Battery charging and transfer system for electrically powered vehicles

  • US 5,927,938 A
  • Filed: 05/06/1997
  • Issued: 07/27/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/06/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method of rapidly exchanging a battery of an electrically powered two-wheel vehicle, said vehicle having a battery compartment which extends through at least a portion of the vehicle, the method comprising the steps of:

  • providing a battery charging and transfer station comprising;

    a drive through bay including a vehicle securing station equipped with a positioning and support structure for maintaining the vehicle in an upright position; and

    a continuous battery transfer conveyor within the transfer station, the conveyor having a battery receiving end which receives a partially discharged battery from a first end of the battery compartment, and having a battery delivery end which delivers a charged battery to a second end of the battery compartment, the conveyor having multiple battery positions to store and recharge multiple batteries between the receiving and delivery ends;

    positioning and supporting the vehicle in an upright position within the vehicle securing station such that the battery compartment is aligned with the battery receiving and delivery ends of the conveyor, the battery compartment containing the discharged battery; and

    exchanging the discharged battery with the charged battery by advancing the conveyor to shift the charged battery from the delivery end of the conveyor into the compartment and moving the discharged battery from the compartment to the receiving end of the conveyor.

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