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20110177900HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM - A hybrid electric vehicle drive system and a control system for controlling a hybrid drive system are provided. The drive system includes a housing, an input shaft for inputting motive power from an internal combustion engine and an output shaft operatively linked to at least one drive wheel. The drive system also includes a first electric motor disposed within the housing and having a first rotor and a stator fixed to the housing and a second electric motor disposed within the housing and having a second rotor and a stator fixed to the housing. The drive system further includes gearing disposed within the housing and coupled to the second rotor to transmit revolutions of the second rotor to the output shaft. The drive system still further includes a planetary gear set disposed within the housing. The gear set includes a first rotary element coupled to the input shaft, a second rotary element coupled to the first rotor and a third rotary element coupled to the gearing. The gearing transmits revolutions of the third rotary element to the output shaft. The drive system also includes a controllable overrunning coupling assembly including a first coupling member fixed to the housing and a second coupling member coupled to the second rotary element and supported for rotation relative to the first coupling member in an overrun mode and coupled to the first coupling member in a locked mode. The second rotary element is locked to the housing in the locked mode of the coupling assembly.07-21-2011
20110183802HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN - A hybrid drive train has an internal combustion engine (07-28-2011
20120202635INTEGRATED SINGLE MOTOR HYBRID TRANSMISSION USING REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE 8-SPEED TRANSMISSION - An apparatus transmitting torque among a first torque generative device, a second torque generative device and an output member includes a first planetary gear set including respective first, second and third members, a second planetary gear set including respective first, second and third members, the respective first member of the second planetary gear set mechanically coupled to the respective first member of the first planetary gear set. The first torque generative device is mechanically coupled to the respective second member of the first planetary gear set. The second torque generative device is mechanically coupled to the respective second member of the second planetary gear set, wherein the second torque generative device includes a grounding state wherein rotation of the respective second member of the second planetary gear set is prevented and a rotational state wherein rotation of the respective second member of the second planetary gear set is not prevented.08-09-2012
20130184112PLANETARY GEAR SYSTEM USING TOW INPUT CHARACTERISTIC AND GEAR MODULE THEREOF AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - Disclosed are a planetary gear system using tow input characteristics, a gear module thereof, and a method for controlling the same, which exhibit an effect of the gear shift using two motor characteristics, and also a gear module thereof, and a method for controlling the same. A gear system including a first gear unit; a second gear unit that rotates to mesh with the first gear unit; a third gear unit that rotates to mesh with at least one of the first gear unit and the second gear unit; and a driving source that generates a driving force. Two gear units of the first to third gear units serve as input parts to which driving forces from the driving source are transmitted, respectively, and the rest one gear unit serves as an output part from which a resultant force obtained by combining the driving forces is output.07-18-2013
20090075771SELF-CONTAINED ROTARY ACTUATOR - A method for providing a compact rotary action torque within a larger system comprising a cross-roller bearing, generating a controllable electromagnetic field using a motor stator while interfacing the cross-roller bearing using a bull gear. The bull gear interfaces the cross-roller bearing and includes gear-teeth. An output plate includes a ring gear and supports shaft bearings. The ring gear interfaces the output plate and includes gear-teeth. A drive shaft holds a prime mover rotor and an eccentric and associates with the output plate via the shaft bearings. A gear train includes a meshing gear having gear-teeth for meshing with the gear-teeth of the bull gear and the gear-teeth of the ring gear and walks a minimal number of the gear-teeth for each rotation of the prime mover rotor; thereby, providing a transmitting force from the prime mover along the shortest-possible transmission path.03-19-2009
20110195811DRIVETRAIN - A drivetrain has at least one drive machine (08-11-2011
20130085029VEHICLE POWER OUTPUT DEVICE - A vehicle power output device for driving a first and second rotary electric machine in an efficient range in a wide driving region and for eliminating the need for a complicated mechanism and control. A planetary gear mechanism combines the rotational drive force of a first shaft rotationally driven by a first rotary electric machine and the rotational drive force of a second shaft rotationally driven by a second rotary electric machine and transmits the combined rotational drive force to a drive shaft with the rotational speed increased. The rotational drive force of the second shaft in the forward direction is transmitted to the planetary gear mechanism via a first one-way clutch unit and a first power transmitting mechanism. The rotational drive force of the second shaft in the opposite direction is transmitted to the drive shaft via a second one-way clutch unit and a second power transmitting mechanism.04-04-2013
20120244979HYBRID VEHICLE SYSTEM AND CONTROLLER - A system for operating a hybrid vehicle that includes a chargeable energy storage device, a single dynamo (motor/generator combination) an internal combustion engine, and a torque coupling device configured to variably couple the engine to the dynamo. The torque coupling device is such that using only a single dynamo, the system is able to operate in different modes expected of hybrid vehicles, such as: electric drive only, engine drive only, electric and engine drive combined, and charging of the chargeable energy storage device.09-27-2012
20100069192POWER TRANSMISSION UNIT AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING SAME - A power transmission unit including an electric motor with a rotor arranged on an inner circumference of a stator and concentrically with the stator, and a transmission mechanism for transmitting power. A portion of a predetermined constructional element of the transmission mechanism protrudes toward the stator or rotor side, and the protruding portion functions as a guide portion for inserting the rotor into the stator concentrically. Thereby, a convenience in assembling an electric motor to be arranged adjacent to a transmission mechanism of a power transmission unit in a casing is realized.03-18-2010
20130035188HYBRID DRIVE APPARATUS - In a hybrid drive apparatus having an engine, a motor generator, and a planetary gear mechanism in which the output shaft of the motor generator is coupled to a sun gear, the output shaft of the engine is coupled to a ring gear, and the input shaft of a continuously variable transmission mechanism is coupled to a carrier, the hybrid drive apparatus includes a first clutch that can switch engagement/disengagement between the output shaft of the engine and the ring gear, a second clutch that can switch engagement/disengagement between the carrier and the ring gear, and a third clutch that can switch engagement/disengagement on the input shaft of the transmission mechanism. Consequently, the power transmission path for the driving force from the engine can be separated from the power transmission path between the motor generator and drive wheels, and various driving modes can be set while improving power transmission efficiency.02-07-2013
20130035187MOTOR VEHICLE WITH BELT DRIVE AND PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN BETWEEN COMBUSTION ENGINE AND ELECTRIC MACHINE - In a motor vehicle, a combustion engine and electric machine are coupled with each other by a belt drive having a pulley and by a planetary gear train. The pulley is connected with a rotatable element, e.g. the sun gear of the planetary gear train. A second rotatable element, e.g. the ring gear of the planetary gear train, is connected with a brake disk. The brake disk extends radially farther outwardly than the pulley. In this way, the brake, for example two brake elements with a brake caliper support and brake shoes, can be arranged outside the pulley, resulting in small dimensions of the planetary gear train with the pulley.02-07-2013
20130035186Reconfigurable Powersplit Powertrain for an Electric Vehicle - A powertrain includes a gearset including a sun gear, a carrier, a ring gear connected to a countershaft, pinions supported on the carrier and meshing with the sun gear and ring gear; a second gearset connectable to an engine, for overdriving a generator; a clutch for releasably connecting the engine and carrier; a second clutch for releasably connecting the sun gear and the generator; and a motor connected to a countershaft. Operation of the powertrain can be readily switched between powersplit mode and series mode.02-07-2013
20130040773HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM - In a driving apparatus for a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine and first and second electric rotating machines, it is configured to have a speed increasing mechanism that increases speed of an output of the engine inputted through an input shaft and transmits it to the first electric rotating machine; a speed reducing mechanism that reduces speed of an output of the second electric rotating machine and transmits it to an output shaft; a first clutch adapted to connect and disconnect a first driving force transmission path coupling the speed increasing mechanism and the output shaft; and a second clutch adapted to connect and disconnect a second driving force transmission path coupling the engine and the output shaft.02-14-2013
20100041502Power transmission apparatus of hybrid vehicle - A drive unit includes an input shaft connected to an engine, a power conversion unit including rotating electric machines and planetary gears to convert power applied from the input shaft, and gears as the power output unit transmitting power output from the power conversion unit to a drive shaft of the vehicle. Planetary gears of the power conversion unit are formed separately from the gears. The rotating electric machines of the power conversion unit are stored in a unitary case.02-18-2010
20100041503MULTI-SPEED PLANETARY COUPLING GEAR - A multi-speed planetary coupling transmission (02-18-2010
20120214632MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION - A transmission is provided having an input member, an output member, four planetary gear sets, a plurality of coupling members and a plurality of torque transmitting devices. Each of the planetary gear sets includes first, second and third members. The torque transmitting devices may include clutches and brakes.08-23-2012
20130045826POWERTRAIN WITH HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A powertrain has an input member, an output member, a stationary member, and a motor/generator. The powertrain includes a hybrid transmission with a first and a second planetary gear set. In some embodiments, a third planetary gear set is added. The motor/generator is continuously connected for common rotation with the first member of the second planetary gear set. A first interconnecting member continuously connects the second member of the first planetary gear set for common rotation with the third member of the second planetary gear set. A second interconnecting member continuously connects the third member of the first planetary gear set for common rotation with the second member of the second planetary gear set. A torque-transmitting mechanism is selectively engageable to connect the first member of the second planetary gear set for common rotation with the input member.02-21-2013
20130090203DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION FOR A WIND POWER INSTALLATION AND METHOD FOR OPERATION OF SAID DIFFERENTIAL TRANSMISSION - A differential transmission (04-11-2013
20130090202DRIVE DEVICE FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A drive device for a hybrid electric vehicle includes a power splitting gear set including a first planetary gear set having three rotatable elements of a first sun gear, a first ring gear and a first pinion carrier, a first and second motor/generator. The input shaft is connectable with the first ring gear. The output shaft is connected with the first pinion carrier. The first motor/generator is connected with the first sun gear. The second motor/generator is connectable with the output shaft and the first ring gear. The first ring gear is capable of being fixed to a stationary part.04-11-2013
20090305831Hubs incorporating a variable ratio transmission system - A hub comprises a cylindrical, hollow hub member (12-10-2009
20100273594POWER TRAIN FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - The present invention provides a power train for a hybrid vehicle that allows for multiple mode driving, which is combined with a way of driving at a fixed gear ratio such as the shift stages of a common transmission, and high-efficiency driving, thereby improving fuel efficiency of the vehicle.10-28-2010
20100273593POWER TRAIN FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - The present invention provides a power train for a hybrid vehicle that can achieve a fixed gear ratio mode where a vehicle is driven at a fixed gear ratio, such as shift stages of common transmission, only by the driving force of an engine without driving a motor generator, as well as an electric vehicle mode and a hybrid mode that are basic driving modes of a hybrid vehicle, such that it is possible to drive the vehicle with high efficiency in accordance with traveling conditions of the vehicle and improve fuel efficiency. Further, according to the power train for a hybrid vehicle, the number of gear teeth of a sun gear and a pinion of a planetary gear set, which is a component, can be changed in various ways, such that it is possible to more freely select the capacity of a clutch or a motor generator. Therefore, it is possible to design a compact transmission.10-28-2010
20120220403HYBRID VEHICLE TRANSMISSION - A hybrid vehicle transmission (08-30-2012
20090093332ELECTRICALLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION HAVING THREE PLANETARY GEAR SETS WITH TWO FIXED INTERCONNECTIONS - The electrically variable transmission family of the present invention provides low-content, low-cost electrically variable transmission mechanisms including first, second and third differential gear sets, a battery, two electric machines serving interchangeably as motors or generators, and five selectable torque-transfer devices. The selectable torque transfer devices are engaged in combinations of two or three to yield an EVT with a continuously variable range of speeds (including reverse) and four or five mechanically fixed forward speed ratios. The torque transfer devices and the first and second motor/generators are operable to provide five operating modes in the electrically variable transmission, including battery reverse mode, EVT reverse mode, reverse and forward launch modes, continuously variable transmission range mode, and fixed ratio mode.04-09-2009
20090093330Hybrid vehicle drive system - A drive system of a hybrid vehicle, including an engine, a first electric motor, a second electric motor operatively connected to a drive wheel of the hybrid vehicle, and two planetary gear mechanisms, and wherein the two planetary gear mechanisms have at least four rotary elements arranged to permit the drive system to be placed in a selected one of a first operation mode in which the rotary element connected to the engine and the rotary element connected to the first electric motor are disposed on opposite sides of the rotary element connected to the drive wheel and the second electric motor, as seen in a collinear chart in which the four rotary elements are located at respective four different positions along a base line, and a second operation mode in which the rotary element connected to the first electric motor and the rotary element connected to the drive wheel and the second electric motor are disposed on opposite sides of the rotary element connected to the engine, as seen in said collinear chart.04-09-2009
20130072337HYBRID POWER TRAIN FOR VEHICLES - A hybrid power train for vehicles uses a double clutch transmission (DCT) to further improve the fuel efficiency of a vehicle, obtain a sporty transmission, and prevent the entire length thereof from being excessively lengthened, thereby sufficiently securing the ability of being mounted in a vehicle.03-21-2013
20130072336POWERTRAIN WITH TWO PLANETARY GEAR SETS AND TWO MOTOR/GENERATORS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A powertrain includes an input member, an output member, and a stationary member. A first and a second electric motor/generator are provided. Only two planetary gear sets are used, each having a respective first, second, and third member. An interconnecting member connects one of the members of a first one of the planetary gear sets to one of the members of a second one of the planetary gear sets. The input member, the output member, the first motor/generator and the second motor/generator are each continuously connected for common rotation with a different one of the members of the planetary gear sets that is not connected by the interconnecting member. Four brakes are each selectively engageable to ground a different respective one of the members of the planetary gear sets that is not connected by the interconnecting member to the stationary member.03-21-2013
20110015020DRIVETRAIN WITH ENGINE, TRANSMISSION, PLANETARY GEAR SET AND ELECTRIC MACHINE - The present invention relates to a drivetrain (01-20-2011
20110015019POWER TRAIN FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - The present invention can achieve hybrid modes with an input split mode, output split mode, and complex split mode, by using only one set of stepped pinion planetary gear sets, one set of single pinion planetary gear sets, three clutches, and two brakes, ensure the space of a vehicle with a compact configuration and reduce the cost by implementing five stages of fixed gear ratio mode, and achieve continuous transmission gear ratios, and improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle by changing the modes in accordance with the traveling conditions of the vehicle. Further, since it is possible to reduce the performance required for a motor generator under the same conditions, by improving the performance of the system, it is possible to reduce the cost of the vehicle. Accordingly, the present invention provides a power train for a hybrid vehicle that can contribute to reduce the cost of a vehicle.01-20-2011
20120190491WHEEL HUB MOTOR - An electric vehicle driving device 07-26-2012
20130065719MOTOR VEHICLE WITH TRANSMISSION AND TRANSMISSION FLUID PUMP - A motor vehicle includes a transmission and a transmission fluid pump for transport of transmission oil to and within the transmission. The transmission fluid pump has a moving element which is coupled to a summation shaft of a planetary gear train. The planetary gear train has a ring gear which is operated by a first drive, and a sun gear which is operated by a second drive. A freewheel mechanism is arranged between the sun gear or a shaft connected to the sun gear and a further element so that the second drive can be switched off, when the first drive operates at high speeds while yet maintaining proper operation of the transmission fluid pump.03-14-2013
20130065718Counter-Rotation Electric Machine - A motor vehicle powertrain includes an engine, a motor/generator including a rotor, gearing including an input driveably connected to the engine, and an output secured to the rotor and driven in a rotary direction opposite to that of the input.03-14-2013
20110021300MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION WITH MULTI-AXIS TRANSFER - Various embodiments of electrically-variable transmissions are provided that have two motor-generators, two planetary gear sets, and two torque-transmitting mechanisms, including a rotating-type clutch and a stationary-type clutch. An input member is connected for common rotation with a ring gear of the first planetary gear set. Carriers of both of the planetary gear sets are connected for common rotation with one another, and with an output member. The first motor/generator is connected for common rotation with the sun gear of the first planetary gear set. The second motor/generator is connected for common rotation with the sun gear of the second planetary gear set. A drive transfer assembly transfers torque from components establishing the first axis of rotation through components establishing one or two additional axes of rotation to a differential establishing yet another axis of rotation.01-27-2011
20120115659POWER TRANSMISSION MECHANISM FOR PARALLEL HYBRID VEHICLE - A proposition is to provide a power transmission mechanism for parallel hybrid vehicle that is capable of smoothly combining/separating input/output powers of a motor and an engine, and is applicable to a large hybrid vehicle by ensuring sufficient strength of a mechanism for combining and separating the input/output powers.05-10-2012
20130165286HYBRID DRIVE CONFIGURATION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A hybrid drive configuration is provided wherein the carrier of a first planetary gear set is coupled with the ring gear of a second planetary gear set, which is embodied as a Ravigneaux gear set. The ring gear of the second planetary gear set is fixedly connected to a driven shaft. The carrier of the second planetary gear set is connectable to the ring gear of the first planetary gear set by a clutch. The ring gear of the first planetary gear set is fixedly connected to a drive shaft. The rotor of a first electric machine is fixedly connected to the sun gear of the first planetary gear set. The rotor of a second electric machine is fixedly connected to the first sun gear of the second planetary gear set. The second sun gear of the second planetary gear set is connectable to a housing by a brake.06-27-2013
20090275436ELECTRIC VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH FOUR FORWARD MODES AND SIX FIXED GEARS - The present disclosure provides a power split transmission with four Electric Variable Transmission (EVT) modes and six fixed gears for use in hybrid electrical vehicles (HEV). The present disclosure utilizes two electric motors (“E-motors”), an engine, three planetary gear sets, and five selectively engageable clutches. The clutches are engaged in different combinations to engage the different gears and EVT modes. In the six fixed gears, power is transmitted only on the mechanical path for the highest transmission efficiency. In the four EVT modes, a part of the power is transmitted electrically. The EVT modes are designed for the lowest power split ratios, allowing the use of low powered E-motors. Additionally, the present disclosure can include a front E-motor design allowing scalable E-motors and a modular transmission design, and a middle E-motor design.11-05-2009
20080318721Power output apparatus and hybrid vehicle with power output apparatus - A hybrid vehicle 12-25-2008
20120238385VARIABLE RATIO POWER-SPLIT HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A transmission includes a first motor/generator with a first rotor connected for rotation with a first member of a first planetary gear set. A second electric motor/generator has a second rotor connected for rotation with a second member of the first planetary gear set. The second member of the first planetary gear set is connected for common rotation with the output member. The first member of a second planetary gear set rotates with the input member, and the third member of the second planetary gear set is grounded to a stationary member. A first torque-transmitting mechanism establishes torque flow between the first member of the second planetary gear set and the third member of the first planetary gear set. A second torque-transmitting mechanism establishes torque flow between the second member of the second planetary gear set and the third member of the first planetary gear set.09-20-2012
20110034282POWER PLANT - A power plant which is capable of enhancing the driving efficiency and the power-generating efficiency thereof. In the power plant 02-10-2011
20120088621Transmission apparatus and shift control apparatus - A speed change device configured with an input member and an output member. The speed change device includes a speed change mechanism in which a plurality of shift speeds are established in accordance with respective engagement states of a plurality of friction engagement elements to transfer rotation of the input member to the output member. A slip travel mode is provided in which the vehicle is run while transferring torque from the input member to the output member with one of the friction engagement elements for establishment of each of the shift speeds caused to slip. A slip engagement element is the friction engagement element to be engaged commonly for establishment of at least a forward start shift speed and a reverse start shift speed.04-12-2012
20110281679HYBRID TRANSMISSION USING PLANETARY GEARSET FOR MULTIPLE SOURCES OF TORQUE FOR MARINE, OR TWO WHEELED LAND VEHICLES - Provided are alternative hybrid transmission systems for marine, or two wheeled land vehicles, as well as propulsion systems and vehicles comprising such transmission systems, to improve various propulsion systems using a combination of at least two power sources with the option for simultaneous or alternating power input from two or more power sources, while providing desired characteristics or components. Such characteristics or components can include, but are not limited to: power, torque, acceleration, cruising speed or power, fuel efficiency, battery charging, endurance, power sizing, weight, capacity, efficiency, speed, mechanically and/or electrically added system requirements, design, fuel selection, functional design, structural design, lift to drag ratio, weight, and/or other desired characteristic or component.11-17-2011
20110263370HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A hybrid drive train of a motor vehicle which comprises a combustion engine, an electric machine which is operable as a motor and a generator and comprises a stator and a rotor, and a multi-stage planetary transmission with input and output shafts. The driveshaft of the combustion engine can be connected to the input shaft of the transmission, the electric machine is coaxially arranged about the input shaft, and the rotor of the electric machine is rigidly connected with the input shaft. To achieve a starting acceleration and climbing capacity on starting, corresponding to those provided by a drive train with an automatic transmission and a hydrodynamic torque converter or a manual gearshift transmission with a converter shifting clutch, the rotor of the electric machine can be connected with the transmission input shaft via an input transmission stage which is formed as a simple planetary gearset and has a high gear ratio.10-27-2011
20110143875VEHICULAR DRIVE APPARATUS - In a drive apparatus in which a first motor-generator, a power split device, a shift mechanism, and a second motor-generator are coaxially arranged, a first support wall which is next to the second motor-generator and supports one end of a rotor, and a second support wall that supports the other end of the rotor are provided in a case. A switching portion of the shift mechanism is provided on the first support wall. This kind of structure enables the drive apparatus to be shorter in the axial direction.06-16-2011
20110300982TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Provided is a transmission for a hybrid electric vehicle that makes it possible to more effectively transmit the torque from an engine to an output shaft, provide sufficient power performance in WOT start, achieve excellent controllability without generating transmission shock by allowing modes to be naturally and smoothly switched, and improve acceleration response.12-08-2011
20110300983DRIVING APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - In a hybrid vehicle driving apparatus having an input shaft connected to an engine, an output shaft connected to wheels, a first planetary gear mechanism whose sun gear is connected to the input shaft, a second planetary gear mechanism whose carrier is connected to the input shaft, a mechanism reducing rotation speed of the input shaft and transmit to the first planetary gear mechanism carrier, a clutch connecting/disconnecting the first planetary gear mechanism carrier and the second planetary gear mechanism sun gear, and a clutch connecting/disconnecting ring gears of the first and second planetary gear mechanisms, the second planetary gear mechanism ring gear is connected to the output shaft and an electric rotating machine is connected to the first planetary gear mechanism carrier, thereby enabling to make a vehicle run only with the engine, while improving the operation efficiency on the high ratio side.12-08-2011
20110172044SPEED VARIATION TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE POWERTRAIN AND HYBRID MOTOR VEHICLE USING SAME - The present invention relates to a speed variation transmission device for a motor vehicle powertrain comprising an epicyclic gear train (07-14-2011
20100227722OUTPUT-SPLIT ELECTRICALLY-VARIABLE TRANSMISSION WITH TWO PLANETARY GEAR SETS AND TWO MOTOR/GENERATORS - An electrically-variable transmission for use with an engine includes an input member configured for operative interconnection with the engine, an output member, and a stationary member. First and second motor/generators, a first and a second planetary gear set each having respective first, second, and third members are included. A first, a second, and a third selectively engagable torque-transmitting mechanism are included. The input member is connectable for common rotation with the first member of the first planetary gear set either continuously or selectively by engagement of the third torque-transmitting mechanism. The output member is connected for common rotation with the first member of the second planetary gear set. The motor/generators are controllable and the torque-transmitting mechanisms are selectively engagable to establish at least one electric-only mode, a series mode, an output-split mode, and at least one neutral mode.09-09-2010
20090054190Power transmission device for hybrid vehicle - The present invention provides a power transmission device for a hybrid vehicle which provides an effect of reducing engine vibration, facilitates engine clutch control, and has a package type layout enabling mass production.02-26-2009
20130023370CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION DEVICE HAVING POWER SPLIT - A continuously variable transmission device (01-24-2013
20100035716VARIABLE SPEED ACCESSORY DRIVE SYSTEM - The present invention provides an accessory drive system for a vehicle. The accessory drive system includes a planetary gear set having a first, second, and third planetary member. A torque transfer device operatively connects an engine with the first planetary member. A motor/generator is operatively connected to the second planetary member, and a plurality of accessories are operatively connected to the third planetary member. Engine output is transferable through the planetary gear set to drive the accessories, and the speed at which the accessories are driven is selectable by controlling the speed of the motor/generator.02-11-2010
20100029429GEAR TRAIN UNIT WITH MOTOR GENERATOR - A gear train unit with a motor-generator having a first planetary gear mechanism, a second planetary gear mechanism, an input shaft, an output shaft, a first clutch, and a second clutch is disclosed. The first planetary gear mechanism includes a first sun gear, a first ring gear, and a first carrier. The second planetary gear mechanism has a second sun gear, a second ring gear, and a second carrier. The second sun gear is connected to the first sun gear. The input shaft is connected to the second ring gear. The output shaft is connected to both the first ring gear and the second carrier. The first clutch selectively connects and disconnects the first carrier to and from the motor-generator. The second clutch selectively connects and disconnects the first sun gear and the second sun gear to and from the motor-generator.02-04-2010
20100029428POWER PLANT - To provide a power plant which is capable of reducing power passing through a distributing and combining device, thereby making it possible to attain reduction of the size and manufacturing costs of the power plant and enhance driving efficiency of the same. The power plant 02-04-2010
20090098969DRIVE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A miniaturized vehicular drive apparatus is provided with a reduced size in an axial direction without increasing the number of parallel shafts. A first electric motor M04-16-2009
20090209381TWO MODE ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION AND CONTROL - A two mode power-split electric hybrid system and a method of control said hybrid system. The hybrid system is comprised of an engine, a transmission, an energy storage device and a control system for effecting said control method. Said transmission is a reconfigurable power split system, comprising a power-splitting device and an output power path selecting device. The power splitting device includes a compound planetary gear system and two electric machines which form a local series electric hybrid system. Said transmission regulates the output power state of said hybrid system by controlling power flow within said local series hybrid system. The hybrid system provides at least two operating mode, an output power split mode and a compound power split mode. Said control system includes multiple controllers and control modules. In accordance with the operating conditions of the hybrid system, said control system computes and sets system power requirement, allocates ob board power resources and sets engine operating speed and torque. In addition, said control system sets the operation mode of the transmission and controls the engine speed by adjusting operating torque of electric machines, based on the differential signal between reference engine speed and actual engine speed. Said control system is also capable of controlling engine torque through engine controller.08-20-2009
20100035715Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain with an Enhanced All-Electric Drive Mode - A parallel hybrid electric vehicle powertrain is disclosed. A gearing assembly mechanically couples an engine, an electric motor and an electric generator. During all-electric drive using the motor as a power source with the engine off, a clutch in the gearing assembly isolates elements of the gearing assembly from a power delivery path to vehicle traction wheels.02-11-2010
20110124455HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A hybrid drive train of a motor vehicle which comprises a combustion engine with a drive shaft and an electric machine which operates as either a motor or generator. The electric machine has a stator and a rotor and surrounds a planetary automatic transmission. The combustion engine drive shaft communicates, via a controllable separating clutch, and the rotor of the electric machine communicates, via the input transmission section, with the automatic transmission input shaft. The electric machine, the separating clutch, and the input transmission section are coaxially combined within a module enclosure of a preassembled hybrid module that has input and output elements. The input element is connected with the drive shaft of the combustion engine and the output element is connected with the input shaft of the automatic transmission, and the hybrid module maintains the dimensions of a conventional hydrodynamic torque converter.05-26-2011
20120035014Transmission Systems - A transmission system includes an input (02-09-2012
20100120569DRIVING APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A driving apparatus for a hybrid vehicle that includes an input shaft linked to an engine; a generator; a motor; a differential gear device including a first gear element linked to a rotary shaft of the generator, a second gear element linked to the input shaft, and a third gear element that transmits power to a drive shaft; and a counter gear that is linked to the third gear element of the differential gear device and drive-linked to the motor.05-13-2010
20090209382Control apparatus of vehicle drive apparatus - In one embodiment, when a switching clutch or a switching brake is engaged and thus a differential of a differential unit is limited, the gear ratio of a continuously variable transmission unit is adjusted. On the other hand, when the switching clutch and the switching brake are both released and thus the differential of the differential unit is not limited, an overall gear ratio obtained from the gear ratio of the differential unit and the gear ratio of the continuously variable transmission unit is adjusted.08-20-2009
20100099532Hybrid drive method and apparatus - A method and apparatus that limits the amount of rotating mass in a hybrid drive system that can use an internal combustion engine driving a motor/generator through an electronically controllable clutch. The engine can thus turn the generator to charge a battery. A second clutch can connect this motor/generator to a differential to directly drive the wheels, or to receive braking energy from the wheels. A second electric motor/generator can be coupled directly into the differential so that it can always drive the wheels or recapture braking energy. The two clutch system of the present invention allows several modes: 1) The internal combustion motor drives the generator charging the battery, while the other motor drives the wheels. 2) Both motors drive the wheels. The internal combustion engine can be running or not running. 3) One motor recaptures energy from braking. 4) Both motors recapture energy from braking. 5) The first motor is used to start the engine. In one embodiment of the invention, multiple tandem electric motors can be clutched in and out as needed.04-22-2010
20100081533HYBRID POWER TRAIN OF VEHICLE - The present invention makes it possible to implement various stepped gear modes and a compound split type hybrid mode in a relatively simple structure using two planetary gear sets and two motor generators, reduce fuel consumption of a vehicle in a relatively large section, minimize fuel consumption at a high speed by implementing an overdrive stepped gear mode, and improve acceleration performance and gradient performance of the vehicle by implementing an underdrive stepped gear mode.04-01-2010
20080312021Power output apparatus and hybrid vehicle equipped with power output apparatus - A hybrid vehicle 12-18-2008
20090170649POWER SPLIT DUAL INPUT SHAFT TRANSMISSION FOR VEHICLE - A vehicle transmission includes at least two driving shafts to which power is transmitted from a power source, a driven shaft to which power is transmitted from the driving shafts, drive transmission mechanisms disposed between the driving shafts and the driven shaft, and a switching mechanism that selectively enables power transmission via the drive transmission mechanisms. The driving shafts are disposed concentrically and fitted rotatably relative to each other. The driving shafts are parallel to the driven shaft. A first drive unit is disposed coaxially with the driving shafts. A second drive unit is disposed coaxially with the driven shaft. The first and second drive units are interconnected so as to send and receive powers changed in energy form to and from each other. The transmission thus constructed is excellent in power transmission efficiency, quietness, vehicle mountability, etc., and can realize continuously variable speed change.07-02-2009
20090275437ELECTRIC VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH TWO FORWARD MODES AND FOUR FIXED GEARS - The present disclosure provides a power split transmission with two Electric Variable Transmission (EVT) modes and four fixed gears for use in hybrid electrical vehicles (HEV). The present disclosure utilizes two electric motors (“E-motors”), an engine, three planetary gear sets, and four selectively engageable clutches. The clutches are engaged in different combinations to engage the different gears and EVT modes. In the four fixed gears, power is transmitted only on the mechanical path for the highest transmission efficiency. In the two EVT modes, a part of the power is transmitted electrically. Alternatively, the E-motors can be located in the middle integrated with the transmission design. Advantageously, the present invention works with lower component speeds than existing two-mode hybrid transmissions. This can be achieved with a front E-motor design enabling modularity and also with a center E-motor design.11-05-2009
20080318720DRIVING DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A driving device for a hybrid vehicle including: an engine; an electric motor; a power combination/distribution mechanism which is disposed between both the engine and the electric motor and one pair of front wheels and rear wheels so as to combine and distribute power generated from the engine and the electric motor; and a transmission mechanism which is disposed between the engine and the other pair of the front wheels and the rear wheels, wherein the power combination/distribution mechanism is a planetary gear mechanism having a sun gear, a carrier, and a ring gear; an output shaft of the electric motor is connected to the carrier; and wherein rotational driving ranges in the electric motor are set to each of a normal rotation direction and a reverse rotation direction.12-25-2008
20080207373ELECTRICALLY-VARIABLE TRANSMISSION HAVING TWO FORWARD LOW RANGE ELECTRICALLY-VARIABLE MODES AND A REVERSE ELECTRICALLY-VARIABLE MODE - An electrically-variable transmission is provided with input member and output member, first and second motor/generators, a first planetary gear set and multiple additional planetary gear sets as well as at least four torque-transmitting mechanisms that are selectively engagable alone or in different combinations to establish a reverse electrically-variable operating mode, at least three forward electrically-variable operating modes, including two low range forward electrically-variable modes and a high range forward electrically-variable mode08-28-2008
20110172043DRIVE SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE - Drive system, in particular for a hybrid vehicle, comprising a power split device with associated drive paths, wherein at least one of the drive paths comprises two mechanically coupled electric machines that form a cascaded power split having both a mechanical and an electrical drive path.07-14-2011
20090280941HYBRID POWERTRAIN HAVING A MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION - A hybrid powertrain includes an internal combustion engine, at least one electric machine and a multi-speed transmission. The electric machine is connected to a shaft between the internal combustion engine and the multi-speed transmission. The transmission is provided having an input member, an output member, four planetary gear sets, a plurality of coupling members and a plurality of torque transmitting devices. Each of the planetary gear sets includes a sun gear member, a planet carrier member, and a ring gear member. The torque transmitting devices include clutches and brakes arranged within a transmission housing.11-12-2009
201002488838-SPEED HYBRID TRANSMISSION - The hybrid transmission has a plurality of members that can be utilized in powertrains to provide eight forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio. The hybrid transmission includes a motor/generator, three planetary gear sets, five torque-transmitting devices, one fixed interconnection, three external gear sets and a final drive gear set. The powertrain includes an engine and torque converter that is continuously connected to one of the planetary gear members and an output member that is continuously connected with one of the external gear sets. The five torque-transmitting devices provide interconnections between various planetary and external gear members, the input shaft, and the transmission housing, and are operated in combinations of three to establish eight forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio.09-30-2010
201002488828-SPEED HYBRID TRANSMISSION - The hybrid transmission has a plurality of members that can be utilized in powertrains to provide eight forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio. The hybrid transmission includes a motor/generator, three planetary gear sets, five torque-transmitting devices, three external gear sets and a final drive gear set. The powertrain includes an engine and torque converter that is continuously connected to one of the planetary gear members and an output member that is continuously connected with the final drive gear set. The five torque-transmitting devices provide interconnections between various planetary and external gear members, the input shaft, and the transmission housing, and are operated in combinations of three to establish eight forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio.09-30-2010
20080234087Power Transmission Device and Process Implementing Such Device - The present invention concerns essentially a power transmission device (09-25-2008
20100137090ELECTRICALLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION WITH MODULAR CONSTRUCTION - An electrically-variable transmission is provided with substantially identical motor modules to simplify assembly and realize economies of scale in purchasing and testing the motor modules. First and second motor modules are packaged within a transmission casing and are operatively connecting the input member and the output member and coaxially arranged about the axis of rotation. Each motor module includes a respective motor/generator with a rotor rotatable about the axis of rotation and defining a rotor cavity. A planetary gear set is packaged within the cavity and has a first, a second and a third member. A rotor hub supports the rotor and has first and second annular end portions at opposing ends of the rotor hub, and an annular midportion connected for common rotation with the first member of the planetary gear set. A selectively engagable rotating-type clutch is packaged within the cavity and connected with the rotor hub.06-03-2010
20100137091POWER TRAIN OF HYBRID VEHICLE - The present invention provide a power train of a hybrid vehicle that can be mounted in plug-in hybrid vehicles as well as environment-friendly vehicles, while reducing the cost and weight with less parts and a simple structure, ensuring good mounting characteristics in a vehicle, and improving fuel efficiency and power performance.06-03-2010
20080207374Drive apparatus - A hybrid drive unit that includes an input shaft connected to an engine; an output shaft connected to wheels; a first rotary electric machine; a second rotary electric machine connected to the output shaft; a power distribution device that distributes a rotational driving force of the input shaft to the output shaft and to the first rotary electric machine; a second rotary electric machine fixing device that selectively fixes a rotor of the second rotary electric machine; and a transmission cutoff device capable of cutting off transmission of rotation between the output shaft and the second rotary electric machine at least in a state when the rotor of the second rotary electric machine is fixed.08-28-2008
20080261740VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMITTING APPARATUS - A case in which a vehicular power transmitting apparatus is stored, has: an annular support portion which surrounds an outer periphery of a planetary gear set and supports a fixed element from among a plurality of gears and a carrier of the planetary gear set; an outer peripheral wall portion that surrounds the annular support portion; a flange portion that forms a mounting surface on an outer portion of the outer peripheral wall portion; and a dividing wall portion which extends to the outside from the annular support portion toward the outer peripheral wall portion and the flange portion, and which forms the flange portion and the mounting surface and divides spaces within the case. A joining portion, in which a fastening hole to which the fastening member is joined and whose axis passes through the dividing wall portion is formed, is integrally formed with the dividing wall portion.10-23-2008
20080305907INPUT BRAKE ASSEMBLY - An input brake assembly is provided for selectively grounding a transmission input member. The packaging location of the input brake assembly does not interfere with, and thus still allows the option of providing a bypass clutch for a flex plate-type flywheel connecting the engine with the transmission input member. The input brake assembly includes a flywheel, preferably a flex plate, for transferring rotary torque between the engine and the transmission input member and a ring gear secured to the outer periphery of the flex plate. A pinion gear is axially movable into and out of meshing engagement with the ring gear. A grounding device is operatively connected to the pinion gear and is operable to prevent rotation of the pinion gear, thereby braking the flex plate as well as the transmission input member operatively connected thereto when the pinion gear is in meshing engagement with the ring gear.12-11-2008
20090011886Method And Apparatus For Operating A Transmission Oil Pump - The invention relates to a method for monitoring the function of a motor-vehicle transmission oil pump (01-08-2009
20120196713Powertrain and Method for a Kinetic Hybrid Vehicle - A kinetic hybrid device and method for a vehicle may include a planetary gear system configured as a continuously variable transmission comprised of three or four ports. The kinetic hybrid device and method may include a flywheel connected to a first port of the system, a final drive connected to a second port of the system, and the variator for the flywheel connected to a third or fourth port of the system. The prime mover and/or other power sources may share a port with the flywheel, but do not share a port with the final drive.08-02-2012
20090298634HYBRID POWER DRIVING SYSTEM - A hybrid power driving system includes a planetary gear mechanism having a first rotating component, a second rotating component, and a third rotating component. The system also includes an electric motor operatively coupled to the first rotating component, a clutch, an internal-combustion engine operatively coupled to the first rotating component by the clutch, and a brake operatively coupled to the second rotating component and configured to control the second rotating component in a locked position or in an unlocked position. The third rotating component is operatively coupled to an output end to provide rotational power.12-03-2009
20090186734VEHICLE HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATING SAME - A torque-producing machine and planetary gear set biases torque between primary and secondary drivelines of a vehicle. A first element of the planetary gear set is connected to an upstream torque source. A second element of the planetary gear set is connected to the secondary driveline. A third element of the planetary gear set is connected to a torque-producing biasing machine.07-23-2009
20110230291FOUR-MODE HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH TWO MOTOR/GENERATORS - A hybrid electro-mechanical transmission connectable with multiple power sources includes an output member and a stationary member. The transmission also includes a first planetary gear set having a first, second, and third node, and a compound planetary gear arrangement having a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, a seventh and an eighth node. The power sources include an engine, a first motor/generator and a second motor/generator. The engine and the first motor/generator are each operatively connected to the first planetary gear set. The second motor/generator is operatively connected to each of the first and the second planetary gear sets. The output member is operatively connected to the compound planetary gear set. Thus configured, the transmission provides under-drive, direct-drive, over-drive, and reverse gears for launching and propelling the vehicle.09-22-2011
20110143874HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - The invention relates to a hybrid drive train (06-16-2011
20090088279METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT A MODE-GEAR MISMATCH DURING STEADY STATE OPERATION OF AN ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION - Control of operation of a hybrid powertrain is provided, wherein mechanical power flow to an output is controlled through selective actuation of torque-transfer clutches. Electric machines are coupled to an energy storage system for electric power flow. The electro-mechanical transmission is operated in a continuously variable operating range state, and, operation of the transmission is monitored. Absence of a mismatch between the commanded continuously variable operating range state and an actual operating state of the transmission is determined. Presence of a mismatch between the commanded operating range state and the actual operating state of the transmission may be determined. Operation of the powertrain is modified when a mismatch between the commanded operating range state and the actual operating state of the transmission is detected.04-02-2009
20090098968Hybrid Powertrain With Single Electric Motor Integrated Within Automatic Transmission - A hybrid transmission is provided that is operatively connectable to an engine. The transmission has an electric motor and a clutch, which may be a brake-type clutch or a rotating-type clutch, depending on the embodiment, integrated within the transmission. Absent the electric motor and the clutch, and with the addition of a torque converter and torque converter lock-up clutch, the transmission would be a non-hybrid, operable automatic transmission. The transmission is operable to provide an electric-only operating ode, an engine-only operating mode, an electrically-variable operating mode and a parallel hybrid operating mode.04-16-2009
20090062052Power transmission device for hybrid vehicle - The present invention provides a layout of a power transmission device for a hybrid vehicle which provides a high damping force a high damping force against engine fluctuation at low RPM operation by an engine03-05-2009
20090098970High-Efficiency Vehicular Transmission - A high-efficiency vehicular transmission is provided. The transmission includes a transmission housing, a set of torque delivery elements which include first and second elements supported for rotation within the housing and an electric motor for changing angular velocity of at least one of the elements in response to an electrical signal during a shift to obtain a desired transmission ratio. At least one non-friction controllable coupling assembly has a coupling state for coupling the first element to either the second element or the housing and an uncoupling state for uncoupling the first element from either the second element or the housing, respectively. The at least one coupling assembly is non-hydraulically controlled to change state to maintain the desired transmission ratio.04-16-2009
20120077633MULTI-MODE HYBRID ELECTRIC TRANSFER CASE FOR FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE - A hybrid transfer case can include first and second output shafts adapted for connection to respective rear and front drivelines, a first input shaft adapted for connection to a transmission and for selective connection to the first output shaft, and a second input shaft that can be rotatably supported on the first input shaft and selectively connected to the first output shaft. The transfer case can further include a planetary gearset, a transfer system and an electric motor/generator. The planetary gearset can include a first member fixed for rotation with the first input shaft, a second member fixed for rotation with the second input shaft, and a third member. The transfer system can couple the second input shaft to the second output shaft, and the electric motor can selectively drive the third member.03-29-2012
20090221390Hybrid Transmission for Hybrid Vehicles - A hybrid transmission described herein comprises a planetary gear arrangement and a clutch including two electromagnetic clutch portions used to interconnect an internal combustion engine, an electric traction motor, an electric motor/generator and driving wheels of a hybrid vehicle. The hybrid transmission described herein allows various modes of operation.09-03-2009
20090253543HYDRAULIC CLUTCH CONTROL SYSTEM - A transmission includes two blocking valves that control fluid pressure to a plurality of clutches. The blocking valves are characterized by a plurality of states that result in at least three transmission operating conditions. Each of the three operating conditions is characterized by fluid pressure being unavailable to at least one of the clutches.10-08-2009
20090247341POWER PLANT - To provide a power plant which is capable of improving the driving efficiency and electric power-generating efficiency thereof. A first transmission 10-01-2009
20100261565DUAL-MODE ELECTROMECHANICAL VARIABLE SPEED TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROL - The current invention discloses a dual-mode electro-mechanical variable speed transmission. Said transmission includes an input shaft, an output shaft system, a planetary gear system having at least three co-axial rotating members, two electric machines along with the associated controllers for the electric machines, and at least a clutch. Said planetary gear system has at least three branches; each branch corresponds to a co-axial rotating member. The first branch couples to the first electric machine with a fixed speed ratio; another branch couples to the input shaft with a fixed speed ratio; and yet anther branch couples to the output shaft system with a fixed speed ratio; the second electric machine couples selectively to two of the branches in the planetary gear system with different speed ratios. Said two branches are not the first branch and one of the said two branches is connected to the output shaft system. Said dual-mode electro-mechanical variable speed transmission is capable of providing at least two power splitting operation modes, including an output power splitting mode. Different operation modes cover different speed ratio regimes. At the mode switching point, the corresponding clutch or clutches is automatically synchronized. Thus the speeds of the rotation members of the transmission are continuous, and the transmission is free from shock loads at the operating mode switching point. In addition, said transmission is capable of providing operations with at least a fixed input-to-output speed ratio.10-14-2010
20100184549F-69530 Brignais - A powertrain includes a variable ratio transmission device (having an input shaft coupled to an engine and an output shaft coupled to a driven unit, a three-way power split transmission device including three input/output couplings, a first of which is coupled to a flywheel and a second of which is coupled to an electrical machine. The third input/output coupling of the three way power split transmission device is mechanically coupled to the engine and to the input shaft of the variable ratio transmission device.07-22-2010
20130123054Automated Manual Transmission - An automated manual transmission which improves merchantability of a vehicle by preventing a shift feeling deterioration phenomenon and forming a smooth and stable shift feeling by removing a torque decrease phenomenon caused during a shift by dualizing a transmission path of power supplied to drive the vehicle during the shift through a relatively simple and compact configuration while using a synchro-mesh type shift mechanism.05-16-2013
20100179009ELECTRICALLY-VARIABLE TRANSMISSION - Various embodiments of electrically-variable transmissions have first and second motor-generators, first and second planetary gear sets, and two torque-transmitting mechanisms, including a rotating-type torque-transmitting mechanism and a stationary-type torque-transmitting mechanism. An input member is connected for common rotation with a ring gear of the first planetary gear set. Carrier members of both of the planetary gear sets are connected for common rotation with one another, and with an output member, via one or more radial-extending hub members and an axial-extending member or shaft. The first motor/generator is connected for common rotation with the sun gear of the first planetary gear set. The second motor/generator is connected for common rotation with the sun gear member of the second planetary gear set. In each embodiment, the various components of the transmission are positioned relative to one another to minimize the number and/or size of interconnecting shafts and shells.07-15-2010
20110130235STRONG TWO-MODE HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH TWO MOTOR/GENERATORS - A hybrid electro-mechanical transmission connectable with multiple power sources for launching and propelling a vehicle includes an output member and a stationary member. The transmission also includes a first and second planetary gear sets, and two members of the first planetary gear set are operatively connected to two members of the second planetary gear set, and a torque-transmitting device. The power sources include an engine, a first motor/generator and a second motor/generator. The engine and the second motor/generator are each operatively connected to the first planetary gear set, and the first motor/generator and the output member are each operatively connected to the second planetary gear set. Furthermore, the torque-transmitting device is engageable to ground the engine to the stationary member such that the transmission provides first and second drive modes for launching and propelling the vehicle.06-02-2011
20100216584Hybrid Transmissions with Planetary Gearsets - A transmission for use in a motor vehicle having an engine and a driveline is provided. The transmission includes an input shaft driven by the engine, an output shaft adapted for connection to the driveline, a mainshaft, a first planetary gearset, a motor/generator and a second planetary gearset. The first planetary gearset includes a first input member driven by the input shaft, a first output member driving the mainshaft and a first reaction member. The second planetary gearset includes a second input member, a second output member fixed to the output shaft and a ring gear operable to drive or be driven by the motor/generator. A rotor of the motor/generator circumscribes and is fixed to the ring gear.08-26-2010
20120142472HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM USING SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCHES - A hybrid powertrain system includes an input member, first and second torque machines, a differential gear set including first, second and third elements, an output member, and first, second, and third selectable one-way clutches (SOWC), each operative in one of a respective deactivated state and a respective plurality of activated states. The second torque machine is rotatably coupled to the first element of the differential gear set, and the output member is rotatably coupled to the second element of the differential gear set. The first SOWC is configurable to prevent rotation of the third element of the differential gear set in a first rotational direction when controlled to a first one of the respective plurality of activated states, and configurable to prevent rotation of the third element of the differential gear set in a second rotational direction opposite the first rotational direction when controlled to a second one of the respective plurality of activated states. The first torque machine is coupled to the third element of the differential gear set only when the second SOWC is controlled to one of the respective plurality of activated states. And, the third element of the differential gear set coupled to the input member only when the second and third SOWCs are each controlled to one of the respective plurality of activated states.06-07-2012
20100210388MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION WITH AXIS TRANSFER - Various embodiments of electrically-variable transmissions are provided that have two motor-generators, two planetary gear sets, and two torque-transmitting mechanisms, including a rotating-type clutch and a stationary-type clutch. An input member is connected for common rotation with a ring gear of the first planetary gear set. Carriers of both of the planetary gear sets are connected for common rotation with one another, and with an output member. The first motor/generator is connected for common rotation with the sun gear of the first planetary gear set. The second motor/generator is connected for common rotation with the sun gear member of the second planetary gear set. A drive transfer assembly transfers torque from components establishing the first axis of rotation to components establishing the second axis of rotation.08-19-2010
20090197727AXLE DRIVE UNIT FOR A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A drive unit for a hybrid electric motor vehicle includes an engine, an electric machine including a rotor, a layshaft gearset including an input driveably connected to the engine and an output, for transmitting power between the input and the output and producing a first speed differential that causes a speed of the input to exceed a speed of the output, first and second driveshafts, a differential mechanism driveably connected to said output, for transmitting power between said output and the driveshafts, and a planetary gear unit driveably connected to the output and the rotor, for transmitting power between said rotor and said output and producing a second speed differential that causes a speed of the rotor to exceed the speed of the output.08-06-2009
20090186735Hybrid drive unit - A hybrid drive unit includes an input member connected to an engine; an output member connected to wheels; a rotary electric machine; and a pair of planetary gear units that each have at least three rotation elements. The hybrid drive unit is capable of realizing a plurality of shift speeds, one planetary gear unit of the pair of planetary gear units comprises at least one fixed rotation element that serves as a rotation element whose rotation is stopped by a non-rotating member, the one planetary gear unit serving as a decelerating planetary gear unit that decelerates a rotation of the rotary electric machine and transmits a decelerated rotation to the output member at all of the shift speeds, and the other planetary gear unit of the pair of planetary gear units serves as a shifting planetary gear unit that transmits a rotation of the input member to the output member.07-23-2009
20090011887Hybrid Driving Apparatus, and Control Method Thereof - In a hybrid driving apparatus, a gear mechanism (01-08-2009
20100222171VEHICULAR DRIVE SYSTEM - A vehicular drive system accommodated in a housing and including a first input shaft that receives a vehicle drive force generated by a vehicle drive power source, and a differential mechanism operable to distribute the vehicle drive force received from the first input shaft to a first electric motor and a second input shaft. The first and second input shafts are disposed coaxially with a first axis such that the second input shaft is disposed downstream of the first input shaft. The first input shaft is rotatably supported by a first support portion provided on the housing and an axial end portion of the second input shaft, and the second input shaft is rotatably supported by a third support portion and a fourth support portion that are provided on the housing.09-02-2010
20090023529Hybrid vehicle drive device - A hybrid vehicle drive device includes an input shaft to which power from an engine is input; an electric generator; an electric motor; a counter gear that transmits power to a drive shaft; a differential gear device that includes a first gear component connected to a rotation shaft of the electric generator, a second gear component connected to the input shaft, and a third gear component connected to the counter gear; and an oil pump that generates hydraulic pressure.01-22-2009
20090111635Electrically-Variable Transmission with Compounded Output Gearing - An electrically-variable transmission is provided with first and second motor/generators and three planetary gear assemblies. At least one of the planetary gear assemblies is a planetary gear assembly having multiple planetary gear sets. As a result, the gears for the planetary gear assembly can be represented on multiple radial planes. Each of the planetary gear assemblies has continuous interconnections, and selective connections via a plurality of torque-transmitting mechanisms, that provide three forward electrically-variable modes. Preferably, the planetary gear assemblies are connected to one another in such a manner as to allow shifting between one of the electrically-variable modes to occur at a point offset from a mechanical power flow of the transmission. This decreases the maximum power output required from the motor/generators.04-30-2009
20100304912Transmission with Mechanically-Biased Clutch - A transmission configured for receiving power from an engine is provided with a normally-closed clutch in order to permit operation in modes requiring closure of the clutch even when hydraulic power from a pump powered by the engine or by rotation of a transmission member is not available, or is not of a sufficient pressure.12-02-2010
20090036246Hybrid Powertrain with Efficient Electric-Only Mode - A hybrid powertrain includes a hybrid electromechanical transmission and a power source. A planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third member connects the power source with a first and a second motor/generator. A battery is operatively connected to the motor/generators for receiving power therefrom and delivering power thereto. An input member rotates with the first member, the first motor/generator rotates with the second member, and the second motor/generator rotates with the output member. A first torque-transmitting mechanism is engagable to connect the second motor/generator for rotation with the third member. The battery and the second motor/generator provide an electric-only operating mode to power the output member when the first torque-transmitting mechanism is not engaged; the power source, planetary gear set and first motor/generator thereby being disconnected from the output member during the electric-only operating mode to prevent parasitic drag.02-05-2009
20110039649DRIVE DEVICE - A drive device includes: an input shaft connected to an engine; a first motor-generator; a second motor-generator; a planetary gear unit including three rotating elements; an output gear connected to the planetary gear unit; an output shaft that transmits rotation of the output gear to a driving wheel; and a control device that controls at least one of the first and second motor-generator. The output gear, the planetary gear unit, and the first motor-generator are coaxial with the input shaft. The planetary gear unit is provided radially inside the first motor-generator and is provided at the same position as the first motor-generator in the axial direction. The second motor-generator is provided on an axis different from the input shaft and the output shaft axes. The control device is provided on the side of the output gear, the planetary gear unit, and the first motor-generator that is opposite the input shaft.02-17-2011
20130150197POWER STRUCTURE OF HYBRID SYSTEM - Provided is a power structure of a hybrid system. In particular, the power structure of a hybrid system includes a planetary gear part including a sun gear, a carrier, and a ring gear, a first motor connected with the sun gear, a second motor connected with the ring gear, an engine and a brake connected with the carrier to drive a hybrid car by two motors at the time of EV traveling, thereby improving traveling performance and increase an EV region without increasing the motor size, thereby improving fuel efficiency.06-13-2013
20110118070TRANSMISSION DEVICE COMPRISING A TRANSMISSION HOUSING - A transmission device (05-19-2011
20110130234THREE-MODE HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH TWO MOTOR/GENERATORS - A hybrid electro-mechanical transmission connectable with multiple power sources for launching and propelling a vehicle includes an output member and a stationary member. The transmission also includes a first planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third node and a compound planetary gear arrangement having a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, and a seventh node. The engine, the first motor/generator and the second motor/generator are each operatively connected with the first planetary gear set, and the output member and the second motor/generator are each operatively connected with the compound planetary gear arrangement. Thus configured, the transmission provides an under-drive gear for launching the vehicle, as well as a direct-drive gear and an over-drive gear for propelling the vehicle at higher speeds.06-02-2011
20110245003HYBRID DRIVE DEVICE - A hybrid drive device that switchably includes a first split mode in which an input and output rotary element are drivably coupled to each other, and a second split mode in which the speed change input rotary element and a distribution input rotary element are drivably coupled to each other. The first and second relative rotational speed ratios are set at different values such that the first ratio is a ratio of a relative rotational speed of the distribution input rotary element to a relative rotational speed of the output rotary element determined on the basis of a rotational speed of a reaction force rotary element, and the second ratio being a ratio of a relative rotational speed of the second output rotary element to a relative rotational speed of the first output rotary element determined on the basis of a speed of the fixed rotary element.10-06-2011
20090082150ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM - A system for robust fault detection in an electrically variable, hydraulically controlled transmission includes independently monitoring hydraulic pressure within a hydraulic control circuit and electric machine rotation for detecting clutch state faults.03-26-2009
20090093331Hybrid drive device - A hybrid drive device includes an input member connected to an engine; an output member connected to a wheel; a first rotating electrical machine; a second rotating electrical machine connected to the output member; and a differential gear device including at least four rotational elements. The input member, the output member, and the first rotating electrical machine are respectively connected to different rotational elements of the differential gear device. The output member is capable of selectively connecting to one of two rotational elements of the differential gear device to which neither the input member nor the first rotating electrical machine is connected.04-09-2009
20100179010HYBRID VEHICLE POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND HYBRID VEHICLE - A hybrid vehicle power transmission device provided with a power distribution mechanism composed of a planetary gear device for distributing motive power of a drive source to a motor and an output shaft is further provided with a damper device in a power transmission path between the power distribution mechanism and a first motor. Consequently, the damper device receives only reaction torque dealt by the first motor through the power distribution mechanism with respect to drive torque of an engine. Thus, since the torque transmitted to the damper device is smaller than the drive torque of the engine, the torque capacity of the damper device can be decreased and the size of the damper device can be reduced. As a result, the overall size of the power transmission device can be similarly reduced.07-15-2010
20090197728AXLE DRIVE UNIT FOR A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A drive unit for a hybrid electric motor vehicle includes an engine, an electric motor/generator, a layshaft supporting a first coupler and a second coupler, a first drive path including the layshaft and the first coupler for driveably connecting and disconnecting the engine and the motor/generator, and a second drive path including the layshaft and the second coupler for driveably connecting and disconnecting the engine and an output of the drive unit, the first coupler and the second coupler being operative to connect concurrently the engine, the motor/generator and said output.08-06-2009
20110177901EXTRUDER GEARING - For driving an extruder (07-21-2011
20090312129POWER TRAIN OF HYBRID VEHICLE - A power train according to an embodiment of the invention includes two sets of planetary gear set, one clutch, and two brakes, such that it provides one electric vehicle mode, two hybrid modes, and one engine mode of overdrive shift ratio. Further, the power train of a hybrid vehicle has a simple configuration, high power performance, and reduced weight and fuel consumption, while being easily equipped in the vehicle. In particular, since an engine mode that makes it possible to reduce a significant amount of fuel consumption especially when a vehicle is traveling at a constant high-velocity.12-17-2009
20090312130POWER TRAIN OF HYBRID VEHICLE - A power train of a hybrid vehicle according to the invention has a simple configuration, high power performance, and reduced weight and fuel consumption, while being easily equipped in the vehicle. In particular, it is possible to reduce a significant amount of fuel consumption especially when a vehicle is traveling at a constant high-velocity.12-17-2009
20090312128POWER TRAIN OF HYBRID VEHICLE - A power train according to an embodiment of the invention includes three sets of planetary gear sets, one clutch, and two brakes, such that it provides two electric vehicle modes, two hybrid modes, and two engine modes of overdrive shift ratio. Further, the power train of a hybrid vehicle has a simple configuration, high power performance, and reduced weight and fuel consumption, while being easily equipped in the vehicle. In particular, since an engine mode that makes it possible to reduce a significant amount of fuel consumption especially when a vehicle is traveling at a constant high-velocity.12-17-2009
20120149516HYBRID TRANSMISSION USING PLANETARY GEARSET FOR MULTIPLE SOURCES OF TORQUE FOR AERONAUTICAL VEHICLES - Provided are alternative hybrid transmission systems for marine, or two wheeled land vehicles, as well as propulsion systems and vehicles comprising such transmission systems, to improve various propulsion systems using a combination of at least two power sources with the option for simultaneous or alternating power input from two or more power sources, while providing desired characteristics or components. Such characteristics or components can include, but are not limited to: power, torque, acceleration, cruising speed or power, fuel efficiency, battery charging, endurance, power sizing, weight, capacity, efficiency, speed, mechanically and/or electrically added system requirements, design, fuel selection, functional design, structural design, lift to drag ratio, weight, and/or other desired characteristic or component.06-14-2012
20120149515HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH THREE PLANETARY GEAR SETS AND THREE INTERCONNECTING MEMBERS AND WITH SYNCHRONOUS SHIFT BETWEEN SERIES AND COMPOUND-SPLIT OPERATING MODES - A hybrid transmission is provided that has both a hybrid series operating mode and a compound-split operating mode. The transmission includes an input member operatively connected with the engine, an output member, and a plurality of selectively engageable torque-transmitting mechanisms. A gearing arrangement and first and second motor/generators operatively connected with the gearing arrangement are also provided. The gearing arrangement includes a first, a second, and a third planetary gear set, each having a first, a second, and a third member. A pair of interconnecting members connect two respective ones of the members of one of the planetary gear sets for common rotation with two respective ones of the members of another of the planetary gear sets. Another interconnecting member connects a third of the members of the one of the planetary gear sets for common rotation with one of the members of still another of the planetary gear sets.06-14-2012
20110070990DRIVE SYSTEM - A drive system with a case divided into two oil-tight compartments. The first compartment is filled with traction oil and accommodates a friction type continuously variable transmission (CVT) device, and a second compartment filled with lubricant oil and a gear transmission device formed from a meshing rotary transmission mechanism. The CVT device includes an input member, an output member, and a ring interposed in such a way that the ring moves in an axial direction to steplessly change speeds. An input or output member of the CVT device includes a first axial portion rotatably supported by the case, and a second axial portion supported on a second side of the partition through a bearing that provides support in a thrust and radial direction. The bearing is mounted to the partition so that an inner race of the bearing is unrotatably connected to the second-side axial portion through a rotation stopper.03-24-2011
20110256974VEHICULAR DRIVE UNIT TECHNICAL FIELD - A drive unit includes: an internal combustion engine; a first motor generator; an output portion which transmits power to driving wheels of a vehicle; a second motor generator; a first differential mechanism having a sun gear, a ring gear and a carrier; a second differential mechanism having a sun gear, a ring gear and a carrier; a connecting member which connects the sun gear and the ring gear with each other; and a brake capable of switching between a fixed state in which the sun gear and the ring gear are locked with respect to a case and a released state in which the locked state is released.10-20-2011
20100113202Single motor clutchless CVT without torque converter - A single motor clutchless, torque converter-less buffer system is provided for linking an engine (05-06-2010
20110212802HIGHLY CONFIGURABLE HYBRID POWERTRAIN AND CONTROL SYSTEM THEREFOR - A hybrid powertrain system for a vehicle includes an engine and a transmission. The transmission includes a transmission input member, first and second electric machines, first and second planetary gear sets, and a plurality of selectively engageable torque transfer devices enabling configuring the powertrain in variously to operate in electric drive, electrically variable, fixed gear and neutral charging operating states.09-01-2011
20110212801DRIVE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SUCH A DRIVE SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A drive system (09-01-2011
20090029819CONTROLLER OF DRIVING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A transmission mechanism including a switching clutch or brake that is switchable between a continuously-variable shifting state and a step-variable shifting state, and has both an advantage of improved fuel economy provided by a transmission, the speed ratio of which is electrically variable, and an advantage of high power transmitting efficiency provided by a gear type power transmitting device constructed for mechanical transmission of power. While a clutch-to-clutch shifting action of an automatic transmission portion is in a tie-up state, a differential portion is placed in a continuously-variable shifting state by switching control, and engine speed is changed under the control of hybrid control, so as to prevent a drop of the engine speed for thereby reducing a shock of the shifting action, unlike in a non-continuously-variable shifting state of the differential portion in which the engine speed is directly influenced by the tie-up state.01-29-2009
20110160015HYBRID POWER DRIVING SYSTEM AND GEAR POSITION OPERATION METHOD THEREOF - A hybrid power driving system for a vehicle comprises an internal-combustion engine, a first electric motor, a second electric motor, a planetary coupling mechanism, a speed-reduction mechanism and a differential mechanism. An output shaft of the internal-combustion engine is connected with an input shaft of the first electric motor, and an output shaft of the first electric motor is connected with an output shaft of the second electric motor via a first clutch. The output shaft of the second electric motor is connected with one of a sun gear and a ring gear of the planetary coupling mechanism at a position of the output shaft along its axial direction. And the output shaft of the second electric motor is connected with the other one of a sun gear and a ring gear at another position of the output shaft along the axial direction via a second clutch.06-30-2011
20090082152Vehicular driving power distribution device - A driving power distribution device includes a propeller shaft that transmits the driving power generated by an engine, a differential device having a planetary gear device that is provided concentrically with the axial center of rotation of the propeller shaft, and a hydraulic motor fixed to the propeller shaft. The ring gear of the planetary gear device is coupled to the propeller shaft. The carrier is connected to a right rear wheel. The sun gear is connected to a left rear wheel. Inner pinions of the planetary gear device are driven by the hydraulic motor. Therefore, while the driving power generated by the engine is being distributed to the right and left rear wheels, a control of generating a desired torque difference or restricting the differential motion can be performed. Also, the actuator torque capacity can be reduced, so that size reduction of the device is made possible.03-26-2009
20090082151DRIVE DEVICE FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME - A vehicular drive system including a first electric motor, a power distributing mechanism, and a second electric motor disposed on a first axis, and an automatic transmission portion disposed on a second axis parallel to the first axis, and a power transmitting member at an end of the first axis remote from an input rotary member and a rotary member at an end of the second axis remote from the input rotary member are connected to each other through a drive linkage, thereby a total axial dimension of the first electric motor, power distributing mechanism, and second electric motor and an axial dimension of the automatic transmission portion are substantially equal to each other, whereby the axial dimension of the drive system is reduced. A housing of the vehicular drive system includes mutually separate first, second, third, and fourth casing portions, so the drive system can be easily assembled.03-26-2009
20080242463Control device and control method for hybrid vehicle - In a hybrid vehicle that includes an engine and a motor-generator connected to the engine through a power split device, upon acceleration in a running state, there may arise a case where the rotational speed of the MG10-02-2008
20080214347Drive Unit Comprising Nested Electric Motors - A drive unit (09-04-2008
20110053724TWO-MODE HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH TWO MOTOR/GENERATORS - A hybrid electromechanical transmission connectable with multiple power sources for launching and propelling a vehicle includes an output member and a stationary member. The transmission also includes a first planetary gear set and a second planetary gear set. The power sources include an engine, a first motor/generator and a second motor/generator. The engine, the first motor/generator and the second motor/generator are each operatively connected with the first planetary gear set, and the output member and the second motor/generator are each operatively connected with the second planetary gear set. Thus configured, the transmission provides both a forward under-drive gear for launching the vehicle and a forward direct drive gear for propelling the vehicle at higher speeds.03-03-2011
20110070991ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM - A system for robust fault detection in an electrically variable, hydraulically controlled transmission includes independently monitoring hydraulic pressure within a hydraulic control circuit and electric machine rotation for detecting clutch state faults.03-24-2011
20110263371DRIVE ASSEMBLY AND STARTING PROCESS OF A VEHICLE - A drive assembly for a commercial vehicle, in particular a mobile working machine. The drive assembly comprises an internal combustion engine (10-27-2011
20100331130Hybrid drive for a transportation means - A hybrid drive is proposed for traction wheels of a vehicle, which drive comprises a mechanical power source with a shaft, a planetary mechanism having a sun and a ring gear wheels, and two reversible electrical machines connected to an electrical power source via a control system. A carrier of the planetary mechanism is coupled to the shaft. With the view to increasing the traction wheels' torque, one of the electrical machines is designed as a two-dimensional machine with two rotatable members, one of which members is coupled to the sun gear wheel, the second member is coupled to the ring gear wheel. For increasing the performance characteristics, the drive is provided with two controllable clutches, which make it possible to interconnect the rotatable members and to couple the carrier to an immovable portion of the drive or vehicle. Operation of the drive in various motion modes is also described.12-30-2010
20110086737THREE-MODE HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH TWO MOTOR/GENERATORS - A hybrid electro-mechanical transmission connectable with multiple power sources for launching and propelling a vehicle includes an output member and a stationary member. The transmission also includes a first planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third node, and a compound planetary gear arrangement having a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, and a seventh node. The power sources include an engine, a first motor/generator and a second motor/generator. The engine, the first motor/generator and the second motor/generator are each operatively connected with the first planetary gear set, and the output member and the second motor/generator are each operatively connected with the compound planetary gear arrangement. Thus configured, the transmission provides forward under-drive and forward direct-drive gears for launching and propelling the vehicle, as well as a reverse gear.04-14-2011
20100227723POWER TRAIN FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - The present invention provides a power train for a hybrid vehicle that allows for multiple mode driving, which is combined with a way of driving at a fixed gear ratio such as the shift stages of a common transmission, and high-efficiency driving, thereby improving fuel efficiency of the vehicle.09-09-2010
20120309574High efficiency hybrid vehicle with two planetary gear mechanisms for power derivation - A hybrid vehicle with high energy efficiency due to two planetary gear mechanisms of different ratios used for the power derivation: one planetary gear mechanism (12-06-2012
20120309575Flywheel to recover kinetic energy for hybrid vehicle which has two planetary gears mechanisms for power derivation - The patent applications U.S. Ser. No. 13/118662 have for object a hybrid vehicle which uses two planetary gears mechanisms for its power derivation, one (12-06-2012
20120309576POWER TRANSMITTING DEVICE - Disclosed is a power transmitting device capable of streamlined structure and control, as well as alleviating energy loss. The device comprises a planetary gear device wherein motive power of an engine and a motor is inputted from a first element and a second element; and a first clutch that transmits, in an interruptible manner, motive power from a second shaft that is linked to the second element, to a first shaft that is linked to a third element and an input shaft, while interrupting motive power from the first shaft or the input shaft to the second shaft. It is possible to switch motive power of the engine and the motor with motive power transmission switching by the first clutch, thus allowing streamlining of structure and control.12-06-2012
20120208664Powertrain for Hybrid Electrical Vehicle - The invention relates to a powertrain for a hybrid electrical vehicle, comprising an engine, a first motor, a second motor and a transmission device, said transmission device having a planet gear set with double planet gear ranks comprising a first planet gear rank and a second planet gear rank, said engine is arranged on one side of said planet gear set, said first motor and said second motor are arranged on the other side of the planet gear set, said first planet gear rank comprises a small sun gear, a planet carrier, a short planet gear and an outer ring gear, said second planet gear rank comprises a big sun gear, a long planet gear and the planet carrier shared with the first planet gear rank, said long planet gear meshes with the short planet gear and the big sun gear respectively.08-16-2012
20120302387DYNAMIC REDUCTION-RATIO HOISTING DEVICE - A hoisting device including a cable drum, a first motor, a second motor and a gear assembly is provided. The gear assembly includes a first epicyclic and a second epicyclic. The first epicyclic includes a first carrier rotationally connected to the cable drum, a first sun rotationally connected to the first motor, a first annulus, and a first planet in meshing engagement with the first sun and the first annulus. The second epicyclic includes a second carrier rotationally grounded, a second sun rotationally connected to the second motor, a second annulus connected to the first annulus, and a second planet in meshing engagement with the second sun and the second annulus.11-29-2012
20090176611Auxiliary Unit Drive for a motor vehicle - In an auxiliary unit drive for a motor vehicle, having planetary gearing (P), with a sun gear (S) of the planetary gearing (P) connected in a power-transmitting fashion to a first electric machine (EM07-09-2009
20090176610Two-Mode Electrically Variable Transmission - An electrically variable transmission (EVT) is provided with input member and output member, first and second motor/generators, a first and a second planetary gear set, and a final drive gearset. Two torque-transmitting mechanisms that are selectively engagable alone or in different combinations to establish an electric-only operating mode, an input split mode, a compound split mode, and a neutral mode. The first torque-transmitting mechanism may be configured as a one-way clutch in parallel with a friction clutch or a dog clutch, or configured as a lockable one-way clutch. A vehicle having the EVT may be driven electrically using one or both motor/generators, up to a maximum speed of the motor/generators. There are no slipping clutches when operated in an electric-only operating mode, and the engine provides most of the power for high-speed cruising. The EVT can transition from input split mode to compound split mode by synchronous shift.07-09-2009
20110190084COUPLING DEVICE FOR A HYBRID POWER TRAIN THAT OPERATES IN AT LEAST TWO, ELECTRICAL/COMBUSTION - ELECTRICAL MODES, INTENDED FOR A VEHICLE - A coupling device for a hybrid power plant operates in at least two electrical/internal-combustion-electrical modes designed for a vehicle, whereby the coupling device includes a first drive shaft that is coupled to an electric motor and a second drive shaft that is coupled to an internal combustion engine. The coupling device includes at least one primary shaft that can be coupled by first or second transmission element to the first or the second drive shaft under the action of selection element that can assume a first position and a second position in such a way that: In the first position of the selection element, the primary shaft is coupled to the first or to the second drive shaft by the first or the second transmission element; and In the second position of the selection element, the primary shaft is coupled to the first drive shaft by the first transmission element.08-04-2011
20120149513VARIABLE RATIO POWER-SPLIT HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A transmission includes an input member, an output member, and a planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third member. A first electric motor/generator has a first rotor connected for rotation with the first member. A second electric motor/generator has a second rotor connected for rotation with the second member. A first set of intermeshing gears has a first gear ratio, and a second set of intermeshing gears has a second gear ratio different than the first gear ratio. A first torque-transmitting mechanism is engageable to establish torque flow between the planetary gear set and one of the input member and the output member through the first set of intermeshing gears. A second torque-transmitting mechanism is engageable to establish torque flow between the planetary gear set and the one of the input member and the output member through the second set of intermeshing gears.06-14-2012
20110111910VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM - A drive system includes a transmission mechanism that establishes a plurality of gear positions comprising a first-speed through sixth-speed gear positions and a reverse-drive gear position, by switching among change gear trains and coupling a first driveshaft to an output member, and also includes a lock clutch that switches a power distribution mechanism between a locked state in which a ring gear and a carrier are coupled to each other and are inhibited from rotating in a differential fashion, and a released state in which the inhibition of the differential rotation is cancelled.05-12-2011
20110111909TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A transmission for a hybrid vehicle is provided to implement one or more electric vehicle modes, two or more power split modes, and a plurality of fixed-gear ratio modes that can improve driving performance and fuel efficiency.05-12-2011
20110111908TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A transmission for a hybrid vehicle is provided to implement one or more electric vehicle modes, two or more power split modes, and a plurality of fixed-gear ratio modes that can improve driving performance and fuel efficiency.05-12-2011
20110111906TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - The transmissions for a hybrid vehicle according to the present invention provide multiple electric vehicle modes, multiple power split modes, and multiple fixed-gear ratio modes, thereby increasing driving performance and fuel efficiency.05-12-2011
20110111907TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A transmission for a hybrid vehicle is provided to implement one or more electric vehicle modes, two or more power split modes, and a plurality of fixed-gear ratio modes that can improve driving performance and fuel efficiency.05-12-2011
20120231913METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH IN AN ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION - A transmission is configured to transfer power between an input member, first and second torque machines and an output member and includes a transmission case, a differential gear set, first and second torque transfer clutches, a first torque machine rotatably operatively couplable to a first element of the differential gear set when the second torque transfer clutch is in an applied state, and a second torque machine rotatably operatively coupled to a second element of the differential gear set. The differential gear set is configured to transfer torque between the first torque machine and the output member in a first continuously variable mode when the first torque transfer clutch is in the applied state, and to transfer torque between the first and second torque machines and the output member in a second continuously variable mode when the second torque transfer clutch is in the applied state.09-13-2012
20110319212RATTLING NOISE REDUCTION DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A simply structured rattling noise reduction device for a vehicle capable of preventing rattling certainly under neutral position. The rattling noise reduction device is applied to a vehicle having a transmission mechanism configured to transmit a torque of a prime mover to an output member through a mating transmission mechanism, and a shifting means capable of selecting a drive position in which the torque of the prime mover is transmitted to the output member and a neutral position in which the torque of the prime mover is not transmitted to the output member, and in which the transmission mechanism is configured to idle any one of rotary members thereof to prevent the torque from being applied to the output member in case the neutral position is selected. The rattling noise reduction device comprises a slidable contact means, which is contacted frictionally with the output member, or with a rotary member and transmitting the torque to the output member, or with a member integrated with the rotary member and, in case the neutral position is selected by operating the shifting means.12-29-2011
20110319211Reconfigurable Hybrid Power Train - A multi-mode hybrid drive train offers selective operation in any one of series, parallel, and power split modes. The multi-mode hybrid drive train includes two planetary gear sets and a collection of specifically placed brakes and clutches relative to those gear sets. The first planetary gear train includes a power input for receiving power from a primary rotational power source, as well as a first sun gear, first carrier and first ring gear. The second planetary gear train similarly includes a power input as well as a second sun gear, a second carrier connected to a final drive, and a second ring gear. A first motor is linked to the first sun gear and a second motor is linked to the second sun gear such that selective activation of the clutches, brakes, and motors places the multi-mode hybrid drive train in a selected mode of operation.12-29-2011
20120004061SINGLE CLUTCH, TWO PLANETARY HYBRID ARCHITECTURE - A hybrid powertrain for a vehicle includes a prime mover, which may be an engine, and a transmission that has an input member configured for connection with the prime mover to receive torque from the prime mover, an output member, and a stationary member. A first motor/generator and a second motor/generator are provided as additional motive sources. A first planetary gear set and a second planetary gear set are included, each having a respective first member, second member, and third member. Only one clutch is operatively connected to the transmission, and it is selectively engagable to ground the input member and the first member of the second planetary gear set to the stationary member.01-05-2012
20120004063POWER TRANSMITTING DEVICE - A power transmitting device 01-05-2012
20120004062Input Shaft for Hybrid Transmission - An input shaft for a hybrid transmission that is used for the hybrid transmission equipped with a plurality of friction elements and at least two or more planetary gear sets receiving power from an engine and at least one or more motor generators, may include a first spline to which at least one of the motor generators may be connected, a second spline and a third spline to which rotary elements of the planetary gear sets may be connected, respectively, and a lubricant channel formed inside the input shaft to provide a channel for lubricant for lubricating parts of the transmission.01-05-2012
20120058853LUBRICATION SYSTEM FOR RIGHT-ANGLE DRIVES USED WITH UTILITY VEHICLES - A bearing lubrication device in a right angle gear reducer includes a gear housing having an interior portion and a lubricating fluid reservoir therein. An oil slinger, rotating pinion shaft, pinion shaft housing, and bearings for supporting the pinion shaft within the pinion shaft housing work together to provide a continuous supply of oil to the bearings. The pinion shaft includes two radially and longitudinally extending passageways therethrough which supply oil from a recess in one end of the pinion shaft to the bearings. Oil is slung from the reservoir into the recess of the rotating pinion shaft where it is forced outwardly and through the passageways to a chamber formed by the rotating pinion shaft, shaft housing and bearings. The roller bearings pump the oil from the chamber back to the fluid reservoir. Oil passageways in the shaft housing enable the return of oil from one bearing set.03-08-2012
20120065017POWER TRANSMITTING MECHANISM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A proposition is to provide a power transmitting mechanism for a hybrid vehicle having improved energy utilization efficiency. A power transmitting mechanism for the hybrid vehicle using powers of the engine and the motor/generator in a combined manner, the mechanism includes an engine drive shaft coupled to an engine output shaft via a main clutch; a motor output shaft of a motor/generator rotatably supported separately from the engine drive shaft; a drive shaft brake releasing/fixing the engine drive shaft; a motor-brake releasing/fixing the motor output shaft; and a planetary gear mechanism.03-15-2012
20120252620DRIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE ACCESSORY - A drive arrangement for auxiliary equipment of an engine includes an epicyclical gear having a sun gear, a ring gear and a planet carrier. A first component is connected to the engine, a second component is connected to a first electric machine, and a third component is connected to the auxiliary equipment. The first component is guided in rotation on the engine block and includes a rigid assembly which supports the other two components. The stator of the first electric machine is fixed on a holder. The holder is guided in rotation directly or indirectly on the first component rigid assembly, and the first component is guided in rotation on the engine block independently from the holder.10-04-2012
20120010035DRIVE TRAIN OF A HYBRID VEHICLE AND HYBRID VEHICLE - A drive train of a hybrid vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine, a first electric motor including a first rotor, a second electric motor including a second rotor and arranged to be concentric with the first rotor, a gearbox for converting an input torque generated by the first electric motor and/or by the internal combustion engine into an output torque, the second electric motor being arranged such that a torque generated by the said second electric motor is superimposable over the output torque of the gearbox. A first stator is assigned to the first rotor and a second stator is assigned to the second rotor, the first rotor is arranged concentrically with the second rotor and electrically insulated from the second stator. A hybrid vehicle with a drive train as described above.01-12-2012
20120065015MULTI-SPEED DRIVE UNIT - A compound-input is provided for an electrically variable transmission for a motor vehicle. The compound-input electrically variable transmission has improved input gear ratios that allow the vehicle engine to be operated in its desired efficiency and/or performance range during both city and highway vehicle operation. Further, the multi-speed input electrically variable transmission provides an input brake without the need for a dedicated input brake clutch or braking mechanism and incorporates a reverse gear for reverse operation.03-15-2012
20120065016MULTI-SPEED DRIVE UNIT - A multi-speed drive unit is provided for an electrically variable transmission having a variable-range output gear ratio for a motor vehicle. The variable-range output electrically variable transmission has improved final drive gear ratios that allow the motor to be operated in its desired efficiency and/or performance range during both city and highway vehicle operation. Further, the variable-range output electrically variable transmission allows for increased vehicle speeds during electric vehicle operation and provides for the use of the vehicle engine during reverse gear operation.03-15-2012
20110165982Accessory Drive and Engine Restarting System - A drive system includes a pulley, an engine, a variator including an input and an output, for varying a ratio of output speed and input speed, and a gearset driveably interconnecting the input, the output, the engine and pulley.07-07-2011
20120021861POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A power transmission apparatus 01-26-2012
20120058852TRANSMISSION FOR AN ELECTRIC OR HYBRID DRIVE - A transmission which is pre-eminently suitable for an electric and/or hybrid drive has an input which can be connected to an electromotor/generator, and an output which can be connected to a load. The transmission has two parallel transmission paths between the input and output, first coupling means being present in the first transmission path and second coupling means being present in the second transmission path. Furthermore, a gear reduction is present in at least either of the two transmission paths. The first coupling means are arranged such that they are not capable of dissipating significant power and the second coupling means are arranged such that they are capable indeed of dissipating significant power.03-08-2012
20120115661DIFFERENTIAL GEARING FOR AN ENERGY GENERATION PLANT AND OPERATING METHOD - A differential gearing for an energy generation plant, in particular for a wind power station, has three drives and outputs, a first drive being connected to a drive shaft of the energy generation plant, one output being connected to a generator (05-10-2012
20120115660HYBRID TRANSMISSION HAVING SYNCHRONIZERS - A transmission used in a hybrid vehicle comprising a planetary gear set and a synchronizer. The planetary gear set having a plurality of members and the synchronizer coupling and decoupling one of the members to change a speed ratio in the transmission.05-10-2012
20120065014MULTI-MODE DRIVE UNIT - Multi-mode operation is provided for an electrically variable transmission for a motor vehicle. The multi-mode electrically variable transmission provides for multiple gear ratios and power flow configurations including fixed gear operation. The multi-mode electrically variable transmission incorporates a reverse gear for reverse operation.03-15-2012
20110092328SINGLE PLANETARY, SINGLE MOTOR/GENERATOR HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH THREE OR MORE OPERATING MODES - A hybrid powertrain has an engine, an input member, an output member, and a stationary member, and includes a single planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third member. The input member is connected for common rotation with the engine and the output member is connected for common rotation with the second member. A single motor/generator is continuously connected for common rotation with the third member. A starter motor is operatively connected to the engine for starting the engine. A first torque-transmitting mechanism is selectively engagable to connect the input member for rotation with the first member. A second torque-transmitting mechanism is selectively engagable to ground the first member to the stationary member. A third torque-transmitting mechanism is selectively engagable to ground the third member to the stationary member. The powertrain is operable in an electric-only operating mode, an engine-only operating mode, and an electrically-variable operating mode.04-21-2011
20110065543VARIABLE-SPEED MOTOR-GENERATOR ACCESSORY DRIVE SYSTEM - An accessory drive system for a motor vehicle is provided including first and second gear sets having first, second, and third members configured to selectively connect vehicle accessories to an engine and motor/generator. The first member of each gear set is continuously interconnected to the other. The second member of each gear set is continuously interconnected to the other. The motor/generator is configured to drive the accessories at a selectable rate independent of engine speed. A first torque transmitting device is operatively connected to the gear sets to allow the motor/generator to re-start the engine and power the accessories while restarting the engine. A second torque transmitting device is operatively connected to the engine's output shaft to allow the motor/generator to power the accessories while the vehicle is off.03-17-2011
20120316021POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OF HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A power transmission system of a hybrid electric vehicle includes an input shaft, a first planetary gear set having first, second, and third rotation elements, the second directly connected to the input shaft, and the third directly connected to a first motor/generator, a second planetary gear set having fourth, fifth, and sixth rotation elements, the fourth directly connected to the first rotation element and a second motor/generator, and the fifth selectively connected to the second rotation element, an output gear connected to the sixth rotation element, a first clutch selectively connecting the second rotation element with the fifth rotation element, a second clutch selectively connecting two rotation elements among the rotation elements of the first planetary gear set, a first brake interposed between the fifth rotation element and a transmission housing, and a second brake interposed between the third rotation element and the transmission housing.12-13-2012
20120316022TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE - A transmission system comprises two transmission modules which are arranged in series, an output shaft of the first transmission module being connected via a mount point to an input shaft of the second transmission module. The transmission system further includes an electromotor which is connected to the mount point. The first transmission module is formed by a two-step reduction mechanism and comprises a planetary gear set with at least three rotational members one of which is connected to a brake. The first transmission module further includes a short-circuit clutch which is positioned between the other two rotational members. The brake may be used for launching the vehicle.12-13-2012
20120122622ELECTRICALLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION - A hybrid transmission having an input member, an output member, and a single motor/generator is characterized by a plurality of fixed-ratio modes of operation and at least one electrically variable mode of operation. In the fixed-ratio modes of operation, the speed ratio between the input member and the output member is independent of the speed of the motor/generator. In the electrically variable mode of operation, the speed ratio between the input member and the output member is dependent upon the speed of the motor/generator.05-17-2012
20120165148DRIVE CONFIGURATIONS FOR HIGH HYBRID SERIES/PARALLEL HIGH SPEED MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEMS - A motor drive system configuration for a vehicle. The motor drive system includes an engine operable for providing power to the vehicle, a motor operable for providing power to a first wheel and a second wheel of the vehicle. The motor drive system also includes a first transmission mounted between the engine and the motor and in operative engagement with the motor and the engine. The first transmission includes a first clutch for coupling and decoupling the motor with the engine. The motor drive system also includes a differential in operative engagement with the transmission and coupled to the first wheel and the second wheel, and a clutch for disabling the connection between the motor and the wheels.06-28-2012
20110183801HYBRID DRIVE DEVICE - A hybrid drive device configured with an input member coupled to an engine, and an output member coupled to a wheel and a second rotary electric machine. A first and second differential gear device each have a first, second and third rotary elements arranged in the order of rotational speed. A rotation restriction device selectively stops rotation of the third rotary element. A first rotational direction restriction device only allows rotation in the positive direction. The input member is also drivably coupled to the second rotary element of the first differential gear device and the second rotary element of the second differential gear device. Furthermore, the output member is drivably coupled to the third rotary element of the second differential gear device, and the first rotary electric machine is drivably coupled to the first rotary element of the first differential gear device.07-28-2011
20120165149DRIVE FORCE OUTPUT APPARATUS AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME - Planetary ratios of first and second planetary gear mechanisms are set such that all of the following values become equal to each other: a maximum value of a drive force of a first MG, which is generated when a total input-to-output speed ratio is a minimum value upon operation of the first MG as a motor; a maximum value of a drive force of the first MG, which is generated when the total input-to-output speed ratio is a maximum value upon operation of the first MG as the motor; and a maximum value of a drive force of the first MG, which is generated when the total input-to-output speed ratio is in a range from the minimum value to the maximum value upon operation of the first MG as a generator.06-28-2012
20120165147DRIVE CONFIGURATIONS FOR HIGH SPEED MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEMS - A motor drive system configuration for a hybrid vehicle includes a first motor, a second motor, a differential mounted between the first motor and the second motor, a differential gear, a reduction gear, and a rotatable shaft. The reduction gear includes first end in meshed engagement with the differential gear and a second end. The rotatable shaft includes a first end rotatably coupled to the first motor and a second end rotatably coupled to the second motor. The second end of the rotatable shaft includes a gear in meshed engagement with the second end of the reduction gear. The rotatable shaft has a ninety degree input into the differential and the first and second motors are mounted in-line with the rotatable shaft.06-28-2012
20120165146TRANSMISSION WITH SELECTABLE ONE-WAY CLUTCH AND DUAL-PISTON CLUTCH - A powertrain for a vehicle includes an engine, a transmission with an input member driven by the engine, and an output member. An electric motor is operable to drive the input member. The transmission has an electrically-actuated one-way clutch with a neutral mode in which the clutch freewheels in both directions of rotation, and a locked mode in which the clutch is locked in one direction of rotation. The transmission also has a hydraulically-actuated dual-piston clutch with a spring that biases the dual-piston clutch to an engaged state. The one-way clutch is in the neutral mode and the spring biases the dual-piston clutch to the engaged state prior to a key start of the engine. The one-way clutch is actuated to the locked state following ignition of the engine after a key start, and remains in the locked state during an autostop of the engine.06-28-2012
20120129639MULTI-CORE ELECTRIC MACHINES - An electric machine including a housing, a first rotor and stator carried within the housing and a rotatable shaft carried by the housing and extending from the housing. A first continuously variable transmission can be provided and includes a first rotatable element, a second rotatable element and a mechanism for controlling the ratio of the rotation of the second element to the rotation of the first element. The first element can be connected to the first rotor and the second element can be connected to the rotatable shaft. A second rotor and stator can be carried within the housing and a second continuously variable transmission provided. A hybrid engine having an internal combustion engine and utilizing the electric machine can be provided.05-24-2012
20120129638DRIVE TRAIN AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE DRIVE TRAIN - A drive train with a combustion engine, electric machine, and a transmission with first and second partial transmissions. The electric machine is coupled via a planetary transmission to input shafts of the first and second partial transmissions. The combustion engine can be coupled, via a separation clutch, to the input shaft of the second partial transmission and, when the separation clutch is engaged, the engine is also connected, via the planetary transmission, to the input shaft of the first partial transmission. A bridging shift element interacts with the planetary transmission such that, when the bridging shift element is engaged, the electric machine and the input shafts of the first and second partial transmissions are torsionally fixed so that they all rotate together. When the bridging shift element is disengaged, there is no torsionally fixed connection and those component rotate at different rotational speeds.05-24-2012
20130172140SPLIT AXIS TRANSMISSION HYBRID SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE - A split-axis transmission hybrid system may include two planetary gear sets to provide two parallel torque paths from an input axis to an output axis. A secondary power source may be coupled to either the input axis or the output axis to provide torque to the system. Thus, the split-axis transmission hybrid system may provide the ratio preselection capability and the low power losses of a dual-clutch transmission and the ratio-changing control and smoothness of a traditional powershift automatic transmission, while also providing the improved efficiency and enhanced drivability of a hybrid power source arrangement.07-04-2013
201000691918-Speed Hybrid Transmission Architectures - The hybrid powertrain has a plurality of members that can be utilized to provide eight forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio in a hybrid transmission architecture. The transmission includes three planetary gear sets having five torque-transmitting devices and four fixed interconnections. The powertrain includes an engine, a damper, a pump, an engine disconnect clutch, and a drive motor, all operatively connected with the transmission to provide strong hybrid operating capability.03-18-2010
20120214631MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION WITH AN INTEGRATED ELECTRIC MOTOR - A multiple speed transmission for a motor vehicle includes an input member connected to an electric motor, an output member, four planetary gear assemblies, each with first, second, and third members, and a plurality of torque transmitting devices, such as, brakes and clutches. The electric motor can be employed for regenerative braking. Further, the electric motor can be employed to launch and drive the motor vehicle with each of the gear ratios of the multi-speed transmission.08-23-2012
20120258830GEARBOX HAVING MULTIPLE INPUT AXLES AND TRANSMISSION DEVICE USING THE SAME - A transmission device for application to a vehicle is disclosed. The transmission device includes a planetary gear including means for restricting degrees of freedom and a gearbox having two input axles. The root axle of the gearbox is functionally connected to the planetary shaft of carrier or to the planetary shaft of the ring gear. An end portion of the first axle of the gearbox is functionally connected to the root axle via a synchronizing device and the other end portion to the driving axle of the vehicle or to the internal combustion engine. An end portion of the second axle is a free end and the other end portion is connected to the root axle. The second axle has a direction of rotation opposite to that of the root axle and the third axle a direction of rotation opposite to that of the connected planetary shaft.10-11-2012
20120258831ELECTRIC MACHINE FOR AN ELECTRIC AXLE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - An electric machine arrangement for an electric axle of a motor vehicle has an electric machine. The electric machine is connected via a gearbox to at least one drive shaft which can be connected to a driven wheel of the motor vehicle. Further, the machine arrangement has a machine housing. The electric machine has a stator fixed to the housing and a rotor which is connected to an input element of the gearbox. The rotor is rotatably mounted on the machine housing by means of a first and a second rotor bearing section. The first rotor bearing section is connected to a machine output shaft which is connected to the input element of the gearbox. The machine output shaft is guided through the second rotor bearing section in a contactless fashion.10-11-2012
20100048338Dual mode input split compound split configuration EPPV transmission - An improved dual mode EPPV transmission hybrid electric drive system uses a combination of power sources including an internal combustion engine, a first electric motor, and a second electric motor, and provides more efficient operation and compact installation. The improved dual mode EPPV transmission hybrid electric drive system includes a first planetary gear set including a first sun gear linked to a first ring gear via a pinion on a first carrier, and a second planetary gear set including a second sun gear linked to a second ring gear via a pinion on a second carrier, wherein the various elements of the planetary gear sets are configured to allow a dual mode synchronous shift operation. The system includes a first clutch and a second clutch, both of which may be dry clutches, for changing the mode of the transmission from a high mode to a low mode and vice versa.02-25-2010
20120178569HYBRID POWERTRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A transmission is provided having an input member, an output member, three planetary gear sets, a plurality of coupling members and a plurality of torque transmitting devices. Each of the planetary gear sets includes first, second and third members. The torque transmitting devices include clutches and brakes.07-12-2012
20120178568HYBRID TRANSMISSION ARRANGEMENT HAVING A MOTOR DAMPER - An electric motor damping module includes an electric motor, a motor damper continuously interconnected with the electric motor, and an input member continuously interconnected with the motor damper. A transmission includes these elements, plus an output member, first, second, and third planetary gear sets each having first, second and third members, a first interconnecting member continuously interconnecting the third member of the first planetary gear set with the second member of the second planetary gear set, a second interconnecting member continuously interconnecting the second member of the first planetary gear set and the output member with the third member of the third planetary gear set, and a third interconnecting member continuously interconnecting the third member of the second planetary gear set with the second member of the third planetary gear set. The transmission also includes six torque transmitting mechanisms and a hydraulic pump. A sealing assembly is also provided.07-12-2012
20120178567DUAL DAMPER ISOLATION FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE HYBRID POWERTRAIN - A hybrid transmission has an input member, an output member, three planetary gear sets, a plurality of coupling members and a plurality of torque transmitting devices. Each of the planetary gear sets includes first, second and third members. The torque transmitting devices include clutches and brakes. The input member is driven by an internal combustion engine and an electric motor.07-12-2012
20100273595POWER TRAIN FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - The present invention provides a power train for a hybrid vehicle that allows for multiple mode driving, which is combined with a way of driving at a fixed gear ratio such as the shift stages of a common transmission, and high-efficiency driving, thereby improving fuel efficiency of the vehicle.10-28-2010
20100273596POWER TRAIN FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - The present invention provides a power train for a hybrid vehicle that can achieve a fixed gear ratio mode where a vehicle is driven at a fixed gear ratio, such as shift stages of common transmission, only by the driving force of an engine without driving a motor generator, as well as an electric vehicle mode and a hybrid mode that are basic driving modes of a hybrid vehicle, such that it is possible to drive the vehicle with high efficiency in accordance with traveling conditions of the vehicle and improve fuel efficiency. Further, according to the power train for a hybrid vehicle, the number of teeth of a sun gear and a pinion of a planetary gear set, which is a component, can be changed in various ways, such that it is possible to more freely select the capacity of a clutch or a motor generator. Therefore, it is possible to design a compact transmission.10-28-2010
20090275439SEMI-POWER SPLIT HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH MULTIPLE MODES AND FIXED GEARS - The present disclosure provides a semi-power split transmission with multiple Electric Variable Transmission (EVT) modes and fixed gears for use in hybrid electrical vehicles (HEV). The present disclosure utilizes two electric motors (“E-motors”), an engine, and two planetary gear sets. The planetary gear sets can include a dual-sun. Ravigneaux-type gear set (DS-RGS), a dual-ring Ravigneaux-type gear set (DR-RGS), a three-sun Ravigneaux-type gear set (TS-RGS), and a normal planetary gear set (PGS). The E-motors can be placed at the front end of the transmission, with one E-motor at the front and one in the middle between the gear sets, and with both E-motors in the middle between the gear sets.11-05-2009
20120264553HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH THREE PLANETARY GEAR SETS AND TWO INTERCONNECTING MEMBERS AND WITH SYNCHRONOUS SHIFT BETWEEN SERIES AND COMPOUND-SPLIT OPERATING MODES - A hybrid transmission is provided that has both a hybrid series operating mode and a compound-split operating mode. The transmission includes an input member operatively connected with the engine, an output member, and a plurality of selectively engageable torque-transmitting mechanisms. A gearing arrangement and first and second motor/generators operatively connected with the gearing arrangement are also provided. The gearing arrangement includes a first, a second, and a third planetary gear set, each having a first, a second, and a third member. A first interconnecting member connects a respective one of the members of each of the planetary gear sets for common rotation with one another. A second interconnecting member connects another one of the members of one of the planetary gear sets for common rotation with another one of the members of another of the planetary gear sets.10-18-2012
20120264554ELECTRIC MOTOR ASSEMBLY WITH MOVABLE ROTOR SEGMENTS TO REDUCE BACK ELECTROMOTIVE FORCE - An electric motor assembly includes a rotor hub, and a rotor supported on the rotor hub. The rotor hub has first and second hub portions, and the rotor has first and second annular rotor segments supported for rotation on the respective first and second hub portions. Each of the rotor segments has a respective set of magnets spaced circumferentially therearound. The rotor hub and the rotor segments are configured so that at least one of the rotor segments moves about the axis of rotation relative to the other of the rotor segments as the rotor hub rotates. The movement of the at least one of the rotor segments is an amount that increases as the speed of the rotor hub increases to reduce back electromotive force. The movement may be due to centrifugal force, which increases as speed increases, without requiring a control system to effect the movement.10-18-2012
20120264555SINGLE MODE COMPOUND POWER-SPLIT HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A hybrid electro-mechanical transmission has an input member, an output member, and a stationary member. The transmission has a planetary gear set with a first sun gear, a second sun gear, a carrier, a first set of pinion gears, a second set of pinion gears, and a ring gear. The carrier supports the sets of pinion gears. The first set of pinion gears meshes with the first sun gear and with the ring gear. The second set of pinion gears meshes with the second sun gear and with the second set of pinion gears. The input member is connected with the ring gear. The output member is connected with the first sun gear. A first motor/generator has a rotor connected with the carrier. A second motor/generator has a rotor connected with the second sun gear. A torque-transmitting mechanism is selectively engageable to ground the input member to the stationary member.10-18-2012
20120270691MULTI-MODE ELECTRIC DRIVE HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A hybrid powertrain for a vehicle having a disconnect clutch located between an internal combustion engine, or other power source, and a hybrid transmission. When deactivated, the disconnect clutch decouples the engine from the hybrid transmission, which enables the hybrid transmission input shaft to rotate independently of the internal combustion engine. This enables enhanced electric drive performance for the hybrid transmission. The disconnect clutch provides for internal combustion engine starting, including internal combustion starting at high vehicle speeds.10-25-2012
20100203996CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYBRID DRIVE UNIT - To provide a control system capable of setting a various kinds of driving mode, and shifting the driving mode regardless of the rotational speed of the engine.08-12-2010
20100203995Hybrid electric vehicle - A full hybrid electric vehicle comprises a heat engine, a one-way-clutch connected to the engine shaft, an electric motor, a planetary gear unit, a clutch with limited torque, and a transmission. The planetary gear unit includes at least a sun gear (an input element), a ring gear (an input element) and a pinion carrier (an output element). The torque-limited clutch seats between two of the planetary gear elements. The engine is connected to and applies torque on one of the input elements. The electric motor is connected to and applies torque on the other input element. While the vehicle is running, the engine can be started smoothly by engaging the torque-limited clutch and controlling the motor torque, and a shock on the vehicle similar to a rough shift can be avoided.08-12-2010
20120270690HYDROSTATICALLY POWER-SPLITTING TRANSMISSION - A hydrostatically power-splitting transmission (10-25-2012
20110230292VEHICLE DRIVE APPARATUS - A vehicle drive apparatus comprising a planetary gear mechanism having a ring gear drive-coupled to one of an output member drive-coupled to wheels and a rotary electrical machine, a sun gear drive-coupled to the other of the output member and the rotary electrical machine, and a carrier drive-coupled to an engine and rotatably supporting a plurality of pinion gears, the apparatus. The vehicle drive apparatus having an outward receiver comprising a receiving portion opening outward in an apparatus radial direction and being provided on the carrier, the apparatus radial direction being a radial direction of the ring gear; a fluid supply part supplying lubricating fluid to an opening of the receiving portion of the outward receiver; and a bearing lubricating passage which is a route of lubricating fluid connecting the receiving portion of the outward receiver with a pinion bearing of each of the pinion gears.09-22-2011
20120322603HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM - The present invention provides a hybrid vehicle driving system which can implement sufficient lubrication while a vehicle is being driven. A hybrid vehicle driving system 12-20-2012
20120322602POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OF HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A power transmission system of a hybrid electric vehicle includes an input shaft, a first planetary gear set having a first rotation element, a second rotation element directly connected to the input shaft, and a third rotation element directly connected to a first motor/generator, a second planetary gear set having a fourth rotation element directly connected to the first rotation element and a second motor/generator, a fifth rotation element, and a sixth rotation element selectively connected to the second rotation element, an output gear connected to the fifth rotation element, a first clutch selectively connecting the engine with the input shaft, a second clutch selectively connecting the second rotation element with the sixth rotation element, a first brake interposed between the third rotation element and a transmission housing, and a second brake interposed between the sixth rotation element and the transmission housing.12-20-2012
20120322600METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING A SHIFT IN A POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A method to shift a powertrain system from a first operating mode to a second operating mode wherein a common clutch is activated to effect operation in both the first and second operating modes includes, in sequence, deactivating the common clutch, activating an oncoming clutch associated with the second operating mode and deactivating an off-going clutch associated with the first operating mode, and activating the common clutch.12-20-2012
20120322601POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OF HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A power transmission system of a hybrid electric vehicle may include an input shaft, a first planetary gear set having a third rotation element fixedly connected to the input shaft and a second rotation element fixedly connected to a first motor/generator, a second planetary gear set having a fourth rotation element selectively connected to the second rotation element, a fifth rotation element directly connected to the first rotation element, and a sixth rotation element fixedly connected to a second motor/generator, an output gear connected to the fifth rotation element, a first clutch selectively connecting the second rotation element with the fourth rotation element, a second clutch adapted to selectively connect the third rotation element with the second motor/generator, a first brake interposed between the fourth rotation element and a transmission housing, and a second brake interposed between the sixth rotation element and the transmission housing.12-20-2012
20110237378HYBRID POWERTRAIN - A hybrid powertrain is provided that includes an engine operatively connected with an input member. The powertrain includes a transmission with first and second electric motor/generators, a differential gear set having multiple members, and selectively engageable torque-transmitting mechanisms. The input member, the output member, the engine and the motor/generators are selectively interconnected through the differential gear set by engagement of the torque-transmitting mechanisms in different combinations. An electronic controller controls the electric motor/generators, the engine and the torque-transmitting mechanisms to provide multiple operating modes between the input member and the output member, including an electric-only operating mode in which the engine is off and one motor generator acts as a motor to provide torque at the output member while the other electric motor/generator can remain substantially stationary, and another electric-only operating mode in which both electric motor/generators act as motors to provide torque at the output member.09-29-2011
20100234159HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH INTEGRATED TORQUE MACHINE - A hybrid transmission device for a hybrid powertrain system having an integrated torque machine to transfer power among an input member, the torque machine and an output member in one of a plurality of fixed gear and continuously variable states is operative in a plurality of fixed gear states, a continuously variable state, and a torque machine state.09-16-2010
20120329594HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM - A hybrid drive system includes an input member, a rotating electric machine, a power distributing apparatus that distributes and transmits torque transmitted to the input member to the rotating electric machine and an output member, an output gear capable of outputting torque transmitted to the output member, an output bearing that rotatably supports the output member, and a rotor bearing that rotatably supports the rotor. The entire apparatus is arranged overlapping with the output member at a position in an axial direction on a radially inner side of the output member, and a ring gear of the apparatus is integrally provided with the output member, on an inner peripheral surface of the output member. The output gear is integrally provided with the output member, on an outer peripheral surface of the output member. The output bearing and the rotor bearing are arranged overlapping at a position in the axial direction.12-27-2012
20120329593HYBRID TRANSMISSION USING PLANETARY GEARSET FOR MULTIPLE SOURCES OF TORQUE FOR VEHICLES - Provided are alternative hybrid transmission systems for vehicles, as well as, propulsion systems and vehicles comprising such transmission systems, to improve various propulsion systems using a combination of at least two power sources with the option for simultaneous or alternating power input from two or more power sources, while providing desired characteristics or components. Such characteristics or components can include, but are not limited to: power, torque, acceleration, cruising speed or power, fuel efficiency, battery charging, endurance, power sizing, weight, capacity, efficiency, speed, mechanically and/or electrically added system requirements, design, fuel selection, functional design, structural design, lift to drag ratio, weight, and/or other desired characteristic or component.12-27-2012
20130012347Multi-Mode Powersplit Powertrain for Electric Vehicle - A powertrain includes a countershaft, a gearset including a sun gear, a carrier connected to an engine, a ring gear releaseably held against rotation and connectable to the countershaft, and pinions supported on the carrier and meshing with the sun gear and ring gear, an electric machine connected to the sun gear and connectable to the countershaft, and a second electric machine driveably connected to the countershaft.01-10-2013
20100130321Vehicle hybrid driving apparatus - A vehicle hybrid driving apparatus that has an engine and an electric motor as drive power sources includes: a hydraulic pressure generation mechanism that generates hydraulic pressure using drive force from the engine; and a planetary gear ratio shift device that has three rotating elements: a first rotating element, a second rotating element, and a third rotating element. The first rotating element is linked to the electric motor so that power transmission therebetween is possible, and is also linked to the engine via a clutch so that power transmission therebetween is possible. The second rotating element is selectively linked to a stationary member via a brake. The third rotating element is linked to an output shaft so that power transmission therebetween is possible. The brake connects the second rotating element and the stationary member when the hydraulic pressure from the hydraulic pressure generation mechanism is not supplied.05-27-2010
20120149518VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM INCLUDING A TRANSMISSION - A vehicle drive system including a transmission is provided. The system includes a compound planetary gear set including first, second, third and fourth elements. The second element connects with an output shaft of the transmission. The system further includes a transmission housing. The system still further includes an electric motor which has an output shaft connecting with the first and fourth elements for driving the first and fourth elements in response to an electrical signal to obtain a desired transmission ratio. The system further includes a non-friction controllable clutch assembly which is non-hydraulically controlled to change between a coupling state for coupling the fourth element to the motor output shaft and an uncoupling state for uncoupling the fourth element from the motor output shaft.06-14-2012
20120149517HUB MOTOR UNIT FOR ELECTRIC BICYCLE - A hub motor unit for an electric bicycle may include a hollow shaft mounted at a bicycle frame, a shifting portion having an input element rotatably mounted at the hollow shaft and an output element, a driven sprocket mounted at the input element, a hub housing rotatably mounted at an exterior circumference of the input element, and having an interior circumference fixedly connected to the output element of the shifting portion and an exterior circumference connected to a wheel through a spoke, a hub cover rotatably mounted at the hollow shaft and coupled to the hub housing, a motor portion mounted between the hollow shaft and the input element in the hub housing and supplying torque to the shifting portion through the input element according to a control signal, and a shift control portion mounted on a shift shaft in the hollow shaft and controlling the shifting portion.06-14-2012
20120149514MOTOR-ASSISTED TRANSMISSION - A powertrain has an engine with a crankshaft. The powertrain includes a planetary gear set having a first, a second, and a third member. The first member is connected for common rotation with an input member. A first clutch is selectively engageable to operatively connect the crankshaft with the input member. A second clutch is selectively engageable to ground the input member with a stationary member. An electric motor/generator has a rotor operatively connected for common rotation with the second member. An output member is provided, with a set of intermeshing gears configured to transfer torque from the third member to the output member. A first gear pair and a second gear pair are operable by engagement of a first synchronizer and a second synchronizer, respectively, to provide two different fixed ratios between the input member and the output member.06-14-2012
20130017916VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICEAANM Sada; NatsukiAACI AnjoAACO JPAAGP Sada; Natsuki Anjo JPAANM Aoki; HidetoshiAACI AnjoAACO JPAAGP Aoki; Hidetoshi Anjo JPAANM Tsuchida; MichitakaAACI MiyoshiAACO JPAAGP Tsuchida; Michitaka Miyoshi JP - A vehicle drive device includes an input member drivingly coupled to a drive output member of an internal combustion engine that rotates in a positive direction; an output member drivingly coupled to wheels; a rotating electrical machine; a distribution output member drivingly coupled to the output member; and a differential gear unit that distributes and transfers a torque, transferred to the input member, to the rotating electrical machine and the distribution output member. The distribution output member is placed coaxially with the input member and supported in a radial direction by a support bearing so as to be capable of rotating. Rotation of the input member in a negative direction is restricted by a one-way clutch. The one-way clutch is placed radially inward of the support bearing. At least a part of the one-way clutch is placed so as to overlap the support bearing as viewed in the radial direction.01-17-2013
20130017915HYBRID DRIVING APPARATUSAANM MIYATA; TakeshiAACI Shizuoka-KenAACO JPAAGP MIYATA; Takeshi Shizuoka-Ken JP - The present invention provides a first one-way clutch 01-17-2013
20130023369HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM - An electric drive device including an input member drivably coupled to an internal combustion engine, a first rotary electric machine, a second rotary electric machine disposed on an axis different from that of the first rotary electric machine, an output member drivably coupled to wheels and the second rotary electric machine, a power distribution device that distributes torque transferred from the input member to the output member and the first rotary electric machine, and a case.01-24-2013
20130023368CLUTCH SYSTEM FOR A TRANSMISSION - A clutch system for a transmission having a clutch assembly and a brake assembly. The clutch system includes a clutch assembly and a brake assembly coupled to a planetary gear set, engine and two electric motors to reduce transmission complexity, costs, and efficiency losses. The clutch assembly also includes a wear compensation mechanism and a clutch separator mechanism.01-24-2013
20080254928Infinitely-Variable Power-Branching Transmission with Two Operating Modes, Comprising Three Planetary Trains - An infinitely-variable power-branching transmission with two operating modes. The transmission components are distributed between two power paths connecting in parallel a heat engine to vehicle wheels, including at least first planetary trains, two electrical machines, and a reduction stage. A third planetary train co-operates with control members to establish the two transmission operating modes and to switch therebetween.10-16-2008
20080248909ELECTRICALLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSIONS HAVING TWO PLANETARY GEAR SETS AND CLUTCHED INPUT - The electrically variable transmission family of the present invention provides low-content, low-cost electrically variable transmission mechanisms including first and second differential gear sets, a battery, two electric machines serving interchangeably as motors or generators, four or five selectable torque transmitting devices, and possibly a dog clutch. The selectable torque transmitting devices are engaged to yield an EVT with a continuously variable range of speeds (including reverse) and at least one mechanically fixed forward speed ratio. The torque transmitting devices and the first and second motor/generators are operable to provide five operating modes in the electrically variable transmission, including battery reverse mode, EVT reverse mode, reverse and forward launch modes, continuously variable transmission range mode, and fixed ratio mode.10-09-2008
20080227577Hybrid transmission - In a hybrid transmission for a hybrid motor vehicle, with split power driving ranges, discrete gear steps and two electric drive motors (09-18-2008
20080227576Device for Power Transmission Between a Heat Engine Output and an Axle Shaft and Related Power Transmission Method - The present invention concerns a device (09-18-2008
20130130856ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM - An electric vehicle driving system includes an energy-storage apparatus (05-23-2013
20130143706HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH COMPOUND-SPLIT EVT DRIVE AXLE AND ELECTRIC DRIVE AXLE - A hybrid powertrain is provided for a vehicle that has a first axle and a second axle. The hybrid powertrain includes an engine, a stationary member, and an electrically-variable transmission that has a first and a second interconnected planetary gear set and a first and a second motor/generator. The engine, the first motor/generator, the second motor/generator and the first axle are each operatively connectable for rotation with a different member of the first and the second planetary gear sets. The powertrain has an electric drive unit that has reduction gearing and a third motor/generator. The third motor/generator and the second axle are each operatively connected to a different member of the third planetary gear set. The powertrain is operable in a compound-split operating mode.06-06-2013
20130095970FLEXIBLE HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH CONFIGURABLE MOTOR WINDING AND DECLUTCHING STRATEGY TO PROVIDE ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND HYBRID FUNCTIONS - A powertrain includes a first electric motor, a second electric motor and a transmission. The first electric motor includes an interchangeable winding set to provide the required power for the specific propulsion configuration utilized to propel the vehicle, i.e., a hybrid propulsion configuration or a full electric propulsion configuration. The transmission is operable in different powerflows to support operation of the powertrain in either of the hybrid propulsion configuration or the full electric propulsion configuration. The same powertrain may be used for either the hybrid propulsion configuration or the full electric propulsion configuration by switching the specific winding set installed into the first electric motor.04-18-2013
20130116079Transmission for operating an auxiliary assembly - A transmission for operating an auxiliary assembly in a drivetrain of a hybrid vehicle, includes a first sun gear rotatable about a main axis on a drive input side of the transmission, a first planet gear in engagement with the first sun gear on the drive input side of the transmission, a second planet gear on a drive output side of the transmission and mounted with the first planet gear on a common shaft, and a second sun gear in engagement with the second planet gear on the drive output side of the transmission, for coupling to the auxiliary assembly. The first planet gear is connected to the shaft by a first freewheel, which generates a rotationally conjoint connection when the first planet gear overruns in a first direction of rotation, and generates a freewheeling connection when the first planet gear overruns in a second, opposite direction of rotation. The shaft is mounted in a second freewheel in a planet carrier, which second freewheel permits a rotation of the shaft when the shaft rotates about its axis in the first direction of rotation and blocks a rotation of the shaft in the second, opposite direction of rotation.05-09-2013
20130116076WIDE-NODE DRIVE SYSTEM - An electro-mechanical drive unit connectable with multiple power sources for launching and propelling a vehicle includes an output member, a stationary member, a gear-train, and a torque-transmitting device. The drive unit also includes a compound planetary gear arrangement having a first, second, third, and fourth junction points. The power sources include a first motor/generator and a second motor/generator. The second motor/generator is operatively connected to the compound planetary gear arrangement at the first junction point via the gear-train and the output member is operatively connected to the compound planetary gear arrangement at the second junction point. Additionally, the first motor/generator is operatively connected to the compound planetary gear arrangement at the fourth junction point. Furthermore, the torque-transmitting device is engageable to ground the third junction point to the stationary member.05-09-2013
20130116077WIDE-NODE DRIVE SYSTEM - An electro-mechanical drive unit connectable with multiple power sources for launching and propelling a vehicle includes an output member, a stationary member, and a torque-transmitting device. The drive unit also includes a compound planetary gear arrangement having a first, second, third, and fourth junction point. The power sources include a first motor/generator and a second motor/generator. The first motor/generator and the second motor/generator are disposed on a common rotating axis. The second motor/generator is operatively connected to the compound planetary gear arrangement at the first junction point and the output member is operatively connected to the compound planetary gear arrangement at the second junction point. Additionally, the first motor/generator is operatively connected to the compound planetary gear arrangement at the fourth junction point. Furthermore, the torque-transmitting device is engageable to ground the third junction point to the stationary member.05-09-2013
20130116078HYBRID VEHICLE - A power split mechanism of a hybrid vehicle includes a sun gear that is coupled to a electric power generator, a ring gear that is coupled to a electric motor and a driving wheel, a pinion gear that meshes with the sun gear and the ring gear, and a carrier that supports the pinion gear and is coupled to a engine. Each of the arms of a inverter includes a first switching element that is provided on an upper arm thereof, and a second switching element that is provided on a lower arm thereof. A control device turns on one of the first switching element and the second switching element and turns off the other if an operation of stopping a vehicle system is performed during running.05-09-2013
20130102430HYBRID PROPULSION SYSTEM - Disclosed is a hybrid propulsion system, comprising an engine, a first motor, a second motor, a power coupling device and a drive shaft. The power coupling device includes a first propeller shaft connected with said engine via a first clutch, a second propeller shaft connected with the rotor of said first motor, and a third propeller shaft connected with the rotor of said second motor. By a planetary gear mechanism with an inner ring gear, said first propeller shaft, said second propeller shaft and said third propeller shaft come into driving engagement with one another. Said inner ring gear and said third propeller shaft are individually selectively in driving engagement with said drive shaft.04-25-2013
20130102429METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN OF A HYBRID VEHICLE - A method for operating a hybrid vehicle drive-train having an engine, electric machine, transmission and a planetary gearset comprising ring, sun and carrier elements. A first planetary element is coupled to a transmission input shaft, a second planetary element is coupled to the electric machine, and a first clutch couples a third planetary element to the engine while a second clutch couples two of the three elements. When the second clutch is disengaged, the drive-train operates in a first mode while, when the second clutch is engaged, the drive-train operates in a second mode. When starting up or crawling, to change from first to second mode while maintaining traction force at the output, the second clutch engages to reduce the transmission capacity of the first clutch until slip occurs, then the engine speed is regulated, while synchronizing the second clutch, after which the second clutch engages without any load.04-25-2013
20090275438ELECTRIC VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH THREE FORWARD MODES, ONE REVERSE MODE, AND FIVE FIXED GEARS - The present disclosure provides a power split transmission with three forward Electric Variable Transmission (EVT) modes, one reverse EVT mode, and five fixed gears for use in hybrid electrical vehicles (HEV). The present disclosure utilizes two electric motors (“E-motors”), an engine, three planetary gear sets, three selectively engageable clutches, and two selectively engageable brakes. The clutches and brakes are engaged in different combinations to engage the different gears and EVT modes. In the five fixed gears, power is transmitted only on the mechanical path for the highest transmission efficiency. In the EVT modes, a part of the power is transmitted electrically. Additionally, the present disclosure includes a front E-motor designed allowing scalable E-motors and a modular transmission design and a center E-motor design.11-05-2009
20080207372THREE MODE ELECTRICALLY-VARIABLE TRANSMISSION - An electrically-variable transmission is provided with first and second motor/generators and three planetary gear sets. The planetary gear sets have continuous interconnections, and selective connections via a plurality of torque-transmitting mechanisms, that provide three forward electrically-variable modes. Preferably, the planetary gear sets are characterized by effective gear ratios such that a substantially equal maximum torque is required from each of the motor/generators during the three forward electrically-variable modes for a given torque on the input member. This allows the first and second motor/generators to be substantially equal in size.08-28-2008
20080200296Electrically-Variable Transmission with Two Differential Gear Sets - An electrically-variable transmission having two differential gear sets and two motor/generators uses four torque-transmitting mechanisms and selective as well as continuous connecting members and preferably provides an input-split operating mode and an output-split operating mode.08-21-2008
20110224042HYBRID TRANSMISSION WITH SYNCHRONOUS SHIFT BETWEEN SERIES AND COMPOUND-SPLIT OPERATING MODES - A hybrid transmission is provided that is configured to shift between the hybrid series operating mode and the compound-split operating mode synchronously, without slipping any torque-transmitting mechanisms. The transmission includes an input member operatively connected with the engine, an output member, and a plurality of selectively engageable torque-transmitting mechanisms. A gearing arrangement and first and second motor/generators operatively connected with the gearing arrangement are also provided. A first of the torque-transmitting mechanisms is engaged to establish a hybrid series operating mode between the input member and the output member, and a second of the torque-transmitting mechanisms is engaged to establish a compound-split operating mode between the input member and the output member. The shift between the hybrid series operating mode and the compound-split operating mode is synchronous without slipping the torque-transmitting mechanisms and occurs while the engine is on.09-15-2011
20110275466HYBRID POWERTRAIN - A hybrid powertrain is provided that includes an engine operatively connected with an input member. The powertrain includes a transmission with first and second electric motor/generators, a differential gear set having multiple members, and selectively engageable torque-transmitting mechanisms. The input member, the output member, the engine and the motor/generators are selectively interconnected through the differential gear set by engagement of the torque-transmitting mechanisms in different combinations. The powertrain provides multiple operating modes between the input member and the output member, including an electric-only operating mode in which the engine is off and both electric motor/generators act as motors to provide torque at the output member.11-10-2011
20110256973DRIVE TRAIN WITH A FIRST ELECTRIC MOTOR AND A PLANETARY GEAR MECHANISM AS WELL AS WIND ENERGY PLANTS, GAS TURBINES AND WATER TURBINES AND VEHICLES THAT HAVE THIS DRIVE TRAIN - A drive train, wherein the drive train has a first electric machine (EMI) which can be operated in a motor or generator operating state, and a planetary gear mechanism (10-20-2011
20130150196HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A hybrid transmission includes a first planetary gear set and a second planetary gear set. The first planetary gear set is constituted of a complex planetary gear train connected to an input element, a motor/generator, and a first clutch, and has four or more rotation elements. The first rotation element of the first planetary gear set is selectively connected to the input element and the first clutch is installed to selectively stop rotation of a third rotation element of the first planetary gear set. The fourth rotation element of the first planetary set is selectively connected to the motor/generator. The second planetary gear set is connected to an output element, and has four or more rotation elements.06-13-2013
20130150198ELECTRICALLY VARIABLE DRIVE UNIT - An electrically variable drive unit having two electric motors is provided. The first electric motor is mounted along the same axis as an engine. The second electric motor is mounted along the same axis as a transmission output.06-13-2013
20130150199PUMP UNIT WITH A PUMP AND A HYBRID DRIVE - The pump unit has a pump and a hybrid drive. The pump comprises a pump housing and a pump shaft. The hybrid drive comprises an electric motor and a driveshaft connection to a driveshaft. The electric motor and the driveshaft connection are each in driving mechanical functional connection with the pump shaft by way of a planetary gearset for driving the pump shaft. A stator of the electric motor is at least partially integrated in the pump housing. A rotor of the electric motor is mechanically connected fixed to a sun gear of the planetary gearset. The driveshaft connection is mechanically connected fixed to a ring gear of the planetary gearset. The pump shaft is mechanically connected fixed to a planetary carrier of the planetary gearset.06-13-2013
20100317476Hybrid Module for Interconnecting an Engine and a Transmission - A hybrid module is configured to interconnect an engine and a transmission. The hybrid module includes an electric motor and a first and second carrier. The first carrier is operatively connected to the transmission and is rotatable about the central axis at a first rotational velocity with the electric motor. The first carrier transfers the first rotational velocity to the transmission. The second carrier is operatively connected to the engine and is rotatable about the central axis at a second rotational velocity. A first sun gear rotatably surrounds the central axis and is connected to the second carrier. A first pinion gear is rotatably supported by the first carrier and is in meshing engagement with the first sun gear such that the first pinion gear rotates about the first pinion axis as the first pinion gear and the first carrier rotate in unison about the central axis.12-16-2010
20130184111HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVING APPARATUS - A hybrid vehicle driving apparatus includes: a first rotor shaft of a first electric motor, the first electric motor being disposed on a first axis; a power distribution mechanism that includes a planetary gear device and is disposed on the first axis; an output gear shaft that serves as an output member of the power distribution mechanism and is disposed on the first axis; a counter shaft disposed on a second axis; a second rotor shaft of a second electric motor disposed on a third axis; a power transmission shaft disposed on the third axis; a differential gear disposed on a fourth axis; and a casing that includes a plurality of case members. The output gear shaft, the power transmission shaft, the counter shaft, the differential gear, the first rotor shaft, and the second rotor shaft are rotatably supported by a common case member that is one of the plurality of case members.07-18-2013
20110312464TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A transmission for a hybrid electric vehicle may include an input element where rotation power may be inputted and an output element from which the rotation power may be outputted, a first motor generator and a second motor generator, a first planetary gear set where the input element, the output element, and the first motor generator may be connected, a second planetary gear set that may be a multiple planetary gear set where the output element and the second motor generator may be connected and that includes at least four or more rotary elements, and a first clutch and a second clutch.12-22-2011
20110312463TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A transmission for a hybrid electric vehicle may include an input element, an output element, a first motor generator, a second motor generator, a first planetary gear set where the input element, the output element, and the first motor generator may be connected, a second planetary gear set where the output element and the second motor generator may be connected, a third planetary gear set, and a first clutch and a second clutch.12-22-2011
20110312462TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A transmission for a hybrid electric vehicle, may include an input element where rotation power may be inputted and an output element from which the rotation power may be outputted, a first motor generator and a second motor generator, a first planetary gear set that may be a multiple planetary gear set having at least four or more rotary elements with which the input element, the output element, and the first motor generator may be connected, a second planetary gear set with which the output element and the second motor generator may be connected, and a first clutch and a second clutch.12-22-2011
20110312461TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A transmission for a hybrid electric vehicle may include an input element, an output element, first and second motor generators, a first planetary gear set, a second planetary gear set, a first clutch and a second clutch, wherein a first rotary elements of the first and second planetary gear sets may be connected with the output element, a second rotary element and a third rotary element of the first planetary gear set may be connected with the input element and the first motor generator, respectively, a second rotary element of the second planetary gear set may be connected with the second motor generator, a third rotary element of the second planetary gear set may be switched by the first clutch, and a fourth rotary element of the first planetary gear set and the second rotary element of the second planetary gear set may be switched by the second clutch.12-22-2011
20110312460HYBRID DRIVE UNIT AND METHOD FOR ITS OPERATION - The invention relates to a hybrid drive unit, in which for the most optimum possible synergetic use of the combustion engine drive and electromotive drive, a multi-speed clutch- and gear assembly is provided, in which both the combustion engine drive power and also the electromotive drive power is introduced into an input member of the clutch- and gear assembly. Hereby, numerous drive variants are made possible, which allow the drive machines to cooperate with each other according to requirements. The invention additionally relates to the method by which such a drive unit is operated.12-22-2011
20110312459ELECTROMECHANICAL VARIABLE TRANSMISSION - A vehicle drive includes a first gear set and a second gear set both having a sun gear, a ring gear and planetary gears which couple the sun gear to the ring gear. The planetary gears of both sets are rotatably supported by respective planetary gear carriers which are coupled to each other. The vehicle drive also includes an engine, a first clutch which selectively engages the engine to the ring gear of the first gear set, a first motor/generator coupled to the sun gear of the first gear set and a second motor/generator coupled to the sun gear of the second gear set and electrically coupled to the first motor/generator, a second clutch which selectively engages the engine to the second motor/generator, and a third clutch and a third gear set which operate to selectively engage the ring gear of the second gear set to the planetary gear carriers.12-22-2011
20130190122HYBRID POWERTRAIN - A transmission includes a first motor/generator having a first rotor that is selectively rotatable about a first axis and a second motor/generator having a second rotor that is selectively rotatable about a second axis. A first planetary gearset and a second planetary gearset each has a respective first planetary member, a respective second planetary member, and a respective third planetary member. One of the members of the first planetary gearset is operatively connected to the first rotor to receive torque therefrom. One of the members of the second planetary gearset is operatively connected to the second rotor to receive torque therefrom.07-25-2013
20120028747VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE - Power generated by an engine is inputted to a carrier of a first planetary gear mechanism. Power generated by a motor is inputted to a sun gear of a second planetary gear mechanism. Power from a ring gear of the first planetary gear mechanism and power from a carrier of the second planetary gear mechanism are combined and transmitted to an axle of driving wheels. While power input from the engine to the carrier of the first planetary gear mechanism is maintained, rotation of a sun gear of the first planetary gear mechanism is restricted with a first clutch, a second clutch or a first brake. While power input from the motor to the sun gear of the second planetary gear mechanism is maintained, rotation of a ring gear of the second planetary gear mechanism is restricted with a second brake or a third clutch.02-02-2012
20130196806ELECTROMECHANICAL VARIABLE TRANSMISSION - A vehicle drive includes a first gear set and a second gear set both having a sun gear, a ring gear and planetary gears which couple the sun gear to the ring gear. The planetary gears of both sets are rotatably supported by respective planetary gear carriers which are coupled to each other. The vehicle drive also includes an engine, a first clutch which selectively engages the engine to the ring gear of the first gear set, a first motor/generator coupled to the sun gear of the first gear set and a second motor/generator coupled to the sun gear of the second gear set and electrically coupled to the first motor/generator, a second clutch which selectively engages the engine to the second motor/generator, and a third clutch and a third gear set which operate to selectively engage the ring gear of the second gear set to the planetary gear carriers.08-01-2013
20130196808HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A transmission comprises an input shaft and an output shaft and two power paths between the input shaft and a main gear set. The transmission also comprises a first, second, third and fourth shafts, wherein at least one electric machine can be connected to one of the shafts of the main gear set, the first shaft can be connected via a first shifting element to a first power path and via a second shifting element to a second power path, the second shaft can be connected via a third shifting element to the first power path and via a fourth shifting element to the second power path, the third shaft is continuously connected to the output shaft, the fourth shaft can be fixed via a sixth shifting element and can be connected via a fifth shifting element to the first power path.08-01-2013
20130196805HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH LAYSHAFT TRANSMISSION AND ELECTRIC TORQUE CONVERTER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SAME - A powertrain has an electric torque converter that includes an electric motor/generator, and a differential gear set having a first member, a second member, and a third member. The powertrain includes a layshaft transmission having a first input member connected to the first member, a second input member connected to the second member, and having a plurality of selectively engageable torque-transmitting mechanisms each of which is selectively engageable to establish a different respective speed ratio through the transmission. At least one controller is provided, and the motor/generator is connected for common rotation with the third member and is controlled by said at least one controller to establish a speed of the third member that permits synchronous engagement and disengagement of the torque-transmitting mechanisms to shift from one of the respective speed ratios to a successive one of the respective speed ratios. A method of controlling the powertrain is also provided.08-01-2013
20130196807HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A hybrid drive train for a motor vehicle, comprising at least one internal combustion engine and at least one electric motor, which is functionally connected to the internal combustion engine, or can be functionally connected to said internal combustion engine, wherein a multi-speed transmission having two planetary gear sets, with at least one transmission input shaft and at least one transmission output shaft is provided, wherein the multi-speed transmission exhibits at least four shift elements, the selective actuation of which results in different transmission ratios between the at least one transmission input shaft and the transmission output shaft, such that at least three forward gears are realized.08-01-2013
20130196809HYBRID POWER TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A transmission comprises an input shaft, an output shaft and at least two power paths between the input shaft and a driving gear set with a first, second, third and fourth shafts, wherein a first power paths has a first fixed gear ratio and a second of the power paths has a second fixed gear ratio smaller than the first fixed gear ratio. The first shaft can be fixed by a first gear-shifting element, and can be connected by a second-gear shifting element to the first power path. The second shaft can be connected by a third gear-shifting element to the first power path and by a fourth gear-shifting element to the second power path. The third shaft is permanently connected to the output shaft. The fourth shaft can be connected by a fifth gear-shifting element to the second power path and can be fixed by a sixth gear-shifting element.08-01-2013
20130196810HYBRID POWER TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A transmission comprises a transmission input shaft, a transmission output shaft, and three power paths situated between the transmission input shaft and a main gear set. The main gear set comprises two single planetary gear sets a first, a second, a third and a fourth shafts. An electric motor is connected with at least one of the four shafts. The first shaft can be connected with the first power path via a first switching element and with the third power path via a second switching element. The second shaft can be connected with the first power path via a third switching element and with the third power path via a fourth switching element. The third shaft is constantly connected with the transmission output shaft. The fourth shaft can be connected with the second power path via a fifth switching element and can be fixed by a sixth switching element.08-01-2013
20130203540CENTER ADAPTER ASSEMBLY - An adapter assembly is provided and includes a body having a first periphery, a second periphery opposite the first periphery and a central region interposed between the first and second peripheries. The first periphery is attachable to a first housing at a first aperture thereof, the first housing defining an interior in which a first motor is disposable. The second periphery is attachable to a second housing at a second aperture thereof, the second housing defining an interior in which a second motor is disposable. The central region is configured to encase a coupling for operably coupling the first and second motors via the first and second apertures, respectively, for output to a shaft.08-08-2013
20130095971BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT - A bicycle drive unit includes a motor, a transmission mechanism and a torque combining member. The motor includes a crank axle receiving hole. The transmission mechanism includes a plurality of selectable gear ratios. The torque combining member is operatively coupled to the motor and the transmission mechanism to combine an output of the motor and an output of the transmission mechanism together.04-18-2013
20130210567HYBRID DUAL CONFIGURATION TRANSMISSION - A hybrid dual configuration transmission for a vehicle having an electric motor, planetary gear set and a plurality of gear meshes is disclosed herein. The hybrid dual configuration transmission provides for a plurality of electrically variable transmission operating modes and a plurality of fixed gear operating modes. The hybrid dual configuration transmission may be operated utilizing exclusively the electric motor, exclusively an engine, or any combination of the electric motor and engine.08-15-2013

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