Universal chassis apparatus for automotive vehicle

CAFC
  • US 9,045,163 B2
  • Filed: 07/24/2013
  • Issued: 06/02/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/26/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An automotive vehicle chassis apparatus comprising:

  • a central backbone structure enclosing an energy storage compartment therein;

    an engine;

    a first structure coupled adjacent to one end of the backbone structure and including the engine;

    a second structure coupled adjacent to an opposite end of the backbone structure and including at least one of;

    a transaxle and a wheel suspension;

    the central backbone structure being rigidly attached to the first and second structures such that ride, handling and impact crash loads are primarily transmitted between the first and second structures by the central backbone structure; and

    a middle of the central backbone structure has a smaller lateral width than do either of the first and second structures.

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