Global Patent Index - EP 0950015 A4

EP 0950015 A4 2000-02-02 - BATTERY CHARGING AND EXCHANGE SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLES

Title (en)

BATTERY CHARGING AND EXCHANGE SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICALLY POWERED VEHICLES

Title (de)

BATTERIELADE- UND WECHSELSYSTEM FÜR ELEKTROANGETRIEBENE FAHRZEUGE

Title (fr)

SYSTEME DE CHARGEMENT ET D'ECHANGE DE BATTERIES DESTINE A DES VEHICULES ELECTRIQUES

Publication

EP 0950015 A4 (EN)

Application

EP 97949418 A

Priority

  • US 9720691 W
  • US 74542396 A
  • US 85162197 A
  • US 96501897 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9821132A1] A battery transfer and charging system for electrically powered vehicles includes a conveyor loop (C) for conveying batteries (B) from a battery receiving station (15) to a battery delivery station (14). A displacement assembly (16) removes spent batteries of electric vehicles by placing charged batteries into position within the vehicles so as to laterally displace spent batteries. Spent batteries displaced from vehicles are received by the receiving station (15), where the batteries are tested both electrically and by comparing battery status data against predetermined criteria. Batteries which fail the battery test are automatically removed from the conveyor loop (C) by an elevator assembly (43). Batteries are automatically charged as they pass through the conveyor loop (C) in an assembly-line fashion. Following recharge, batteries are conveyed to the displacement station for installation within later vehicles. In one embodiment of the system, vehicles are processed through the system in sequential order, stopping at a specified location for battery installation/removal. A vending machine system (402) for recharging and dispensing portable batteries (204) of electrically assisted bicycles (200) is also disclosed.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

B65G 67/00; B60S 5/06

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

B60S 5/06 (2006.01); B60K 1/04 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

B60L 11/1879 (2013.01); B60L 3/12 (2013.01); B60L 11/1822 (2013.01); B60L 11/1846 (2013.01); B60L 11/1877 (2013.01); B60S 5/06 (2013.01); B60K 1/04 (2013.01); B60L 2260/44 (2013.01); B60L 2260/50 (2013.01); E04H 6/42 (2013.01); Y02T 10/7005 (2013.01); Y02T 10/705 (2013.01); Y02T 10/7072 (2013.01); Y02T 90/121 (2013.01); Y02T 90/124 (2013.01); Y02T 90/128 (2013.01); Y02T 90/14 (2013.01); Y02T 90/163 (2013.01); Y02T 90/169 (2013.01); Y04S 30/14 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 9821132 A1 19980522; AU 7179398 A 19980603; CN 1078560 C 20020130; CN 1239927 A 19991229; EP 0950015 A1 19991020; EP 0950015 A4 20000202; HK 1023976 A1 20020614; TW 370497 B 19990921

INPADOC legal status


2003-04-23 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20020930

2002-07-03 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Effective date: 20020517

2000-02-02 [A4] SUPPLEMENTARY SEARCH REPORT

- Effective date: 19991216

2000-02-02 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A4

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE

2000-02-02 [RIC1] CLASSIFICATION (CORRECTION)

- Free text: 7B 65G 67/00 A, 7B 60S 5/06 B

1999-10-20 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 19990604

1999-10-20 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A1

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE