System and method for managing the electrical system of a vehicle

  • US 6,150,793 A
  • Filed: 08/24/1998
  • Issued: 11/21/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/29/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicle comprising:

  • an engine for producing mechanical energy to propel said vehicle;

    engine cranking means operatively connected to said engine for cranking said engine;

    a battery mounted on said vehicle to supply electrical energy to said engine cranking means;

    an alternator operatively connected to said battery to supply electrical energy to said battery;

    temperature sensing means operatively connected to said battery for sensing the temperature of said battery; and

    control means, operatively connected to said temperature sensing means and said alternator, for controlling the electrical energy supplied by said alternator to said battery in response to a predetermined battery temperature/battery voltage schedule such that said battery is appropriately charged based upon the sensed temperature of said battery.

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