Hybrid car with electric and heat engine

  • US 4,351,405 A
  • Filed: 11/30/1979
  • Issued: 09/28/1982
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/12/1978
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicle comprisinga supporting structure having wheels rotatably mounted relative to said supporting structure;

  • a heat engine mounted on said supporting structure for driving at least a first said wheel, and having a fuel metering device;

    a battery powered electric motor mounted on said supporting structure for driving at least a second said wheel, said electric motor having an armature winding;

    means for controlling average power flowing through said armature winding and having a control input and power terminals through which the current in said armature winding flows responsive to a control signal at said control input;

    a mode select input;

    means for heat engine and electric motor speed control having a single accelerator pedal for alternately controlling either said fuel metering device or said control signal at said control input in accordance with a signal at said mode select input; and

    a mode selection means for selecting which of said fuel metering device or said control signal said means for heat engine and electric motor speed control is to control and for sending said signal to said mode select input.

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