Battery charging and transfer system for electrically powered vehicles

  • US 5,951,229 A
  • Filed: 12/18/1998
  • Issued: 09/14/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/06/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A battery charging and transfer station for replacing a battery of an electrically powered vehicle, and for monitoring the usage of batteries, the vehicle including a battery compartment which extends through at least a portion of the vehicle, the station comprising:

  • a drive-through vehicle bay having an entrance end and an exit end to permit the vehicle to enter the bay, stop within the bay, and exit from the bay along a predetermined path without reversing direction;

    a continuous battery transfer conveyor, 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 for storing multiple batteries between the receiving and delivery ends;

    at least one battery charger positioned along the conveyor;

    a computer coupled to the conveyor such that the computer programmably moves batteries along the conveyor from the receiving end to the delivery end;

    at least one electronic sensing device coupled to the computer, the sensing device positioned along the conveyor to read unique ID codes of batteries on the conveyor; and

    a database coupled to the computer, the database storing historical data for a plurality of batteries, said historical data stored in association with the unique ID codes of the batteries.

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