging an electric storage unit that is in a low-charge state by the number of mechanisms to be operated (for example, 2 or 3), fuel consumption efficiency corresponding to generation power to be shared by each power generation mechanism in each case is obtained. There is a relation of η(½)>η(⅓) and, therefore, it can be understood that two power generation mechanisms are to be operated to minimize total amount of fuel consumption. Generation power determining unit transmits a power generation instruction to vehicles that correspond to the determined two power generation mechanisms.12-24-2009
20120200260SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC GRID BALANCING AND METHOD OF USING AND PROVIDING THE SAME - Some embodiments include systems for electric grid balancing and methods of using and providing the same. Other embodiments of related systems and methods are also disclosed.08-09-2012
20120200257Method of Controlling a State-of-Charge (SOC) of a Vehicle Battery - A system and method for controlling a state-of-charge (SOC) of a vehicle battery, such as a high-voltage battery used by a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) for vehicle propulsion, so that the SOC is maintained within a desired SOC range that is temperature-dependent. In an exemplary embodiment, the system and method use a battery temperature prediction to determine a desired SOC range, and then control the amount of charge on the vehicle battery such that the SOC is maintained within the desired SOC range. As the battery temperature prediction goes lower (i.e., as it gets colder), the desired SOC range may need to be adjusted or shifted upwards in order to account for increased internal battery resistance and to ensure that the vehicle battery has enough power to start the vehicle. Similarly, as the battery temperature prediction goes higher (i.e., as it gets warmer), the desired SOC range may need to be adjusted or shifted downwards in order to reduce degradation effects and improve battery. The exemplary system and method control the SOC of the vehicle battery and may seek to optimize a number of different parameters, including battery life, battery performance and/or vehicle fuel economy.08-09-2012
20110156644BATTERY SYSTEM AND BATTERY SYSTEM-EQUIPPED VEHICLE - A battery system 06-30-2011
20120032635Overhead mobile charger system for reaching and charging electric vehicles parked in a pair of adjacent and spaced-part rows of side-by-side parking spaces - An overhead mobile charger system for mounting between a pair of adjacent and spaced-apart rows of side-by-side parking spaces and exhibiting full circle traversing so as to reach and charge electric vehicles parked in the pair of adjacent and spaced-apart rows of side-by-side parking spaces. The system includes a single EV battery charger, a boom, and apparatus for rotatably mounting the boom over, and between, the pair of adjacent and spaced-apart rows of side-by-side parking spaces. The single EV battery charger has a power cable terminating in an EV connector. The power cable of the single EV battery charger runs along, and depends from, the boom, and together with the boom being rotatably mounted via the apparatus so as to allow the boom to exhibit full circle traversing, the electric vehicles parked in the pair of adjacent and spaced-apart rows of side-by-side parking spaces are reached and charged by the EV connector of the single EV battery charger.02-09-2012
20090021213Method for pay-per-use, self-service charging of electric automobiles - A method for pay-per-use, self-service charging of electric storage power systems of electric automobiles, said automobiles charged via electrical connections to a provided curbside charging station, said charging station automatically modifying grid electricity to be suitable for charging an array of said automobiles, said charging station also automatically securing electricity at off-peak rates when available and storing same for subsequent use.01-22-2009
20110254504AUTOMATED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for charging an electric vehicle includes identifying vehicle information corresponding to the electric vehicle based on an electronic image of the electric vehicle, retrieving from an electronically stored database a location of a charging port on the electric vehicle based on the vehicle information, and robotically moving a charging connector according to the retrieved location to engage the charging port of the electric vehicle to charge a battery.10-20-2011
20100320965APPARATUS FOR PULSE CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLES - Disclosed is a method and apparatus for charging electrically powered devices. In accordance with the invention, the device is powered by two storage devices. One storage device is capable of receiving a substantial charge very rapidly while the other storage device requires a longer time to receive a charge. The advantage is that the powered device can be used almost instantly and continually while at the same time rebuilding electrical charge.12-23-2010
20100320966Vehicle Charging Station Having a Dual Position Locking Door - A vehicle charging station that includes a power receptacle compartment that includes a power receptacle to receive an electrical plug. The vehicle charging station also includes a door that is hingedly coupled with the power receptacle compartment to cover the power receptacle when the door is closed. The vehicle charging station includes a first locking means for locking and unlocking the door from a closed position without consuming power to control access to the power receptacle compartment such that the door remains locked in the closed position if the vehicle charging station loses power. The vehicle charging station also includes a second locking means for locking and unlocking the door from a charging position to control access to the electrical plug. The second locking means allows the door to be unlocked from the charging position if the vehicle charging station loses power.12-23-2010
20100320964Method And System To Charge Batteries Only While Vehicle Is Parked - Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle derive all, or at least some, of their power from the electrical grid. The vehicle is provided with a receptacle into which a 110 Volt AC power cord can be plugged. According to the present disclosure, coupling of the external power supply and/or charging are prevented when the vehicle is not in a parked condition. The parked condition is based on the application of a vehicle parking brake and/or a gear shift selector being in a parked position. If a parked condition is not detected, one of the following measures is taken: a relay in the battery charger on board the vehicle is opened thereby disallowing charging; an access door to the receptacle is locked by an access door solenoid; and a plug ejector prevents insertion of a plug into the receptacle.12-23-2010
20110163715System And Method For Charging A Vehicle Battery - An automotive vehicle power system includes a battery charger having an input and output. The battery charger receives electrical energy via the input when the input is electrically connected with an electrical energy source. The battery charger also reduces a current provided at the output from a commanded value to a target value that varies according to a voltage at the input if the voltage at the input falls within a predetermined range of voltages.07-07-2011
20110163717System And Method For Vehicle Battery Charging - A vehicle power system includes a traction battery and a battery charger. The battery charger has an electrical output and a capacitor electrically connected with the electrical output. No more than two electrical contactors are electrically connected with the traction battery, capacitor and battery charger.07-07-2011
20110163718PROVIDING A CHARGING EVENT FOR A VEHICLE BATTERY - A method for providing a battery charging event comprises a plurality of operations. An operation is performed for inhibiting a first battery load from drawing electrical current from a battery charging system of a vehicle. An operation is performed for activating ignition circuitry of the vehicle after said inhibiting of the first battery load. An operation is performed for starting the engine after said ignition circuitry activation. An operation is performed for inhibiting a second battery load from drawing electrical current from the battery charging system after said starting of the engine. An operation is performed for causing an output of an alternator of the vehicle to be adjusted dependent upon a present location of the vehicle.07-07-2011
20110163716Battery Charger Temperature Control System And Method - A vehicle includes a traction battery and a battery charger. The battery charger receives electrical energy from an electrical power source if electrically connected with the electrical power source and provides a current to the traction battery at a target value that varies according to a temperature of the battery charger if the temperature falls within a predetermined range of temperatures.07-07-2011
20110260683VEHICLE CHARGING APPARATUS - A vehicle charging apparatus includes: an electric generator 10-27-2011
20120200259AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORT VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM - A charging system for autonomous transport vehicles including at least one charging contact disposed on each pick floor level of a storage and retrieval system, each of the at least one charging contact being located at a transfer station, at least one power supply configured to supply power to the at least one charging contact, and a controller in communication with the transfer station and being configured to communicate information relating to a transfer of items between the transfer station and a predetermined one of the autonomous transport vehicles and to apply power from the power supply to the at least one charging contact for charging the predetermined autonomous transport vehicle corresponding to the transfer and located at the transfer station, wherein the controller is configured to supply power to the charging contacts simultaneously with the predetermined autonomous transport vehicle exchanging items related to the transfer at the transfer station.08-09-2012
20120200258ELECTRIC VEHICLE, ELECTRIC-VEHICLE CHARGING STAND AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM THEREBETWEEN - Disclosed are an electric vehicle (EV), an EV charging stand, and a communication system therebetween, the EV including a charge control unit configured to detect a preparation state for charging a battery and output a resistance varying signal according to the detected state, and a resistor unit configured to vary a resistance value in response to the resistance varying signal, thus changing a voltage value of a state signal transmitted to the EV charging stand, and the EV charging stand including a comparator configured to receive a stage signal from the EV, compare a voltage value of the received state signal with a reference value, and output a signal in response to a result of comparing, and a control unit configured to receive the signal from the comparator and detect a preparation state for charging the battery of the EV.08-09-2012
20110133693METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION LOAD MANAGEMENT IN A RESIDENCE - An electric vehicle charging station that is installed in a residence is coupled with a main circuit breaker in an electrical service panel. The charging station includes a charging point connection that couples an electric vehicle to a set of service drop power lines that provide electricity from a power grid to the residence; a current control device coupled to control the amount of electric current that can be drawn from the set of service drop power lines by an the electric vehicle through the charging point connection; a receiver to receive energy readings from one or more current monitors that indicate an amount of current is being drawn from the set of service drop power lines; and a set of control modules to cause the current control device to control the amount of current that can be drawn by the electric vehicle through the charging point connection based on the received energy readings to avoid tripping the main circuit breaker.06-09-2011
20100141204SUB-NETWORK LOAD MANAGEMENT FOR USE IN RECHARGING VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ELECTRICALLY POWERED PROPULSION SYSTEMS - The E-Grid Sub-Network Load Manager operates to regulate the demands presented by the vehicles to the associated Sub-Network thereby to spread the load presented to the service disconnect over time to enable the controllable charging of a large number of vehicles. The load management can be implemented by a number of methodologies, including: queuing requests and serving each request in sequence until satisfaction; queuing requests and cycling through the requests, partially serving each request, then proceeding to the next until the cyclic partial charging service has satisfied all requests; ordering requests pursuant to a percentage of recharge required measurement; ordering requests on an estimated connection time metric; ordering requests on a predetermined level of service basis; and the like. It is evident that a number of these methods can be concurrently employed thereby to serve all of the vehicles in the most efficient manner that can be determined.06-10-2010
20120146581BATTERY CHARGER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An intelligent battery charger for electric vehicles is disclosed. The charger includes a power circuitry, a plurality of charging units and a communication interface unit. The charging units may be used to electrically connect to one or more batteries for charging. Signal output terminals of the batteries connect to the communication interface unit. Status signals of the batteries are integrated by the communication interface unit and then sent to the charging units and power circuitry to adjust chairing conditions. The charging units may be connected in parallel or in series for matching various types of batteries of electric vehicles.06-14-2012
20110095723OVERCURRENT AND GROUND FAULT PROTECTION IN A NETWORKED CHARGING STATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A networked charging station for electric vehicles protects against overcurrent and ground fault conditions. Upon detecting an overcurrent condition or a ground fault condition, the networked charging station for electric vehicles de-energizes a charging point connection to prevent electric current from flowing between an electric vehicle and the networked charging station and suspends the charging session. The networked charging station clears the overcurrent condition or the ground fault condition upon receipt of an authorized request which is transmitted remotely. The authorized request can be received from the vehicle operator that is associated with the charging session or from an administrator of the charging station through a radio-frequency identifier (RFID) tag enabled device or through a text message or an email message. The networked charging station clears the overcurrent condition or the ground fault condition without a manual reset of a circuit breaker or a GFCI device respectively.04-28-2011
20110175570Electrical Outlet Cover For Charging Electrified Vehicles - To ensure that a plug for a charge cord set of an electric vehicle does not fall out or is inadvertently bumped causing it to decouple from the outlet, a wall outlet cover that supports and secures a charge cord set is disclosed. In one embodiment, the outlet cover has an integral trough into which an EVSE of the charge cord set is placed, thereby reducing the weight of the charge cord set acting on the plug of the charge cord set. In another embodiment, a support feature is included on the outlet cover and a mating support feature provided on the EVSE, in one example, a hook and loop.07-21-2011
20100213896CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND VEHICLE - A switch of a connecting circuit is connected between a signal line branched from an input terminal for a pilot signal in a charging inlet and a ground line connected to a vehicle earth, and is turned on/off in response to a control signal from a CPU. The CPU causes the switch to be turned on when a connector is not connected to the charging inlet, and detects a break in a control pilot line based on whether or not a change in the potential of the pilot signal occurs at that time.08-26-2010
20110260684CHARGING DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC DRIVABLE VEHICLE - A charging device for an electrically-drivable vehicle comprises a power-supply connector (10-27-2011
20080218121Charging a battery using a circuit having shared loads - A method for charging an electric storage battery in a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle through a power supply circuit, includes coupling the charger to the circuit, determining whether another appliance in the circuit other than the charger is drawing current, determining a maximum charge rate at which the battery can be charged using the charger, charging the battery at the maximum charge rate if no other appliance in the circuit is drawing current, and charging the battery at less than the maximum charge rate if another appliance in the circuit is drawing current.09-11-2008
20080218122BATTERY CHARGING METHOD FOR AN ELECTRIC GOLF CAR - A charger and a vehicle body battery are connected together via a connector. The vehicle body includes a first CPU that determines if the vehicle body battery is being charged or not. The charger includes a second CPU that transmits a charging signal to indicate that the vehicle body is being charged. The connector connects the first CPU and the second CPU. The battery is charged by the charger. The charging signal has a periodicity with a combination of ON signals and OFF signals. The first CPU disables travel of the vehicle body only while the periodicity of the charging signal is continued.09-11-2008
20110187322Battery Charger With Code Reader - A multi-purpose battery charger and reconditioner with diagnostic code reader. The device is portable and includes electronic circuitry for use is desulfating and charging lead acid batteries in automobiles. An internal diagnostic code reader displays automobile fault codes received from the automobile's on board computer system. The charger, code reader, connecting cables are all integrated into a light weight compact housing.08-04-2011
20110148355POWER FEEDING CONTROL APPARATUS - A power feeding control apparatus includes a housing for accommodating at least a relay unit arranged on power feeding lines to open and close the power feeding lines, a control circuit for controlling the relay unit, a leakage current detection circuit for detecting leakage current in an electric vehicle and a power supply circuit for generating a control electric power. The apparatus further includes a power source side connector removably connected to a socket of an external power source, a vehicle side connector removably connected to a power receiving connector of the electric vehicle and a first and a second board that the power supply circuit and the control circuit are mounted, respectively. A power feeding line block provided separately from the first and the second board and having metal plates constituting the power feeding lines. The metal plates are insertion-molded in the power feeding line block.06-23-2011
20110148354Electric vehicle and on-board battery charging apparatus therefor - An electric vehicle and a range extender engine are shown including the controls to operate the same.06-23-2011
20110148353APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RAPID CHARGING USING SHARED POWER ELECTRONICS - An apparatus comprises a power electronic energy conversion system comprising a first energy storage device configured to store DC energy and a first voltage converter configured to convert a second voltage from a remote power supply into a first charging voltage configured to charge the first energy storage device. The apparatus also includes a first controller configured to control the first voltage converter to convert the second voltage into the first charging voltage and to provide the first charging voltage to the first energy storage device during a charging mode of operation and communicate with a second controller located remotely from the power electronic energy conversion system to cause a second charging voltage to be provided to the first energy storage device during the charging mode of operation to rapidly charge the first energy storage device.06-23-2011
20100026239CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGING APPARATUS THEREOF - A charging apparatus for a robot includes a base board, a supporting portion disposed on the base board, a rotating member rotatably attached on the supporting portion, and a driving member engageable with the rotating member. The driving member drives the rotating member to rotate with respect to the supporting portion. A power supply terminal is disposed on the rotating member and rotates with the rotating member to electrically connect with the robot for recharging the robot.02-04-2010
20100026237Motored vehicle and method of controlling voltage conversion device - In charging first and second power storage devices from a charging station, an inverter ECU controls first and second inverters to convert AC power received at first and second neutral points into DC power and output the DC power to a power supply system. A converter ECU converts in voltage the electric power received from the first and second inverters to be charged and outputs the converted electric power to the first and second power storage devices, and for low temperature, controls first and second converters, to allow the first and second power storage devices to communicate electric power therebetween.02-04-2010
20100026238VEHICLE - Light applied from an illumination unit (02-04-2010
20100019723ELECTRIC POWERED VEHICLE, VEHICLE CHARGE DEVICE AND VEHICLE CHARGE SYSTEM - A vehicle has a low voltage power generating unit mounted thereon, which passively generates low voltage power when the vehicle is electrically connected to commercial power supply through coupling of a connector unit. A winding transformer transforms the commercial power supply input to the primary side with a prescribed ratio of transformation, and the transformation is performed without requiring any control signal from the outside. The AC power with voltage lowered, output from the secondary side of winding transformer, is rectified by a diode unit, and a low voltage power is generated. The low voltage power generated by the diode unit is supplied through a supplementary low voltage DC line to a sub battery and to a controllers.01-28-2010
20100019722Self-Charging Electric Vehicles (SC-EV) Regeneration Component - The use of alternators to provide extra battery power to the engines of electric vehicles and enable the vehicles to have extended ranges. Placing two alternators near the rear axles of a vehicle with belts driven by a sleeve-device would then provide electrical power to the batteries to extend the battery power and thus the range of the vehicle.01-28-2010
20090174365NETWORK-CONTROLLED CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A system for network-controlled charging of electric vehicles comprises charge transfer devices networked as follows: charge transfer devices and electric vehicle operators communicate via wireless communication links; charge transfer devices are connected by a local area network to a data control unit, which is connected to a server via a wide area network. The server stores consumer profiles and utility company power grid load data. A charge transfer devices comprises: an electrical receptacle for receiving an electrical connector for recharging an electric vehicle; an electric power line connecting the receptacle to a local power grid; a control device on the electric power line, for switching the receptacle on and off; a current measuring device on the electric power line, for measuring current flowing through the receptacle; a controller for operating the control device and monitoring the output from the current measuring device; a local area network transceiver connected to the controller, for connecting the controller to the data control unit; and a communication device connected to the controller, for wireless communication between the operator of the electric vehicle and the controller.07-09-2009
20120098487CHARGING DEVICES AND METHODS FOR CHARGING ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLES - Charging devices and methods for charging electrically powered vehicles are disclosed. One example charging device includes a processor configured to at least partially control a state voltage and a detection circuit coupled to the processor. The detection circuit includes an energy storage device and a discharge circuit coupled to the energy storage device. The energy storage device is configured to be charged by the state voltage. The discharge circuit is configured to discharge said energy storage device in response to a discharge command from said processor. The processor is configured to determine a charging state associated with the electrically powered vehicle based on a voltage across said energy storage device.04-26-2012
20110068740POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE, ELECTRIC VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - A power supply system for a vehicle, configured to be chargeable by a power supply outside the vehicle, includes: a rechargeable electrical storage device; a charger configured to charge the electrical storage device with electric power supplied from the power supply outside the vehicle; a voltage converter configured to convert voltage of electric power output from the electrical storage device and to supply the converted electric power to an auxiliary load; and a controller controlling the voltage converter. The controller includes a remaining time estimation unit estimating a remaining time up to completion of charging of the electrical storage device by the charger and a control unit, when the estimated remaining time is longer than a predetermined period of time, controlling the voltage converter so that a voltage output from the voltage converter is lower than that during system operation in which the vehicle can travel.03-24-2011
20110068739PARKING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Parking spaces are managed by providing: a parking space monitor with a vehicle detector responsive to the presence of a vehicle in a parking space and a power supply to recharge vehicle batteries, an alarm, a code entry device for entry of an authorization code, and a computer system programmed to receive requests to reserve a selected parking space for a selected time slot; to accept the request if the selected space is available for the selected time slot; to provide an authorization code to the requester if the request is accepted; to respond to a signal from the vehicle detector indicating the presence of a vehicle in the selected space during the selected time slot; and to activate the alarm if a vehicle is detected in the selected parking space during the selected time slot until the authorization code is entered in the code entry device by the requester.03-24-2011
20120146583Control of Charging Stations - Method and device for controlling charging stations for electrical vehicles. In order to minimise peak power demands in at least two charging stations 06-14-2012
20120306445BATTERY EXCHANGING METHOD FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Provided is a battery exchange method for an electric vehicle. The battery exchange method includes (a) opening a protection cover of a battery mounting module installed at an upper portion of the electric vehicle, and transmitting an open signal to a battery charge station; (b) releasing a locking unit of a pre-mounted battery, and transmitting an unlocking signal to the battery charge station; (c) determining and storing a mounting location of the battery using an image sensor; (d) controlling movements and operations of a battery replacing robot when the unlocking signal is confirmed, and ejecting the pre-mounted battery from a battery seating base of the battery mounting module; (e) controlling movements and operations of the battery replacing robot to move a prepared fully charged battery into the battery mounting module, and mounting the fully charged battery on the battery seating base in the battery charge station.12-06-2012
20120306443AUTOMATED CHARGING FOR VEHICLE ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS - Methods and systems are provided for charging an energy storage system of a vehicle. A processor is coupled to an arm. The processor is configured to obtain a position of the vehicle. The processor is further configured to guide the arm to locate a charging receptacle of the vehicle based on the position and to insert the charging device into the charging receptacle.12-06-2012
20120306446POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE AND INFORMATION PROVISION DEVICE - A power supply control device including: traffic information acquisition means for acquiring traffic information for roads in the vicinity of the charging station; and control means for controlling an amount of power which is to be supplied to the charging station based on the traffic information (particularly, a traffic flow of vehicles having possibility of using the charging station) acquired by the traffic information acquisition means. An information provision device including: charging station information acquisition means for acquiring information on charging stations; traffic-flow acquisition means for acquiring a traffic flow of vehicles using external electrical energy in the vicinity of each charging station on which the information is acquired by the charging station information acquisition means; and charging station determination means for determining a charging station on which the information is to be provided among the charging station based on the traffic flow acquired by the traffic-flow acquisition means.12-06-2012
20120306444BREAKAWAY DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT - In one embodiment, an electric vehicle charging system includes a pilot conductor arranged to disconnect from an electric vehicle supply circuit before a power conductor when a cord disengages from an enclosure under excessive strain. In another embodiment, an electric vehicle charging system includes an enclosure having a breakaway portion. A strain relief engages the cord with the breakaway portion of the enclosure, and the breakaway portion is adapted to disengage from the enclosure when the cord is subjected to excessive strain.12-06-2012
20120306442Rapid Energy Recharge System for a Battery Electric Vehicle - A charging system is provided for an electric vehicle. A vehicle battery stores electrical energy used to drive the electric vehicle. A refillable storage device is carried by the vehicle for storing compressed fluid from an off-vehicle supply of compressed fluid. An expander is in fluid communication with the refillable storage device. The expander selectively receives the compressed fluid from the refillable storage device when the vehicle battery is in need of charging and generates a rotational energy in response to the compressed fluid flowing through the expander. A generator is rotationally coupled to the expander and electrically coupled to the vehicle battery for converting the rotational energy into electrical energy that is transferred to and stored by the vehicle battery.12-06-2012
20120098489BATTERY CONTROL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE - A battery control system controls an external charging unit in a vehicle including a vehicle body, engine, motors, secondary battery, and the external charging unit, and includes a degradation detecting unit that detects degradation of the secondary battery, during charging of the second battery by the external charging unit.04-26-2012
20120098488CHARGING SYSTEM - A vehicle includes a charging port, a charger, a motive power output device, a PLC processing unit, and a charging ECU. The charging port is configured so that a charging cable can be connected to the charging port. The PLC processing unit uses the charging port and the charging cable as a communication path for performing PLC-based communication with a PLC processing unit of a house. In the case where PLC-based communication has come to an end when external charging comes to an end, the charging ECU controls a relay of a CCID so that it is in OFF state and, in the case where PLC-based communication is continuing when external charging comes to an end, it maintains the relay of the CCID in ON state.04-26-2012
20120038318ONBOARD NETWORK FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR SAVING ENERGY - The invention relates to an onboard network (02-16-2012
20120038319ELECTRIC VEHICLE STRUCTURE - An electric vehicle structure is provided with a charging port, an electric charging harness and an intermediate connector. The charging port is configured to be provided on a portion of a vehicle. The electric charging harness includes a first wiring portion electrically connected to the charging port and a second wiring portion configured to be connected to an electrical component of the vehicle. The intermediate connector releasably connects the first wiring portion of the electric charging harness to the second wiring portion of the electric charging harness with a repeatable connecting and disconnecting connection.02-16-2012
20110316482ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT SHARING FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS - Electric vehicle charging stations are coupled with a circuit sharing controller. Multiple electric vehicle charging stations are wired on the same electrical circuit. The circuit sharing controller implements a circuit sharing process that dynamically allocates electric current to charging stations on the same electrical circuit such that the capacity of the electrical circuit is not exceeded while permitting each of those charging stations to draw electric current through that electrical circuit for at least some amount of time.12-29-2011
20120105003Charging of Electric Vehicles Off the Electric Power Grid - A system and method are disclosed that provide electric power to one or more electric vehicles without drawing electricity from the electric power grid. The system may include a combustion engine coupled to an electric generator, a controls box coupled to the generator to transmit electricity to an electric vehicle, a building, the electric power grid, or storage batteries.05-03-2012
20110050169SECONDARY BATTERY DEVICE AND VEHICLE - According to one embodiment, the power supply management portion includes a timer configured to output an ON signal every time set by the control circuit, an OR circuit configured to receive supply of an output signal from the timer, an external signal supplied from outside, and a switch control signal output from the control circuit, and a switch circuit configured to switch output of the power source voltage from an external power source according to an output signal from the OR circuit, and the control circuit turns on a switch control signal after confirming which of the output signal from the timer or the external signal has turned on the switch circuit and turns off the switch control signal when both of the output signal from the timer and the signal supplied from outside are turned off.03-03-2011
20110050167Method and Apparatus for Protecting Charging Devices from Surges and Lightening Strikes - Disclosed is a method and apparatus for charging electrically powered devices. In accordance with the invention, the device is powered by two storage or charge receiving devices. One of these devices is capable of receiving a substantial charge very rapidly while the other device requires a longer time to receive a charge. The advantage is that the powered device can be used almost instantly and continually while at the same time rebuilding electrical charge. The present invention further relates to a system for protecting the charging device from being damaged from an electrical surge, such as from a lightening strike.03-03-2011
20110316481METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SWITCHES OF SWITCHING ARMS, IN PARTICULAR IN VIEW OF CHARGING ACCUMULATION MEANS, AND CORRESPONDING CHARGING DEVICE - A method for charging accumulation means configured by an electric charging device is disclosed. The charging device includes switching arms respectively including a first switch and a second switch. The method involves ordering a predetermined number of first switches to close respectively for an associated closure time, and on each opening of a first switch that was previously closed, another first switch is ordered to close for an associated closure time, so that a constant number of first switches are closed at a same time.12-29-2011
20110316480SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC POWER COMPENSATION, SUCH AS DYNAMIC POWER COMPENSATION USING SYNCHROPHASORS - An electrical power generation system, such as a solar power inverter, can provide dynamic real-time power compensation, so as to mitigate the effects of voltage sags and swells (e.g., on a utility grid) and thereby provide voltage support functionality to a local grid. The electrical power generation system can do so by receiving first synchrophasor measurements that are taken at a point on the utility grid and transmitted to the electrical power generation system and by taking second synchrophasor measurements. The first and second synchrophasors indicate voltage magnitude and frequency of the alternating current (AC) at their respective measurement points. The electrical power generation system can compare the first synchrophasors with the second synchrophasors and based upon the comparison, vary the power factor of the power the electrical power generation system generates (e.g., by either supplying or absorbing reactive power).12-29-2011
20110316479Vehicle Charging Station Having a Dual Position Locking Door - A vehicle charging station that includes a power receptacle compartment that includes a power receptacle to receive an electrical plug. The vehicle charging station also includes a door that is hingedly coupled with the power receptacle compartment to cover the power receptacle when the door is closed. The vehicle charging station includes a first locking means for locking and unlocking the door from a closed position without consuming power to control access to the power receptacle compartment such that the door remains locked in the closed position if the vehicle charging station loses power. The vehicle charging station also includes a second locking means for locking and unlocking the door from a charging position to control access to the electrical plug. The second locking means allows the door to be unlocked from the charging position if the vehicle charging station loses power.12-29-2011
20110316478Street Light Mounted Network-Controlled Charge Transfer Device for Electric Vehicles - A network-controlled charge transfer device for transferring charge between a local power grid and an electric vehicle is mounted to a street light. The charge transfer device includes the following: an electrical receptacle to receive an electrical connector for connection to the electric vehicle; an electric power line that couples the power grid to the electrical receptacle through a wiring box; a control device to switch the receptacle on and off; a current measuring device to measure current flowing through the electric power line; and a controller to operate the control device and to monitor output from the current measuring device.12-29-2011
20120043935STATION FOR RAPIDLY CHARGING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY - A vehicle charging station is provided. The vehicle charging station includes a charging source providing an electrical charge, a coolant source providing coolant and a connector having both an electrical supply section delivering the electrical charge and a coolant supply section delivering the coolant. The connector is capable of connecting to a vehicle. A connector for a vehicle charging station and an electric vehicle are also provided.02-23-2012
20120043934BATTERY FAST CHARGING CURRENT CONTROL ALGORITHM - A method for charging a battery. The method includes providing a desired target charge current and measuring the battery current, and determining if the target charge current is less than the measured battery current. The method also includes enabling a current integrator if the target charge current is less than the measured battery current, and integrating a charge current value over time if the current integrator is enabled to provide an integrated charge current value. The method also includes providing a target charge voltage and measuring the battery voltage, and determining if the target charge voltage is less than the measured battery voltage. The method also includes enabling a voltage integrator if the target charge voltage is less than the measured battery voltage, and integrating a charge voltage value over time if the voltage integrator is enabled to provide an integrated voltage value.02-23-2012
20110156642POWER SYSTEM - Provided is a power system capable of assisting an appropriate connection to an external power and preventing inappropriate power charge from being carried out. The power system mounted in a vehicle (06-30-2011
20110156643HIGH-VOLTAGE BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM FOR USE IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A high-voltage battery charging system is installed in a vehicle body of the electric vehicle for charging a high-voltage battery unit within the vehicle body. The high-voltage battery charging system includes a rectifier circuit, a power factor correction circuit and a non-isolated DC-DC converting circuit. The rectifier circuit is connected to a common terminal for rectifying an AC input voltage into a rectified voltage. The power factor correction circuit is connected to the rectifier circuit and a bus for increasing a power factor and generating a bus voltage. The non-isolated DC-DC converting circuit is connected to the power factor correction circuit and the high-voltage battery unit for charging the high-voltage battery unit, wherein no transformer is included in the non-isolated DC-DC converting circuit.06-30-2011
20110156641STATE OF CHARGE RANGE - A system and method for improving cycle lifetimes for a lithium-ion battery pack, particularly for adapting to a dynamic use profile for a user. A battery cell pack charging system, including a charger and a controller, for charging a lithium-ion battery cell pack, the battery cell pack charging system has a circuit for charging the battery cell pack using an adjustable charging system including an adjustable charge profile to charge the battery cell pack wherein the adjustable charge profile includes: an operational parameter identifying a next operation post-charge performance characteristic for the battery cell pack wherein a controller determines a next cycle plan for the battery cell pack that provides the performance characteristic while concurrently enhancing an attribute of the battery cell pack and wherein the attribute is measured over a plurality of applied cycles; and one or more charging stages to produce an energy ending point for the plan; wherein the adjustable charge plan is implemented by the charger in anticipation of a post-charging operation associated with the operational parameter.06-30-2011
20120176086BATTERY CHARGER AND BATTERY CHARGER ATTACHING STRUCTURE - Provided are a battery charger, which is a different body from a vehicle and the durability, performance, etc., of which are maintained, and a battery charger attaching structure. The battery charger attaching structure comprises: a battery; a battery charger being a different body from a vehicle and charging the battery; an electric motor for generating driving force on the basis of the power supplied from the battery; vehicle covers for covering the vehicle; and an attachment portion provided on the vehicle covers and used for attaching the battery charger on the side of the vehicle. The attachment portion is provided at an upper part on a leg shield.07-12-2012
20120056581CHARGING APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - An apparatus for charging a portable device battery with a vehicle battery is provided. The apparatus includes a storage, a voltage monitor for monitoring voltage of the vehicle battery, a portable device connector, and a charging controller. The storage stores a charging table in which charging quantity ratios of the portable device battery to voltage bandwidths of the vehicle battery are written. The charging controller controls the connector so that the portable battery is charged to a desired value of voltage that corresponds to the monitored voltage in the charging table. With this apparatus, it is possible to charge conveniently, among others.03-08-2012
20120056584SYSTEMS, APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR BATTERY CHARGE MANAGEMENT - Systems, apparatus, and methods for automobile battery management is provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus for providing balanced and individualized charging to a battery pack is provided. The apparatus uses microcontrollers to determine a charge level of the batteries, and correspondingly controls a power balancer to apply a charge current to the battery in relation to the charge level, and dissipates the remaining charge current as heat energy. In one embodiment, a system controller controls a balanced charging operation of the battery system, provides an interface for a user to monitor cell-level parameters, and protects the battery cells from undercharging or overcharging during the charging or discharging operations.03-08-2012
20120062176INTEGRATED CHARGER-INVERTER FOR A PERMANENT MAGNET/INDUCTION MOTOR DRIVE OF AN ELECTRIC OR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A vehicle includes an energy storage system (ESS) rechargeable using electrical power from an off-board AC power supply, a traction power inverter module (TPIM), one or two motors, and a controller. The TPIM has two inverters. The controller energizes designated semiconductor switches of the TPIM and designated induction coils of the motor to boost electrical power from the AC power supply for charging the ESS when the vehicle is not running. With two motors, a contactor allows induction coils of a first motor to be connected to the switches of the first inverter as an input filter, and an additional semiconductor switch is positioned between the ESS and an output side of the switches of the second inverter. A controller charges the ESS by energizing designated semiconductor switches of the TPIM and induction coils of the motor to charge the ESS without using an onboard battery charger module.03-15-2012
20120007554VEHICULAR CHARGE APPARATUS - A vehicular charge apparatus for externally charging an in-vehicle battery of a vehicle includes a charger. The charger includes an in-charger detection section, which detects a charge needed state of a subject vehicle prior to a charge connection of a charger connector of the charger to an in-vehicle charge inlet of the subject vehicle. In the charge needed state, an electric charge is necessary for the vehicle. When the charge needed state of the subject vehicle is determined, a charger controller of the charger begins a charge preparation operation needed in the charger while transmitting charge information that indicates that the subject vehicle is in the charge needed state via an in-charger communicator to an in-vehicle communicator. When the in-vehicle communicator receives the charge information, a charge preparation section of the subject vehicle begins a charge preparation operation necessary in the subject vehicle.01-12-2012
20120007553CHARGING CABLE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING CHARGING CABLE - A charging cable, used for charging an electric storage device in an electric vehicle from an external power supply, controls a usage history of the charging cable by a CCID, displays a warning on an external monitor, and regulates charging when a service life limit of the charging cable has been exceeded.01-12-2012
20120007552SYSTEM FOR RECHARGING PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLE - A system for recharging a battery in a hybrid vehicle provided with two motor is provided. If connection of a recharging connector (recharging stand) is detected, an initial activation of a controller is performed, and a DC link is pre-recharged. If the DC link is pre-recharged to a voltage higher than or equal to a predetermined voltage, an exterior AC or DC electricity is supplied to the battery so as to recharge the battery according to the present invention.01-12-2012
20120007551RECHARGING SYSTEM OF HYBRID VEHICLE - A system for recharging a hybrid vehicle is provided with two motors and supplies commercial electricity to neutral points of the motors when a connection of a recharging stand is detected, forms an electricity loop through the neutral points of the first motor and the second motor according to a phase of the commercial electricity, and carries out a recharging mode by detecting at least a voltage of a DC link capacitor in a voltage converter, a voltage of a smoothing capacitor, and a battery voltage. According to the system, a current control value or a voltage control value is selected according to the recharging mode in order to recharge a battery based on the current control value or the voltage control value.01-12-2012
20120013303CHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS, BATTERY PACK, AND VEHICLE - A charge control apparatus for controlling how to charge a battery unit having a plurality of batteries connected in series, includes a connection control section that divides the batteries into a plurality of groups of batteries by switching connections between the batteries, according to a received current amount indicative of an amount of a current that can be received from one or more external power sources, and a charge control section that charges the groups of batteries in parallel with power received from the external power sources.01-19-2012
20120013302Staged Deployment for Electrical Charge Spots - A method and system is provided to deploy electrical charge spots in stages according to demand. During a first stage a plurality of infrastructure adapters are installed. This may involve demolishing and rebuilding portions of the infrastructure and laying down power cables from the electrical power supply to the charge spot locations. The infrastructure adapters are then coupled to an electrical power supply. Many if not all of the infrastructure adapters are covered with a temporary housing protecting them from vandalism and weather. During a second stage, in response to a demand for charge stations, the charge stations are completed. During the second stage, at least one external unit is attached to an infrastructure adapter by making an infrastructure adapter quick connect interface with an external unit quick connect interface. As such, a charge spot is completed quickly in response to demand.01-19-2012
20120013301Method And A Device For Charging Electric Vehicles - A method for charging electric vehicles through connecting an electric vehicle to a charging station for receiving electric energy. Different power supply offers can be selected particularly simple in that at least a state of charge of a battery and a desired duration of charge is determined in the vehicle, the energy required for fully charging the battery is determined in the vehicle, at least information concerning the required energy and the duration of charge is transmitted to the charging station by the vehicle and at least one power supply offer adapted to the information is received by the vehicle from the charging station which power supply offer has been determined from among a plurality of different power supply offers by means of the charging station using the information received.01-19-2012
20120013297POWER CHARGING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD THAT INCLUDES A LOW VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL DEVICE OPERABLE WITH PULSE WIDTH MODULATION (PWM) CONTROL - A power charging assembly and methods are provided to provide a pre-charge low-current state, a steady-state, high-current charging state, and an unconnect state for an electrical load of an electrical propulsion system in a hybrid electrical vehicle (HEV). The power charging assembly includes a positive contactor device, a negative contactor device, and a non-contactor device means. The rate at which that electrical load is pre-charged may be effectively controlled by using a pulse-width modulated (PWM) signal received by the non-contactor device means. A current-only carrying positive or negative contactor may be configured with the non-contactor device means to further prevent electrical arcing of the contacts of the positive and the negative contactor during power charging assembly operation.01-19-2012
20120013299Controller for a modular system for charging electrical vehicles - A controller for utilizing real-time surplus electrical energy available from a facility in which a modular system for charging electrical vehicles operates to allow more chargers to be installed and operational at the facility while avoiding costly and time-consuming infrastructure upgrades. The controller includes an EV charger interface, a facility energy management interface, and a distribution grid interface. The EV charger interface bidirectionally interfaces with EV chargers. The facility energy management interface bidirectionally interfaces with a facility electrical monitoring system, and receives real-time current usage readings from the facility electrical monitoring system, and in response thereto, either cycles the EV chargers—via the EV charger interface—on or off to modulate power used at any point in time to stay within overall limits of the facility or reduces EV charging rate in order to make use of any unused electricity on a real-time basis so as to allow more chargers to be installed and operational at the facility while avoiding the costly and time-consuming infrastructure upgrades. The distribution grid interface bidirectionally interfaces with an electrical distribution grid electrically feeding the facility.01-19-2012
20120013298Single electric vehicle charger for electrically connecting to multiple electric vehicles simultaneously while automatically charging the multiple electric vehicles sequentially - A single electric vehicle charger for electrically connecting to multiple electric vehicles simultaneously while automatically charging the multiple electric vehicles sequentially. The charger includes an AC to DC rectifier, at least one ground fault circuit interrupter, and at least two physical electrical disconnects. The AC to DC rectifier electrically connects to an AC power source and allows DC batteries of the multiple electric vehicles to be charged from the AC power source. The at least one ground fault circuit interrupter is in electrical communication with the AC to DC rectifier and disconnects whenever current becomes unbalanced between an energized conductor and a return neutral conductor. The at least two physical electrical disconnects are in electrical communication with the at least one ground fault circuit interrupter and isolate the multiple electric vehicles that are electrically connected but are not being charged, with only one physical electrical disconnect being closed at any given instant.01-19-2012
20120013300Overhead mobile charger system for reaching and charging electric vehicles parked in a pair of adjacent rows of side-by-side parking spaces - An overhead mobile charger system for reaching and charging electric vehicles parked in a pair of adjacent rows of side-by-side parking spaces. The system includes a rail, a pair of trolleys, a single EV battery charger, and apparatus for electrically connecting the EV battery charger to a power source without impinging upon movement of the pair of trolleys along the rail. The rail mounts overhead of, and traverses, the pair of adjacent rows of side-by-side parking spaces. The pair of trolleys are movably mounted along the rail and reach the electric vehicles parked in the pair of adjacent rows of side-by-side parking spaces. The single EV battery charger is mounted to, and moves with, the pair of trolleys to charge the electric vehicles parked in the pair of adjacent rows of side-by-side parking spaces.01-19-2012
20120112697METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING BETWEEN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND A CHARGING STATION FOR ELECTRICALLY CHARGING AT LEAST ONE ENERGY STORE OF THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A method for communicating between an electric vehicle and a charging station for electrically charging at least one energy storage device of the electric vehicle. The electric vehicle is connected to the charging station during the charging process by a lockable mechanical coupling between a terminal of charging cable connected to the vehicle and a terminal of the charging station. Charging current is fed from the charging station through the charging cable. Information is transferred in the course of the charging process based on a communication between the electric vehicle and the charging station. The information includes a signal transmitted from the electric vehicle to the charging station for locking and/or unlocking the mechanical coupling. The signal triggers the locking and/or unlocking of the mechanical coupling between the terminal of the charging cable and the terminal at the charging station.05-10-2012
20120112696POWER CONTROL SYSTEM, POWER CONTROL METHOD, POWER CONTROL DEVICE AND POWER CONTROL PROGRAM - Disclosed are a power control system, a power control method, a power control device and a power control program, which can efficiently supply power to an electric device and charge an electric vehicle. A power control device (05-10-2012
20120112698CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING SYSTEM - A charging system includes a parked car number detecting unit configured, in a case where vehicles parked in a parking area are divided into a first vehicle group owned by an individual and a second vehicle group shared by a plurality of persons, to detect the number of parked cars or a parking rate of the first vehicle group; and a charging control device configured to charge electric vehicles in the first and second vehicle groups. The charging control device includes a priority determining unit configured to determine the priority of which one of the first and second vehicle groups is preferentially charged according to the number of parked cars or the parking rate detected by the parked car number detecting unit; and a charging electric power supplying unit configured to charge the electric vehicles according to the determined priority.05-10-2012
20120112695SECONDARY BATTERY TEMPERATURE-INCREASING CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICLE INCLUDING THE SAME, AND SECONDARY BATTERY TEMPERATURE-INCREASING CONTROL METHOD - An ECU determines whether the ripple current is within a target range (S05-10-2012
20120112693APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An energy management system (ESMS) includes energy storage devices coupled to a vehicle drivetrain and configured to store DC energy, a power electronic conversion system having energy ports, the power electronic conversion system comprising a DC electrical converters, each DC electrical converter configured to step up and to step down a DC voltage, wherein each of the energy ports is coupleable to each of the energy storage devices and each of the energy ports is coupleable to an electrical charging system. The EV includes a controller configured to determine a voltage of each energy port having either an energy storage device or a DC electrical charging system coupled thereto, and electrically connect a first energy port to a second energy port such that at least one of the DC electrical converters either steps up or steps down an input DC voltage based on the determined voltage of each energy port.05-10-2012
20120206099VEHICULAR CHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS AND VEHICULAR CHARGE CONTROL SYSTEM - A vehicular charge control apparatus in a vehicle controls a charge operation to the vehicle from an external power supply facility, by using a charge intention determination unit for determining whether a user of the vehicle has an intention to charge, a plug connection state determination unit for determining whether a charge plug is connected to the vehicle when the user's intention to charge is determined by the charge intention determination unit, and a notification execution unit for executing a predetermined notification process when loss of connection to the charge plug is determined by the plug connection state determination unit.08-16-2012
20120153895System And Method For Controlling AC Line Current And Power During Vehicle Battery Charging - An automotive vehicle power system includes a battery charger having an input and output. The battery charger receives electrical energy via the input when the input is electrically connected with an electrical power source. The battery charger also alters at least one of a voltage set point and current provided at the output such that a power associated with the energy received from the power source remains approximately equal to a power target as a voltage associated with the energy received from the power source varies.06-21-2012
20120153896METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CO-OPERATIVE CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A method and system provide for the cooperative charging of electric vehicles. By using power line communications, chargers of the electric vehicles who are serviced by the same distribution transformer can form self-contained local area networks due to the nature of power line communications. After the chargers of the electric vehicles are coupled to one another through power line communications, they can form a token ring network. According to this token ring network, a predetermined number of tokens can be assigned within the token ring network for permitting chargers with tokens to charge respective electric vehicles while chargers without tokens must wait until they receive a token to initiate charging.06-21-2012
20120025765Charge State Indicator for an Electric Vehicle - One embodiment of the present subject matter includes a battery mounted to a vehicle, with a charge state circuit located in the electric vehicle and coupled to the battery, the charge state circuit configured to provide a charge state signal indicative of the charge state of the battery. The embodiment includes a charging coupler port located proximate to a user accessible exterior of the electrical vehicle and coupled to the battery, the charging coupler port to conduct charging energy to the battery and to provide a charger connection signal indicative of a connection to an external power source. The embodiment also includes a lighting circuit coupled to the charging coupler port and the charge state circuit to control the brightness and color of an illuminated indicator responsive to the charge state signal and the charger connection signal.02-02-2012
20120025763CHARGING SYSTEM OF MOBILE VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME - A charging system of a mobile vehicle and a method for operating the same are provided to receive and convert an external AC source into a DC source for charging the mobile vehicle. First, a high DC voltage is outputted through a charging apparatus. Afterward, the high DC voltage is received and converted by a DC power conversion apparatus in the mobile vehicle, thus the required voltage level of the high DC voltage is provided for a rechargeable battery. Finally, the DC power conversion apparatus is controlled through a vehicle controller to provide the desired charging current for the rechargeable battery. The DC power conversion apparatus is installed in the mobile vehicle so that the rechargeable battery is protected by the DC power conversion apparatus. In addition, an adaptive charging manner is provided according to operating conditions of the rechargeable battery, thus increasing charging reliability, security, and speed.02-02-2012
20120025762METHOD FOR OPTIMIZED DESIGN AND OPERATION OF BATTERY COOLING SYSTEM IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A method and system for controlling temperature in an electric vehicle battery pack such that battery pack longevity is preserved, while vehicle driving range is maximized. A controller prescribes a maximum allowable temperature in the battery pack as a function of state of charge, reflecting evidence that lithium-ion battery pack temperatures can be allowed to increase as state of charge decreases, without having a detrimental effect on battery pack life. During vehicle driving, battery pack temperature is allowed to increase with decreasing state of charge, and a cooling system is only used as necessary to maintain temperature beneath the increasing maximum level. The decreased usage of the cooling system reduces energy consumption and increases vehicle driving range. During charging operations, the cooling system must remove enough heat from the battery pack to maintain temperatures below a decreasing maximum, but this has no impact on driving range.02-02-2012
20120025764CHARGING STAND FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Disclosed is a charging stand for an electric vehicle, the charging stand including a main body, a door coupled to the main body in such a way as to be opened or closed, and an alarm device generating an alarm if the door is opened, wherein the alarm device has a door sensing unit causing a change in impedance if the door is opened, a controller receiving a signal transmitted from the door sensing unit, and a switching circuit activated by the controller to generate an alarm or store an alarm history, so that the charging stand is advantageous in that the opening of the door can be precisely detected, and the alarm history can be checked later.02-02-2012
20120105001SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BATTERY MANAGEMENT - A battery management system includes several subsystem blocks, an Energy Storage Master unit, and several battery pack systems. The Energy Storage Master may interface with the Vehicle Master Controller by way of CAN or other communication method to an External Charger. Each battery module within a battery pack may include a Local Module Unit which may communicate with a Pack Master. The Pack Master may communicate with and may be controlled by the Energy Storage Master. Thus, there is a processor to monitor groups of battery cells, a second processor to collect further information about the cell groups, and a third module that takes high-level information from each cell group processor to process and pass on to other vehicle controllers or charger controllers. An integrated BMS may enable cell monitoring, temperature monitoring, cell balancing, string current monitoring, and charger control integration.05-03-2012
20120169283NETWORK-CONTROLLED CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A network-controlled charge transfer device for electric vehicles includes a control device to turn electric supply on and off to enable and disable charge transfer for electric vehicles, a transceiver to communicate requests for charge transfer with a remote server and receive communications from the remote server, and a controller, coupled with the control device and the transceiver, to cause the control device to turn the electric supply on based on communication from the remote server.07-05-2012
20120119702Charging Cable Connector for Connecting an Electric Vehicle to a Charging Station - The invention relates to a plug device for a charging cable for connecting an electric vehicle to a charging station, comprising a housing, electrical contacts associated with the housing for connecting to a connecting device in the charging station or in the electric vehicle, and a coding means arranged in the housing for the value of the amperage which may be transmitted via the charging cable. The invention further relates to a system consisting of a charging cable and a charging station and/or an electric vehicle as well as a charging cable equipped with the plug device.05-17-2012
20120119701POWER LINE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND VEHICLE - A power line communication apparatus that enables communication to be performed between an authentication apparatus and a vehicle, thereby enabling authentication processing to be performed, even before power is supplied to a communication section from a charging apparatus or an electrical storage apparatus.05-17-2012
20120161703TRANSPORT MODULE FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING DEVICE - A transport device for an electric vehicle charging device is provided. The transport module may include a platform having a through hole; a plurality of wheels coupled to a bottom surface of the platform; and a cable guide element coupled to the bottom surface of the platform beneath the though hole. When the transport module is coupled to the electric vehicle charging device, a service entrance cable extends from electric vehicle supply equipment of the electric vehicle charging device through the through hole and is supported and guided in the cable guide element. A portable electric vehicle charging device including the transport module may also be provided.06-28-2012
20120249070DEVICES AND METHODS FOR THE SAFE DRIVING, CHARGING AND ENERGY RECOVERY OPERATION OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - The invention relates to a method and an electrical protection and monitoring device with an insulation monitoring instrument and a differential current monitoring instrument in an electric vehicle for safe driving operation and also for safe charging and energy recovery operation of the electric vehicle at a charging station. The invention further relates to a device for the safe charging and energy recovery operation of an electric vehicle at a charging station with electrical protection and monitoring devices.10-04-2012
20120249065MULTI-USE ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND CONVERSION SYSTEM INCLUDING ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING - An energy management method for controlling electric vehicle charging by managing plural local energy sources, to optimize charging speed and minimize energy cost.10-04-2012
20120249066CHARGING APPARATUS - A control pilot circuit and a temperature sensor are provided within a drum of a cable reel. The temperature sensor detects the temperature of a charging cable wound on the drum and outputs the temperature to the control pilot circuit. The control pilot circuit generates a pilot signal having a duty ratio which is determined in advance in accordance with an allowable current value of the charging cable, and transmits the signal to a vehicle through the charging cable. The control pilot circuit further changes the duty ratio of the pilot signal based on the detected value of the temperature of the charging cable received from the temperature sensor.10-04-2012
20120249067APPARATUS FOR CORRECTING A DC BIAS FOR LEAKAGE CURRENT - An apparatus for correcting leakage current during a vehicle charging operation is provided. The apparatus comprises a balance circuit configured to receive a sensed current indicative of a vehicle leakage current in response to an external power source providing a charging current to a vehicle. The vehicle leakage current includes a first leakage component and a second leakage component. The balance circuit is further configured to generate a first voltage value that corresponds to a negative value of the first leakage component and to provide a second voltage value that generally corresponds to a positive value of the first leakage component. The balance circuit is further configured to apply the second voltage value to the first voltage value to substantially remove the first leakage component from the vehicle leakage current.10-04-2012
20100289451Battery Charging Control Methods, Electric Vehicle Charging Methods, Battery Charging Apparatuses And Rechargeable Battery Systems - Battery charging control methods, electric vehicle charging methods, battery charging apparatuses and rechargeable battery systems are described. According to one aspect, a battery charging control method includes accessing information regarding a presence of at least one of a surplus and a deficiency of electrical energy upon an electrical power distribution system at a plurality of different moments in time, and using the information, controlling an adjustment of an amount of the electrical energy provided from the electrical power distribution system to a rechargeable battery to charge the rechargeable battery.11-18-2010
20120126748AUTOMATED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for charging an electric vehicle includes identifying vehicle information corresponding to the electric vehicle based on an electronic image of the electric vehicle, retrieving from an electronically stored local database a location of a charging port on the electric vehicle based on the vehicle information, robotically moving a charging connector according to the retrieved location to engage the charging port of the electric vehicle, querying the local database to determine whether a current time corresponds to an energy efficient usage time based on energy efficient usage data received from a power grid, and initiating a charging process upon determining that the current time corresponds to the energy efficient usage time.05-24-2012
20120161698METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHARGING A VEHICLE HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY - A method and a system for charging a battery in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles are provided. An amount of energy consumption for charging a battery is calculated by taking the sum of a first amount of energy for charging a high voltage battery and a second amount of energy for use by a low voltage auxiliary system during charging. An optimal charge current for a charger is determined based on a charging option. The charging option provides a set of desired charging parameters for a charger controller. A state of charge of the battery is determined within a state of charge range. The charger controller provides a charge current to the battery. The charge current is the optimal charge current up to a maximum charge current for the state of charge range of the battery.06-28-2012
20120212180ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGER - An electric vehicle charger includes: a first winder unit and a second winder unit for winding and holding a charging cable having a charging connector at its end portion; and a body unit for arranges the first winder unit and the second winder unit with the distance between the first winder unit and the second winder unit set longer than the diameter of the charging cable, wherein the charging cable passes between the first winder unit and the second winder unit, and the charging cable is fixed before passing between the first winder unit and the second winder unit.08-23-2012
20110181241Battery pack charging system with manually maneuvered charge head - A charging system which is particularly suitable for recharging the batteries of electrically powered motor vehicles using a charge head with multiple contacts that mate with an array of charge receiving electrodes onboard the vehicle being recharged. The charge head is supported from overhead, and may, using a power assisted system, be lowered, into place against the array of charge receiving electrodes onboard the vehicle. Switches may be spaced apart so that, like the grasping elements of the handle, use of both hands is required. The charge head causes breaking of series connections of batteries within the vehicle so that individual batteries may be charged in parallel. A battery temperature monitor is provided. An annunciator locally or remotely signals errors or indicates completion of charge. Payments are accepted near the charge head, thereby allowing for commercial operation.07-28-2011
20120161704CHARGING STATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH NETWORK STABILIZATION - Charging station for electric vehicles. A network stabilisation is achieved by a network frequency measuring device 06-28-2012
20120313580ELECTRIC VEHICLE WITH SECONDARY CHARGE CORD RELEASE MECHANISM - A secondary (backup) release (unlocking and unlatching) of a charge cord for plug-in electric vehicles or hybrid electric vehicles is provided. A charging port is configured to receive a charging cord and includes a lock bolt configured to lock the charging cord in the charging port during charging. The vehicle also includes a hood assembly having a hood latch with a first cable coupled to the hood latch. A second cable is coupled to the latch bolt and a sheath of the first cable for unlocking the lock bolt. A retainer is coupled to the hood assembly and is configured to limit movement of the second cable until the hood latch has released the hood assembly.12-13-2012
20120133325Methods and Systems for Charging an Energy Storage Device - A charging device for charging an energy storage device is described. The charging device includes a memory for storing a plurality of state machines and a processing device coupled to the memory. The processing device is configured to select a state machine of the plurality of state machines and to operate the charging device in accordance with the selected state machine.05-31-2012
20120133326CHARGING SYSTEM - A charging system includes a locking device locking a connector provided at the end of a cable in the state where the connector is connected to an inlet provided in a vehicle; a release button for releasing locking by the locking device; a switch generating a signal indicating that the connector and the inlet are connected; a horn; and an ECU. In response to the operation of the release button, the switch stops generation of the signal. The ECU controls charging of a power storage device and detects whether the signal is issued or not. In the case where the ECU detects that generation of the signal is stopped during charging of the power storage device, the ECU causes the horn to issue an alarm.05-31-2012
20120161699INTERACTIVE CHARGING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An interactive charging management system and a method thereof are provided. The method is applicable to a plurality of electric vehicles, and which includes dynamically adjusting usable power information respectively provided by a plurality of charging posts respectively corresponding to and coupled to the electric vehicles according to demand power information of the respective electric vehicles; and making the charging posts non-uniformly provide a plurality of charging powers to the respective electric vehicles according to the adjusted usable power information.06-28-2012
20120169281VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME - An AC/DC converter is configured to perform voltage conversion on power supplied from an AC power supply and supply the power to an auxiliary load during external charging in which a main power storage device is charged by the AC power supply. An auxiliary power storage device stores power to be supplied to the auxiliary load. A diode permits discharging of the auxiliary power storage device while preventing charging of the auxiliary power storage device during the external charging. A current sensor detects discharging of the auxiliary power storage device. A controller adjusts an output voltage of the AC/DC converter while confirming whether or not the auxiliary power storage device discharges, based on a detection value of the current sensor.07-05-2012
20120169280CHARGING APPARATUS WITH ALTERNATING CURRENT- AND DIRECT CURRENT-CHARGING FUNCTIONS FOR MOBILE VEHICLE - A charging apparatus with alternating current- and direct current-charging functions for a mobile vehicle is disclosed. The charging apparatus receives an external direct current (DC) power source or an external alternating current (AC) power source and converts the DC power source or the AC power source into the required voltage and current for charging a rechargeable battery installed in the charging apparatus. The charging apparatus mainly includes a DC/DC conversion unit, an integrated DC/DC conversion and PFC unit, and a control unit. The control unit detects that the external power source is the DC power source or the AC power source. Furthermore, the charging apparatus controls the DC/DC conversion unit and the integrated DC/DC conversion and PFC unit according the type of the detected external power source, thus providing the required DC voltage level and charging current to the rechargeable battery.07-05-2012
20120212181ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - An electric power supply system has a sub breaker arranged in a sub line electrically connected with a power line to intercept an electrical link between a main breaker and the sub line if a predetermined value of current flows through the sub line. A current detector is arranged in the sub line to detect a value of current supplied to an energy storing portion. A controller causes a battery of a vehicle to store electricity with an electric current equal to or lower than a current value that is calculated by subtracting the value of current detected by the current detector from the predetermined value of current set for the sub breaker.08-23-2012
20120223675Power Share System for Electric Vehicle Service Equipment - A power share module is employed to sense the power usage of an electric utility at a residence and to selectively provide power to an EVSE for charging an electric vehicle. If the power drawn by the utility such as an electric dryer or a range is above a certain threshold, power is not supplied to the EVSE. When power is less than the threshold, the power sharing module allows power to be supplied to the EVSE.09-06-2012
20120313581VEHICLE - A vehicle is a vehicle in which a high-voltage power supply can be charged with electric power from an external power supply. In a travel mode, a main microcomputer (MMC) of a controller outputs a request signal requesting to forcibly turn a plug-in main relay (PIMR) on to a sub-microcomputer (SMC), in order to activate a charging system that is essentially not required to be activated. Upon receiving the request signal, the SMC outputs a signal for turning the PIMR on to the PIMR. If the MMC does not receive electric power from a low-voltage power supply via the PIMR after outputting the request signal, the MMC determines that there is an abnormality in an activation circuit for the charging system, and alerts a user.12-13-2012
20120074903ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An electric vehicle suppresses the discharge of an auxiliary battery for supplying electric power to a control circuit for controlling a charging process while performing timer-charging. When the charging start timing set by a user comes after specified elapsed time, the power supply from an internal power supply circuit 03-29-2012
20120074902SCALABLE INTELLIGENT POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A scalable intelligent power-supply system and method capable of powering a defined load for a specified period of time is disclosed and claimed. Multiple external AC and DC inputs supply power to the system if available and required. An internal DC input from a back-up energy source is on board. The back-up energy source is scalable by adding additional energy cartridges such as batteries in racks mounted within frames of the system. The AC and DC inputs (including the internal DC input) are controlled, measured, sensed, and converted by circuitry controlled by the microprocessor into multiple AC and/or DC outputs. A microprocessor manages power input to, within, and output from the system. The performance of a Lithium-ion batteries used to power an automobile can be determined on the basis individual battery packs or individual battery cells within the packs.03-29-2012
20120074900VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND VEHICLE CHARGING METHOD - A vehicle charging system (03-29-2012
20120256587DISPLAY DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION OF RECHARGEABLE BATTERY OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND CHARGING MODULE HAVING THE DISPLAY DEVICE - A display device for displaying information of a rechargeable battery of an electric vehicle and a charging module using the display device are disclosed in the present invention. The display device includes a battery capacity unit, a lifetime unit, an information collecting unit and a display unit. It can display the charging state, lifetime, cycle count and health state of the rechargeable battery. The charging module includes a power unit for providing power. It can display battery information when charging the rechargeable battery. The invention provides a convenient way to let customers know the status of the batteries of their electric vehicles and decide if the batteries need to be charged or replaced.10-11-2012
20120256588ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGE CONTROL SYSTEM - The usage pattern of an electric vehicle including the amount of power consumption of a battery on each day of the week is extracted from usage histories of the vehicle in a predetermined period. When the vehicle goes home after one day's operation and is connected to a charging apparatus, a charge determination unit predicts a usage pattern of the vehicle on the next day and determines whether the vehicle can operate on the next day with the remaining amount of power of a battery in the vehicle. When it is determined that the charging of the battery is necessary, the battery is charged until it reaches the target remaining amount of power. The target remaining amount of power is determined on the basis of the amount of power consumption in the predicted usage pattern so that the full charge is prevented and the number of charges is reduced.10-11-2012
20120187905COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - A charging system supplies charging power from a charging station to an in-vehicle system through a power line. The charging station and the in-vehicle system further include communication devices, which communicate through the power line. The in-vehicle system includes a detecting circuit for detecting impedance of the power line. The in-vehicle system includes a control circuit, which controls switching-over of the communication device between a waiting state and an operating state based on the impedance detected by the detecting circuit. For example, the control circuit detects connection of the cable based on the impedance change of the power line.07-26-2012
20120187906FUEL CELL/ SUPERCAPACITOR/ BATTERY POWER SYSTEM FOR VEHICULAR PROPULSION - The present invention provides a power system for a vehicle The power system comprising a supercapacitor-like electronic battery that is connected to a battery charger. The battery charger provides energy to the supercapacitor-like electronic battery. A heater is operatively connected to the supercapacitor-like electronic battery to provide energy to heat the supercapacitor-like electronic battery thereby lowering the internal impedance of the supercapacitor-like electronic battery. A charging apparatus is operatively connected to the battery charger. A motor is operatively connected to the vehicle and the supercapacitor-like electronic battery. A feedback loop controller is operatively connected to the heater, the supercapacitor-like electronic battery and the motor.07-26-2012
20120262115WIRE HOUSING DEVICE, VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME, AND POWER FEEDING DEVICE - In a cord reel capable of housing a power cord for transmitting electric power from an external power source to a vehicle that can be externally charged, pulling-out of the power cord wound around the cord reel from the cord reel is suppressed based on a temperature of the power cord. This can prevent a hot charging cord from exerting influence on the surroundings, such as breakage of equipment or the like which touches the hot charging cord.10-18-2012
20120262110CHARGING MODULE AND RECHARGEABLE BATTERY ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A rechargeable battery assembly for an electric vehicle is disclosed in the present invention. It includes at least one rechargeable battery module which has a number of rechargeable battery cells linked in series or in parallel for providing power to the electric vehicle, and a management unit, installed with a first program, for managing the rechargeable battery cells; and a charging module for providing power to the rechargeable battery module, including an updating unit connected to the charging module for automatically detecting version of the first program and updating the first program while a newer version is available while electrically connected to the rechargeable battery module. Battery management system of the rechargeable battery assembly can be updated by the updating unit. Therefore, the rechargeable battery module can be applied to different requirements with its best performance.10-18-2012
20120262114Security System for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment - A security enclosure is adapted to receive and secure portable charging equipment for supplying power from a standard outlet to charge an electric vehicle. The security enclosure is mounted to a wall and houses the portable charging equipment. The equipment connects with an outlet mounted on the wall. In a locked condition, the enclosure secures the portable charging module and has an access opening which allows the power cord to extend exteriorly of the enclosure for charging the electric vehicle.10-18-2012
20120262111CHARGING SYSTEM OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A charging system of an electric vehicle and a method for charging the electric vehicle are described in the present invention. The system uses a smart card for battery management when charging a battery. Furthermore, the system can prevent the battery or the electric vehicle from being stolen. Compared to existing charging systems for electric vehicles, the present invention can save more cost for users and provide safety mechanism for battery or electric vehicle.10-18-2012
20120262112ATM CHARGING STATION - Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system or method for an electric station. Embodiments of the invention provide an electric station which allow a customer to charge an electric vehicle, to access a Wi-Fi hot-spot, receive location based promotions, and allows access to the customer's financial data via an ATM. The combination of an ATM and electric car charger provides additional identification means, payment means, and convenience for a customer of either the ATM or the electric vehicle charger.10-18-2012
20120229085System for charging electric vehicle batteries from street lights and parking meters - A system for charging batteries of electric vehicles from public fixtures such as street lights and parking meters includes modifying the fixture to convert it to a vehicle battery charging station using a power interface module having a novel keyed electrical power output receptacle connectable to power mains powering the fixture. The system includes a complementarily coded, keyed plug which must be inserted into the power output receptacle to access electrical power from the receptacle, the plug being located at the input end of vehicle charger cable terminated at output end thereof by a vehicle-mounted charge control system which will actuate a charging current contactor permitting charging current to flow from the receptacle to batteries within the vehicle only if a pre-paid charge authorization payment device, such as a magnetically or electronically encoded charge card is inserted into a charger station access enable device such as card reader mounted in the vehicle.09-13-2012
20120229089System and Method For Managing Load Distribution Across a Power Grid - A method for scheduling a charge of a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) includes receiving, by a load management system, PEV information from a PEV plugged into an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE); transformer information from a transformer management system, the transformer information relating to a transformer associated with the EVSE; determining, by the charging information based on the PEV information and transformer information; providing the charging information to the PEV.09-13-2012
20120229088CHARGER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Disclosed herein is a charger for electric vehicles, which has a wide output voltage range. The charger is a slow charger having an improved configuration to respond to a wide output voltage range as well as output change. The charger may achieve limited switching loss and reduced noise via soft-switching operation, thereby enabling high-efficiency large-power Power Factor Correction (PFC) and increasing conversion efficiency of a DC/DC converter.09-13-2012
20120229087AUTOMOBILE WITH ELECTRIC DRIVE AND BATTERY, AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A DEVICE FOR CHARGING A BATTERY - In an automobile with an electric drive, the battery for powering the electric drive must be charged, wherein a device for charging is associated with the automobile. According to the invention, this device is activated and/or deactivated upon demand both during travel of the automobile and when the automobile is at rest. The demand is hereby determined based on a specified route to be traveled in the future.09-13-2012
20120229086CHARGING APPARATUS OF MOBILE VEHICLE - A charging apparatus of a mobile vehicle is provided to receive and convert an external alternating current (AC) power source into a direct current (DC) power source for charging a rechargeable battery of the mobile vehicle. The charging apparatus of the mobile vehicle includes a charging apparatus and the rechargeable battery. The charging apparatus is installed in the mobile vehicle. The charging apparatus includes an electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter and a power factor corrector (PFC). The EMI filter is provided to eliminate the noise in the AC power source to prevent the conductive electromagnetic interference. The PFC is provided to convert the filtered AC power source into the DC power source and improve the power factor of the converted DC power source. Therefore, the charging apparatus of the mobile vehicle provides power conversion and directly charges the rechargeable battery, thus reducing conversion losses and increasing charging efficiency.09-13-2012
20110121780FEED CONTROL DEVICE - A feed control device includes a contact device, an output detector, a contact weld sensor, and an alarm device. The output detector is configured to detect the presence of power feeding into the side of an electrically-powered car from an external power supply. The contact weld sensor is configured to sense that the contact device is welded based on a detection result of the output detector if detecting the presence of power feeding from the external power supply to a feed line for the contact device when a state signal representing charge permission is not entered. The alarm device is configured, if the contact weld sensor senses that the contact device is welded, to indicate the occurrence of weld to the outside.05-26-2011
20080297109MECHANICAL METHODS FOR CHARGING A CAR BATTERY, RELATED SYSTEMS AND INFRASTRUCTURE - The methods, system, and infrastructure described herein generally relate to methods for charging a rechargeable battery of a vehicle. The methods described provide a method of charging a rechargeable battery of a vehicle. The method includes the following steps: (a) while the vehicle is stationary, rotating a shaft of an electric traction motor of the vehicle using mechanical energy; (b) converting the rotation of the shaft into electrical energy by using the electric traction motor as an electrical generator; and (c) storing the electrical energy in the rechargeable battery of the vehicle. A system for charging a rechargeable battery of a vehicle is also described. The system includes a rechargeable battery of a vehicle, an electric traction motor of the vehicle, and an external vehicle interface configured to rotate the shaft of the electric traction motor using mechanical power while the vehicle is stationary. An infrastructure for charging a rechargeable battery of a vehicle is also described. The infrastructure includes one or more charging stations, each station including an external vehicle interface configured to rotate a shaft of an electric traction motor of the vehicle using mechanical power while the vehicle is stationary.12-04-2008
20080297108Automatic Cycle Storage System and Cycle for this System - Automatic system for storing electric cycles, in which the batteries of the cycles (12-04-2008
20120235640ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A charger and rechargeable energy storage system for a vehicle includes an on-board charging module and a rechargeable energy storage system having a rechargeable energy storage device. The on-board charging module is physically integrated with the rechargeable energy storage system and thermally integrated with the rechargeable energy storage system by a cooling loop, such that waste heat generated by the on-board charging module is reused to warm the rechargeable energy storage device. An optional bypass valve, such as, an electronically controlled bypass valve, can also be connected to the cooling loop to reduce the overall coolant pressure drop when the vehicle is in a drive operational mode.09-20-2012
20120262113CHARGING APPARATUS OF MOBILE VEHICLE - A charging apparatus of a mobile vehicle is provided to receive and convert an alternating current (AC) input source into a direct current (DC) input source for charging a rechargeable battery of the mobile vehicle. The charging apparatus includes an electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter, a power factor corrector (PFC), a DC/DC converter, and a voltage control unit.10-18-2012
20120319649Automatic and Dynamic Home Electricity Load Balancing for the Purpose of EV Charging - “A charging station for electric vehicles receives customer bids on a charging time interval allotment, compares the customer bids, and supplies electric current from the charging station to a plurality of electric vehicles allocated to each electric vehicle according to the bids.”12-20-2012
20120319648ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An electric vehicle includes a power receiving connector that is connected to a battery via a relay, and an electric charger includes a power supply connector that is connected to the power receiving connector. When a high voltage is applied to the power receiving connector due to a weld failure of the relay, a warning lamp flashes to notify an operator of the risk. Then the connection state is detected between the connectors. When the connectors are not connected to each other, a warning buzzer issues a warning sound. When the connectors are connected to each other, the warning buzzer is turned off. The power receiving connector is covered by the power supply connector in this manner, the operator is unlikely come in contact with the power receiving connector, and thus the output of a warning sound from the warning buzzer is stopped.12-20-2012
20120319651METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PARKING LOT METERING USING ACTIVATION CODES - Embodiments of the present invention allow multi-space meters and gated parking systems to separately manage and control electric vehicle charging stations located in conjunction with parking spaces. Control is implemented by the meters or other management systems providing codes, for example by printing them on a parking pass or receipt. When entered into the electric vehicle charging station, the code initiates a predetermined interval of charging, or an interval of charging selected by the patron during a transaction with the meter. The code is typically a multi-digit number, and may be encrypted to resist fraud. Data representative of the receipt, including the code, may be made available from an online server and delivered to a parking patron's smartphone or other portable device, whereby parking and vehicle charging may be obtained without first visiting a parking management kiosk and then returning to the vehicle to initiate charging.12-20-2012
20110037430Safety Switch for Secondary Battery for Electric Vehicle and Charging Discharging System for Secondary Battery for Electric Vehicle Using the Same - The present invention relates to a safety switch of a secondary battery for an electric vehicle and a charge and discharge system of a secondary battery for an electric vehicle using the same, and more particularly, to a technology capable of protecting a secondary battery by operating a switch of the secondary battery for the electric vehicle attached to the outside of the secondary battery in order to disconnect a driving motor for the electric vehicle to the secondary battery when the secondary battery expands or excessive short-circuit current flows into circuits of the secondary battery, due to a swelling phenomenon of the second battery expanding due to an abnormal status of the secondary battery, such as overcharge, heat exposure, a short circuit, a reverse connection, or the like, in using the secondary battery for the electric vehicle.02-17-2011
20110037429ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM RECHARGING STATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - An electric vehicle recharging station that can be readily incorporated into existing building electrical distribution systems during retrofit or new construction. The system has at least one enclosure and a vehicle charging connector. A circuit interrupter has line terminals for connection to respective first and second phases of the distribution system. A contactor relay has first and second phases coupled to the respective circuit interrupter and electric vehicle charging connector phases and separable contacts for each phase, for selective connection of electric power to the charging connector. A recharger controller is coupled to the contactor, for causing selective separation and closing of the separable contacts, so that electrical power is transferred to the electric vehicle. The recharging station system may also incorporate electric rate metering functions as well as communication capability from the controller to a remote controller. A human machine interface may be coupled to the controller.02-17-2011
20120326666CONFIGURATION OF A STATOR OF A ROTATING ELECTRIC MACHINE - Method of configuring a rotating electric machine (12-27-2012
20120326668ELECTRICAL VEHICLE CHARGING USING FUEL CELL SYSTEM - A battery charging station receives power from two or more sources and supplies power to charge batteries of electric vehicles and devices.12-27-2012
20120326667BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND BATTERY CHARGE CONTROLLER IN THE SAME - A battery charging system for a vehicle, capable of charging a vehicle battery pack properly in a short time even during driving a vehicle-mounted electrical load. The battery charging system includes the battery pack mounted in the vehicle, the vehicle-mounted electrical load that can be driven by a current from the battery pack, and a battery charge controller that controls charging of the battery pack. When the battery pack is charged by using an external battery charger during operation of the load, the battery charge controller requires the external battery charger to supply a sum current that is a sum of a current for charging the battery pack and a current for driving the load to the vehicle.12-27-2012
20120326664CHARGING STAND FOR ELECTRIC AND HYBRID VEHICLES - A charging stand for an electric or hybrid vehicle includes a retractable cable. The retractable cable may further include a light and, in the preferred embodiments, the plug may include a button to automatically retract the cord utilizing a motor within the stand.12-27-2012
20120326665METHOD FOR QUICKLY SUPPLYING ELECTRIC ENERGY TO ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND POWER SUPPLY DEVICE THEREOF - A method of quickly supplying electric energy to electric vehicles and the power supply device thereof are provided. The method includes providing a rechargeable battery pack on an electric vehicle and providing a battery replacement device, a charging room and a battery storeroom in a power exchange station. The rechargeable battery pack includes a battery box and standardized standard battery units. The standard battery units are located in the battery box during operation, and are capable of being smoothly loaded into and unloaded from the battery box along the guiding rails. The rechargeable battery pack is pre-installed in the electric vehicle; and the drained standard battery units within the battery box are replaced with fully-charged standard battery units upon payment when the electric vehicle in need of electric power supply is driven into the power exchanging station.12-27-2012
20120326663BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A battery charging apparatus for an electric vehicle (EV) or a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) includes a case chassis, a circuit board and at least one electronic component. The case chassis includes a plurality of side plates, a bottom plate and a receptacle. The circuit board is accommodated within the receptacle of the case chassis. The electronic component includes a passive component body with a plurality of conductive wires and a fixing member for accommodating the passive component body. The conductive wires are electrically connected to the circuit board. The fixing member is fixed on at least one of the side plates and the bottom plate of the case chassis.12-27-2012
20120319650RECHARGING SYSTEM - A recharging system that recharges batteries is provided with a recharging unit that recharges the batteries by consuming power that is supplied. The recharging unit has the ability to recharge the batteries by consuming system power supplied by a power company. The power company sets power rates that are higher the larger the maximum amount of power supplied per unit of time, and a single charge performed by the recharging unit begins in the preceding unit of time among adjacent units of time, and finished in the following unit of time among the adjacent units of time.12-20-2012
20120268068BATTERY CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD - A battery control apparatus includes an emergency charging unit including an external charging terminal for applying power to a main battery pack, a first voltage measurement unit for measuring the voltage of the external charging terminal, and an emergency charging switch for switching the connection between the external charging terminal and the main battery pack; an auxiliary battery connection unit including an auxiliary battery connection terminal for applying power to the vehicle through a contactor, a second voltage measurement unit for measuring the voltage of the auxiliary battery connection terminal, and an auxiliary battery switch for switching the connection between the auxiliary battery connection terminal and the contactor; and an emergency control unit for switching to an emergency charging mode or an auxiliary connection mode by turning on the emergency charging switch or the auxiliary battery switch during the voltage measurement of the first or second voltage measurement unit.10-25-2012
20120268066CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND ELECTRIC POWERED VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH SAME - A monitoring unit outputs a first current detection value having a relatively wide measurement range and a relatively short detection cycle and a second current detection value having a relatively high resolution, to a charging ECU. When charging power calculated using the first current detection value exceeds a predetermined limit value, the charging ECU controls a charger to reduce charging power (protection control). Further, the charging ECU controls the charger such that a power storage device attains a predetermined fully charged state based on charging power calculated using the second current detection value (full charge control).10-25-2012
20120268067Charging Station for Electric Vehicles - A system and method of supplying 240 volt charging for an electric vehicle, while also allowing for 120 volt electrical devices to be used in the area, includes a charging station having a 240 volt input, a 240 volt electric vehicle charge plug electrically connected to the 240 volt input, a 240 volt to 120 volt step down transformer, a 240 volt side of the step down transformer electrically connected to the 240 volt input, and a 120 volt power outlet electrically connected to a 120 volt side of the step down transformer. The charging station is electrically connected to a 240 volt circuit that has been converted from a 120 volt circuit that has previously existed in the area.10-25-2012
20120268065PROXIMITY DETECTION CIRCUIT FOR ON-BOARD VEHICLE CHARGER - A proximity detection circuit is operable to detect connection of a cordset to a vehicle charging system or connection of another device to some other electrical circuit where it may be desirable to facilitate detection while a controller or other current drawing source is inactive.10-25-2012
20120126747BATTERY CHARGER HAVING NON-CONTACT ELECTRICAL SWITCH - The handle of a charge coupler includes a mechanical latch that securely mechanically locks the handle to the vehicle passively when the handle is manually attached to the vehicle by a human operator to create an electrical connection between the vehicle and the charger. The handle also has an actuator movable by the operator from a deactivated state to a first and a second position activated state. The mechanical latch operates independently of the state of the actuator when the handle is being manually attached but being mechanically released by the actuator when it is moved to its second activated state. A non-contact electrical switch means associated with the actuator breaks the electrical connection when the actuator is moved to the first position activated state before releasing the mechanical latch at said second activated position.05-24-2012
20110273139POWER CHARGING DEVICE FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - The invention relates to a power charging device (11-10-2011
20120081073ELECTRICAL CONNECTING DEVICE FOR HYBRID AND ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND ASSOCIATED METHOD FOR CHARGING - An electrical connecting device having an output connection, which is designed to be detachably connected to a charging connection of an accumulator device of a vehicle operated using current, the electrical connecting device also including a supply connection that is designed to be detachably connected to a network connection of an alternating current low-voltage interconnected network. The connecting device is characterized in that the electrical connecting device includes an alternating current/direct current converter, which is suitable for converting the alternating voltage of the supply connection to an electric DC voltage suitable for the accumulator device. A method is also described for charging an accumulator device of a vehicle operated by current using an electrical connecting device.04-05-2012
20120081072VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGER AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME - A battery charger electrically connected with a power distribution circuit may select a charge rate to charge a vehicle battery in response to whether a load other than the battery charger is electrically connected with the power distribution circuit, and charge the vehicle battery at the selected charge rate.04-05-2012
20120081071POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS - In a power supply apparatus, a power source generates electric power at a predetermined source voltage. The first converter circuit converts the source voltage into a first voltage or a second voltage. The secondary battery is charged with electric power at the first voltage when the first converter circuit outputs electric power at the first voltage. The second converter circuit converts the first voltage of the electric power outputted from the first converter circuit or the secondary battery into the second voltage. The electric load device is supplied with electric power at the second voltage outputted from the second converter circuit. The direct power supply circuit directly supplies electric power at the second voltage outputted from the first converter circuit to the electric load device without passing through the second converter circuit when the first converter circuit outputs the electric power at the second voltage.04-05-2012
20120081070SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDLE CHARGE OF HYBRID VEHICLE - A method for idle charging of a hybrid vehicle according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include: detecting an SOC of a battery and entering times to an idle charge control state; changing an entering point and a releasing point of the idle charge control according to a number of entering times to the idle charge control state for a predetermined period; performing idle charging by forcibly starting an engine when the SOC of the battery reaches the entering point of the idle charge control; and stopping the engine when the SOC of the battery reaches the releasing point of the idle charge control state as the idle charge is performed.04-05-2012
20100231164CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An electric vehicle charging system is disclosed, wherein the electric vehicle charging system comprises: a station battery bank storing electric energy; a station battery charging unit changing an AC signal to a DC signal that is supplied for the station battery bank; and a vehicle charging unit charging an electric vehicle with the DC signal from the station battery bank.09-16-2010
20130020990System for Flexible Electrical and Mechanical Installation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Station - An electric vehicle charging apparatus is disclosed. The electric vehicle charging apparatus has a housing body that is configurable to provide a number of electrical connection options, such as bottom and rear corded options as well as direct wired options. In another aspect, a mounting installation of the electric vehicle charging apparatus is provided. In yet another aspect, a housing body having a first front cavity and a second front cavity is provided. An inner cover covers the second front cavity, and a maximum amperage set switch is operable to set a maximum charge amperage for the electric vehicle charging apparatus. Methods of configuring the electric vehicle charging apparatus are provided, as are other aspects.01-24-2013
20120280653Electric Vehicle Fleet Management Charging Station Systems and Methods - Charging stations, systems for charging and identifying electric vehicles, and methods for detecting and providing charging information of a vehicle are provided. The charging stations include vehicle detectors, charging connectors, and system controllers to estimate the state of charge of a vehicle based on current measurements from the charging connectors and then to output charge status signals if the state of charge is at or above a predetermined energy level and the vehicle is detected as being properly positioned by the vehicle detectors. These results may be output to indicators, computers, and network connections. Also disclosed are systems where the vehicle has a vehicle information device readable by the vehicle detector to obtain vehicle data that is transmitted to the system controller and other components of the system. Methods of monitoring current, estimating state of charge, and providing a charge status signal if certain conditions are also present.11-08-2012
20120280654CHARGING STAND, CHARGING SYSTEM, AND CHARGING METHOD THEREOF - A charging system is provided. The charging system includes: a charging stand for obtaining vehicle information from the vehicle and transmitting the obtained vehicle information to a management server, and supplying power to a battery equipped in the vehicle on the basis of the transmitted vehicle information; and the management server for determining a charging condition of the battery equipped in the vehicle by using the vehicle information transmitted through the charging stand, and transmitting charging information corresponding to the determined charging condition to the charging stand.11-08-2012
20120280655CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES - The invention relates to a charging system for electric vehicles. The charging system comprises a grid power stage (11-08-2012
20120280656ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION AND CHARGE RECEIVING ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE - A charging station for a vehicle having supports (11-08-2012
20120091961ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT WITH STORAGE CONNECTOR - An electric vehicle charging system includes a housing, an electric vehicle supply circuit disposed within the housing and constructed and arranged to provide power to an electric vehicle from a power source, and a storage connector movably attached to the housing and configured to engage an electric vehicle charging connector. The storage connector may be configured to rotate between a first position to hold the charging connector to the housing and a second position for insertion/removal of the charging connector. The storage connector may be configured to engage a latch on the electric vehicle charging connector to hold the charging connector to the storage connector.04-19-2012
20120091960CHARGING DEVICE AND METHOD OF DETECTING A CONNECTION TO GROUND - A charging device includes a current control device configured to receive a first amount of current from a power source. The charging device also includes a ground detection module including a leakage circuit configured to direct a second amount of current to ground to generate a leakage voltage and a comparison circuit configured to detect a connection to ground of the charging device based on the leakage voltage generated. The charging device also includes a controller coupled to the ground detection module and to the current control device. The controller is configured to enable the first amount of current to be supplied to a power storage device of an electric vehicle when the connection to ground is detected.04-19-2012
20120091959VEHICLE GUIDANCE SYSTEM WITH INTERFACE - 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.04-19-2012
20120091958VEHICLE, CHARGING CABLE, AND CHARGING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE - In a charging system for a vehicle for charging a power storage device, including the vehicle having the power storage device, and a charging cable for transmitting electric power supplied from an external power supply outside of the vehicle to the power storage device, charging information about charging performed by a charging device is set based on a signal generated by operation of an operation switch provided on a charging connector. This configuration can improve operability during charging.04-19-2012
20120091957CHARGING CABLE AND CHARGING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE - A charging cable includes a charging connector configured to be connectable to a vehicular inlet. The charging connector includes a lock button for locking the charging connector onto the charging inlet; a limit switch configured to be switchable, according to an operation onto the lock button, between a first state in which a control pilot wire and a ground wire are connected to each other and a second state in which a cable connection signal wire and the ground wire are connected to each other; and a lighting device configured to be capable of being driven according to a signal in a signal wire connected via a limit switch.04-19-2012
20120091956CHARGING DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CHARGING DEVICE - A charging device for use with an electric vehicle having a power storage device includes a current control device configured to selectively enable current to be received from an electrical distribution device and supplied to the power storage device. The charging device also includes a processor coupled to the current control device. The processor is configured to determine a first amount of current available to be at least one of received from the electrical distribution device and supplied by the charging device, and control the current control device to enable a second amount of current to be at least one of received from the electrical distribution device and supplied to the power storage device if the second amount of current does not exceed the first amount of current determined to be available.04-19-2012
20120091955Electric Vehicle Battery Recharge-Replacement System - An electric vehicle battery recharge-replacement system has four major parts: (1) a rechargeable battery pack consisting of a number of separate sub-packs with an identical dimension and energy capacity, (2) a same number of battery sub-pack compartments on an electric vehicle, and all sub-pack compartments having an identical dimension, (3) a recharging array consisting of a number of individual recharging compartments stacking together, and each recharging compartment having a dimension same as the vehicle sub-pack compartment, and (4) some battery sub-pack holding cases, each of which having an identical dimension. With this system, battery pack replacement can be realized by replacing drained battery sub-packs in an electric vehicle's compartments with recharged battery sub-packs in a recharging array's compartments. In this system, each battery sup-pack can further consist of two to four identical sub-sub-packs, which are even lighter and easier to handle.04-19-2012
20120091954CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS - A charging control apparatus mounted on a vehicle connected to an external charging device through a charging connector, for performing control related to charging, includes a voltage sensor for detecting a voltage applied to the charging connector, and a control device for estimating, based on variation in voltage detected by the voltage sensor during a predetermined period of time after the charging connected to the vehicle, variation in voltage applied to the charging connector after a lapse of the predetermined period of time, and determining that a failure has occurred in the external charging device if a degree of separation between the variation in voltage detected by the voltage sensor after the lapse of the predetermined period of time and the estimated variation in voltage is larger than a predetermined value.04-19-2012
20120091953AC CURRENT CONTROL OF MOBILE BATTERY CHARGERS - A charging system and method that improves utilization of available AC power during onboard charging of energy storage systems of electric vehicles. An onboard charging method for an energy storage system of an electric vehicle, the method using an AC power source, includes a) establishing a maximum DC charging current for the energy storage system responsive to a control signal indicating real-time available current/power from the AC source; and b) controlling a charging system to provide an actual DC charging current, up to the maximum DC charging current, to the energy storage system.04-19-2012
20120286730Automatic Recharging Robot for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles - Systems and methods are disclosed for automatically recharging electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. A deployment assembly (11-15-2012
20120286729ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT WITH OVER-CURRENT PROTECTION - An EVSE system includes an electric vehicle supply circuit having overcurrent protection circuit to prevent excessive current from flowing to the electric vehicle. A current limit may be set by a manufacturer of the EVSE, by a user of the EVSE, by an electric utility, by the EVSE itself in response to a control pilot signal, etc. The current limit may be set to prevent tripping an overcurrent protection device on a branch circuit for the EVSE, to accommodate one or more parameters of an electric vehicle charging facility, etc. The overcurrent protection feature may be integrated into a controller for the electric vehicle supply circuit, or it may be operate independently of the controller.11-15-2012
20120139487CHARGING SYSTEM FOR MILD HYBRID VEHICLE - A charging system for a hybrid vehicle which prevents a super capacitor from being reverse charged. In the illustrative charging system a DC-DC converter is connected to the inverter and configured to receive the DC electricity from the inverter and drop voltage. A battery is configured to receive the DC electricity from the DC-DC converter and to be charged by the DC electricity. Finally, a means for preventing reverse charging is mounted on a path between the super capacitor and the battery and is configured to prevent energy from flowing from the battery to the super capacitor.06-07-2012
20120139486SYSTEM FOR EXTENDING THE DRIVING RANGE OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A system for extending the driving range of an electric vehicle is disclosed. The system may generally include a generator mounted on or within the electric vehicle and configured to generate a DC power output for recharging the batteries of the electric vehicle. The generator may include a controller configured to implement a charging algorithm for controlling the DC power output supplied to the batteries. The charging algorithm may be designed to maintain the batteries below a predetermined state-of-charge corresponding to a transition point in a charging cycle of the batteries between a bulk charging phase and an absorption charging phase. Additionally, the system may include a generator cable configured to electrically connect the generator directly to the batteries.06-07-2012
20130009599CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS, CHARGING SYSTEM, AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD - A charging control apparatus (01-10-2013
20130009597SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE IN CHARGING AN ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLE - A method of delivering power from a power supply to an electric vehicle is described herein. The method includes receiving, by a charging station from the electric vehicle, a request to deliver power from the power supply to the electric vehicle. A signal that is indicative of a unique identifier associated with the electric vehicle is received, and the charging station determines whether the unique vehicle identifier is associated with a stolen electric vehicle, and delivers power, from the charging device to the electric vehicle, after determining the unique identifier is not associated with a stolen electric vehicle.01-10-2013
20130009598ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM, ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND ELECTRIC CHARGER - There are provided an electric charging system, an electric vehicle and an electric charger. Upon charging a battery, power supply lines of an electric charger are connected to the power receiving lines of an electric vehicle 12. The power receiving lines have a relay. The electric charger has a voltage sensor that measures a voltage between the power supply lines. The electric charger has a voltage processing portion that applies filtering to the voltage. Upon charging when charging power is supplied from the electric controller, a filtering process with a stability-oriented first filter is applied to the voltage. Upon a relay failure diagnosis that performs a failure diagnosis of the relay based on a change in the voltage due to opening and closing of the relays, a filtering process with a second filter that has a higher responsiveness is applied to the voltage.01-10-2013
20130015815System for Identifying an Electric Vehicle Connected to Electric Vehicle Service Equipment - A system for identifying an electric vehicle connected to electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) and which involves RF communication exploits the OBDM of the electric vehicle as well as the auto-CAM system. Power is applied from the EVSE to supply electric power and the flow of current to the battery charger is detected. The VIN and a power-on signal is then transmitted by RF to the EVSE transceiver. Power is removed from the EVSE to the electric vehicle. A VIN and a power-off signal is transmitted to the EVSE and processed to confirm the identity of the connected electric vehicle. Power is then re-applied to the EVSE to charge the battery power supply.01-17-2013
20130015816Valet EVSE System - A valet EVSE system employs a plurality of outlet stations which are configured with an electrical outlet and brackets for receiving a portable EVSE unit. The portable EVSE unit is configured to removably mount to the brackets and draw power from the electrical outlet. In one embodiment a given station is adapted to receive and supply power to two portable EVSE units. A housing is provided with a pivoted cover for securing the plug of the EVSE unit with the outlet disposed in the housing.01-17-2013
20130015814Charge Disruption Monitoring and Notification SystemAANM Kelty; Kurt RussellAACI Palo AltoAAST CAAACO USAAGP Kelty; Kurt Russell Palo Alto CA USAANM Kohn; Scott IraAACI Redwood CityAAST CAAACO USAAGP Kohn; Scott Ira Redwood City CA US - A system and method for notifying a designated party when an electric vehicle charging operation is unexpectedly disrupted is provided. The system monitors the connection between the electric vehicle and the external battery pack charging source, issues a command to a notification system to send a notification message to the designated party when an interruption is detected, and then issues the notification message in accordance with a set of notification instructions. The notification instructions may include one or more criteria for determining whether the disruption is authorized, thus not requiring the transmittal of the notification message. Criteria for accepting the change in battery pack charging status as authorized includes user/device proximity to the vehicle, achievement of a target battery pack SOC, and location of the vehicle within a safe zone.01-17-2013
20130020994METHOD FOR DETERMINING A CHARGE ACCEPTANCE, AND METHOD FOR CHARGING A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY - In the case of a method for determining a charge acceptance I01-24-2013
20130020991ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION WITH A FIELD UPGRADEABLE COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY - An electric vehicle charging station with a field upgradeable communications facility is provided. The invention includes a sealable housing including a first compartment and a second compartment, the second compartment including an access to an upgrade port; a partition within the housing that is adapted to insulate the first compartment from the second compartment, the partition including an opening providing access the upgrade port; and an EVSE charging station control circuit configured to recognize a communication module when coupled to the upgrade port and to use the communication module for communications if the communication module is connected. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.01-24-2013
20130020989AC-DC POWER CONVERTER AND DC CHARGING STATION THEREOF - An AC-DC power converter is provided, and includes a phase-shifting transformer, at least one rectifier set and at least one DC-DC converter, wherein the phase-shifting transformer has a primary winding and at least one secondary winding, and the at least one secondary winding is configured as at least one winding unit; each rectifier set has at least one rectifier, and each rectifier is electrically connected with the secondary winding of a corresponding winding unit; and the DC-DC converter is electrically connected with a corresponding rectifier set and outputs a predetermined DC voltage. A DC charging station is also provided correspondingly. The phase-shifting transformer has at least one secondary winding, and the secondary windings are configured as at least one winding unit, thus providing different phase-shifting angles based on the actual number of windings in each winding unit, thereby decreasing current harmonic components and increasing the system power factor.01-24-2013
20120242288CHARGING DEVICE FOR AN ENERGY STORE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A CHARGING DEVICE - A charging device for an energy store, e.g., a lithium ion battery in an electric vehicle, may include a circuit for adjusting the charging device in a full charging mode or a parked charging mode, wherein the charging device is set up for producing a fully charged state of the energy store in full charging mode, and for producing a parked charged state of the energy store in parked charging mode, wherein the parked charging state corresponds to a reduced charge state of the energy store. Methods for operating such a charging device, and an electric vehicle having such a charging device, may also be provided.09-27-2012
20080231230Using a circuit rating to establish a charge rate for an electric storage battery of an electric vehicle - A method for charging an electric storage battery in a plug-in electric vehicle through a power supply circuit includes coupling a charger to the circuit, providing the charger with a signal representing a current capacity of the circuit, using the signal to determine a maximum charge rate corresponds to the current capacity of the circuit represented by the signal, and charging the battery through the circuit and charger at the maximum charge rate.09-25-2008
20130141041Offline Power Supply And Charging Apparatus - An offline power supply includes a power supply circuit including a primary-side circuit for connecting to a power source, a secondary-side circuit for connecting to a load, and a transformer connecting the primary-side circuit and the secondary-side circuit. A switch operates to selectively connect the primary-side circuit to the power source. A trigger circuit is connected to the secondary-side circuit and has at least one input. The trigger circuit generates an output to selectively operate the switch based on the at least one input.06-06-2013
20130141044AUTHORIZATION IN A NETWORKED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM - Networked electric vehicle charging stations for charging electric vehicles are coupled with an electric vehicle charging station network server that performs authorization for charging session requests while the communication connection between the charging stations and the server are operating correctly. When the communication connection is not operating correctly, the networked electric vehicle charging stations enter into a local authorization mode to perform a local authorization process for incoming charging session requests.06-06-2013
20130181673CHARGER FOR A BATTERY FOR SUPPLYING POWER TO A DRIVE MOTOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A charger for a drive battery of a motor vehicle, including a high-voltage electrical outlet configured to charge a drive battery of a motor vehicle, and a thermal portion for generating a coolant for the charger and/or for a battery.07-18-2013
20130169226ELECTRICITY TRANSFER SYSTEM FOR MODIFYING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION AND METHOD OF PROVIDING, USING, AND SUPPORTING THE SAME - Some embodiments include an electricity transfer system for modifying an electric vehicle charging station. Other embodiments of related systems and methods are also disclosed.07-04-2013
20130169227MODULAR CHARGING STATION - A modular charging station for charging an electric vehicle, the modular charging station comprising: a frame having a receiving portion; a control unit removably secured to the receiving portion of the frame and electrically connectable to a source of electrical energy, the control unit for selectively controlling access to the electrical energy; and a distributing unit removably secured to the frame, electrically connected to the control unit for receiving the electrical energy therefrom, and electrically connectable to the electric vehicle for providing the electrical energy to the electric vehicle, a powering of the distributing unit being controlled by the control unit.07-04-2013
20130141043METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CO-OPERATIVE CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A method and system provide for the cooperative charging of electric vehicles. By using power line communications, chargers of the electric vehicles who are serviced by the same distribution transformer can form self-contained local area networks due to the nature of power line communications (PLCs). Alternatively, or in addition to the PLCs, other communication networks, such as the Internet and local area networks, may be used as part of the communications infrastructure for the chargers. After the chargers of the electric vehicles are coupled to one another through power line communications or traditional communications networks, they can form a logical token ring network. According to this token ring network, a predetermined number of tokens can be assigned within the token ring network for permitting chargers with tokens to charge respective electric vehicles while chargers without tokens must wait until they receive a token to initiate charging.06-06-2013
20120249069ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM - In an electric charging system, a charging cable of an electric charger is connected to an electric vehicle, and a supply voltage at the electric charger is temporarily raised and dropped. A receiving voltage at the electric vehicle rises and falls in conjunction with to the supply voltage. Accordingly, a feature point is assigned to each of electric charger data obtained by applying a filtering process to the supply voltage and vehicle data obtained by applying a filtering process to the receiving voltage. Then a time lag between the electric charger data and the vehicle data due to filtering processing is calculated based on the feature points. Upon determining an insulation failure and the like between the electric charger and the electric vehicle, the electric charger data and the vehicle data are synchronized based on the time lag and then compared.10-04-2012
20120249068Power Grid Control System Using Electric Vehicle, Power Grid Control Apparatus, Information Distribution Apparatus, and Information Distribution Method - Provided are charging/discharging spots which are connected to a power grid and which charge storage batteries of electric vehicles connected thereto and discharge charged power of the storage batteries to the power grid; a data center which collects and stores current position information of electric vehicles located in a territory and charging state information of storage batteries of the electric vehicles; and a power aggregator which ranks degrees of necessity of charging/discharging the storage batteries of the respective electric vehicles based on the stored position information, the charging state information of the storage batteries and position information of the charging/discharging spots and creates a ranking list indicating the ranks. The power aggregator distributes information for guiding each of the electric vehicles to a designated one of the charging/discharging spots for charging or discharging in accordance with the ranking list. Accordingly, moving electric vehicles can be guided to charging/discharging spots, so that power charged/discharged on the power grid side can be kept more surely.10-04-2012
20130175988VEHICLE INTERFACE WITH NON-LOCAL RETURN TO GROUND - A vehicle interface is contemplated to be operable with an Electronic Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) system and a vehicle charging system to facilitate vehicle charging related operations. The vehicle interface may include a noise compensation configured to facilitate compensating for noise within the reference signal resulting from the reference circuit. The vehicle interface may be configured to adapted to common mode interference and other influences resulting from connections between the vehicle interface and EVSE being referenced to earth ground and connections between the vehicle interface and other vehicle electronics being reference to a vehicle chassis ground.07-11-2013
20130175989ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION ENCLOSURE AND MOUNTING APPARATUS - In various embodiments, a charging station apparatus has a mounting plate mountable to a support structure for supporting the charging station enclosure. The plate may include fastener openings adapted to pass fasteners therethrough to secure the plate to the support, and fastener receivers to receive fasteners to mount the enclosure to the plate. In one embodiment, a charging station apparatus has an enclosure with a flange, and a mounting plate with a curved support edge adapted seat within the flange, and may be adapted to slidingly engage the support edge. The plate may include one or more leveling edges. In some embodiments, the enclosure has a rear wall with an electrical conduit opening and wiring exclusion spacers adjacent to the opening.07-11-2013
20130175990System for Charging a Rechargeable Battery of an Electric Vehicle - An electric vehicle includes an electric machine, a generator generating a first AC output current, an internal combustion engine driving the generator, and a first electric plug-in charging device. When the engine is started, the generator supplies the battery with charging power. The first plug-in charging device is geometrically configured to be connectable with single phase AC power mains to supply the battery with charging power in a vehicle deactivated state. The first plug-in charging device is configured for a maximum electric power voltage load of 240 volts and a maximum current strength of 32 amperes. A second electric plug-in charging device is integrated into the vehicle. A DC charging station is connectable to the second charging device in the deactivated state so the DC charging station is usable either exclusively or simultaneously with the single phase AC power mains for charging the battery.07-11-2013
20130175991CHARGING DEVICE - The invention relates to a roller test bench-type charging device comprising driveable rollers for charging an electric energy store in a motor vehicle, in particular in an electric or hybrid vehicle, such that the energy store of a motor vehicle which is placed on said device and the wheels of an axle of which are connected to the rollers in a force-transmitting manner is charged via the motor vehicle alternator or a motor vehicle electric motor designed as a generator. A universal charging device can thereby be provided.07-11-2013
20130134934CHARGING CONTROL SYSTEM - A charging controller (05-30-2013
20130134933POWER SAFETY SYSTEM AND METHOD HAVING A PLURALITY OF THERMALLY-TRIGGERED ELECTRICAL BREAKING ARRANGEMENTS - A power safety system (PSS) includes a plurality of thermally-triggered electrical breaking arrangements (TTEBAs). The plurality of TTEBAs are associated with a plurality of electrical devices (EDs) disposed external to the PSS. The PSS further includes a plurality of electrical power connections (EPCs) associated with said plurality of TTEBAs that are configured to respectively electrically connect the PSS to the plurality of EDs. When at least one TTEBA in the plurality of TTEBAs is electrically operative and at least one thermal event occurs that is sufficient to thermally activate the at least one electrically operative TTEBA, at least the EPC associated with the at least one thermally activated TTEBA is electrically broken. A method to protect a human operator of the PSS from a thermal event is also presented. A PSS also extends to a primary and a secondary electrical charging system used to charge a battery of a vehicle.05-30-2013
20130093391Variable Output Current Battery Charger and Method of Operating Same - A vehicle includes a battery charger system arranged to charge a traction battery. The battery charger system receives current from a power distribution system remote from the vehicle and outputs the current to the traction battery at a series of magnitudes to characterize a charge efficiency profile of the battery charger and power distribution systems. The battery charger system then charges the traction battery according to the charge efficiency profile.04-18-2013
20130113425Pop Up Electrical Apparatus - An electric supply pop up apparatus for use in a generally horizontal surface that has three main sections, first, a permanently installed, weatherproof containment unit where the unit has a bottom, at least one side wall and an open top; second, a moveable tower that has at least one side wall and a cover; and at least one electrical receptacle module installed in said tower; the tower is slideably moveable within the containment unit so that the tower can be raised or lowered within the containment unit such that when the tower is lowered and in a down position the tower is fully secured and enclosed within the containment unit or the tower can be raised to an up position so that the electrical receptacle module is accessible to a user; and where power is available at the electrical receptacle module when the tower is in the up position.05-09-2013
20130113424Temperature-controlled external battery charger and standardized, manually-changable modular battery system for electric-powered vehicles and craft - The present invention relates to a temperature-controlled external battery charger and standardized, hand-changable battery modules for electric-powered vehicles such as automobiles, trucks, buses, boats, ships, air and spacecraft. Charging a vehicle's batteries in an external charger with a controlled temperature solves the problems of current designs, in which batteries degrade due to charging-induced heating, and must be either charged in the vehicle or must be changed by prohibitively-expensive changing robots. The present invention makes it possible to change vehicle batteries by hand, thereby permitting the vehicle to operate for very long durations by simply changing battery modules. By permitting the batteries to be charged outside of the vehicle the vehicle needs no on-board power source for charging, and need not sit idle for periods of time while its batteries are charging.05-09-2013
20130093392NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE BATTERY, NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE, BATTERY PACK, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, ELECTRIC VEHICLE, ELECTRICAL STORAGE APPARATUS, AND ELECTRICITY SYSTEM - A non-aqueous electrolyte battery includes: a cathode, an anode, and a non-aqueous electrolyte having a non-aqueous electrolyte solution. The non-aqueous electrolyte solution includes at least one kind of 1,3-dioxane derivative having a substituent group containing nitrogen or oxygen.04-18-2013
20130099743TRANSMISSION LINE DIRECTIONAL AWARENESS - An apparatus includes multiple taps coupled to a power line segment. The apparatus also includes circuitry coupled to a charging station and coupled to the multiple taps, with the circuitry being configured to discriminate between communication signals propagating on a power line segment in the direction from the first end to a second end of the power line segment and communication signals propagating on the power line segment in the direction from the second end to the first end. The circuitry includes a signal processing unit in communication with each of the taps, wherein the signal processing unit is configured to control a phase for at least a portion of a signal for at least a first of the taps relative to a phase for a corresponding portion of the signal for at least a second of the taps.04-25-2013
20130099741IN-VEHICLE CHARGE CONTROL SYSTEM - In an in-vehicle charge control system, a charge control section controls a charge device to start charging a traveling battery when a set determination section determines that a charge plug of an external power source is set to a charge port of a vehicle and a location determination section determines that the vehicle is at a location other than a base.04-25-2013
20130099737BATTERY CHARGER WITH AUXILIARY USB CHARGING OUTLET - A vehicle battery charger including a charging base unit, a charging power supply disposed in the base unit, and a universal serial bus (USB) port disposed in the surface of the base unit are provided. The charging power supply provides charging power that is conveyed via cabling and a pair of battery terminal clamps to a battery needing charging. A secondary power supply disposed in the base unit and coupled to the USB port provides electrical power for powering and/or charging an external device that is coupled to the USB port.04-25-2013
20130113426BATTERY CONTROL SYSTEM AND VEHICLE - A battery control system controls an external charging unit in a vehicle including a vehicle body, engine, motors, secondary battery, and the external charging unit, and includes a degradation detecting unit that detects degradation of the secondary battery, during charging of the second battery by the external charging unit.05-09-2013
20130127415ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC CHARGER - There is provided an electric charging system in which an electric charger and an electric vehicle are connected by a charging cable. The electric charger calculates a voltage drop amount in the charging cable on the basis of a supplied current at the electric charger side and an electric resistance of the charging cable. The electric charger also compares a determination voltage with a supplied voltage at the electric charger side and determines that a battery has been charged to a fully charged state when the supplied voltage reaches the determination voltage. The determination voltage used for such full charge determination is updated by adding the voltage drop amount to a basic determination voltage that is set in advance.05-23-2013
20130127416SYSTEM FOR INTERFACING WITH AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION AND METHOD OF USING AND PROVIDING THE SAME - Some embodiments include a system for interfacing with an electric vehicle charging station and method of using and providing the same as disclosed herein. Other embodiments of related systems and methods are also disclosed.05-23-2013
20130127414ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE - In an electric charging system (and electric vehicle), Electric-charger-side data Ds are calculated by subjecting an electric-charger-side supplied voltage Vs to filter processing, and electric-vehicle-side data Dr are calculated by subjecting an electric-vehicle-side received voltage Vr to filter processing. A reference point α05-23-2013
20130127413ELECTRIC CHARGING SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE - There are provided an electric charging system and an electric vehicle. The electric vehicle has a battery and is provided with power receiving terminals for charging. A converter is provided between the battery and the power receiving terminals, and relays are provided between the converter and the power receiving terminals. An electric charger is provided with a power converter that outputs charging power and power supply terminals connected to the power converter. When the interruption of charging power supply from the power converter fails during charging, the converter is actuated and the stored electric power of the battery is boosted and supplied to the relays.05-23-2013
20130127412SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EXCHANGE OF CURRENT - A system for charging an electrically powered vehicle comprises a DC battery; and a current exchange controller. The current exchange controller is configured for receiving a supply current from an off-board power source and determining a desired current exchange characteristic. The current exchange controller is also configured for determining a modulation scheme for providing an exchange current that exhibits the desired current exchange characteristic; and modulating the exchange current in accordance with the modulation scheme so as to deliver an exchange current exhibiting the desired current exchange characteristic. The modulation scheme is configured to meet one or more criteria based on annoyance.05-23-2013
20130134936VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGER - A vehicle battery charger for charging a vehicle that is operable to detect a disengagement of a connecter or a preparing operation of the disengagement of the connector by a change in an electric current value of an electric current output from a terminal of the connecter and to stop charging a storage battery of the vehicle upon the detection includes a charging device configured to charge the vehicle, and a simulation operation device configured to change the electric current value by switching a pathway of the electric current output from the terminal of the connecter in a state that the connecter is in engagement and the preparing operation of the disengagement of the connecter is not carried out so as to cause the vehicle to stop charging the storage battery.05-30-2013
20130141042METHOD FOR CHARGING A RECHARGEABLE ENERGY STORE, CHARGING DEVICE FOR A RECHARGEABLE ENERGY STORE, AND CIRCUIT BREAKER - A method for charging a rechargeable energy store (06-06-2013
20130141040CURRENT MONITORING AND LIMITING APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE SUPPLY EQUIPMENT - An electric vehicle charging system is disclosed. More particularly, the system encompasses a load center having one or more electrical loads coupled thereto, electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) to charge an electric vehicle (EV), and a monitoring and limiting device (MLD) to monitor power or current usage of at least the one or more loads coupled to the load center, and adjust a charging level setting of the EVSE based upon the level of the usage. MLD apparatus and methods of charging a vehicle with electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) are provided, as are other aspects.06-06-2013
20110210698ONBOARD CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING CHARGE TO SECONDARY BATTERY - A vehicle has an ECU, a battery being chargeable with off-board electricity and a motor driven by electric power of the battery. The ECU has a microcomputer to receive an operation time each time a user sets the ECU in an operation state, prepare a frequency of operation times for each time zone, and set a time of the time zone corresponding to the high frequency as a charging end target time. When the microcomputer receives a signal from an onboard charger connected with an off-board power source, the microcomputer sets a charging schedule such that the battery charged by the charger according to the schedule is set in a fully-charged state at the charging end target time. The microcomputer controls the charger to charge the battery according to the schedule and to set the battery in the fully-charged state at the charging end target time.09-01-2011
20110221393Automatic and Dynamic Home Electricity Load Balancing for the Purpose of EV Charging - An electric vehicle charging system includes logic collocated with an electric service panel to monitor a total present electric current consumption value for all electric consumers below a point in the service panel; a first input to receive the present electric current consumption value from the logic collocated with the service panel, and to compare the present electric current consumption value with a maximum current capacity value for the service panel; a second input to receive electric current from the service panel; an output to supply electric charging power to at least one electric vehicle; and logic to set an electric charging current drawn from the service panel through the second input and provided to the electric vehicle charging output to a value less than a difference between the maximum current capacity for the service panel and a sum of the present electric current consumption value and the current consumption value of a largest expected electric consumer.09-15-2011
20110221392VEHICLE AND METHOD OF DIAGNOSING BATTERY CONDITION OF SAME - A method for diagnosing a battery may include applying a generally constant current to the battery for a period of time, measuring a response voltage of the battery to the applied current, determining battery impedance parameters based on at least one of the applied current, period of time, and response voltage, and determining a degradation condition of the battery based on the battery impedance parameters.09-15-2011
20110227532DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE, METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Provided is a driving support device and method that includes a charging facility information acquisition unit that acquires information indicating a position and a charging capacity of a charging facility that exists within a predetermined distance from a position of a vehicle and a guidance unit that provides information indicating a charging time period at the charging facility based on the position of the vehicle, a registered position, the position and the charging capacity of the charging facility, and a remaining electric power amount of a battery in the vehicle and information indicating a charging time period at the charging facility that is required for traveling a route from the position of the vehicle to the registered position by electric power of the battery.09-22-2011
20130134939VEHICLE CHARGER MOUNTING STRUCTURE - A vehicle charger mounting structure has a system circuit, a charger and a relay. The system circuit constitutes a high-voltage circuit and includes an onboard battery. The charger charges the onboard battery with electric power supplied from an exterior. The relay is provided between the onboard battery and the charger. The relay operates and controls to be in an open state except during charging. The relay is provided to be housed in a casing different from the charger. The charger is provided to be housed in a housing space provided in a vehicle body structure part.05-30-2013
20130147432CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A charge control device is configured to delay a charge suspension time if a battery is being heated by a battery heater when carrying out a timed charge in a charge time slot specified by a user via an interface device. This enables the battery to be charged to a target charge amount without increasing a required capacity of the battery heater.06-13-2013
20130134938Onboard EVSE System for Electric Vehicle - An electric utility vehicle comprises an onboard EVSE, a battery charger and a battery power supply. The onboard EVSE may be connected to an electric outlet adjacent a loading dock. The onboard EVSE then connects to the battery charger for charging the battery power supply. A selector module is employed to connect either the onboard EVSE to the battery charger or to connect with an alternate power line.05-30-2013
20130147431RECHARGE SYSTEMS AND METHODS - A charging device according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may include: a battery adapted and configured to store a DC voltage, first and second motors adapted and configured to operate as a motor or a generator, first and second inverters adapted and configured to operate the first and second motors, a voltage transformer adapted and configured to boost the DC voltage of the battery to supply it to the first and second inverters and boosts the DC voltage of the inverter to supply it to the battery, and a charging controller adapted and configured to operate the first and second inverters as a booster or operate the voltage transformer as a buck booster according to a voltage that is input through a neutral point of the first and second motors and the voltage of the battery.06-13-2013
20100289452POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS FOR VEHICLES - A load and a first storage battery are connected to a generator, and a second storage battery is connected to the generator via a DC/DC converter, wherein a controller connected to the DC/DC converter, receiving a regeneration signal emitted from outside, controls the DC/DC converter so that the voltage of an input/output terminal becomes the first target voltage that is lower by the first fixed value than the voltage of input/output terminal to which the generator is connected in the DC/DC converter at the time in order to charge the second storage battery, and when regeneration signal reception is ended, the DC/DC converter is controlled so that the voltage of the input/output terminal becomes the second target voltage that is higher by the second fixed value than the voltage of input/output terminal at the time, and thereby, it is possible to enhance the regenerative power recovering efficiency irrespective of conditions during braking.11-18-2010
20100308769METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGING CHARGE OF AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE - While construction is easily applied to a line, a main route and a charge route can always be managed so as to accommodate a fixed number of vehicles without delaying conveyance along the main route even if the number of fully-charged AGVs (automated guided vehicles) is large or zero, whereby smooth operation of the line is not hampered. A method for managing charge of a plurality of battery-driven AGVs circulating on the main route provided with an automatic charge station includes: a first step of detecting, using an AGV, a marker for battery voltage check provided on a main route to measure the voltage of a battery of the AGV; a second step of changing the route of the AGV to advance it into a charge route provided in an automatic charge station, stopping the AGV in a charging position, and charging the battery automatically by using an automatic charger, if the measured battery voltage has lowered to a level requiring charging; and a third step of conveying the AGV that has been automatically charged to a standby place provided in the automatic charge station to make the AGV stand by at the standby place, and restoring the AGV with charged battery that is waiting at the standby place back to the main route.12-09-2010
20120274278POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS AND VEHICLE CHARGING APPARATUS - A low-pass filter (11-01-2012
20120274277VEHICLE - An externally chargeable vehicle which is charged with electric power from an external power supply includes an HV-ECU for controlling a power storage device during any of operation of the vehicle and external charging, and a PLG-ECU for controlling a charging device during external charging. With such a configuration, running and charging can be controlled while a function of the HV-ECU for controlling operation of the vehicle and a function of the PLG-ECU for external charging is prevented from becoming redundant.11-01-2012
20120274276CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS - When detecting an abnormality, an in-vehicle wireless instrument in a plug-in vehicle sends an abnormality occurrence notification to a mobile terminal via an information center. The mobile terminal performs a notification to notify a user of the abnormality having occurred in the plug-in vehicle. When the user performs a charging forbiddance manipulation based on the notification, the mobile terminal sends a charging forbidding command to a power management ECU in the vehicle via the information center and the in-vehicle wireless instrument. When receiving the charging forbidding command, the power management ECU stops charging a battery using an external power source, and sends a setting completion notification to the mobile terminal via the in-vehicle wireless instrument and the information center. When receiving the setting completion notification, the mobile terminal notifies the user that the charging is stopped.11-01-2012
20120274275METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CHARGING BATTERY - A method and device for charging a battery is provided. A charging device transmits a charging initiation request including the meter identifier and a charging identifier to a server, and receives a charging initiation response in response to the charging initiation request from the server. The charging device transmits a charging completion message indicating power consumed for the charging to the server upon completion of the charging, and receives charging information indicating billing information according to the charging of the battery from the server.11-01-2012
20110234159CHARGING DEVICE - When a battery of an electric vehicle charged with an external power source (AC 100 V), the electric vehicle and the external power source are connected with each other by the intermediary of a charging cable. Upon this charging, it is determined whether or not an input voltage from the external power source is 95 V or more. When the input voltage is less than 95 V, that is, a decline of the voltage in the charging cable is large, since a wiring resistance in the charging cable possibly increases, an upper limit of an output power to the battery is reduced. Consequently, the electric power delivered from the external power source can be limited, and thereby excessive heat generation is inhibited and safety is ensured. Furthermore, since the output power is caused to be limited when the wiring resistance possibly increases, the battery can be charged continuously.09-29-2011
20110234158DEVICE FOR CHARGING AN ENERGY STORE HEATING DEVICE, NOZZLE FOR SUCH A DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING HEAT ENERGY - The invention relates to a charging device (09-29-2011
20100315040CHARGING DEVICE AND CHARGING STRUCTURE - A charging device includes an air nozzle that prevents power-feeding-side terminals from becoming wet by blasting air, fitting switches operated when a power feeding connector is removed from a connector holding portion, and an ECU that activates an air compressor and a vacuum pump on the basis of operations of the fitting switches. The power-feeding-side terminals can be prevented from becoming wet while the power feeding connector is attached to a power receiving connector of an electric vehicle after being removed from the connector holding portion.12-16-2010
20110254505ELECTRICAL ENERGY CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING A VEHICLE - The invention relates to an electrical energy charging system for a vehicle comprising a charging station (10-20-2011
20130154561NETWORK BASED MANAGEMENT FOR MULTIPLEXED ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING - A system for multiplexing charging of electric vehicles, comprising a server coupled to a plurality of charging control modules over a network. Each of said charging modules being connected to a voltage source such that each charging control module is configured to regulate distribution of voltage from the voltage source to an electric vehicle coupled to the charging control module. Data collection and control software is provided on the server for identifying a plurality of electric vehicles coupled to the plurality of charging control modules and selectively distributing charging of the plurality of charging control modules to multiplex distribution of voltage to the plurality of electric vehicles.06-20-2013
20130154562ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention provides an electric vehicle charging system in which the charging station and the vehicle each have a power transfer measurement unit, and a communication system for communicating data at least from the vehicle to the station. The power delivery is controlled based on a comparison of power transfer measurements made by the charging station and by the electric vehicle control system.06-20-2013
20130181671CHARGING SYSTEM FOR FLEET GOLF - A charging system is disclosed for charging a battery system of an electric vehicle. In one form, the charging system includes a first connector including a power control unit that is operable to selectively supply charging power from a power source. A second connector is connected with the first connector and includes a fault detection circuit. A controller is connected with the fault detection circuit and the power control unit. The controller is operable to control the power control unit to selectively supply charging power to a battery system if a fault is not detected from fault detection circuit. A cordset for use with the charging system is also disclosed that allows the cordset to perform certain electrical functions and connect the cordset to a connector of the vehicle in a breakaway manner.07-18-2013
20130181670ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION WITH CABLE RETAINING ENCLOSURE - In various embodiments, an enclosure for a charging station is provided having a peripheral casing configured to retain a charging cable on an upward facing surface of the peripheral casing between a front user interface side and a charging station mounting surface.07-18-2013
20130181672Reservation System, Navigation Device, Battery Charger and Server - Reservation system realizing more efficient reservation of charging. The reservation system comprises a navigation device and a battery charger. The navigation device generates reservation information of a charge, and sends the reservation information to the battery charger. The battery charger makes a schedule by using the reservation information, and performs charging according to the schedule. Further, the battery charger makes again a schedule according to an arrival time of a booked vehicle.07-18-2013
20130181674ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION AND METHOD FOR CHARGING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - There is described an electric vehicle charging station for charging an electric vehicle, comprising: an electrical connector electrically connectable to a source of electrical energy, the electrical connector adapted for connecting to a battery of the electric vehicle; a frame having a connector receiving portion for receiving the electrical connector; a locking unit mounted to the frame for preventing a user access to the electrical connector; and a control unit operatively connected to the locking unit, the control unit for verifying rights of a user to access the electrical connector and unlocking the locking unit upon successful verification of the user rights to provide the user access to the electrical connector.07-18-2013
20130181675CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A battery (07-18-2013
20110298422ENERGY TRANSFER WITH VEHICLES - A method, computer-readable medium, system, and apparatus for improving energy transfer with a vehicle are disclosed.12-08-2011
20110309793CHARGING SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING SYSTEM - A charge control device includes a charge power detection unit for detecting charge power supplied to a power storage device; a target value determination unit for determining a target value of the charge power to the power storage device; a feedback control unit for correcting the target value based on a difference between the charge power and the target value to generate the power command value; a supply power detection unit for detecting supply power output from the charger; and a charge abnormality monitoring unit for, in a case where the charge power is decreased below a first threshold value and the supply power is decreased below a second threshold value, confirming a diagnosis that an abnormality occurs in the charger when the target value falls within an abnormality detectable range, and suspending performing a diagnosis of an abnormality in the charger when the target value is out of the abnormality detectable range.12-22-2011
20130187599CHARGING STATIONS FOR USE IN CHARGING ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLES AND RELATED METHODS - Charging stations for use in charging an electrically powered vehicle and related methods are disclosed. One example charging station includes a housing having an interior. The housing is configured to enclose at least one vehicle charging component and defines a receptacle opening. The charging station further includes a first receptacle configured to receive a charging connector. The receptacle includes a front portion and a back portion. The back portion of the first receptacle includes a first drain port configured to permit a fluid flow to drain from the first receptacle. The first receptacle is configured to be positioned at least partially within the first receptacle opening, such that the back portion of the first receptacle is positioned within the first enclosure. The first enclosure defines a first drain opening configured to permit fluid from the first receptacle to an exterior of said first enclosure.07-25-2013
20130187600Electric Vehicle Charging System Adaptor - An adaptor is provided for connecting an EV/PHEV charging system to a grounded extension cord that may be plugged into a conventional NEMA receptacle. A proximity detection switch is provided within the adaptor. A pulse width modulated signal is limited by the control logic to limit the current provided to the vehicle charging system so that the current drawn by the system does not exceed the current carrying capacity of the extension cord. The adaptor has a NEMA plug on one side and a J1772 connector receptacle on another side.07-25-2013
20130187601Break-away cable connector - An electric vehicle charging station having a console, a cable and a vehicle connector. The cable is connected with a break-away system that allows for a controlled structural failure of one of the cable connections when the vehicle connector is pulled away from the console with a critical level of force. The break-away system could be a body positioned along the length of the cable, and could be a connection between the cable and either the console or the vehicle connector.07-25-2013
20130187602CHARGER FOR A BATTERY, PLURALITY OF COUPLED CHARGERS AND METHOD OF OPERATING - A network of chargers for a battery of an electric vehicle is disclosed, having a 1st power connection, a power converter, a 2nd power connection and at least a 3rd power connection for exchanging power with another charger. A controller is provided for controlling a power switch, and is configured to: connect the power converter to the 2nd power connection when a vehicle is to be charged from the power source, connect the power converter to the at least one 3rd power connection when power is to be delivered to another charger, and connect the at least one 3rd power connection to the 2nd power connection when power from another charger is to be delivered to the vehicle.07-25-2013
20120019206VEHICLE CHARGING PORT ARRANGEMENT - A vehicle charging port arrangement is provided with a vehicle body, an electric charging port and a charging-in-progress indicator. The vehicle body includes a vehicle cabin and a vehicle front end portion having an upper surface. The electric charging port is arranged on the vehicle front end portion. The electric charging port is configured to receive an electric charging connector. The charging-in-progress indicator is movably mounted to the vehicle front end portion to move in a vertical direction between a charging port access position that provides access to the electric charging port and a charging port blocking position that prevents access to the electric charging port. The charging-in-progress indicator is visible from inside the vehicle cabin looking over the upper surface of the vehicle front end portion while the charging-in-progress indicator is in the charging port access position.01-26-2012
20120019205Hybrid Vehicle Recharging System and Method of Operation - A system and method for recharging a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The system includes a controller that schedules the recharging of the vehicles on local electrical distribution networks. The system arranges the schedule to minimize the demand loading on the local distribution network to more efficiently operate power plants providing electrical power to the distribution networks. A system for collecting charges associated with the recharging of plug-in hybrid vehicles is also disclosed providing for prepaid utility accounts.01-26-2012
20120019204Car Navigation System - If a route has not yet been set in a car navigation apparatus, and when a vehicle approaches a specific crossing or a charging station located ahead of a current-driving road, or when remaining charge of a battery becomes less, the navigation apparatus retrieves and displays information about charging stations of the respective branching directions. When the vehicle approaches a specific crossing, the navigation apparatus guides information for indicating whether or not a charging station is present, a distance, and whether or not the vehicle can reach the charging station with respect to each of directions branched from the specific crossing. Also, when a charging station is located ahead of the road, the navigation apparatus retrieves charging stations of the respective branching destinations at a specific crossing located in front of the road, and judges whether or not the vehicle can be driven up to the respective retrieved charging stations.01-26-2012
20120019203ENERGY STORAGE AND VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION - An energy storage system for a substation on an electrical power network is provided. The energy storage system is coupled to receive and store electrical power. The stored electrical power may then be used to either charge vehicles or meeting the needs of other discretionary or interruptible loads with an electric propulsion, or to provide electrical power a feeder connected to essential service loads such as police stations, hospitals and traffic control. In one embodiment, the substation also utilizes the energy storage system in a peak shaving mode of operation.01-26-2012
20130193923ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING DEVICE - The purpose is to provide an electric vehicle charging device capable of preventing arc discharge when disconnecting a power supply connector and a vehicle-side connector. An electric vehicle charging device provided with: a power supply connector (08-01-2013
20130193920APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DUAL USE RESISTOR FOR BATTERY DISCONNECT - A vehicle apparatus comprising a battery charger is provided. The battery charger is operably coupled to a power grid to receive AC energy during a vehicle charging operation and is operably coupled to a switching circuit for one of connecting and disconnecting the battery in the vehicle. The switching circuit includes a single resistor and is arranged to enable a pre-charge operation and a battery heating operation. The battery charger is configured to convert the AC energy into DC energy for delivering at least a portion of the DC energy to the single resistor for performing the battery heating operation when the vehicle charging operation is being performed.08-01-2013
20130193921ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGE POINT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An electric vehicle charge station incorporating an image sensor, which provides users with status information such as whether the charge point is available, in use, damaged, or blocked by another vehicle. The image sensor may also be used for to monitor the security of the vehicle during charging, detecting tampering with the vehicle or the charge cable.08-01-2013
20130193922APPARATUS FOR DISCHARGING DC-LINK CAPACITOR FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGER - An exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure includes an apparatus for discharging DC-link capacitor for electric vehicle charger. In a case the apparatus operates abnormally, operations of a rectifier, a boost PFC circuit and a DC-DC converter are discontinued, and the apparatus receives the power source charged in the DC-link capacitor through the auxiliary power supply unit to thereby perform a control operation.08-01-2013
20130193917CHARGING DEVICE AND CHARGING METHOD FOR POWER STORAGE DEVICE - A charger includes a conversion unit for converting external electric power from a charging port into DC, a conversion unit for converting the output of the preceding conversion unit into high-frequency AC, and a conversion unit for converting the electric power generated by transforming the output of the preceding conversion unit by an insulated transformer into DC to output the DC to a power storage device. The charger further includes a switch unit that enables the circuit configuration of the charger to switch between a single-stage charging circuit and a dual-stage charging circuit. The switch unit is controlled by a control signal from an ECU. The ECU controls the switch unit in accordance with the SOC of the power storage device and switches the circuit configuration of the charger to one of the single-stage charging circuit and the dual-stage charging circuit.08-01-2013
20130193918SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATIC CONNECTION AND CHARGING OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE AT A CHARGING STATION - The invention provides systems and methods for connecting an electric or hybrid electric vehicle to a charging station. Automated charging and docking processes may be provided. In some embodiments, a vehicle arrival and position may be detected. The vehicle may be charged with a charging arm and some automated vehicle positioning may occur. The vehicle may be charged and released. Fault detection may occur.08-01-2013
20130193919Methods and Systems for Charging Vehicles - This disclosure provides systems and methods for charging a vehicle. A vehicle and charging station can be designed such that an electric or hybrid vehicle can operate in a fashion similar to a conventional vehicle by being opportunity charged throughout a known route.08-01-2013
20120293123AUTOMOBILE CHARGING APPARATUS - There are provided a control device, a power-supply cord, and a charging cable to be connected to an automobile, wherein the control device includes an electric-leakage detection portion for detecting an electric leakage in the charging cable or the automobile, a connection detection portion for detecting the charging cable being connected to the automobile, and a power-supply interruption portion for controlling supply of electricity from the power-supply cord to the charging cable, and, further, the control device has a function of activating the electric-leakage detection portion in a predetermined case, in a state where the automobile charging apparatus is supplied with a commercial power supply.11-22-2012
20120293122CHARGING DEVICE AND CHARGING METHOD - A user inputs a travel distance after last charging of a storage battery of a vehicle into an input field. A capacity of the storage battery at a current charge starting point in time is estimated from a capacity of the storage battery at a last charge ending point in time stored at the last charging and the input travel distance. The estimated capacity of the storage battery is displayed in a display field. During charging of the storage battery, detecting charge current and voltage to estimate a current capacity of the storage battery during charging, a remaining charging period of time and a distance-to-empty by the current capacity and displaying the estimated current capacity, remaining charging period of time and distance-to-empty in display fields are repeated.11-22-2012
20130200846POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC POWERED VEHICLE, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND ELECTRIC POWERED VEHICLE - A charge device converting electric power from an external power supply into a charging electric power for a power storage device is configured to allow power conversion bidirectionally. An AC/DC converter of an external charging system converts AC power of a power line into a charging electric power for an auxiliary battery. A DC/DC converter of the vehicle running system converts the electric power from the power storage device into the charging power for the auxiliary battery. When charging of the auxiliary battery is requested, a control device selectively executes a first charge of converting the electric power of the power storage device by the DC/DC converter to charge the auxiliary battery, and a second charge of converting the electric power of the power storage device by a charge device and the AC/DC converter to charge the auxiliary battery, according to an output state of the auxiliary battery.08-08-2013
20130200845CHARGING/DISCHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS - A hybrid electric vehicle 1 has a battery state detecting unit for detecting a temperature and SOC of a battery pack, a storage unit for storing a first target SOC calculation map in which a battery temperature and a target SOC which enables regenerative power generation at that battery temperature are associated with each other, and a second target SOC calculation map in which a battery temperature and a target SOC which enables startup of an internal combustion engine at that battery temperature are associated with each other, and a charging/discharging control unit for acquiring a target SOC which corresponds to the detected battery temperature based on the first target SOC calculation map or the second target SOC calculation map to control charging/discharging so that the detected SOC matches the acquired target SOC.08-08-2013
20120299544Charging Service Vehicles With Battery and Generator Sources - Charging service vehicles with battery and generator sources are disclosed. The service vehicle is a vehicle having electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, removably mounted battery module(s) or a battery module connection point, and an alternator or generator transported by the vehicle. The alternator or generator is configured to provide power to the battery module or to the charging equipment. Battery modules used may be quick-disconnecting or have their discharge monitored and controlled by an onboard controller device, and in some cases are automotive SLI batteries. Some embodiments have connection points that can be configured as charging points to recharge battery modules on the vehicle or as discharging points to provide power to the EV charging equipment. These features are beneficial to extend the utility of batteries in a service vehicle, provide additional power for EV charging, and to efficiently utilize vehicle electronics and generation capability.11-29-2012
20120299543ELECTRICAL CHARGING SYSTEM - An electrical charging system for an energy accumulator of a motor vehicle. The electrical charging system comprises a supply input in a conductor system having at least one phase conductor and a neutral line for energy supply from a grid. The charging system also comprises a rotating field machine which, via its phase windings, is operably connected to a rectifier. The rectifier is provided on the other side for connection to the energy accumulator to be charged, the phase windings of the rotating field machine can be either selectively isolated and interconnected such that the charging system is designed for step-up connecter charging operation and step-down charging operation by way of at least one isolated phase winding and, in particular, all the isolated phase windings.11-29-2012
20120074901CENTRALIZED CHARGING STATION - The present invention discloses a centralized charging station (CCS) for rapid charging and discharging of electric vehicles (EVs). The CCS has: (a) a power converter unit (PCU) having: a bidirectional converter for converting an input AC supply to an output DC voltage and vice-versa; and a master control unit (MCU) for regulating operations of the bidirectional converter; (b) one or more vehicle interface power converter units (EVPCUs) for charging and discharging of one or more EVs; and (c) a storage unit interface module (SUIM) for fast charging and discharging of a battery storage unit; the battery storage unit being used for recharging one or more EVs under predefined conditions. The CCS is capable of charging a first set of EVs and discharging a second set of EVs simultaneously.03-29-2012
20130093393CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS - Disclosed is a charging control apparatus including: a communication unit 04-18-2013
20120086398IN-VEHICLE CHARGER - An in-vehicle charger of an electric vehicle or a hybrid electric vehicle is provided. The in-vehicle charger comprises: a rectification and voltage-stabilizing circuit, which inputs, rectifies and stabilizes a commercial power; a traction battery charging circuit, which is electrically connected with the rectification and voltage-stabilizing circuit, and which charges a traction battery; a control communication circuit, which is electrically connected with the rectification and voltage-stabilizing circuit, and which controls the traction battery charging circuit; and a starting battery charging circuit, which is electrically connected with the rectification and voltage-stabilizing circuit, and which starts charging of a starting battery under control of the control communication circuit.04-12-2012
20120086397POWER EXCHANGE SYSTEM - A power exchange system for exchanging power between a power supply system of an installation and a battery of a vehicle includes an installation-side charger/discharger, a vehicle-side charger/discharger coupled to the installation-side charger/discharger to exchange the power, and a vehicle-side controller having a determination section and a setting section. The determination section determines whether the installation is equipped with an installation-side controller that controls power distribution in the power supply system. The setting section sets one of the installation-side controller and the vehicle-side controller as a power command center based on a result of determination by the determination section. The power command center commands one of the installation-side charger/discharger and the vehicle-side charger/discharger to charge/discharge the battery based on information of the battery and information of the power supply system.04-12-2012
20120086396VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM WITH CHARGING EFFICIENCY CONTROL AND PROVIDING ADAPTIVE CHARGING SERVICE - The invention discloses a charging system for electric vehicle which includes at least one charging station. The charging station includes a socket breaker. When the connection between the charging pump of the charging station and the socket lock on the charging stand of the vehicle is not secure or the charging current for charging the vehicle is too large, the socket breaker will open to shut down the power supply for the socket lock of the vehicle, thereby terminating the charging operation for the vehicle. Also, the charging station includes an adaptive charging control circuit and a power manager for regulating the charging current for the vehicle according to the charging demands of the electric vehicle and the loading of a smart grid/utility grid, thereby providing flexible and adaptive charging service for the vehicle.04-12-2012
20120086395TELEMATICS DEVICE FOR REMOTE CHARGING CONTROL AND METHOD OF PROVIDING SERVICE THEREOF - An electric vehicle is provided. A driver can remotely monitor battery charging associated operations and control a necessary function, thereby improving convenience of the driver of the electric vehicle.04-12-2012
20130207605PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION WITH VENDING MACHINE PAYMENT OPTIONS - A plug-in electric vehicle charging station includes a plug-in electric vehicle interface configured to process payment for charging a plug-in electric vehicle, and to process payment for vending items from a vending machine and a communications interface communicatively coupled to the plug-in electric vehicle interface, and configured to communicate with the vending machine.08-15-2013
20130207606CHARGING STATION FOR USE IN CHARGING ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLES - Charging stations for use in charging an electrically powered vehicle and related methods are disclosed. One example charging station includes a housing defining an interior and an opening configured to permit access to the interior, a door configured to substantially cover the opening, and a hinge assembly configured to provide a pivotal movement of the door relative to the housing between at least a closed position, a first open position, and a second open position. The hinge assembly includes a base member and a bracket including a projecting member. The projecting member and the base member are configured to permit removal of the door from the housing when the door is in the first open position. The projecting member and the base member are configured to prevent removal of the door from the housing when the door is in the second open position08-15-2013
20130207607POWER FEEDING DEVICE, VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE SAME, AND POWER FEEDING METHOD - A switching relay is configured to switch between a first power feeding path for feeding power from a charge inlet to an outlet and a second power feeding path for feeding power from a power storage device to the outlet. A PM-ECU controls the switching relay to switch between the first power feeding path and the second power feeding path, based on a result of comparison between a power cost in a case where the power is fed to the outlet through the first power feeding path and a power cost in a case where the power is fed to the outlet through the second power feeding path.08-15-2013
20130207608VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM - A vehicle charging system includes: a vehicle (08-15-2013

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