Vehicle base station

  • US 8,899,903 B1
  • Filed: 05/18/2010
  • Issued: 12/02/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/18/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system, comprising:

  • a vehicle base station on which a vehicle may be positioned;

    a modular battery case, comprising;

    a housing comprising a lower portion and an upper portion defining a chamber capable of holding one or more batteries;

    at least one alignment pin extending from an upper surface of the upper portion of the housing to facilitate appropriate alignment of the modular battery case with a battery receptacle on the vehicle, the battery receptacle comprising at least one locking component, the locking component comprising opposing jaws; and

    at least one locking anchor extending from the upper surface of the upper portion of the housing and positioned to be received by the locking component when the modular battery case is inserted into the battery receptacle, wherein the opposing jaws are operable to close and lock onto the at least one locking anchor; and

    an assembly to autonomously load and unload the modular battery case from the vehicle.

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