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20090118084METHOD AND APPARATUS TO PERFORM ASYNCHRONOUS SHIFTS WITH ONCOMING SLIPPING CLUTCH TORQUE FOR A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A method to control a powertrain including a transmission, an engine, and an electric machine includes monitoring a desired transmission shift including an oncoming clutch, monitoring operational parameters of the powertrain, monitoring a maximum electric machine torque capacity, determining a desired output torque profile through the desired transmission shift, determining a maximum electric machine torque capability profile through the desired transmission shift based upon the maximum electric machine torque capacity and the operational parameters, comparing the desired output torque profile to the maximum electric machine torque capability profile, determining a preferred oncoming clutch torque profile through the desired transmission shift based upon the comparing, and executing a clutch assisted shift based upon the preferred oncoming clutch torque profile.05-07-2009
20090105039METHOD FOR MODEL BASED CLUTCH CONTROL AND TORQUE ESTIMATION - A method for operating a powertrain through selective application of a hydraulically actuated clutch includes monitoring a state of a pressure control switch operatively coupled the clutch, monitoring a hydraulic line pressure utilized by the pressure control switch to fill the clutch, determining a hydraulic flow rate flowing to the clutch based upon the state of the pressure control switch and the hydraulic line pressure, tracking a clutch fill volume of the clutch based upon the hydraulic flow rate, and controlling operation of the clutch based upon the clutch fill volume.04-23-2009
20130029805DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DRIVE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLE - A drive control apparatus for a vehicle includes an engine, an electric motor, a clutch mechanism, an engine rotation sensor, a motor rotation sensor, an acceleration and deceleration intention detecting portion, and a controller. The controller controls a rotation speed of the engine to be an acceleration intention target value greater than a rotation speed of the motor and thereafter brings the clutch mechanism into the engagement state in a case where the acceleration and deceleration intention detecting portion detects that the vehicle is in an acceleration intention mode, and controls the rotation speed of the engine to be a deceleration intention target value smaller than the rotation speed of the motor and thereafter brings the clutch mechanism into the engagement state in a case where the acceleration and deceleration intention detecting portion detects that the vehicle is in a deceleration intention mode.01-31-2013
20130029804ASSEMBLY WITH A PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE, A MOTOR VEHICLE AND A METHOD FOR OPERATING A PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN - In an assembly with a planetary gear train, which includes the elements sun gear, planet carrier with planetary gears and ring gear, two elements, in particular the sun gear and the planet carrier, are coupled with each other via an overrunning clutch. A clutch bridges the overrunning clutch. Bridging is discontinuous and controlled by a control device based on the relative rotation of the two elements to be coupled. For example, one rotation speed sensor can measure the rotation speed of an electric machine, whereas another rotation speed sensor can measure the rotation speed of a crankshaft of an combustion engine. In a motor vehicle, the combustion engine can be coupled with an electric machine, using different gear ratios during startup or boosting and in generator operation. In addition, the electric machine can drive an air-conditioning compressor when the combustion engine is not running.01-31-2013
20130029803ASSEMBLY WITH A COMBUSTION ENGINE, AN ELECTRIC MACHINE AND A PLANETARY GEAR TRAIN ARRANGED THEREBETWEEN, AS WELL AS A METHOD FOR CHANGING AN OPERATING MODE OF SUCH ASSEMBLY - An assembly with a combustion engine and an electric machine, which are coupled with each other by way of a planetary gear train, employs a claw clutch or a toothed clutch, in particular as a brake, between a ring gear of the planetary gear train and a housing of the combustion engine. For this purpose, rotation speeds of the electric machine and the combustion engine set commensurate with a fixed gear ratio, and the brake is closed after the set rotation speeds have been attained with a predetermined minimum accuracy. In this way, machine elements which are compact and operate with insignificant wear, such as claw clutches or toothed clutches, can be employed as the clutch or brake.01-31-2013
20100113213POWER OUTPUT APPARATUS, HYBRID VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE POWER OUTPUT APPARATUS - The hybrid vehicle transfers power between the two motors, releases a coupling between one of the motors and the drive shaft, adjusts the rotation speed of one of the motors which is released from the coupling to the drive shaft by the transmission so as to enable drive source element connection, and connects the clutch as well as cranks the engine by either one or the other motor when the engine is started while the clutch is released, the engine is stopped, both the motors are coupled to the drive shaft as well as at least one of the motors is caused to output power.05-06-2010
20100075798CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A control apparatus of hybrid vehicle having a first clutch which is in a disengaged state by being supplied with hydraulic fluid and a second clutch which is in an engaged state by being supplied with the hydraulic fluid, has a line pressure controller controlling a line pressure of the hydraulic fluid, and a drive mode controller changing a drive mode between HEV mode in which the first clutch is engaged and the vehicle travels with the engine and the motor/generator being a power source and EV mode in which the first clutch is disengaged and the vehicle travels with only the motor/generator being the power source. The line pressure controller sets the line pressure in HEV mode to a pressure level required for the engagement of the second clutch, and sets the line pressure in EV mode to a higher line pressure than the line pressure in HEV mode.03-25-2010
20120244992DRIVING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - A driving device with an input member connected to an engine, an output member connected to wheels, first and second rotating electrical machines, a differential gear unit including at least three rotational elements, and a control device. The control device includes a differential rotation reducing control, an engagement control, and a start up control that changes the rotation speed of the first rotating electrical machine, which allows the internal combustion engine to have a rotation speed at which starting is possible, made as a target value, when in direct engagement. The differential rotation reducing control changes the rotation speed of the first rotating electrical machine with the upper limit and the lower limit of a starting torque output range, which is a rotation speed range in which the torque necessary for starting the internal combustion engine may be output by the first rotating electrical machine, made as limits.09-27-2012
20130079193Hybrid Module - A hybrid module includes a housing, an input intended for rotationally coupling to an internal combustion engine, an output intended for rotationally coupling to an input of a gearbox, an electric machine arranged in the housing and having a stator and a rotor arranged within the stator radially, a separation clutch and a torsional vibration damper. The separation clutch and the torsional vibration damper are arranged within the rotor in both the radial and axial directions.03-28-2013
20130079192GEAR SHIFT CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM - A gear shift control device for controlling a hybrid vehicle drive system including an engine, an automated transmission, a clutch, and a motor generator, includes a torque indication device for indicating a driver request torque determined in accordance with an operation amount of an accelerator operated by a driver, a power generation interruption device changing a vehicle state to an engine driven state using all of the engine torque when a preliminary gear shift condition is satisfied in a state where the engine drives a driving wheel and the motor generator is actuated to generate an electric power, and a gear shift control device reducing the engine torque and generating an assist torque by actuating the motor generator, disconnecting the clutch, and returning the clutch to a connected state after changing gear sets of the gear train when a gear shift condition of the automated transmission is satisfied.03-28-2013
20130035203CONTROL DEVICE FOR DRIVE MOTORS - A control system for driving motor configured to synchronize rotor phases of a plurality of driving motors of wheels using a single inverter. The control system comprises driving motor connected with a wheel to drive the wheel; a clutch interposed between the driving motor and the wheel; and a current control means connected with the driving motor to supply current thereto. A switching unit switches electrical connection in a manner to supply the current to both of the driving motors from one of the current control unit by interrupting the current supply from the other current control unit. The clutch interrupts torque transmission in case the switching mechanism switches the electrical connection in a manner to supply the current to both of the driving motors from one of the current control unit to drive the vehicle.02-07-2013
20130035202POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE - A power transmission device has a rigid body that includes a contact portion coming into contact with the first or second friction member and that moves the contact portion from a position of contact with the first or second friction member to a position of no contact with the first and second friction members, an elastic body that applies to the rigid body a force moving the contact portion to a position of contact with the first or second friction member, a first pushing mechanism that applies to the rigid body a pressure of liquid moving the contact portion to a position of contact with the first or second friction member, and a second pushing mechanism that applies to the rigid body a pressure of liquid moving the contact portion to a position of no contact with the first and second friction members.02-07-2013
20130035201Method and Device for Operating A Hybrid Vehicle - A method for operating a hybrid vehicle, having at least one first drive unit and one second drive unit, the second drive unit being started by at least one portion of the drive torque provided by the first drive unit in that the clutch situated between the first drive unit and the second drive unit is brought from a disengaged state into a slipping state. To improve the driving comfort of the hybrid vehicle during a start or a stop of the internal combustion engine, at least two clutches are shifted into the slipping state for starting the second drive unit.02-07-2013
20130040778METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES - A method for operating an engine and an integrated starter/generator/motor (ISGM) disposed in a hybrid electric vehicle, which includes launch and deceleration processes. The ISGM is used to both launch the vehicle and start the engine. The deceleration process includes operating a first clutch to disengage the engine from the ISGM during an initial phase, and engaging a second clutch during the initial phase to direct substantially all regenerative energy to provide the only source of electrical energy to recharge the energy storage device.02-14-2013
20090156355System and method for controlling clutch engagement in hybrid vehicle - The present invention provides a system and method for controlling clutch engagement in a hybrid vehicle, in which an appropriate clutch engagement mode is selected based on vehicle state, and the like, and a speed difference between both sections of a clutch and a torque transmitted to the vehicle during the clutch engagement process are controlled by reflecting a parameter changed by the clutch engagement mode, thus improving acceleration performance and driving performance, reducing engagement impact, and simply providing various clutch engagement modes.06-18-2009
20100105519Vehicle drive device - A vehicle drive device that includes a speed change mechanism; a hydraulic transmission provided closer to an engine attachment side than the speed change mechanism is and including a lock-up clutch; an electric motor having a rotor and a stator and connecting the rotor to an input portion of the hydraulic transmission; and an engine power cut-off clutch that transmits or cuts off a driving force of an engine to or from the hydraulic transmission.04-29-2010
20100105518Vehicle drive device - A vehicle drive device that includes a speed change mechanism; a fluid transmission device provided closer to an engine attachment side than the speed change mechanism is and including a lock-up clutch; an electric motor having a rotor and a stator and connecting the rotor to an input portion of the fluid transmission device; and an engine power cut-off clutch that transmits or cuts off a driving force of an engine to or from the fluid transmission device.04-29-2010
20090124453METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM HAVING A TORQUE CONVERTER - A method for operating a hybrid drive system, in particular of a motor vehicle, having at least one electric machine and one internal combustion engine, a disconnecting clutch being provided between the electric machine and the internal combustion engine and a torque converter having a turbine wheel being provided between the electric machine and a hybrid drive output, the disconnecting clutch being engaged for starting the internal combustion engine. It is provided that, as a function of the rotational speed of the turbine wheel of the torque converter, a rotational speed is predefined for the electric machine such that no sudden torque change occurs at the hybrid drive output when the internal combustion engine is started.05-14-2009
20090124450METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USING MECHANICAL POWER TO OPERATE A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An automotive transmission transitions from a drive gear to a neutral gear when an engine is shutdown. During a rolling pull-up, a crankshaft of the engine will be spun up to a desired speed and the transmission will transition from the neutral gear to an appropriate gear based on a shift schedule. A target transmission input speed is commanded to be a synchronous speed plus an offset to smoothly transition out of electric axle drive propulsion.05-14-2009
20130045833HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM - In a hybrid vehicle in which power of electric motor is transmitted to a counter shaft 02-21-2013
20090042690Control device for vehicle power transmitting apparatus - There is provided correspondence controlling means 02-12-2009
20100267518Hybrid Transmission and Method of Use - A hybrid transmission for a vehicle and its method of use are described. The transmission may have an internal combustion engine and an electric device. A torque converter is connected between the internal combustion engine and a set of direction clutches. The direction clutches are also connected to an intermediate gear set. The electric device is also connected to the intermediate gear set for providing rotational energy to the intermediate gear set or absorbing energy from the intermediate gear set. The electric device is connected to at least one super capacitor.10-21-2010
20090093336Vehicle Creep Control in a Hybrid Electric Vehicle - In a powertrain that includes wheels for driving a vehicle, an engine including a crankshaft, a machine driveably connected to the crankshaft and able to operate alternately as an electric motor and electric generator, a transmission including an input clutch driveably connected to the crankshaft and an output driveably connected to at least two of the wheels, and an electric storage battery having a variable state of charge and electrically connected to the machine, a method for controlling vehicle creep including adjusting a torque capacity of the input clutch to a desired magnitude of input clutch torque transmitted to the wheels, determining a desired change in torque produced by the machine such that a speed of the crankshaft is controlled to a desired idle speed, using the magnitude of input clutch torque capacity and the desired change in torque produced by the machine to determine a desired magnitude machine torque, and using the machine to produce said desired magnitude of machine torque.04-09-2009
20130072347DRIVETRAIN FOR A PARALLEL HYBRID VEHICLE - A drivetrain (03-21-2013
20120309587ENGINE STOP CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - An engine stop control system for a hybrid electric vehicle including a powertrain having an engine, an electric motor/generator, and driving wheels, including a first clutch coupling the engine to the motor/generator, a second clutch coupling the motor/generator to the driving wheels, a controller configured to select between two driving modes of the vehicle by controlling engagement and disengagement of the first clutch and the second clutch so that the vehicle may be driven either solely by the motor/generator or a combination of the engine and the motor/generator, and to control the stop position of the engine to be a desired stop position by controlling the rotation speed of the motor/generator while the first clutch in complete engagement and the second clutch in a slip state.12-06-2012
20120309586CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVE SOURCE OF HYBRID VEHICLE WHEN A TRANSMISSION MALFUNCTIONS - A system and method for controlling a power source when a transmission malfunctions in a hybrid vehicle is disclosed. In particular, a control unit confirms a speed of a transmission output is 0 rpms, detects whether the transmission is in park or neutral, and limits a speed of an engine and a motor in response to determining that the transmission is in park or neutral and that the transmission output is 0 rpms.12-06-2012
20120309585METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING A TRANSMISSION SHIFT IN A POWERTRAIN SYSTEM INCLUDING A TORQUE MACHINE AND AN ENGINE - A method for operating a powertrain system including a torque machine coupled to an internal combustion engine that coupled to a transmission includes, upon commanding a shift in a transmission operating range, activating an immediate response mode to effect the shift. Activating the immediate response mode includes controlling the engine to achieve a predicted engine torque command, and controlling motor torque of the torque machine in response to a difference between an actual engine torque and an immediate crankshaft torque for shift command. An arbitrated predicted motor torque is determined A possible crankshaft torque is determined in response to the arbitrated predicted motor torque and the predicted engine torque command. Operation of the transmission at the end of the shift event is commanded in response to the possible crankshaft torque. A predicted response mode is activated to complete the shift in the transmission operating range.12-06-2012
20110015032METHOD AND CONTROL DEVICE FOR OPERATING A HYBRID DRIVE - In a control unit and a method for operating a hybrid drive arrangement (01-20-2011
20120225751ACCESSORY DRIVE MOTOR CONFIGURATION - An accessory drive motor configuration is disclosed. One embodiment of the accessory drive motor configuration is an apparatus including an internal combustion engine having a crankshaft, wherein the crankshaft is structured to provide traction power. The apparatus further includes an accessory drive system operably coupled to a shaft. The shaft is selectively coupled to an electro-mechanical device and selectively coupled to the internal combustion engine. The shaft extends through at least a portion of the electro-mechanical device.09-06-2012
20110021313METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A method for operating a drivetrain of a motor vehicle having in the force flow direction and in the following order an internal combustion engine, a clutch, an electric motor, a transmission and an axle gearset, or an internal combustion engine, a clutch, an electric motor, a transmission input shaft, a transmission and an axle gearset. The electric motor is used for pre-lubricating and warming the transmission such that, with the vehicle clutch disengaged, the lubricant pump of the transmission is driven by the electric motor so bearings are supplied with lubricant before the engine is started, and the heat, produced by splashing the lubricant, additionally warms the transmission.01-27-2011
20110021312HYBRID VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE - A hybrid vehicle control device is provided with an engine stop control section and a fuel injection control section. The engine stop control section is configured to issue an engine speed reduction command to reduce an engine speed of an engine during an engine stopping operation occurring in response to establishment of an engine stop condition by using an electric motor and slip engaging a drive-wheel side clutch disposed between the electric motor and a drive wheel such that the drive-wheel side clutch transmits rotational torque between the electric motor and the drive wheel. The fuel injection control section is configured to issue a fuel injection command to continue fuel injection during the engine stopping operation until the engine speed decreases below a prescribed engine speed whereupon the fuel injection is stopped.01-27-2011
20090011899Method and device for adjusting the friction coefficient of a friction clutch situated in a hybrid power train - A method for adjusting the friction coefficient of a friction clutch situated in a hybrid power train between an electric machine and a combustion engine, actuated by a clutch actuator, the friction coefficient is adjusted by a torque transmitted by the friction clutch, which is determined when starting the combustion engine by the electric machine.01-08-2009
20090011898SPLIT SERIAL-PARALLEL HYBRID DUAL-POWER DRIVE SYSTEM - A split serial-parallel hybrid dual-power drive system, comprised of two or more than two separation drive systems allowing independent operation to respectively drive the load, or all loads driven individually are incorporated in a common frame to drive land, surface, underwater transportation means or aircraft, industrial machines and equipment or any other load drive by rotational kinetic energy.01-08-2009
20090011897SPLIT SERIAL-PARALLEL HYBRID DUAL-POWER DRIVE SYSTEM - A split serial-parallel hybrid dual-power drive system, comprised of two or more than two separation drive systems allowing independent operation to respectively drive the load, or all loads driven individually are incorporated in a common frame to drive land, surface, underwater transportation means or aircraft, industrial machines and equipment or any other load drive by rotational kinetic energy.01-08-2009
20090011896SPLIT SERIAL-PARALLEL HYBRID DUAL-POWER DRIVE SYSTEM - A split serial-parallel hybrid dual-power drive system, comprised of two or more than two separation drive systems allowing independent operation to respectively drive the load, or all loads driven individually are incorporated in a common frame to drive land, surface, underwater transportation means or aircraft, industrial machines and equipment or any other load drive by rotational kinetic energy.01-08-2009
20120238404METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVETRAIN - A method of operating a drive train having a hybrid drive including a combustion engine and electric motor, a clutch located between the engine and the motor, a transmission, a starting element and a brake pedal. For electric crawling from a state in which the clutch is disengaged, the brake pedal is activated and the combustion engine is turned off, initially the starting element is brought to or maintained at a filling pressure. Next, the rotational speed of the electric motor is adjusted to be higher, by a defined slippage rotational speed, than a transmission side rotational speed. When this slippage is reached, the starting element is further engaged to create a crawl torque at the output. The electric motor continues at rotational speed control so that the slippage is maintained.09-20-2012
20130165294HYBRID MODULE AND TORQUE TRANSFER DEVICE - The present invention relates to a hybrid module with fastening means for fastening, for example, detachable fastening, of the hybrid module with a torque transfer device, such as a torque converter or a clutch, such as a dual clutch, where the hybrid module includes a drive shaft that can be connected to an internal combustion engine and can rotate around a rotary axis and an electric motor with a stator, a rotor, and a power take-off component that can be connected to the rotor and where the torque transfer device has a transfer component for connecting to the hybrid module, where the fastening means axially secure the power take-off component with respect to the transfer component and can produce the connection between fastening means and transfer component.06-27-2013
20090124452Method for Starting a Piston Engine and Hybrid Drive for Performing the Method - A method is provided for starting a piston engine of a hybrid drive in an electric travel state. The hybrid drive includes at least the piston engine, an electric motor, a transmission, and a clutch situated between the piston engine and the electric motor. A converter lockup clutch, which is switchable into a slip state, is also provided. A slip is set at the converter lockup clutch, and a speed of the electric motor is then increased. The speed and the torque either do not change or only change in a predefined range at the output side of the converter lockup clutch. The clutch is closed to transmit a torque pulse, so that a first top dead center of the piston of the piston engine may be overcome. A predefined slip is then set at the clutch.05-14-2009
20100048348SPLIT SERIAL-PARALLEL HYBRID DUAL-POWER DRIVE SYSTEM - A split serial-parallel hybrid dual-power drive system, comprised of two or more than two separation drive systems allowing independent operation to respectively drive the load, or all loads driven individually are incorporated in a common frame to drive land, surface, underwater transportation means or aircraft, industrial machines and equipment or any other load drive by rotational kinetic energy.02-25-2010
20110287889METHOD FOR COUPLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A PARALLEL-HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN - A method of coupling a combustion engine of a parallel-hybrid drive train via a clutch positioned between the engine and an electric machine with the clutch device initially disengaged, the engine rotational speed approximately at an engine idling rotational speed, and the machine rotational speed larger than the engine idling rotation speed. When a request is made for a drive torque value which is larger than a torque threshold, the engine rotational speed is brought to a rotational speed value above the machine rotational speed and the clutch is slipping engaged once the rotational speed value is reached, while the engine, when the drive train decelerates and a request is made to couple the engine, is brought into deceleration cancellation and the engine rotational speed is brought up to the machine rotational speed while engaging the clutch and dependent on a transfer ability of the clutch.11-24-2011
20090312143METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A HYBRID DRIVETRAIN - A method for controlling a hybrid drivetrain of a motor vehicle such that, during a thrust operation of the vehicle, a change takes place from a combustion-powered driving mode, in which the combustion engine is in a thrust operation, the separator clutch is engaged and the electric machine contributes no force, or from a combined driving mode in which the engine is in a thrust operation, the clutch is engaged and the electric machine operates as a generator, to an electric driving mode in which the engine is switched off, the clutch is disengaged and the electric machine operates as a generator. To efficiently change driving modes, the clutch is partially disengaged to a slip limit; the clutch is then completely disengaged; and when the clutch reaches the slip limit, the generator torque of the electric machine is increased inversely to the torque that can be transmitted by the clutch.12-17-2009
20120083385CONTROL OF A POWERTRAIN FOR A HYBRID SYSTEM - A powertrain includes a first electric motor coupled to an internal combustion engine with a ratio changing device and a second motor selectively coupled to the engine through an engine disconnect clutch, the second motor further coupled to an input shaft of a transmission. A method to control the powertrain includes monitoring a propelling torque provided by the second motor, monitoring a speed of the second motor, determining a condition of the second motor based upon the propelling torque and the speed of the second motor, selecting a control mode for the first motor based upon the condition of the second motor and controlling the first motor, the second motor, and the engine disconnect clutch based upon the control mode.04-05-2012
20090124451Hybrid 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 engagable 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.05-14-2009
20130023380SIMULTANEOUS AUTO-START AND ASYNCHRONOUS SHIFT FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE - A vehicle includes an engine, a first motor, a second motor, and a gearbox. An oncoming clutch is configured to engage during a transition to a target operating mode to transfer an engine torque to the gearbox during the target operating mode. An off-going clutch is configured to transfer a reactive torque to the gearbox during the transition to the target operating mode. The off-going clutch is configured to be disengaged during at least a portion of the target operating mode. A controller is configured to simultaneously control the off-going clutch and the oncoming clutch during the transition. The controller is configured to control the reactive torque of the off-going clutch using a clutch torque profile associate with the target operating mode and the engagement of the oncoming clutch using a shift profile associated with target operating mode.01-24-2013
20110269599HYBRID VEHICLE - Disclosed is a hybrid vehicle with a transmission, the transmission including a transmission input shaft (11-03-2011
20090098977Hybrid drive arrangement and method for controlling and/or regulating a starting process with a hybrid drive arrangement - A method is proposed for controlling and/or regulating a starting process in a hybrid drive arrangement of a vehicle, in which at least one control unit (04-16-2009
20090098976Hybrid Powertrain System Having Selectively Connectable Engine, Motor/Generator, and Transmission - A hybrid powertrain having an engine, multi-speed transmission connected to a final drive and not continuously connected to the engine, a single motor/generator connected to an energy storage device and a controller and not continuously connected to the engine or transmission, and three clutches. The first clutch is connected to the engine, the second clutch is connected to the transmission and first clutch, and the third clutch is connected to the motor/generator and first and second clutches. The first and second clutches are operable for selectively interconnecting the engine and transmission; the first and third clutches are operable for selectively interconnecting the engine and motor/generator; the second and third clutches are operable for selectively interconnecting the transmission and motor/generator; and the three clutches are operable for selectively interconnecting the engine, transmission and motor/generator to transmit power therebetween. An engine starter system may be connected to the engine to transmit power to and receive power from the engine.04-16-2009
20110263379Multiple-Mode Power Split Hybrid Powertrain - A hybrid electric vehicle powertrain having a mechanical power source and an electro-mechanical power source, including a generator, a motor and a battery. Driving torque developed by the mechanical power source is delivered through one clutch of a geared transmission to a power output shaft. The electric motor of the electro-mechanical power source delivers driving torque through a second clutch of the geared transmission. A mechanical reverse drive torque is used to improve reverse drive performance. A reduction in duration of operation in a negative power split during a driving event is achieved to improve vehicle powertrain efficiency. A series drive is available as the mechanical power source drives the generator to charge the battery, which drives the motor. The generator may act as an engine starter motor.10-27-2011
20110306463AUTOMATED MANUAL TRANSMISSION WITH HYBRID DRIVE - An automated manual transmission system (12-15-2011
20100125022METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN - A process of operating a motor vehicle drive train that comprises at least one hybrid drive having a combustion engine and an electric motor with a clutch connected between the combustion engine and the electric motor, and an automatic transmission is arranged between the hybrid drive and an output. The process including the step of disengaging the clutch to carry out a shift, after a reduction of load at the internal combustion engine and after a reduction of the torque that is transmitted between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor. Subsequently carrying out a gear shift by the automatic transmission and, thereafter, increasing the torque that is transmitted by the clutch. Increasing the load from the combustion engine, and optionally engaging the clutch. A load transfer by the electric motor occurs before and/or after the gear shift in the transmission is carried out.05-20-2010
20100087290Hybrid Transmission with Disconnect Clutch and Method of Starting an Engine Using Same - A hybrid transmission is provided with a motor and a torque-transfer device is operable to transfer torque from the motor to a transmission input member upstream in power flow from the transmission gearing arrangement. The torque transfer device may be a fluid coupling, such as a torque converter, including a torque converter lock-up clutch. In other embodiments, the torque transfer device is a launch clutch that may be either a wet clutch engagable via pressurized transmission fluid, or a dry clutch, such as used in a manual transmission. A disconnect clutch is selectively engagable to operatively connect an engine connection member with the motor to permit the motor to start the engine, such as after a stop. Many embodiments of the transmission include a one-way clutch arranged in parallel with the disconnect clutch. A method of starting the engine using such a transmission is also provided.04-08-2010
20100081541VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD OF VEHICLE - In response to a starting instruction of an engine at a gearshift position of a gearshift lever set to a parking position, a motor is controlled to form a fixed magnetic field on a stator of the motor at the level that is capable of preventing rotation of a rotating shaft against a torque applied to the rotating shaft within magnitude less than or equal to magnitude of a rotation restriction control torque based on a temperature of the motor and a discharge power from the battery, a motor is controlled to perform the motoring of the engine while the motor outputs a torque that makes a torque applied to the rotating shaft less than or equal to magnitude of the rotation restriction control torque, and the engine is controlled to be started with the motoring.04-01-2010
20090291801CONTROLLER OF VEHICLE DRIVING DEVICE - A control system for a drive unit of a vehicle, in which a power distribution mechanism is arranged on a route from a prime mover to a wheel, and a transmission is arranged on an output side of the power distribution mechanism. The control system includes a revolution frequency controller that restrains a variation in a revolution frequency of the prime mover by controlling a revolution frequency of the reaction force establishing device until a predetermined time elapses since a commencement of a shifting operation of the transmission. The control system is capable of restraining a variation in an output torque, in case of carrying out a shifting operation of a transmission arranged on an output side of a prime mover.11-26-2009
20100087289METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE COUPLING AND THE DECOUPLING OF TWO MOTORS OF A PARALLEL HYBRID MOTIVE POWER GROUP - The invention relates to a method for controlling the coupling and the decoupling of the first motor and of the second motor of a parallel hybrid motive power group comprising a first motor (04-08-2010
20110172055METHOD FOR CARRYING OUT A SHIFT DURING HYBRID OPERATION IN A PARALLEL HYBRID VEHICLE - A method of carrying out a shift with traction force interruption during hybrid operation in a parallel hybrid vehicle having an automated transmission. The method comprises the steps of maintaining the coupling between the internal combustion engine (07-14-2011
20120289376HYBRID VEHICLE WITH DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION - A vehicle includes an engine that generates an engine torque and a motor that generates a motor torque. A transmission can receive the engine torque, the motor torque, or both. The transmission includes a first gear set and a second gear set, as well as a first clutch that at least partially engages to transfer torque to the gears in the first gear set and a second clutch that at least partially engages to transfer torque to the gears in the second gear set. A controller can control the engine torque and the motor torque to control a speed of the engine to follow a desired speed profile. The controller can also control the engagement of the first clutch and the second clutch to optimize a desired gear state to minimize system losses.11-15-2012
20100125021Controller for power transmission system - A controller for a power transmission system that uses an engine and a motor as driving force sources to transmit power and that includes a transmission unit is provided. The transmission unit has a plurality of engagement devices and establishes a plurality of gears having different speed ratios by the frictional engagement devices. The transmission unit is arranged downstream of the driving force sources. The controller includes a torque transmission capacity setting unit that, when the transmission unit shifts gears, varies torque transmission capacities of the frictional engagement devices on the basis of an operating state of the motor and an operating state of the engine.05-20-2010
20080318729AUTOMOTIVE DRIVE APPARATUS - An engine, an electric motor-generator, an oil pump, an air conditioner, and a first power transmitting means that performs power transmission among a crank shaft of the engine, a rotating shaft of the electric motor-generator, and rotating shafts of the oil pump and the air conditioner are included. The first power transmitting means has: a crank pulley; a first electric motor-generator pulley; an oil pump pulley; an air conditioner pulley; a first belt that is wound around these pulleys; and a first one-way clutch that is interposed between the rotating shaft and the first electric motor-generator pulley so as to transmit a rotational driving force from the crank shaft to the rotating shaft without transmitting a rotational driving force from the rotating shaft to the crank shaft, and the electric motor-generator is motor driven while the engine is being driven.12-25-2008
20090280951METHOD FOR OPERATING A VEHICLE DRIVETRAIN - A method for operating a vehicle drivetrain (11-12-2009
20110269598ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A HYBRID DRIVE UNIT - A control system for a hybrid drive unit includes a pressure regulator valve, a first variable bleed solenoid valve for controlling a stationary clutch and a second variable bleed solenoid valve for controlling a rotating clutch. The control system controls the stationary clutch and the rotating clutch to operate the hybrid drive unit in four different modes.11-03-2011
20090042689Launch control of a hybrid electric vehicle - A method for controlling the launch of a vehicle having a powertrain that includes a first power path for driving a first wheel set and including an engine, a transmission having an input driveably connected to a crankshaft of the engine, a current gear, an input clutch associated with the current gear and an output connected to first wheel set, and a second power path including an electric machine for driving a second wheel set. The method includes determining a desired magnitude of wheel torque to be produced at the first wheel set, using the desired magnitude of wheel torque to be produced at the first wheel set to determine a magnitude of crankshaft torque, producing a predetermined magnitude of torque capacity at the input clutch, determining a crankshaft speed error, determining a change in magnitude of torque at the crankshaft that will reduce the crankshaft speed error, and operating the engine to produce a desired engine torque, whose magnitude is determined from the change in magnitude of torque at the crankshaft and the magnitude of desired crankshaft torque.02-12-2009
20100248893CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A control apparatus of hybrid vehicle has a drive mode change section, a temperature detection section detecting a second engagement element temperature, and a second engagement element protection control section. The drive mode change section changes drive modes of a first drive mode in which the first engagement element is disengaged and the second engagement element is engaged then the vehicle travels by only a driving force of the motor, a second drive mode in which the first and second engagement elements are respectively engaged then the vehicle travels by both driving forces of the engine and motor, and a third drive mode in which the second engagement element is slip-engaged then the vehicle travels by a driving force transmitted through the second engagement element. The second engagement element protection control section keeps an engine rotating state regardless of the drive mode when the second engagement element temperature is high.09-30-2010
20100248892SHIFT CONTROL METHOD FOR A MULTI-MODE HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A method for regulating operation of a hybrid transmission selectively connectable to an engine includes deactivating an offgoing clutch to place the transmission in a first EVT mode. The transmission is then placed in an ETC mode and an oncoming clutch is actuated to place the transmission in a second EVT mode. An engine-on state is maintained during deactivation of the offgoing clutch and actuation of the oncoming clutch. Transitioning from the first to second EVT mode may be characterized by lack of a transition through a fixed-gear mode. The transmission may be configured to continuously produce output torque during the transition from the first to second EVT mode. The oncoming clutch may be synchronized to zero clutch slip prior to actuating the oncoming clutch. Engine speed may be varied while the offgoing clutch is disengaged and prior to actuating the oncoming clutch.09-30-2010
20080234098METHOD OF OPERATING A HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM AND HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM WITH TWO PARTIAL DRIVES - A method of operating a hybrid drive system with a main driving machine 09-25-2008
20120295758METHOD FOR OPERATING A HYBRID VEHICLE - A method is provided for operating a hybrid drive train of a hybrid vehicle. The drive train has an internal combustion engine, a first electric machine, a transmission with an input shaft, a separating element and a first axle. The internal combustion engine can be connected to the first electric machine via the separating element. When the separating element is opened and the internal combustion engine is stationary, a difference in rotational speed occurs at the separating element between the internal combustion engine and the rotating first electric machine. The separating element is opened below and up to a maximum permissible difference in rotational speed at the separating element to drive the hybrid vehicle purely electrically by the first electric machine or to brake the vehicle or to coast. Above the maximum permissible difference in rotational speed the separating element and the first electric machine are separated from one another.11-22-2012
20080280726HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH AN ENGINE INPUT CLUTCH AND METHOD OF CONTROL - A powertrain is provided with an input clutch that is disengagable to allow a transmission input member to rotate independently of engine speed under power of a motor and provide an alternative way to power vehicle accessories otherwise driven by engine torque, while still allowing the motor to start the engine. A powertrain having a parallel combination of input clutches including a friction input clutch and a selectable one-way clutch is provided, as well as a method of control of such a powertrain. Another method of controlling a hybrid vehicle powertrain includes starting the engine via torque from a motor with the input clutch biased in an engaged position. If vehicle operating conditions are more efficiently met without operating the engine, the input clutch is disengaged to so that torque is provided only by the motor to the output member and to vehicle accessories operatively connected to the input member.11-13-2008
20080305925Launch control of a hybrid electric vehicle - A method for controlling a vehicle launch using a transmission having an input, a current gear, an input clutch associated with a target gear and an output, an engine and an electric machine for driving the input, includes the steps of using the engine and the first electric machine to drive the transmission input at a desired magnitude of torque, determining a desired magnitude of torque capacity of the input clutch, determining a crankshaft speed error, determining a magnitude of a change in torque capacity of the input clutch that will reduce the crankshaft speed error, and increasing the torque capacity of the input clutch to a desired torque capacity whose magnitude is determined by adding the current magnitude of torque capacity of the input clutch and said change in torque capacity of the input clutch.12-11-2008
20080305924Launch control of a hybrid electric vehicle - A method for controlling a vehicle launch using a transmission having an input, a current gear, an input clutch associated with a target gear and an output, an engine and an electric machine for driving the input, includes the steps of determining a desired magnitude of torque to be produced at the transmission output, producing a predetermined magnitude of torque capacity of the input clutch, operating the engine such that a magnitude of torque at the transmission output is substantially equal to the desired transmission output torque, determining an crankshaft speed error, determining a desired change in torque at the transmission input that will reduce the crankshaft speed error, adjusting a magnitude of torque produced by the first electric machine such that the magnitude of torque at the transmission input is substantially equal to the desired torque at the transmission input, and engaging the input clutch.12-11-2008
20130217538CONTROL OF POWERSPLIT TRANSMISSION FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A method for controlling a powersplit transmission includes connecting an engine to the transmission, provided an engine torque request is present; connecting a motor to the transmission, provided an engine torque request is absent and the engine is on; and disconnecting the engine and motor from the transmission, provided the engine is off, and using a traction motor to produce wheel torque.08-22-2013
20080269010Control device for vehicular power transmitting apparatus - A vehicle includes a differential portion (10-30-2008
20090082171Output Split Electrically-Variable Transmission with Electric Propulsion Using One or Two Motors - An electrically-variable transmission is provided with input member and output member, first and second motor/generators, a first planetary gear set and a final drive gearset. Two or three torque-transmitting mechanisms that are selectively engagable alone or in different combinations to establish at least one forward electric-only operating mode including a series mode, an output split mode, and at least one neutral mode including a purely neutral mode and a neutral battery charge mode. The transmission optionally includes a one-way clutch selected from the group of friction clutch and dog clutch, or is a lockable one-way clutch, for enabling low loss forward operation, regenerative braking functionality, and/or reverse vehicle operation.03-26-2009
20090029824Drive apparatus for vehicle - A drive apparatus for vehicle, available to be minimized, is provided. A first planetary gear set (differential device) 01-29-2009
20090176617METHOD FOR THE OPERATION OF A HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN IN A MOTOR VEHICLE - The hybrid drive train has an internal combustion engine connected to a first input shaft via a first clutch and connected to a second input shaft via a second clutch. An electric machine is connected to the second input shaft. The first input shaft is coupled to an output shaft via a first gear, and the second input shaft is coupled to the output shaft via two second gears. In the method for operating the hybrid, the first gear is engaged and torque is applied by the engine. To change, one of the second gears is engaged, engine torque is reduced by slipping the clutch while electric machine torque is increased. To change again, electric machine torque is reduced to zero, the other second gear is engaged while engine torque transmitted via the first clutch is increased by reducing slipping of the first clutch.07-09-2009
20090143189CONTROL APPARATUS OF A HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - Disclosed herein are embodiments of a control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle that is capable of suppressing overheating of the second clutch. Control is switched between engine-used slip drive control and motor drive control on a basis of a temperature of the second clutch. Control methods for a hybrid vehicle are also disclosed.06-04-2009
20090062063VEHICLE, DRIVING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL METHODS THEREOF - At the time of a Hi-to-Lo speed change of a transmission, which is configured to transmit an output torque of a motor to a driveshaft, in an accelerator off state or in a low acceleration state with the driver's slight depression of an accelerator pedal, an engine is controlled to be driven at a rotation speed of not lower than a speed change-time minimum rotation speed that is higher than an idling rotation speed. When the driver depresses the accelerator pedal to require a large torque demand, such drive control enables quick output of a large torque from the engine to a ring gear shaft as the driveshaft.03-05-2009
20090062062Method for controlling idle stop mode in hybrid electric vehicle - A method for controlling an idle stop mode in a hybrid electric vehicle is disclosed. The control method accords an oil pressure drain time that a continuously variable transmission clutch oil pressure is fully drained, a final off time of an engine, and a final control time of a motor when a hybrid electric vehicle enters an idle stop mode, thereby preventing a shock or shaking of the vehicle.03-05-2009
20090054201Automotive drive train and method for reducing chatter in the same - The invention relates to a method for reducing chatter in automotive drive train which comprises an internal combustion engine as the drive and a clutch device. According to the method, a rotating component of the drive train is driven by means of the internal combustion engine and the speed of the component is detected. Any chatter is also detected. When chatter occurs, an electric motor is used to transmit a torque onto the rotating component in order to actively dampen the chatter. The rotating component is driven by the electric motor for any chatter component at which the speed of the rotating component decreases and the rotating component is slowed down by the electric motor for any chatter component at which the speed of the rotating component increases.02-26-2009
20090054200Holding a Hybrid Electric Vehicle on an Inclined Surface - A method for controlling a vehicle powertrain that includes a first power path including a first electric machine driveably connected to a first wheel set and a second power path including a second electric machine driveably connected to a second wheel set, including determining a desired wheel torque required to hold the vehicle stationary on an inclined surface, determining a temperature of the first machine and a first reference temperature, determining a torque capacity of the first power path, and using the first power path to produce the desired wheel torque, if the temperature of the first electric machine is less than the first reference temperature and the torque capacity of the first power path is greater than the desired wheel torque.02-26-2009
20090088290VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICE CONTROLLER - A vehicle drive apparatus is disclosed having a differential mechanism and an electric motor provided in the differential mechanism for miniaturizing the drive apparatus or improving fuel consumption while suppressing the occurrence of shifting shocks. A switching clutch C04-02-2009
20110230307Method and device for operating a hybrid drive device during the start of an internal combustion engine - In a method for operating a hybrid drive device for a motor vehicle having at least one internal combustion engine, another drive unit and a separating clutch, to start the internal combustion engine the separating clutch is engaged, and during the start of the internal combustion engine, a setpoint rotational speed is predefined for the other drive unit. This setpoint rotational speed for the other drive unit is determined with the aid of a drivetrain model.09-22-2011
20090105040HYBRID DRIVE DEVICE - An output shaft of a rotating electrical machine and a drive device input shaft are disposed at different shaft center positions. A first gear meshing with a second gear provided on the output shaft of the rotating electrical machine for reducing rotation and transmitting the reduced rotation to a transmission input shaft is provided coaxially with the drive device input shaft, and at least a part of the clutch is disposed at an inner-diameter-side position so as to overlap a gear portion of the first gear in an axial direction.04-23-2009
20090005215Double step gear shifting in a hybrid electric vehicle - In a powertrain for a vehicle that includes an engine, a transmission having an input, a current gear, an input clutch, a target gear and an output for driving a load, and an electric machine for driving the load, a method for performing a gearshift from the current gear to the target gear comprising the steps of opening the input clutch, releasing a drive connection between the current gear and the output, producing a drive connection between the target gear and the output, using the electric machine to produce torque at the load, closing the input clutch; and reducing the torque produced by the electric machine.01-01-2009
20090105038HYBRID DRIVE HAVING A SEPARATING CLUTCH WHICH ASSISTS A DIRECT START - A method for operating a hybrid drive of a vehicle, having an internal combustion engine and having at least one electric drive, to which at least one traction battery is assigned, as well as to a hybrid drive, especially a parallel hybrid drive. The internal combustion engine is able to be started from the operating mode “purely electrical driving” of the hybrid drive using a direct start without a starter.04-23-2009
20080261770Control apparatus for hybrid vehicle drive system - A control apparatus for a drive system of a hybrid vehicle including (a) an engine, (b) an electrically controlled differential portion which has a first electric motor, and a differential mechanism operatively connected to the engine and the first electric motor and a differential state of which is controlled by controlling an operating state of the first electric motor, (c) a mechanical transmission portion constituting a part of a power transmitting path, and (d) a second electric motor connected to a power transmitting path between the electrically controlled differential portion and a drive wheel of the hybrid vehicle, the control apparatus including a control portion which is operable when a terminal portion of a shifting action of the mechanical transmission portion and a starting operation of the engine overlap each other, the control portion being configured to implement one of the shifting action and the starting operation prior to the other.10-23-2008
20120077638SHIFTING CONTROL APPARATUS FOR VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMITTING SYSTEM - A shifting control apparatus for a power transmitting system of a vehicle provided with a vehicle drive electric motor, and a step-variable automatic transmission constituting a part of a power transmitting path between said vehicle drive electric motor and drive wheels, the shifting control apparatus controls said vehicle drive electric motor to perform a regenerative operation in a coasting state of the vehicle, and controls said automatic transmission to perform a shift-down operation at a predetermined coasting shift-down vehicle speed in the coasting state, the shifting control apparatus is configured: to change said coasting shift-down vehicle speed according to a regenerative power of said vehicle drive electric motor; to control said vehicle drive electric motor in the coasting state of the vehicle, so as to perform the regenerative operation at a vehicle speed higher than a predetermined drive/driven switching vehicle speed value, and so as to generate a vehicle drive torque at a vehicle speed lower than said predetermined drive/driven switching vehicle speed value; and to lower said coasting shift-down vehicle speed value at which the shift-down operation of said automatic transmission to a lowest shift position thereof is performed, and said drive/driven switching vehicle speed value, with an increase of said regenerative power of said vehicle drive electric motor.03-29-2012
20090253551HYDRAULIC CLUTCH CONTROL MECHANIZATION WITH ALL-MODE DEFAULT FOR USE IN A MULTIMODE HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A transmission includes first, second, third, and fourth clutches, first and second shift valves, and first, second, third, and fourth trim valves. Each trim valve is operative to control fluid pressure to a respective one of the first, second, third, and fourth clutches. The transmission also includes a controller. The controller is electrically operatively connected to the first and second shift valves and the first, second, third, and fourth trim valves to selectively provide a first clutch configuration for operating in a first mode and a second clutch configuration for operating in a second mode. The transmission also includes a clutch control mechanization for selectively moving to clutch configuration to a default position in the event power to the transmission is lost.10-08-2009
20090093337Holding a Hybrid Electric Vehicle on an Inclined Surface - In a powertrain that includes wheels supporting a vehicle, an engine, a first machine able to operate alternately as an electric motor and electric generator, a second machine electric able to operate as an electric motor, and an electric storage battery having a variable state of charge, a method for holding the vehicle stationary on an incline including determining a magnitude of torque at the wheels required to hold the vehicle on the incline, determining whether the state of charge is low or high relative to a reference state of charge, determining whether a temperature of the first machine is low or high relative to a first reference temperature, and whether a temperature of the second machine is low or high relative to a second reference temperature, using the engine and the machines in various combinations to produce the required torque at the wheels.04-09-2009
20100184559HYBRID POWER DRIVING SYSTEM AND THE DRIVING METHOD - The present invention provides a hybrid power driving system, comprising: a first subsystem (07-22-2010
20100261575MULTI-SPEED DUAL-CLUTCH TRANSMISSION FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE - A dynamically-shiftable multi-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) for operative connection to an engine and to an electric motor in a hybrid vehicle is provided. The DCT includes a first clutch, a second clutch and a third clutch. The first clutch is configured to transmit torque of the engine and withstand energy of the vehicle at launch from rest. The second clutch is configured to select a first set of forward speed ratios. The third clutch is configured to select a second set of forward speed ratios alternating with the speed ratios of the first set. The second and third clutches are each configured to withstand combined torque of the electric motor and torque of the engine during shifts into the respective set of forward speed ratios, but not to withstand torque of the engine at launch or energy of the vehicle at launch.10-14-2010
20130123063SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE TO ENHANCE DRIVING PERFORMANCE DURING ELECTRIC MODE - Disclosed is system for a hybrid vehicle that includes an engine, a transmission, and a battery. The system may further include a first clutch configured to connect the engine with the transmission and having a first part and a second part; a first motor/generator configured to be connected to the first part and directly connected to the transmission; a second motor/generator configured to be connected to the second part; and a second clutch configured to connected the second motor/generator with the transmission. In particular, the first part and the second part may be clutches that can operate independently.05-16-2013
20100227735MULTI-MODE HYBRID TRANSMISSION AND SHIFT CONTROL METHOD FOR A MULTI-MODE HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A multi-mode, electrically variable, hybrid transmission and improved shift control methods for controlling the same are provided herein. The hybrid transmission configuration and shift control methodology presented herein allow for shifting between different EVT modes when the engine is off, while maintaining propulsion capability and minimum time delay for engine autostart. The shift control maneuver is able to maintain zero engine speed while producing continuous output torque throughout the shift by eliminating transition through a fixed gear mode or neutral state. Optional oncoming clutch pre-fill strategies and mid-point abort logic minimize the time to complete shift, and reduce the engine start delay if an intermittent autostart operation is initiated.09-09-2010
20120142490SHIFTING CONTROL METHOD OF HYBRID VEHICLE - A gear shifting method of a hybrid vehicle may include releasing a clutch and brake of a transmission and determining a neutral condition status, controlling torque of an engine connected to one operational element of a first planetary gear set in a neutral condition, and controlling speed of a first motor/generator connected to the other operational element of the first planetary gear set. Accordingly, a speed of the first and second motor/generator are controlled and a torque of the engine is controlled in a neutral or parking state of a shift lever such that a mode change becomes easy and the torque of the engine is continuously controlled to improve a shift quality and a driving performance and to save fuel, while the neutral or parking state is changed to a drive or reverse state or the drive or reverse state is changed to the neutral or parking state.06-07-2012
20100227734METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVE TRAIN - A method for controlling a drivetrain including a combustion engine, electric motor/generator and a transmission inter-coupled, via a summarizing gear, with one output and two input elements and, via a clutch, with each other. One input element is fixed to the engine, the second input element is fixed to the motor/generator and the output element is fixed to the input shaft of the transmission. The clutch is between two elements of the summarizing gear. Before a gearshift, torques of the engine and motor/generator are reduced and the clutch disengaged. To quickly reduce torque in the summarizing gear, the engine torque is reduced after a defined time, such that the clutch disengages when the slippage is proportional to the lowering engine torque and the motor/generator torque, in a ratio of torques at the beginning of torque reduction, is reduced proportionally to the engine torque.09-09-2010
20100210411Clutch Engaging Control Method and Control System in Hybrid Power Output Device - The present invention provides a clutch engaging control method in a hybrid power output device, wherein the device comprises an engine, a first motor, a clutch and a second motor that are connected in sequence, a battery, and a speed reducing mechanism and a drive shaft that are connected to the output end of the second motor; the method comprises: (a) detecting the rotation speed ω08-19-2010
20130217537DRIVE TRAIN WITH AN AUTOMATED AUXILIARY-RANGE TRANSMISSION - A drive train of a motor vehicle, with a hybrid drive having an internal combustion engine, and an electric machine, and an automated auxiliary range transmission, wherein the automated auxiliary range transmission has at least one main transmission and an auxiliary range unit mounted downstream of the main transmission, in particular as a range group, wherein an input shaft of the automated auxiliary range transmission is connected to the internal combustion engine of the hybrid drive via a controllable starter clutch, and an axle shaft of the automated auxiliary range transmission is connected to an axle drive, wherein the electric machine of the hybrid drive can be coupled to the force flux or torque flux of the drive train between the main transmission and the auxiliary range unites and/or between the auxiliary range unites and the axle drive.08-22-2013
20110028269METHOD FOR REDUCING BACKLASH VIBRATIONS IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - The present invention provides a method for reducing backlash vibrations in a hybrid electric vehicle, in which the backlash vibrations generated between a motor and a driving wheel can be easily reduced by slipping a clutch in an automatic transmission when the direction of a motor driving torque is changed while the hybrid electric vehicle is running in electric vehicle (EV) mode.02-03-2011
20090111641Rear wheel drive apparatus for four wheel drive (4WD) hybrid electric vehicle - A real wheel drive apparatus for a four wheel drive hybrid electric vehicle includes: a motor generator (04-30-2009
20090143188Idle Speed Control of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle - In a powertrain that includes wheels for driving a vehicle, a crankshaft, a machine driveably connected to the crankshaft and able to operate alternately as an electric motor and electric generator, a transmission including an input clutch driveably connected to the crankshaft and an output driveably connected to the wheels, a method for controlling idle speed including producing a desired magnitude of input clutch torque capacity, producing a desired wheel torque, using an error represented by a difference between a desired crankshaft idle speed and a current crankshaft speed to determine a desired change in torque produced by the machine, using the magnitude of input clutch torque capacity and the desired change in torque produced by the machine to determine a desired magnitude machine torque, and using the machine to produce said desired magnitude of machine torque.06-04-2009
20090111642METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL CLUTCH STROKE VOLUME IN AN ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION - A method for controlling a powertrain comprising a transmission coupled to an engine and an electric machine adapted to selectively transmit mechanical power to an output member via selective application of a plurality of hydraulically actuated torque transfer clutches includes filling one of the hydraulic clutches to a reference fill volume expected to create a touching state in the clutch, wherein the filling is accomplished through control of a pressure control solenoid, monitoring an actual fill time of the hydraulic clutch, monitoring a flow utilized in the filling, determining a measured fill volume based upon the actual fill time and the flow, calculating a fill volume error based upon the measured fill volume and the reference fill volume, and adjusting the reference fill volume based upon the fill volume error.04-30-2009
20090111643METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL CLUTCH FILL PRESSURE IN AN ELECTRO-MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION - A method to control a powertrain including a transmission, an engine, and an electric machine includes applying through a series of clutch fill events a series of incrementally changing command pressures in a pressure control solenoid controllably connected to a clutch within the transmission, monitoring a pressure switch fluidly connected to the pressure control solenoid and configured to indicate when the pressure switch is in a full feed state, determining changes in cycle times of the pressure switch corresponding to sequential applications of the series of incrementally changing command pressures, selecting a preferred command pressure to achieve a transient state in the clutch based upon the changes in pressure switch cycle times, and controlling the clutch based upon the preferred command pressure.04-30-2009
20090111644METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLUTCH TORQUE CONTROL IN MODE AND FIXED GEAR FOR A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A method for controlling hydraulic line pressure of a hydraulic control system in an electromechanical transmission mechanically-operatively coupled to an internal combustion engine and an electric machine adapted to selectively transmit mechanical power to an output member via selective application of a plurality of hydraulically-applied torque transfer clutches includes monitoring requirements for transmission of clutch reactive torque in one of the clutches, monitoring a hydraulic line pressure within the hydraulic control system, determining a minimum clutch torque capacity required to keep the clutch from slipping, determining a hydraulic line pressure required to create the minimum clutch torque capacity, and modulating hydraulic line pressure applied to the clutch by modulating operation of the hydraulic control system based upon the hydraulic line pressure required to create the minimum clutch torque capacity.04-30-2009
20110118078Vehicle And Method For Controlling Engine Start In A Vehicle - A vehicle includes a motor/generator, a starter motor, a disconnect clutch disposed between the engine and the motor/generator, and at least one clutch disposed between the motor/generator and the vehicle drive wheels. When an engine start is requested, various parameters are controlled to ensure a smooth engine start wherein driveline torque disturbances are minimized. The starter motor is used to crank the engine at the lowest engine speeds when the engine-required torque is the highest. This reduces the amount of torque necessary to be supplied from the motor/generator, and further helps to reduce torque disturbances in the driveline. If the motor/generator is producing torque to propel the vehicle at the time the engine start is requested, a launch clutch or one or more transmission clutches can be controlled to provide slip between the motor/generator and the vehicle drive wheels to further reduce torque disturbances in the driveline.05-19-2011
20100298089METHOD OF CLUTCH ACTUATION FOR HYBRID TRANSMISSIONS - A method of actuating a clutch includes commanding a shift, monitoring slip speed, beginning synchronization, filling to a pre-fill volume, and holding at the pre-fill volume. After slip speed reaches a trigger point, the clutch is filled to a first predicted touch point volume, which is greater than the pre-fill volume. The pre-fill volume is approximately 80 to 90 percent of the first predicted touch point volume. The method may determine slip speed derivative, and set the trigger point based thereupon. The method may monitor actual touch point volume and calculate a flow model, which is used to determine when the pre-fill volume has been reached. Filling the clutch to the pre-fill volume may begin simultaneously with commanding the shift. Pressure is generated by an auxiliary pump, which receives power from sources other than an internal combustion engine.11-25-2010
20100298090METHOD OF CLUTCH CONTROL TO START AN ENGINE WITH A HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A method of starting an internal combustion engine includes selecting a first or a second clutch, and pressurizing the selected clutch with an auxiliary pump. The pressurized clutch is synchronized using the first and second electric machines, and then engaging. The internal combustion engine is started with the first and second electric machines. The first and second clutches may be engine reactive clutches. Selecting the first or second clutch includes determining whether an input-split or compound-split mode is requested. If the input-split mode is requested the first clutch is selected, and if the compound-split mode is requested the second clutch is selected. The first and second electric machines may be high voltage machines, configured to operate in conjunction with a high-voltage battery pack. The first and second electric machines may be configured as propulsion motors for the vehicle.11-25-2010
20100304924HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH TORQUE-MULTIPLYING ENGINE STARTING MECHANISM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A HYBRID POWERTRAIN - A hybrid powertrain is provided that provides engine starting from an electric-only mode with a reduced torque load on the motor/generator. The powertrain includes an engine and a motor/generator, which may be a single motor/generator in a strong or full hybrid, but is not limited to such. The motor provides propulsion torque in an electric-only operating mode, and is configured to apply torque to a transmission input member. A first clutch is selectively engagable to connect the engine output member for common rotation with the transmission input member. An engine starting mechanism is provided that multiplies motor torque used to start the engine so that less is diverted from propelling the vehicle, enabling a smaller motor/generator to be used. A method of controlling such a powertrain is also provided.12-02-2010
20100304925MOTOR VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM - A motor vehicle control system for controlling a motor vehicle with a hybrid drive comprising an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, with a strategy sub-component, a control sub-component and an actuator sub-component. The functional components include at least an internal combustion engine functional component, a transmission functional component, such that the strategy sub-component (12-02-2010
20100304923Method For Controlling A Hybrid Drive - A method for controlling a hybrid drive of a vehicle, which includes at least one internal combustion engine and at least one electric machine, having a first clutch situated between the electric machine and the drive train of the vehicle and a second clutch situated between the electric machine and the internal combustion engine. Performance parameters of the hybrid drive are controlled as a function of the driver's intent.12-02-2010
20090036264WORK MACHINE - A work machine enabling a hybrid drive system to be directly driven by energy contained in a return fluid discharged from a hydraulic actuator. The work machine includes a hydraulic actuator control circuit and a swing control circuit. The hydraulic actuator control circuit serves to control hydraulic fluid supplied from pumps of a hybrid drive system to travel motors and work actuators. The swing control circuit serves to control a swing motor generator, which functions as an electric motor and, during braking of rotating motion of the upper structure, functions as a generator. The hydraulic actuator control circuit includes an energy recovery motor provided in a return passage, through which return fluid recovered from a work actuator flows. The energy recovery motor is adapted to be driven by return fluid and thereby drive a motor generator of the hybrid drive system.02-05-2009
20110009236METHOD FOR TRANSITIONING CONTROL IN A MULTI-MODE HYBRID TRANSMISSION - A multi-mode hybrid transmission including a selectable one-way clutch and first and second torque machines transitions to operating in a target continuously variable mode including applying a selectable one-way clutch and controlling input torque and motor torques of the first and second torque machines using a second kinematic relationship. A multi-step process is executed to transition the first clutch to a deactivated state, transition the second selectable one-way clutch to the applied state, and transition to using the second kinematic relationship to achieve a preferred output torque.01-13-2011
20110009237METHOD FOR REDUCING GEAR SHIFTING SHOCK OF HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE - The present invention provides a method which controls the hydraulic pressure of a clutch (an engine clutch) disposed between an engine and a drive motor, thus reducing gear shifting shock and vibration. The method comprises a slip preparation step of determining that gear shifting is required and reducing the hydraulic pressure of the clutch to a preset target hydraulic pressure from a point in time at which the gear shifting is required. The method further comprises a slip maintaining step of feedback-controlling the hydraulic pressure of the clutch such that a slip rate of the clutch is maintained constant after the hydraulic pressure of the clutch reaches the target hydraulic pressure; and a clutch lock-up completing step of increasing the hydraulic pressure of the clutch, from a point in time at which the gear shifting is completed, to a maximum hydraulic pressure for making a lock-up state of the clutch.01-13-2011
20110034297POWERTRAIN WITH INPUT SHAFT AND ENGINE SPEED SYNCHRONIZATION AND METHOD FOR SHIFTING GEARS IN A POWERTRAIN - A powertrain includes a prime mover, a transmission, an input shaft adapted to transmit torque between the prime mover and the transmission, an output shaft adapted to transmit torque between the transmission and a driveline, and a master clutch between the prime mover and the input shaft, the clutch being movable between a disengaged position and an engaged position in which the clutch is not and is adapted to transmit torque between the prime mover and the input shaft, respectively. An electric motor is arranged for torque transmission with at least one of the input shaft and the output shaft, and a controller is provided for controlling the electric motor to rotate the input shaft at a rotational speed within an operating range of the prime mover when the clutch is moved from the disengaged to the engaged position.02-10-2011
20100151990METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMPENSATING A TRANSMITTED TORQUE OF A DISCONNECTING CLUTCH OR A HYBRID CLUTCH OF A HYBRID DRIVE - A method and a device for compensating a transmitted torque of a clutch between a regulated drive motor, in particular an electric motor, and an internal combustion engine of a hybrid drive when transitioning from an exclusive operation using the drive motor to a hybrid operation, a total torque from the drive motor and the internal combustion engine being jointly provided in hybrid operation, the rotational speed of the drive motor being controlled or regulated with the aid of a manipulated variable; the internal combustion engine being entrained at a controllable transmitted torque by coupling to the drive motor via a proportional clutch for performing the transition. The rotational speed of the drive motor is controlled or regulated as a function of a setpoint transmitted torque using which the drive motor is to be coupled to the internal combustion engine.06-17-2010
20110086740POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS - A power transmission apparatus disposed includes: a motor for driving wheels, and transforms kinetic energy at the driving path to electrical energy; a normal close type clutch that includes an input and an output and is selectively set in an engaging state and a released state, wherein the clutch is normally set in the engaging state by a biasing member and is set in the released state when hydraulic pressure is applied; a hydraulic-pressure feeding device for supplying the adjusted hydraulic pressure to the clutch; and a control device for controlling the feeding device. When changing the clutch from the engaged state to the released state, if the difference between rotation numbers of the input and the output becomes equal to or larger than the predetermined value, the control device controls the feeding device to bring the clutch to a state just before the engaged state.04-14-2011
20110086741STACKABLE MOTOR WITH FLEXIBLE MODES OF OPERATION - A vehicle comprises a drive sub-system having an engine and a first motor and a generator sub-system having a transmission and a second motor. The transmission for the vehicle is driven with the first motor, the second motor and the engine individually and in combination such that the vehicle may selectively operate in a serial hybrid mode and a parallel hybrid mode.04-14-2011
20110092334CONSTRUCTION MACHINE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A construction machine comprises an electric motor/generator coupled to an electricity accumulator, an engine, a transmission coupled to drive wheels, an epicyclic gearing for coupling an output shaft of the electric motor/generator, an output shaft of the engine, and an input shaft of the transmission, the engine torque and/or the generator torque being transmitted to drive wheels, a clutch for directly coupling two among the output shaft of the electric motor/generator, the output shaft of the engine, and the input shaft of the transmission, and a controller configured to, under a condition in which the clutch is in an off-state, control engine speed based on the degree to which the accelerator is open and on the amount of electricity in the electricity accumulator, to control shifting of the transmission gear position based on the accelerator opening degree, operational state of the generator, and the electricity amount motor/generator.04-21-2011
20090312142Control Apparatus for Vehicular Automatic Transmission - A control apparatus for a vehicular automatic transmission, which permits effective reduction of deterioration of vehicle drivability upon operation of a brake operating member, and which is configured to increase a sweeping rate in a sweep control of the torque capacity of a coupling element of an automatic transmission portion 12-17-2009
20090312144METHOD TO CONTROL A HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN - A method of controlling a hybrid drive train of a vehicle having, in series, an internal combustion engine, a clutch, an electric motor and a transmission with an output connected to the drive axle. During traction operation, the vehicle changes from an electric driving mode into a combination driving mode or a combustion engine driving mode, in that the clutch is engaged and the combustion engine torque is temporarily increased. The method includes regulating engagement of the clutch at least until reaching a starting rotational speed of the combustion engine such that the acceleration of the combustion engine occurs according to a predetermined progression of rotational speed and that the torque of the combustion engine is increased by the same amount as the transferable torque of the clutch is increased by the engagement process.12-17-2009
20100056327Hybrid engine system - A hybrid engine and coupling system for use with a vehicle or other load which employs a motor/generator unit connected through controllable couplers to a kinetic energy storage device and to one or more internal combustion engine modules in a programmed manner. Several embodiments provide varying configurations to satisfy various power and packaging design requirements.03-04-2010
20130157807VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM CONTROL APPARATUS - A vehicle driving system control apparatus includes a power transmission device and a power transmission control section. The power transmission device includes an engine input shaft, a motor input shaft, an output shaft, an engine-side gear mechanism transmitting a power of the engine input shaft to the output shaft, a motor-side gear mechanism transmitting a power of the motor input shaft to the output shaft, a first clutch enables and disables a power transmission between the engine input shaft and the motor input shaft, a second clutch enables and disables a power transmission between the motor-side gear mechanism and the output shaft, and a third clutch enables and disables a power transmission between the engine-side gear mechanism and the output shaft. The power transmission control section determines statuses of the clutches and required torques of motor generators in correspondence with a rotation speed of an axle.06-20-2013
20110251018VEHICLE ASSEMBLY WITH INDEPENDENT ELECTRIC WHEEL MOTORS FOR ELECTRIC HYBRID VEHICLES - A vehicle drive assembly is provided. The vehicle drive assembly includes an engine, a transmission operably coupled with the engine, an output shaft operably coupled with the transmission, a differential operably coupled with the output shaft, an axle shaft rotatably coupled to the differential, at least one wheel selectively coupled to the axle shaft via a rotatable axle stub, an electric wheel motor operably coupled to the at least one wheel via the rotatable axle stub, and a coupling device operably coupled with the electric wheel motor for selectively coupling the axle stub with the axle shaft.10-13-2011
20100311540METHOD FOR THE OPERATION OF A HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM AND HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM COMPRISING TWO SUB-TRANSMISSIONS - A method for the operation of a hybrid drive system is provided. The hybrid drive system has a first drive machine, for example an internal combustion engine, and a second drive machine, such as an electric machine. The hybrid drive system can also have a first gearshift sub-transmission and a second gearshift sub-transmission. The first gearshift sub-transmission can have a first input shaft that can be coupled to an output shaft using a first group of shifting gearwheel pairs, and the first input shaft can be coupled to the first drive machine. The second gearshift sub-transmission can have a second input shaft that is coupled to the output shaft using a second group of shifting gearwheel pairs, and the second input shaft can be connected with the second drive machine.12-09-2010
20090023549Electromechanical power transfer system with multiple dynamoelectric machines - An electromechanical power transfer system for a vehicle, comprises: an electrical power source; a system controller; at least two dynamoelectric machines; an electrically engageable clutch for each machine; an input shaft coupled to the jack shaft; an output shaft coupled to a load presented by the vehicle; and at least two electrically engageable transmission gear sets for coupling the input shaft to the output shaft; wherein the system controller selectively engages each machine clutch and each transmission gear set.01-22-2009
20100261574AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITH NORMALLY ENGAGED DISC CLUTCHES - An automatic variable transmission with normally engaged disc clutches includes a main transmission pump connected to the transmission and at least one clutch located within the transmission. The clutch is in an engaged position when the main transmission pump is not operating. The clutch assembly includes a piston moveable between an engaged position and a disengaged position and at least one spring is operably connected to the piston. The piston is operable to move the at least one spring between the engaged position and a disengaged position. A plurality of clutch plates may transfer torque when the at least one spring is in the engaged position.10-14-2010
20090137362CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - A control device of an automatic transmission includes a motor control portion to control an output of a motor that executes a control operation on a clutch control portion. The motor control portion includes a target motor current computation portion that computes a target motor current according to a desired driving state, a motor current detection portion that detects plural motor currents respectively corresponding to plural detection timings, a selection portion that selects a motor current corresponding to the desired driving state among the detected plural motor currents, and a motor driving portion that applies feedback control on an output of the motor according to a difference between the target motor current and the selected motor current. Hence, not only can the most suitable clutch control be applied for each gear-change interval at gear change, but also the comfortable feeling during the driving and the fuel efficiency can be enhanced.05-28-2009
20110256978Method and Device for Starting a Hybrid Vehicle - In a method for starting a hybrid vehicle having a first drive unit and a second drive unit, the setpoint starting torque is generated by the second drive unit. In this method, a starting clutch for connecting the first drive unit is brought into the slipping state when a predefined setpoint torque of the second drive unit is exceeded.10-20-2011
20090118085METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADAPTING ENGINE OPERATION IN A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A powertrain includes an engine coupled to an input member of a hybrid transmission. The hybrid transmission is operative to transfer power between an input member and a plurality of torque machines and an output member. A method for controlling the powertrain includes, monitoring operation of the hybrid transmission, determining motor torque offsets for the torque machines, transforming the motor torque offsets for the torque machines to an input torque offset and an output torque offset of the hybrid transmission, and adjusting operation of the engine based upon the input torque offset and the output torque offset of the hybrid transmission.05-07-2009
20090118082METHOD AND APPARATUS TO PRIORITIZE INPUT ACCELERATION AND CLUTCH SYNCHRONIZATION PERFORMANCE IN NEUTRAL FOR A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A method for controlling a powertrain includes operating a transmission in a neutral operating range state, monitoring commands affecting an input speed, monitoring a tracked clutch slip speed, determining constraints on an input acceleration based upon the commands, determining a clutch slip acceleration profile based upon the constraints on the input acceleration, determining an input acceleration profile based upon the clutch slip acceleration profile, and controlling the powertrain based upon the clutch slip acceleration profile and the input acceleration profile.05-07-2009
20080242498HYBRID VEHICLE INTEGRATED TRANSMISSION SYSTEM - A transmission for an alternatively powered vehicle includes an accessory unit selectively powered by at least one of an engine and a motor associated with the transmission. Clutches are used to selectively engage and disengage the engine and motor with the accessory unit.10-02-2008
20080254936Differential generation power distribution system - A differential generation power distribution system to drive an all wheel driving carrier by having a rotational kinetic energy output end of a rotational power unit coupled to an intermediate transmission and control interface device containing a main transmission comprised of controllable clutches and gear shifting control means to drive an intermediate differential gear set; one differential output end of the intermediate differential gear set to drive the front end transmission and thus the front end load; another differential output end of the intermediate differential gear set to drive an input end of a rotation part of a first electric machine of the rotational electric machine assembly; the output end of the rotation part of a second electric machine of the rotational electric machine assembly to directly or through the transmission drives the rear end load; and the rotational electric machine assembly for being subject to the drive control device to regulate and control the power distribution between the front end and the rear end loads.10-16-2008
20120277060DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A driving force transmission device for a hybrid vehicle is provided with a motor which drives a rotation shaft, and a connection/disconnection switching device which switches between connection and disconnection of driving force for driving wheels, the driving force being transmitted from an engine. The driving force transmission device is also provided with the auxiliary device driving mechanism, which includes one or more auxiliary device driving shafts for transmitting driving force to the in-vehicle accessory devices, one or more rotation transmission sections which transmit at least either engine's driving force or motor's driving force to one or more accessory device driving shafts via the rotation shaft, and a plurality of one-way clutches provided between the one or more rotation transmission sections and the one or more accessory device driving shafts.11-01-2012
20120202646CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A control apparatus of a hybrid vehicle provided with an engine, a motor, an automatic transmission performing a shift by engaging/disengaging a plurality of engagement elements, a first clutch arranged between the engine and the motor for transmitting/cutting a driving force between the engine and the motor and a second clutch arranged between the motor and driving wheels for transmitting/cutting a driving force from the motor to the driving wheels, has a slip control section that controls the second clutch to a slip state during the shift of the automatic transmission. In a case of a successive shift in which a current shift and a succeeding shift are successively performed, the slip control section gradually increases an engagement pressure of the second clutch when changing the slip state of the second clutch to a fully engaged state after the current shift is completed and before the succeeding shift is completed.08-09-2012
20110053734METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN - A method of operating a drive train having a hybrid drive that comprises an internal combustion engine and an electric machine, a clutch connected between the combustion engine and electric machine, a transmission connected between the electric machine and an output drive, and a start-up element connected between the electric machine and the output drive. The method for starting-up the drive train, when the clutch connected between the combustion engine and the electric machine and the start-up element are both disengaged, and the electric machine is stopped and short-circuited. The method comprising the steps of accelerating the internal combustion engine to a rotational speed which depends on a short circuit torque of the electric machine that must be overcome; engaging the clutch connected between the combustion engine and electric machine; and bringing the combustion engine to a start-up speed depending on the driver's request; and engaging the start-up element.03-03-2011
20110118079SHIFTABLE CLUTCH DEVICE, PARTICULARLY FRICTION WET CLUTCH, DRIVE TRAIN FOR A HYBRID SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE DRIVE TRAIN AND VEHICLE INCLUDING THE DRIVE TRAIN - A shiftable clutch device for disconnecting a first drive machine from a drive train and connecting it thereto, including a control device that can be actuated by a pressure medium, is characterized according to the invention in that the shiftable clutch device includes two partial clutches, a first partial clutch forming a main clutch and a second partial clutch forming a drag clutch, which are disposed and configured such that each is adapted to produce a drag torque in an end position of the control device, a first opening end position characterized by an open state of the main clutch and a second closing end position characterized by a closed state of the main clutch.05-19-2011
20110086739HYBRID DRIVE DEVICE - A hybrid drive device includes a fluid clutch including an inputting element to which an engine torque outputted from an engine is inputted and an outputting element connected to an input shaft of a transmission to integrally rotate therewith for outputting the torque to the input shaft, the fluid clutch transmitting the torque between the inputting element and the outputting element via a fluid either with or without incrementing the torque, and a motor generator connected to the input shaft for outputting a motor torque to the input shaft to drive the transmission.04-14-2011
20100279818Control of a Dry, Dual-Clutch Transmission During an Engine Restart of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle - A method for controlling an engine restart in a hybrid electric powertrain, including the steps of stopping the engine, using an electric power source and an electro-mechanical actuator connected to the source to engage a gear and stroke to zero torque capacity a dry clutch of a dual-clutch transmission, initiating an automatic engine restart, and increasing the torque capacity of the clutch to a desired torque capacity during the engine restart.11-04-2010
20120302397METHOD FOR OPTIMISING HYBRID VEHICLE BATTERY RECHARGING - The invention essentially relates to a method for optimising the recharging of a hybrid vehicle battery. When the clutch (11-29-2012
20120302396SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THAT DRIVING OF A HYBRID VEHICLE IS DISABLED - A system for determining disablement of driving of a hybrid vehicle is disclosed. The system for determining disablement of driving of a hybrid vehicle may include: power electronic components having a battery at which DC electricity is stored, an inverter converting the DC electricity of the battery into AC electricity, and a motor receiving the AC electricity from the inverter and generating driving torque; an engine burning a fuel so as to generate driving torque and being selectively connected to the motor; an engine clutch selectively connecting the engine to the motor; a transmission connected to the motor to receive the driving torque of the motor or the driving torque of the engine; and a control portion controlling operations of the power electronic components, the engine, and the engine clutch, wherein the control portion turns off a system ready indication in a case that driving of the vehicle is disabled.11-29-2012
20100029436POWER OUTPUT APPARATUS, HYBRID VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH THE SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD OF POWER OUTPUT APPARATUS - In a hybrid vehicle, in order to stop an engine while a clutch is kept engaged and to transmit power from a motor to a drive shaft by changing a change speed state of a transmission when the power from a second motor is being transmitted to the drive shaft by the transmission, for example, a rotation speed of the first motor is adjusted so that the first motor can be connected to the drive shaft with the clutch disengaged while torque commands for both motors are set so that the power based on torque demand is outputted to the drive shaft, the power is transferred from the second motor to the first motor while both motors are connected to the drive shaft by the transmission, and the connection between the second motor and the drive shaft by the transmission is disconnected.02-04-2010
20100179024HYBRID POWERTRAIN AND DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION - An automatic dual clutch transmission includes an input clutch which selectively connects a prime mover to an electric motor. The electric motor, in turn, is connected to the inputs of a pair of coaxial friction clutches. Each of the coaxial outputs of the friction clutches drives an input gear with meshes with a pair of gears, one of which is associated with each of a respective pair of layshafts or countershafts. On each countershaft, between the pair of gears driven by the outputs of the two clutches, are a pair of synchronizer clutches which selectively synchronize and connect one of the two gears to the associated countershaft. A similar arrangement of a second pair of gears separated by synchronizer clutches connects the countershafts through a selected gear to a pair of output gears coupled to and driving a differential cage or spool.07-15-2010
20110319225SHIFT CONTROLLER AND SHIFT CONTROLLING METHOD - A shift controller controls a transmission for a hybrid vehicle in which: an engine and a motor are connected together via a clutch; and the transmission is placed between the motor and driving wheels. The shift controller has: a first shift controlling unit which performs shift control on a basis of at least one of transmission efficiency of the transmission and power generation efficiency of the motor in a case where regeneration is performed with the clutch disengaged during deceleration of the hybrid vehicle; and a second shift controlling unit which performs shift control to make a transmission gear ratio of the transmission smaller than in the shift control performed by the first shift controlling unit in a case where the regeneration is performed with the clutch engaged during the deceleration of the hybrid vehicle.12-29-2011
20120004073HYBRID POWER DRIVE SYSTEM AND A DRIVE METHOD OF THE SAME - A hybrid power drive system comprises: an engine operatively coupled to a gearbox; a first motor operatively coupled to the engine; a first wheel group operatively coupled to the gearbox; a second motor operatively coupled to a second wheel group; an energy storage device connected to the first motor and the second motor, respectively. The gearbox comprises a first decelerating mechanism and a second decelerating mechanism. The first wheel group is operatively coupled to the first decelerating mechanism and the second decelerating mechanism, respectively. The engine is operatively coupled to the first decelerating mechanism and the second decelerating mechanism, respectively.01-05-2012
20090203497DUAL PUMP DESIGN FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - A dual pump strategy for a hybrid electric automatic transmission necessitating one internal mechanically driven pump linked to the engine output shaft and an external fixed displacement pump powered by a brushless permanent magnet motor consisting of a controller with closed loop feedback control for operating such is disclosed. In neutral and electric drive mode, with the engine off, the flow demand for the transmission is sustained largely by the external pump.08-13-2009
20090111645METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CREATE A PSEUDO TORQUE PHASE DURING ONCOMING CLUTCH ENGAGEMENT TO PREVENT CLUTCH SLIP FOR A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A method for controlling a powertrain comprising an electro-mechanical transmission mechanically-operatively coupled to an engine and an electric machine adapted to selectively transmit mechanical power to an output member through selective application of a plurality of torque-transfer clutches includes monitoring a clutch slip speed, synchronizing an oncoming clutch, and constraining reactive clutch torque limits for the oncoming clutch to achieve a reactive clutch torque that is less than an estimated clutch torque capacity.04-30-2009
20120208672SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING POWER OUTPUT DISTRIBUTION IN A HYBRID POWER TRAIN - A method includes determining a machine shaft torque demand and a machine shaft speed, in response to the machine shaft torque demand and the machine shaft speed, determining a machine power demand, determining a power division description between an internal combustion engine, a first electrical torque provider, and a second electrical torque provider, determining a hybrid power train configuration as one of series and parallel, determining a baseline power division description in response to a vehicle speed and the machine power demand, determining a state-of-charge (SOC) deviation for an electrical energy storage device electrically coupled to the first electrical torque provider and the second electrical torque provider, and adjusting the baseline power division description in response to the SOC deviation and the hybrid power train configuration.08-16-2012
20120058858AUTOMOBILE DRIVING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An automobile driving system includes an engine and a transmission. The transmission includes a variable gear ratio mechanism and a gear ratio of the transmission can be set to infinity. A one-way clutch is provided at an output portion of the transmission. At a time of a engine stopping controller controlling to stop the engine, a transmission-and-control device uses inertia from the engine up to an input member of the one-way clutch as assisting force for driving operations of the variable gear ratio mechanism to change the gear ratio at the transmission to infinity or close to infinity, before the engine actually stops.03-08-2012
20120108386DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A drive control apparatus for a hybrid vehicle which has an engine selectively set in one of a normal fuel-consumption operation mode and a low fuel-consumption operation mode for obtaining a lower fuel consumption; a generator selectively used for one of being driven by the engine and assisting driving of the engine; a motor for generating a driving force of the vehicle by electric power supplied by the generator or a battery device; and a clutch between the generator and wheels of the vehicle. The drive control apparatus has a control part for performing a low fuel-consumption driving assistance mode when the engine is set in the low fuel-consumption operation mode. In the low fuel-consumption driving assistance mode, the clutch is connected, and driving of the vehicle is assisted using one of the generator and the motor, which is selected in accordance with an operation state of the vehicle.05-03-2012
20120108385HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - The second clutch is caused to transition to an engaged state after setting the second clutch in a slip state when the vehicle starts in the hybrid start mode, the temperature of a magnet of the electric motor is estimated based on the temperature of the hydraulic oil and an operating condition of the electric motor when the second clutch is controlled to be in the slip state; and an output torque and a lower limit rotation speed of the electric motor is restricted and reduced when the estimated temperature of the magnet exceeds a restrictive temperature.05-03-2012
20120010041Transitioning Between Electric-Drive and Parallel-Drive in a Hybrid-Electric Vehicle Powertrain - A method for operating a vehicle powertrain includes driving first wheels using an electric machine, starting an engine, using a second electric machine driven by the engine to produce synchronous speed at a input of a transmission having a desired gear engaged, engaging a clutch that connects said input and the engine, and using the engine and the transmission to drive second wheels.01-12-2012
20120115677AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - An automatic transmission for a hybrid vehicle has a first clutch connecting a first drive gear shaft rotatably supporting drive gears G05-10-2012
20120115676METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN OF A VEHICLE - A method of controlling a hybrid drive-train of a vehicle in which the hybrid drive-train comprises a combustion engine having a driveshaft, an electric machine that can be connected to the driveshaft of the engine by a clutch, an automated transmission with an input which is connected to the rotor of the electric machine, and shifting elements for shifting between two gears. During electric driving operation with the engine stopped and the clutch disengaged, the engine can be drag-started in combination with a downshift in the transmission. Drag starting of the engine is carried out by disengaging the frictional shifting element to be disengaged to below a slipping limit, engaging the clutch until the engine reaches or exceeds its minimum starting speed, starting the engine self-starts, substantially disengaging the clutch, separately adjusting the engine and electric machine to the synchronous speed of the target gear, and fully engaging and disengaging associated shifting elements.05-10-2012
20120115675METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A DRIVE TRAIN - A method of controlling a drive-train of a motor vehicle, which comprises an internal combustion engine with a driveshaft, an electric machine in driving connection with the driveshaft of the internal combustion engine, a semi-automatic transmission with an input shaft and a plurality of gears that can be engaged selectively, and an automated friction clutch arranged between the driveshaft of the internal combustion engine and the input shaft of the transmission, such that a gearshift of the transmission occurs in combination with suitable control of the internal combustion engine while the friction clutch is at least partially and/or briefly engaged. To speed up the shifting process and to attenuate torque and speed surges during the shifting process, the electric machine is operated briefly as a generator and/or as a motor.05-10-2012
20120208671Series/Parallel Dual Motor Multi-Clutch Hybrid Driving Unit For Vehicle - A series/parallel dual motor dual-clutch hybrid electrical driving unit for vehicle includes: a main traction motor (08-16-2012
20120071295POWER TRANSMITTING DEVICE - Provided is a power transmitting device that lets a motor in a hybrid vehicle be smaller and lighter, prevents internal resistance and inertia of the generator motor from becoming driving resistance, and can effectively utilize energy. Via a first clutch (03-22-2012
20130157806CONTROL DEVICE FOR HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE SYSTEM - A control device for hybrid vehicle drive system includes an engine rotation speed control device performing a rotation speed control of an engine so that a rotation speed of an output shaft of the engine is assumed to be equal to a next gear shift stage input shaft rotation speed when an operation amount of an accelerator pedal increases from an operation amount smaller than a first predetermined amount to an operation amount greater than a second predetermined amount, at which gear stages are switched from a current gear shift stage to a next gear shift stage whose gear ratio is greater than the current gear shift stage, within a priority determining time, a front clutch engagement commanding device, a front clutch engaging device, a release side frictional engagement element releasing device, a motor generator rotation speed control device, and an engagement side frictional engagement element engaging device.06-20-2013
20100197451METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN - A method of operating a drive train of a motor vehicle whereby the drive train comprises at least a hybrid drive with a combustion engine and an electric motor, a transmission, positioned between the hybrid drive and an output, and a clutch, positioned between the combustion engine and the electric motor. When the electric motor is exclusively driving, the combustion engine can be started by engaging a clutch positioned between the combustion engine and the electric motor. In accordance with the invention, when there is an exclusive electromotive drive and the electric motor is operated in a deceleration mode and, when a request by a driver is interpreted as a desired change from a deceleration mode to a traction mode, the combustion engine is started, by using the deceleration/traction change, in a way that the clutch, positioned between the combustion engine and the electric motor, is at least partially engaged so that the clutch transfers the required torque which is needed for starting the combustion engine.08-05-2010
20100197450METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN - A method for operating a drive train of a motor vehicle. The drive train comprising a hybrid drive with an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, a transmission arranged between the hybrid drive and a drive output, and a clutch arranged between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor. The internal combustion engine is started by engaging the clutch only when the electric motor is providing drive power. In this situation when shifting gears in the transmission with interruption of the traction force, immediately after the gear change and during a load build-up phase of the shift operation, the internal combustion engine is started by the electric motor without traction force interruption. The clutch is controlled to partially engage to start the combustion engine and then it is completely disengaged before reaching a synchronous speed between the combustion engine and the electric motor.08-05-2010
20110065547STACKABLE MOTOR - A vehicle comprises a plurality of motors operatively connected with one another. The vehicle is powered with the plurality of motors individually and in combination with one another to primarily operate each of the plurality of motors within a predetermine efficiency range.03-17-2011
20120122630METHOD AND DEVICE FOR STARTING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OF A HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN - A method and a device are described for starting an internal combustion engine of a hybrid drive train, having an internal combustion engine and at least one additional machine, in particular an electric machine, a separating clutch, which is situated between the internal combustion engine and the additional machine, and a crankshaft angle sensor for detecting the instantaneous crankshaft angle of the internal combustion engine being provided. Arrangements are provided to perform the following operations to start the internal combustion engine when a high-voltage battery is essentially discharged, including a) the separating clutch is or has already been disengaged, b) the additional machine is accelerated, c) after conclusion of the acceleration operation of the additional machine, the separating clutch is engaged, so that the internal combustion engine is also accelerated, d) as soon as the crankshaft angle sensor system supplies a favorable crankshaft angle, the internal combustion engine is started by direct start.05-17-2012
20120316028POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROLLING APPARATUS - A power transmission controlling apparatus of a vehicle includes a clutch capable of connecting/disconnecting power transmission between an engine and a motor/generator, and a torque converter enabling power transmission between the engine or/and the motor/generator and an automatic transmission. When the engine is started by motoring torque with engagement of the clutch during rotation of the motor/generator, the power transmission controlling apparatus sets a torque compensation amount by the motor/generator based on an estimated torque capacity of the clutch, and suppresses torque fluctuations on a power transmission path accompanying engagement of the clutch by power of the motor/generator containing the torque compensation amount. The power transmission controlling apparatus corrects the torque capacity or the torque compensation amount based on input torque of the torque converter.12-13-2012
20120129651SYSTEM FOR DRIVING AN ASSEMBLY ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE - A system for driving an assembly arrangement for a motor vehicle, which assembly arrangement having at least one auxiliary assembly and an electric machine which is configured independently of a drive unit of the motor vehicle. It is possible for the electric machine to be operated both as a motor for driving the auxiliary assembly and as a generator for generating electric power. If required, it is possible for a separate engine which is configured as an internal combustion engine to be connected or fastened releasably via an interface to the assembly arrangement and to be coupled to the assembly arrangement for drive action, in order to supply the at least one auxiliary assembly and/or the electric machine with rotational drive moment.05-24-2012
20120129649METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE TRAIN - A method of operating a drive train of a motor vehicle with a drive assembly which has a combustion engine and an automatic transmission with frictional shift elements positioned between the drive assembly and an output, namely for executing a traction upshift or a traction downshift in which at least one frictional shift element of the automatic transmission is engaged and at least one frictional shift element of the automatic transmission is disengaged. During execution of a traction upshift and at least, during the engagement procedure of a frictional shift element being engaged, reducing the torque provided by the combustion engine, and for executing a traction downshift at least during the lowering of the transferability of a frictional shift element being disengaged, reducing the torque provided by the combustion engine.05-24-2012
20120129650METHOD FOR ACCELERATING THE DECOUPLING OF A STARTING CLUTCH, WHICH RELEASABLE CONNECTS AN ELECTRIC MACHINE TO A TRANSMISSION INPUT, IN A HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN OF A VEHICLE - A method of accelerating decoupling of the starting clutch (05-24-2012
20120135836HYBRID VEHICLE AND HYBRID POWER SYSTEM - An operation method of a hybrid vehicle having an automatic manual transmission system adapted to use at least two energy sources is provided with the following steps. Engaging an engine with a starter generator motor such that the engine and the starter generator motor rotate synchronously. Performing a speed changing by using a control unit assembly through controlling rotation speed of the traction motor and a rotation speed of the starter generator motor to a desired rotation speed for the speed changing according to a running state of the vehicle, such that the engine and the traction motor nearly rotate synchronously with the automatic manual transmission system to perform a gear ratio shifting process thereby to perform the speed changing. Controlling an automatic-switching clutch to engage or disengage the engine and the traction motor to achieve a plurality of driving mode for the vehicle.05-31-2012
20100048347SPLIT SERIAL-PARALLEL HYBRID DUAL-POWER DRIVE SYSTEM - A split serial-parallel hybrid dual-power drive system, comprised of two or more than two separation drive systems allowing independent operation to respectively drive the load, or all loads driven individually are incorporated in a common frame to drive land, surface, underwater transportation means or aircraft, industrial machines and equipment or any other load drive by rotational kinetic energy.02-25-2010
20100048349SPLIT SERIAL-PARALLEL HYBRID DUAL-POWER DRIVE SYSTEM - A split serial-parallel hybrid dual-power drive system, comprised of two or more than two separation drive systems allowing independent operation to respectively drive the load, or all loads driven individually are incorporated in a common frame to drive land, surface, underwater transportation means or aircraft, industrial machines and equipment or any other load drive by rotational kinetic energy.02-25-2010
20090118086METHOD AND APPARATUS TO OFFLOAD OFFGOING CLUTCH TORQUE WITH ASYNCHRONOUS ONCOMING CLUTCH TORQUE, ENGINE AND MOTOR TORQUE FOR A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A powertrain includes an electromechanical transmission mechanically-operatively coupled to an internal combustion engine and an electric machine adapted to selectively transmit mechanical power to an output member. A method for controlling the powertrain includes commanding a shift from a first operating range state to a second operating range state, identifying an off-going clutch, controlling torque output from said electric machine to offload reactive torque transmitted through said off-going clutch, selectively applying an oncoming clutch to offload reactive torque transmitted through said off-going clutch, and reducing a clutch torque capacity of said off-going clutch when said reactive torque transmitted through said off-going clutch is substantially zero.05-07-2009
20120178585FRICTION LAUNCH STRATEGY FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE POWERTRAIN - A control strategy for launching a motor vehicle includes using an electric motor to provide high torque at low speeds during synchronization of launch clutches. An internal combustion engine is started and connected with the electric motor to provide additional torque capacity. Selective engagement and disengagement of an engine disconnect clutch prevents the engine start from interfering with the motor vehicle launch.07-12-2012
20100273604HYBRID SYSTEM CONTROL METHOD - To reduce a torque drop caused by shift shock and time lag in a hybrid system.10-28-2010
20100273603VEHICLE LAUNCH DEVICE HAVING FLUID COUPLING - A method of controlling an automatic shifting power transmission having a fluid coupling device, at least one reaction clutch disposed in series with the fluid coupling device, and an electric machine disposed in series with the fluid coupling device and the at least one reaction clutch includes partially engaging the at least one reaction clutch corresponding to a first gear engagement to effect a first gear launch maneuver when engine load is at or above a predetermined value. Next the electric machine is energized to provide additional torque to the first gear reaction clutch when the automatic shifting power transmission is in the first gear launch maneuver. The at least one reaction clutch corresponding to the first gear engagement is fully engaged when engine load is below the predetermined value.10-28-2010
20100009805HYBRID DRIVE TRAIN OF A MOTOR VEHICLE - A hybrid gear train of a motor vehicle that has an internal combustion engine with a drive shaft, an electric motor with a rotor that operate as a motor and a generator, a transmission with two input shafts and an output shaft, as well as a differential transmission. At least one of the input shafts can be connected, via an assigned de-coupler, to the drive shaft, both of the input shafts can be connected by alternately assigned gearwheel sets of different ratios and in each case one assigned gear clutch to the output shaft. The differential transmission is designed as a simple planetary gearset that is coaxial with the first input shaft. The ring gear of this transmission is rotationally fixed to the one input shaft. The planet carrier is rotationally fixed to the second input shaft, and the sun gear is connected to and drives the rotor.01-14-2010
20100009804Variable Speed Drivetrain for Electronic Throttle Body - A variable speed drivetrain for an electronic throttle body is disclosed. The system includes a gear arrangement for the drivetrain of the electronic throttle body that includes a driving gear, a set of driven gears and a set of intermediate gears. The system also includes a clutch that is configured to selectively engage with one of the driven gears according to the selected mode of operation.01-14-2010
20090069148CONTROL ARCHITECTURE AND METHOD FOR ONE-DIMENSIONAL OPTIMIZATION OF INPUT TORQUE AND MOTOR TORQUE IN FIXED GEAR FOR A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - There is provided a control system for a powertrain system including an electro-mechanical transmission operative in a plurality of fixed gear modes and continuously variable modes. The control system is adapted to identify preferred operating conditions for operating the powertrain in a fixed gear operating range state. The method comprises determining a range of permissible input torques. States for input torque are iteratively selected, and a motor torque output from the first electrical machine is optimized based upon the selected state for the input torque. A motor torque output from the second electrical machine is determined based upon the optimized motor torque output from the first electrical machine. A cost for each of the iteratively selected states for the input torque and the motor torques from the first and second electrical machines is calculated. A preferred operating range is identified based upon the plurality of costs.03-12-2009
20100292047HYBRID VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL APPARATUS - A hybrid vehicle drive control apparatus is basically provided with an engine (11-18-2010
20120220420CONSTRUCTION MACHINE08-30-2012
20120083387REHEATED GAS TURBINE SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR SUCH A SYSTEM HAVING A FUEL CELL - The present invention relates to (with reference to FIG. 04-05-2012
20120083386DRIVE ARRANGEMENT FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC ENGINE IN A HYBRID VEHICLE - A hybrid vehicle has an internal combustion engine and an electric engine. A drive arrangement for the vehicle has a crankshaft-side clutch part rigidly connected to a crankshaft of the internal combustion engine, and the crankshaft-side clutch part may be coupled to a drive train shaft-side clutch part via a clutch. The clutch part on the drive train shaft side is mechanically connected to a drive train shaft via at least one element for torsional vibration isolation. The drive train shaft is configured at least partially as a rotor of the electric engine. The crankshaft-side clutch part, the clutch and the drive train shaft-side clutch part form at least one part of the primary mass of a dual-mass flywheel. The drive train shaft forms at least one part of the secondary mass of the dual-mass flywheel.04-05-2012
20120190498Control Strategy for Multi-Mode Vehicle Propulsion System - A method for controlling a propulsion system for a vehicle including a transmission coupling an output shaft of the internal combustion engine to a drive wheel of the vehicle, wherein said transmission includes a lash region, the method comprising of adjusting an operating parameter of the engine so that at least one cylinder of the engine is transitioned between a first combustion mode and a second combustion mode, and varying a timing of said transition responsive to whether the transmission is operating within the lash region of the transmission.07-26-2012
20110124465AUTOMOBILE DUAL-POWER AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION BOX - An automobile dual-power automatic transmission box supplies two different power sources to a wheel to drive an automobile and includes a first power source for rotating a first drive shaft, a second drive shaft rotated by the first drive shaft, a third drive shaft for rotating the wheel, a second power source, a clutch unit for driving the second power source to rotate the third drive shaft when the wheel speed is less than a predetermined value, or driving the second drive shaft for rotating the third drive shaft if the wheel speed is greater than the predetermined value, and a speed change unit for retarding the second drive shaft if the wheel speed reaches the predetermined value, and the clutch unit will drive the first power source to rotate the third drive shaft until the wheel speed approaches the rotating speed of the third drive shaft.05-26-2011
20120258838HYBRID SYSTEM - A hybrid system includes a hybrid module that is located between an engine and a transmission. The hybrid system includes an energy storage system for storing energy from and supplying energy to the hybrid module. An inverter transfers power between the energy storage system and the hybrid module. The hybrid system also includes a cooling system, a DC-DC converter, and a high voltage tap. The hybrid module is designed to recover energy, such as during braking, as well as power the vehicle. The hybrid module includes an electrical machine (eMachine) along with electrical and mechanical pumps for circulating fluid. A clutch provides the sole operative connection between the engine and the eMachine. The hybrid system further incorporates a power take off (PTO) unit that is configured to be powered by the engine and/or the eMachine.10-11-2012
20120264565CONTROL DEVICE - A control device controls a vehicle drive device including an input member connected to and driven by an internal combustion engine; an intermediate member connected to and driven by a rotating electrical machine; an output member connected to and driven by a wheel; a first engagement device provided between the input member and the intermediate member; and the second engagement device provided between the intermediate member and the output member. The rotating electrical machine generates power while the first engagement device is directly engaged, and has a differential rotation control region wherein the first engagement device is moved from direct engagement to slipping engagement and the second engagement device is moved from disengagement to slipping engagement during special takeoff control, which controls the vehicle so as to take off while the second engagement device is disengaged and the rotating electrical machine is generating power.10-18-2012
20080300100Control apparatus for vehicular power transmitting system - A control apparatus for a vehicular power transmitting system including (a) an electrically controlled differential portion which has a differential mechanism and a first electric motor operatively connected to a rotary element of the differential mechanism and which is operable to control a differential state between a rotating speed of its input shaft connected to a drive power source and a rotating speed of its output shaft by controlling an operating state of the first electric motor, (b) a transmission portion (12-04-2008
20110039655METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A CREEP MODE OF A VEHICLE HAVING A HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEM - The invention relates to a method and a device for controlling a creep mode of a vehicle having a hybrid drive system (02-17-2011
20110045947METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A CREEP MODE OF A VEHICLE COMPRISING A HYBRID DRIVE - The invention relates to a method for controlling a creep mode of a vehicle comprising a hybrid drive (02-24-2011
20120270698VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICE - A vehicle drive device includes an input coupled to an internal combustion engine; an output coupled to wheels; first and second rotary electric machines; a differential including at least three rotary elements; a control; and an engagement device. The control determines, when engine stop conditions are established while the engagement device is drivably connected, the engine is operating, and the output member is rotating, whether rotation of the first electric machine when stop conditions are established is opposite to rotation of the first electric machine when rotation of the engine stops; executes torque control where the first electric machine outputs torque to reduce the rotational speed of the engine when the stop establishing rotational direction is opposite to the subject rotational direction; and issues a command to release the drivable connection when the rotational speed of the first electric machine falls within a rotational speed range that includes zero.10-25-2012
20110237388AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FOR A HYBRID VEHICLE - An automatic transmission for a hybrid vehicle includes a hydraulic circuit (09-29-2011
20100204006METHOD FOR THE OPERATION OF A DRIVE TRAIN - A method of operating a drive train comprising a hybrid drive with a combustion engine and an electric motor; a transmission positioned between the hybrid drive and the output; and a clutch positioned between the combustion engine and the electric motor. When the electric motor exclusively drives the vehicle, the combustion engine can be started by engaging the clutch. At the time when the electric motor permanently or without traction force interruption is coupled to the output, and the rotational speed of the electric motor is greater than the starting rotational speed of the combustion engine, and a clutch, positioned between the combustion engine and the electric motor, is engagedly and disengagedly controlled so that the clutch is brought into slippage, via partial engagement, to start the combustion engine, and thereafter the clutch is completely disengaged before reaching a synchronous rotational speed between the combustion engine and the electric motor.08-12-2010
20100204005METHOD FOR STARTING THE COMBUSTION ENGINE DURING A LOAD SHIFT IN PARALLEL HYBRID VEHICLES - A method for starting the internal combustion engine, in parallel hybrid vehicles, in which the internal combustion engine is started, during a shift under load in purely electric driving operation, by the electric machine.08-12-2010
20100204004METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AND/OR REGULATING A HYBRID DRIVE ARRANGEMENT - A method of controlling and/or regulating a hybrid drive system of a vehicle, with at least one internal combustion engine and at least one electric machine which can be coupled to the input shaft of an automated transmission, at least some of the time, by at least one clutch to facilitate driving of the vehicle such that at least one energy accumulator is charged by the electric machine which is operated as a generator and driven by the internal combustion engine. The electric machine is a synchronizer machine that is continually energized by maintaining a nominal speed of the synchronizer machine below an inflexion speed (n_Eck) during the charging process.08-12-2010
20120270697VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICE - A vehicle drive including an input coupled to an engine, an output coupled to wheels, an intermediate member between the input and output and coupled to a rotary electric machine, a friction engagement device between the input and intermediate member, and a control device. The control device, when starting the engine with the friction engagement device disengaged, engages the friction engagement device when a rotational speed difference between the input and intermediate member is equal to or less than a predetermined value; raises a rotational speed of the input using the rotary electric machine with the friction engagement device engaged to start the engine; and, when a rotational speed of the engine is equal to or more than a predetermined value, reduces an engagement pressure of the friction engagement device and the friction engagement device is returned to the engaged state when the rotational speed difference reaches a threshold.10-25-2012
20110212809VEHICLE DRIVING APPARATUS - A vehicle driving apparatus configured with a drive power source, a fluid coupling, a transmission apparatus; and a control apparatus. A rotation of a drive input member driven by the drive power source is transmitted to a shift input member via the fluid coupling and a rotation of the shift input member is shifted by the transmission apparatus and then transmitted to an output member. When a state shift command for shifting from a non-transmission state to a transmission state is input into a control apparatus in a state in which the drive power source does not generate a driving force, the control apparatus performs a shift input rotation operation before engaging a frictional engagement element and shifting to the transmission state by causing the drive power source to generate the driving force and rotating the shift input member via the fluid coupling while maintaining the non-transmission state.09-01-2011
20120322611METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SIMULTANEOUS PARALLEL CONTROL OF A TORQUE PHASE AND AN INERTIA PHASE FOR HYBRID POWERTRAINS - A method to execute a shift in a powertrain including a plurality of torque generative devices rotatably connected through a first clutch includes operating the powertrain in a continuously variable operating range state, and monitoring a command to execute the shift including monitoring a target speed for a first torque generative device, and monitoring a command to disengage the first clutch. The first clutch is shifted from an engaged state to a disengaged state, including operating a torque phase of the first clutch wherein the first clutch is transitioned from the engaged state to the disengaged state, and simultaneous with the torque phase, operating an inertia speed phase of the first clutch wherein a speed of the first torque generative device is transitioned from an initial speed to the target speed.12-20-2012
20120322610METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXECUTING A SHIFT IN A POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A method for activating an oncoming clutch in a transmission includes monitoring rotational speeds of clutch elements of the oncoming clutch wherein the clutch elements are coupled to first and second rotationally independent torque actuators. A control speed profile for the first rotationally independent torque actuator is commanded. A speed profile of the oncoming clutch approaching zero speed is generated as is a control speed profile for the second rotationally independent torque actuator corresponding to a speed of the first rotationally independent torque actuator, the speed profile of the oncoming clutch, and an output speed of the transmission. A speed of the second rotationally independent torque actuator is controlled using the control speed profile for the second rotationally independent torque actuator. A speed of the oncoming clutch is monitored and the oncoming clutch is activated when the speed of the oncoming clutch is zero.12-20-2012
20110237387Individual-powered dual CVT differential system with stabilizing device - The present invention relates to a multi-motor driving common load, such as two or more motors, in which CVT is installed between the individual motor and the wheel group at individual load, when the multi-motor, such as two or more motors, installed at the common load structure individually drives the individual load through the arranged CVT to get rotational speed difference, and to make differential speed drive operation through the speed ratio variation by the CVT, and the stabilizing device constituted by torque limited coupling device with sliding damping during sliding is installed between the loads individually driven by the two CVTs.09-29-2011
20100234174 VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS - An apparatus comprises a changeover mechanism which is able to change a connection state of an electric motor output shaft to any one from alternatives consisting of “an IN-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between a transmission input shaft and the electric motor output shaft, “an OUT-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between the transmission output shaft and the electric motor output shaft, and “a neutral state” in which no transmission path therebetween is provided. The changeover is carried out based on a combination (area) of a vehicle speed V and a required driving torque T. As for the changeover, a neutral area is enlarged so that a possibility of selecting the neutral state becomes higher, as a battery temperature is higher, or as an electric motor temperature is higher, or as a remaining battery level is larger.09-16-2010
20100234173VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS - An apparatus comprises a changeover mechanism which is able to change a connection state of an electric motor output shaft to any one of states including, “an IN-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between a transmission input shaft and the electric motor output shaft, “an OUT-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between the transmission output shaft and the electric motor output shaft, and “a neutral connection state” in which no transmission path therebetween is provided. The changeover is carried out based on a combination (area) of a vehicle speed V and a required driving torque T. As for the changeover, an IN-connection area, in which an electric-motor-driving-wheels-maximum-torque is larger than in an OUT-Connection State and in a neutral connection area, is enlarged.09-16-2010
20100234172VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS - An apparatus comprises a changeover mechanism which is able to change a connection state to any one of three states, i.e., “an IN-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between a transmission input shaft and the electric motor output shaft, “an OUT-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between a transmission output shaft and the electric motor output shaft, and “a neutral connection state” in which no transmission path therebetween is provided. At a timing (time t09-16-2010
20100234171VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS - An apparatus comprises a changeover mechanism which is able to change a connection state of an electric motor output shaft to any one of states including, “an IN-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between a transmission input shaft and the electric motor output shaft, “an OUT-Connection State” in which a power transmission path is provided between the transmission output shaft and the electric motor output shaft, and “a neutral state” in which no transmission path therebetween is provided. The changeover is carried out based on a combination of a vehicle speed V and a required driving torque T. When the vehicle starts to drive, “the IN-Connection State” is selected. After the start of the vehicle and while the vehicle speed V is increasing, the changeovers to “the OUT-Connection State”, “the IN-Connection State”, and “the neutral state” are sequentially carried out.09-16-2010
20120277059MOVING APPARATUS - A moving apparatus that is capable of properly driving an accessory while preventing driven parts from being driven when the accessory is driven in a state where the driven parts are at rest. In the moving apparatus VE11-01-2012
20100167871Control device - A control device includes a differential rotation obtaining unit; a direct-coupling control unit that decreases the differential rotation speed by increasing an engagement pressure of the direct-coupling clutch at a normal pressure increase rate determined depending on a traveling state of a vehicle so as to change the direct-coupling clutch from a released state to an engaged state; and a pressure increase control unit that changes to a rapid pressure increase rate larger than the normal pressure increase rate for increasing the engagement pressure by the direct-coupling control unit when the differential rotation speed becomes equal to or smaller than a predetermined pressure increase permission threshold in a state that an accelerator opening of the vehicle decreases.07-01-2010
20100167870METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE COUPLING AND THE DECOUPLING OF THE FIRST MOTOR AND SECOND MOTOR OF A PARALLEL HYBRID MOTIVE POWER GROUP - The invention relates to a method for controlling the coupling and the decoupling of the first motor and of the second motor of a parallel hybrid motive power group comprising a first motor (07-01-2010
20130012353CONTROL DEVICE - A control device that controls a vehicle drive device, including a rotary electric machine and internal combustion engine that drive wheels, a first friction engagement device and a second friction engagement device. The control device is configured to execute rotational state control in which a rotational state of the rotary electric machine is controlled so as to establish a target rotational state with the second friction engagement device in a slip engagement state, and hydraulic pressure regulation control in which a hydraulic pressure supplied to the second friction engagement device is controlled on the basis of torque of the rotary electric machine produced during the rotational state control after the first friction engagement device is transitioned to a direct engagement state while the second friction engagement device is transitioned from the slip engagement state to a direct engagement state.01-10-2013
20100130327Multi-Drive Fluid Pump - A multi-drive pump may include a pump housing, an inlet port, an outlet port, a primary pump gear, a secondary pump gear, a first internal mechanical drive mechanism coupled to the primary pump gear and a second internal mechanical drive mechanism and an internal electro-magnetic drive mechanism coupled to the secondary pump gear. The pump housing may define an internal volume fluidly coupled to the inlet port and the outlet port. The primary pump gear and the secondary pump gear may be positioned in the pump housing and coupled to one another. Rotation of the primary pump gear and the secondary pump gear draws fluid into the inlet port and expels fluid from the outlet port. The primary pump gear may be rotated by the first internal mechanical drive mechanism and the secondary pump gear may be rotated by the second internal mechanical drive mechanism and the internal electro-magnetic drive mechanism.05-27-2010
20100173745Vehicle control device - A vehicle control device that includes an input member drive-coupled to an engine and a rotary electrical machine; an output member; and a transmission having a plurality of friction engagement elements, in which a plurality of shift speeds are switched by controlling engagement and release of the plurality of friction engagement elements, and a rotary driving force of the input member is shifted by a change gear ratio of one of the shift speeds and outputted to the output member.07-08-2010
20130023379FLUID COUPLING FOR A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A hybrid powertrain system includes an internal combustion engine, an electric machine coupled to a transmission, a fluid coupling including an impeller and a turbine wherein the impeller is mechanically coupled to a rotatable member of the electric machine and the turbine is mechanically coupled to a rotatable member of the internal combustion engine. The fluid coupling is effective to fluidically couple torque from the electric machine to the internal combustion engine when the impeller and turbine are not mechanically locked.01-24-2013
20130172146POWERTRAIN WITH DOUBLE EPICYCLIC GEAR TRAIN FOR A HYBRID TYPE MOTOR VEHICLE. - The present invention is a powertrain for a hybrid type motor vehicle comprising an electric machine (07-04-2013
20090062061Preventing Rollback of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle - In a vehicle powertrain that includes an engine and an electric machine, a method for preventing rollback of a wheeled vehicle located on an incline includes determining a magnitude of wheel torque required to prevent the vehicle from rolling back, using the electric machine to produce the required magnitude of wheel torque at the wheels, transmitting engine torque to the wheels, and reducing torque produced by the electric machine while increasing engine torque such that the sum of wheel torque produced by the engine and electric machine is substantially equal to said required magnitude of wheel torque.03-05-2009
20130178330HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL FOR A CLUTCH ENGAGING EVENT - A method for controlling a downstream clutch in a vehicle during an upstream torque disturbance includes slipping a downstream clutch by reducing the downstream clutch pressure, varying the downstream clutch pressure to a target threshold to control the slip of the downstream clutch, increasing the downstream clutch pressure to engage the downstream clutch. A vehicle includes a first prime mover, a second prime mover connected to the first prime mover using an upstream clutch, a transmission connected to the second prime mover using a downstream clutch, and a controller connected to the first and second prime movers and the upstream and downstream clutches. The controller is configured to (i) slip the downstream clutch by reducing the pressure, (ii) vary the downstream clutch pressure to a target threshold to control the slip, and (iii) increase the downstream clutch pressure to engage the clutch.07-11-2013
20080220934HYBRID POWERTRAIN TORQUE CONTROL - A method of regulating a torque output of each of an internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric machine (EM) in a hybrid powertrain system includes determining a desired axle torque of the hybrid powertrain system and arbitrating the desired axle torque and a first plurality of torque requests in an engine control module (ECM) of the hybrid powertrain system to provide an arbitrated axle torque request. The method further includes arbitrating a torque request, which is based on the arbitrated axle torque request, and a second plurality of torque requests in a hybrid control module (HCM) to provide a final torque request, and generating ICE control signals and EM control signals based on the final torque request.09-11-2008
20090118083METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL ENGINE TORQUE TO PEAK MAIN PRESSURE FOR A HYBRID POWERTRAIN SYSTEM - A method to control a powertrain including a transmission, an engine, and an electric machine includes monitoring a rotational speed of the engine, monitoring a temperature of a transmission fluid, determining a maximum hydraulic pressure within a hydraulic control system based upon the rotational speed of the engine and the temperature of the transmission fluid, determining a predicted clutch torque capacity based upon the maximum hydraulic pressure, generating a preferred input torque from the engine based upon the predicted clutch torque capacity, and utilizing the preferred input torque to control the engine.05-07-2009
20130116086VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMITTING SYSTEM - Providing a vehicular power transmitting system which includes a torque limiter device and which is configured to reduce deterioration of durability of a rotary member disposed between an engine and the torque limiter device.05-09-2013
20130116085HYBRID POWERTRAIN WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSION AND OFF-LATCHING CLUTCH, AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - A powertrain for a hybrid vehicle includes a clutch interconnecting an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The electric motor is coupled to a manually operated gearbox operable in at least one electric only drive position and at least one hybrid drive position. A latch is coupled to the clutch and is moveable between a closed position inhibiting the clutch from interconnecting the internal combustion engine and the electric motor when the gearbox is disposed in the electric only drive position, and an open position allowing the clutch to interconnect the internal combustion engine and the electric motor when the gearbox is disposed in the hybrid drive position.05-09-2013
20130102437VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE DRIVING SYSTEM - A first engine ENG04-25-2013
20080200302Method of Transmitting the Power of a Hybrid Vehicle Between a Heat Engine Shaft and a Wheel Axle Shaft of the Vehicle - The invention relates to a method of transmitting power between a shaft (08-21-2008
20110251017VEHICULAR POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS - When it is determined that a driver requests a deceleration of a vehicle (t10-13-2011
20130150206CLUTCH CONTROL DEVICE OF HYBRID VEHICLE - A clutch control of a hybrid vehicle can engage a clutch which not otherwise possible due to temporary factors, and can determine whether engaging members of the clutch have been successfully engaged. The clutch control controls the clutch having a pair of the engaging members which are provided in a power transmission path of the vehicle, and which are moved in the axial direction and engaged or released when switching is performed between power from a motor and power from an engine. The clutch control device has a rotation control unit for synchronizing the rotations of the engaging members when the clutch is shifted from a disengaged an engaged state, and a clutch engagement control unit for determining whether the engaging members have been engaged, based on rotational speed of the engaging members a predetermined time after axial movement of the engaging members.06-13-2013
20130150207VEHICLE POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL DEVICE - In a state in which a vehicle travels while an internal-combustion-engine driving torque (Te) is transmitted to drive wheels, Te and a clutch torque Tc are decreased and an electric-motor driving torque (Tm) is increased based on the satisfaction of a shift-up condition (t06-13-2013
20110294620POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - A power transmission system for transmitting power from a crank shaft of an engine to a drive shaft of a transmission gear box via a clutch assembly is disclosed. The clutch assembly facilitates co-rotation of the crank and drive shaft when engaged and allows relative rotation between the crank and drive shaft when not engaged. The system includes an electric motor with an input/output shaft and a gear assembly coupled to the input/output and drive shaft. Rotation of the drive shaft is transmitted to rotation of the input/output shaft via the gear assembly and rotation of the input/output shaft is transmitted to rotation of the drive shaft via the gear assembly. The drive shaft is drivable by the engine via the crank shaft when the clutch assembly is engaged and is drivable by the electric motor via the input/output shaft and gear assembly when the clutch assembly is not engaged.12-01-2011
20130190133POWER TRANSMISSION CONTROL DEVICE FOR VEHICLE - This power transmission control device is applied to a hybrid vehicle, includes a manual transmission, a friction clutch, and a speed-reduction-ratio changeover mechanism. The speed-reduction-ratio changeover mechanism can change the speed reduction ratio of a second shaft connected to an output shaft of the manual transmission in relation to a first shaft connected to an output shaft of the vehicle motor. The speed reduction ratio of drive wheels to the output shaft of the vehicle motor is changed by changing the speed reduction ratio of the second shaft in relation to the first shaft. The operation for changing the speed reduction ratio is performed while a driver is operating a clutch pedal. Namely, while the driver is performing some operation, he or she receives a shock generated as a result of speed-reduction-ratio change operation. Accordingly, the driver becomes less likely to sense such a shock.07-25-2013
20120028757CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID VEHICLE - In a hybrid vehicle having a locking mechanism in which a play elimination process is required in the locking, a torque shock in the play elimination is reduced. In a hybrid vehicle 02-02-2012
20130196817VEHICLE DRIVE DEVICE - A vehicle drive device comprising: an engine; a hydraulic transmission device constituting a portion of a power transmission path between the engine and drive wheels; and an electric motor, the engine and the hydraulic transmission device disposed to rotate around one axial center, the electric motor disposed with a rotation axial center different from the one axial center, the electric motor coupled to an input-side rotating element of the hydraulic transmission device receiving input of a drive force from the engine, the input-side rotating element being rotatable around the one axial center, the electric motor coupled to the input-side rotating element via an electric motor coupling rotating element coupled relatively non-rotatably to the input-side rotating element, a hydraulic pump rotationally driven by the input-side rotating element of the hydraulic transmission device disposed such that a rotor of the hydraulic pump rotates around the one axial center, and a coupling portion of the electric motor coupling rotating element for the input-side rotating element inserted into a pump-cover through-hole formed on an internal side of the pump-cover through-hole of the hydraulic pump in a radial direction, along with a portion of the input-side rotating element, and coupled relatively non-rotatably to the input-side rotating element in the pump-cover through-hole, in order to couple the input-side rotating element to the rotor.08-01-2013

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