Electric vehicle battery system

  • US 8,517,132 B2
  • Filed: 08/12/2011
  • Issued: 08/27/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/19/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A battery bay configured to be disposed at an underside of an at least partially electric vehicle, the battery bay comprising:

  • a frame defining a cavity configured to at least partially receive a battery pack therein from an underside of an at least partially electric vehicle;

    at least three latches each being mounted on the frame for rotation with respect to the frame and being engageable with respective strikers of the battery pack to mechanically couple the battery pack from the underside of the vehicle, wherein said at least three latches are mounted for rotation towards engaged positions such that when engaged with the respective strikers they vertically lift and fasten the battery pack in the battery bay; and

    at least one drive system coupled to the latches, the at least one drive system being configured for substantially simultaneously rotating all of the latches to substantially simultaneously engage with the respective strikers and vertically lift the battery pack from the underside of the vehicle, securing the battery pack at least partially into the cavity such that during Normal and Exceptional Operating Conditions of the electric vehicle, the battery pack does not substantially rock, rattle, or otherwise move.

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