Systems and methods for charging electric vehicles

  • US 10,998,753 B2
  • Filed: 09/04/2020
  • Issued: 05/04/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/11/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An electrical charging system, comprising:

  • one or more processing devices; and

    a non-transitory memory device in communication with the one or more processing devices, the non-transitory memory storing instructions that when executed by the one or more processing devices, result in;

    receiving information indicative of a starting location of an electric vehicle;

    receiving information indicative of a desired destination of the electric vehicle;

    receiving information indicative of a charging location of each of a plurality of electric charge providers;

    computing, based at least in part on the starting location, the desired destination, and the charging locations of one or more of the plurality of electric charge providers, a charging schedule for the electric vehicle the charging schedule comprising a scheduled start time and an indication of a scheduled stop time for charging the electric vehicle at each of one or more of the plurality of charging locations and a sequence defining an order in which the electric vehicle is to be charged at each of the one or more of the plurality of charging locations, wherein a first charging location of the sequence is computed based, at least in part, on an ability of the electric vehicle to travel to the first charging location utilizing a charge amount stored in a battery of the electric vehicle;

    displaying a charging status of the electric vehicle via a graphical user interface forming a part of the electric vehicle; and

    increasing, in accordance with the charging schedule, a level of charge of the battery of the electric vehicle;

    wherein the desired destination information is defined by a user of the electric vehicle via the graphical user interface adapted to display a vehicle charge indicator element comprising a first portion indicative of an amount of charge residing in a battery of the electric vehicle and a second portion indicative of an uncharged capacity of the battery of the electric vehicle and wherein the vehicle charge indicator element further comprises a slider by which an amount of charge may be specified.

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