Hybrid vehicle recharging system and method of operation

  • US 7,693,609 B2
  • Filed: 09/05/2007
  • Issued: 04/06/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/05/2007
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A system for recharging a hybrid vehicle having a battery, said system comprising:

  • a meter having a power connection configured to electrically couple to said hybrid vehicle;

    a local electrical distribution network electrically coupled to said meter; and

    ,a controller associated with said local electrical distribution network and disposed in communication with said local distribution network and said meter, said controller including a processor responsive to executable computer instructions for providing a signal to said meter to allow electrical power to flow to said battery;

    a plurality of meters electrically coupled to said local electrical distribution network, each of said plurality of meters having a power connection configured to electrically couple to an associated hybrid vehicle;

    wherein said processor is responsive to executable computer instructions for determining the number of hybrid vehicles coupled to said local electrical distribution network via an associated one of said plurality of meters;

    wherein,said controller receives data and instructions as inputs and provides data and instructions as outputs;

    said data inputs describing, a number of hybrid vehicles that are connected to said local electrical distribution network, the charge state of each of said hybrid vehicles, electrical characteristics of said local electrical distribution network, expected power demand profile of said local electrical distribution network, and electrical power availability from a utility distribution network;

    said instruction inputs enabling said controller to determine recharging times based on the number of hybrid vehicles connected to the local electrical distribution network, the expected power demand profile of said local electrical distribution network, and the availability of electrical power to said local electrical distribution network;

    said output data describing the number of hybrid vehicles on the local electrical distribution network and aggregated data on expected electrical power requirements to said local electrical distribution network; and

    , said output instructions enabling said meters associated with said hybrid vehicles to recharge said hybrid vehicles during a defined time period.

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