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Drying procedure in manufacturing process for cathode material

A method of manufacturing a cathode material for a lithium ion cell comprises: generating a lithium nickel composite oxide material in a manufacturing process, wherein the manufacturing process results in residual lithium being present in the lithium nickel composite oxide material; washing the lithium nickel composite oxide material to remove at least part of the residual lithium, wherein the washing provides the lithium nickel composite oxide material with a moisture content; and drying the lithium nickel composite oxide material to remove at least part of the moisture content, the drying performed in an environment of substantially only an inert gas or air essentially free of carbon dioxide.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Moveable panel system for non-parallel tracks

A moveable panel system for a vehicle comprises: non-parallel tracks on a body of the vehicle, the body having an opening; a panel sized to cover the opening; a transverse guide member on the panel; and compensation drive mechanisms that couple the panel to the respective non-parallel tracks, each of the compensation drive mechanisms moveable along the transverse guide member and moveable in one of the non-parallel tracks.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Angle-detecting door handle assembly

An angle-detecting door handle assembly comprises: a handle member; a four-bar link configured to move the handle member between at least retracted and presented positions relative to a door surface; a motor configured to actuate the four-bar link; a rotary sensor configured to detect an angle of the four-bar link throughout actuation and generate a signal corresponding to the detected angle; and a controller configured to control the motor based on the signal from the rotary sensor.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Prying tool for high-voltage battery pack

A prying tool comprises: a pry bar comprising a load tip at a distal end and a handle at a proximate end, the pry bar having a pair of pins extending on opposing sides thereof; a body through which the pry bar extends, the body forming a pair of pivot points for the respective pins, and a slot extending away from each of the pivot points; and a clamp that is attached to the body and configured for securing the prying tool by clamping a base of the body to a surface.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Control system for an all-wheel drive electric vehicle

Electric vehicles and, more particularly, a control system for an all-wheel drive electric vehicle.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Thermal system with high aspect ratio vent

A thermal system with high aspect ratio vents for a vehicle. The thermal system comprises: at least one hvac unit; a first vent with a first high aspect ratio, the first vent coupled to the hvac unit and configured to generate a first plane of air in a passenger compartment of the vehicle; and a second vent coupled to the hvac unit and configured to generate a second plane of air in the passenger compartment, the second vent positioned so that the second plane of air intersects the first plane of air.. ... Tesla Motors Inc

Pyrotechnic disconnect with arc splitter plates

A pyrotechnic disconnect comprises: a housing with at least a combustion chamber therein; a pyrotechnic charge in the combustion chamber; a busbar covering an opening of the combustion chamber, the busbar configured to be severed by activation of the pyrotechnic charge; and arc splitter plates arranged in the housing on an opposite side of the busbar from the combustion chamber.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Arc-suppressing gas blast in pyrotechnic disconnect

A pyrotechnic disconnect comprises: a housing with at least a combustion chamber therein; a pyrotechnic charge in the combustion chamber; a busbar covering an opening of the combustion chamber, the busbar configured to be severed by activation of the pyrotechnic charge; and an exhaust port from the housing, the exhaust port configured to allow gas from the activation of the pyrotechnic charge to help suppress an electric arc formed by the severing of the busbar.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Load limiter configuration using multidimensional model

A method includes: determining first and second row seat values using seat sensors; generating relative position data for the seats using the values; selecting a load limiter setting value using the relative position data and a multidimensional load limiter model including at least i) body impact values as a function of at least load limiter setting values and as a function of relative position values, and ii) restraint interaction values as a function of at least the load limiter setting values and as a function of the relative position values, the load limiter setting value selected so that the load limiter setting value is outside a first value avoidance zone defined for the body impact values, and outside a second value avoidance zone for the restraint interaction values; and configuring a second row restraint system in the vehicle with the selected load limiter setting value.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Heat-recovering temperature-gradient based oven system

A heat-recovering oven system based on temperature gradient comprises: multiple chambers arranged in a sequence, the chambers configured for operating at various temperatures according to a temperature gradient arrangement that spans the sequence; a conveyor configured for transporting product through the multiple chambers in the sequence for heat treatment according to the temperature gradient arrangement; and multiple temperature-segregated heat exchanger systems, each heat exchanger system including a heat exchanger, a conduit to at least one of the chambers based on its temperature in the temperature gradient arrangement, and a return conduit from the at least one chamber to the heat exchanger.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Functional redundancy of communications and data transmission in energy storage system

An energy storage system includes: a host; energy storage modules; a plurality of nodes, each implemented at a corresponding one of the energy storage modules and configured to monitor and control that energy storage module; a communications and data transmission medium forming a loop from a first portion of the host and sequentially through the nodes to a second portion of the host; and in each of the nodes, first and second devices configured to perform at least partially redundant communication and data transmission functions using the communications and data transmission medium.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Multi-port valve with multiple operation modes

A multi-port, multi-mode valve includes: a valve housing; multiple ports on the valve housing, a spacing between first and second ports being smaller than a spacing between third and fourth ports; and a stemshell positioned at least partly inside the valve housing, the stemshell having at least two channels configured for selectively coupling one or more of the ports to a selected at least other one of the ports.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Semiconductor device with stacked terminals

A semiconductor device includes: a housing; a substrate inside the housing; first and second semiconductor circuits on the substrate; and first and second planar terminals electrically connected to the first and second semiconductor circuits, respectively, the first and second planar terminals stacked on top of each other, wherein each of the first and second planar terminals extends away from the housing.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

Dual-hinge closure with latching in horizontal direction

A closure system for a vehicle comprises: a dual-hinge closure comprising a first portion hinged to the vehicle by a first hinge, and a second portion hinged to the first portion by a second hinge; a frame that at least in part surrounds an opening in the vehicle; an adjustable bump stop subassembly mounted to the first portion, wherein the adjustable bump stop subassembly rests on the frame when the first portion is in a closed position; and a latch system comprising a latch configured to engage a horizontal striker, the latch system configured so that an end of the second portion opposite the second hinge latches to and unlatches from a distal portion of the frame by essentially horizontal motion.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

05/04/17 / #20170125760

Hazard mitigation through gas flow communication between battery packs

A system and method for mitigating the effects of a thermal event within a non-metal-air battery pack is provided in which the hot gas and material generated during the event is directed into the metal-air cells of a metal-air battery pack. The metal-air cells provide a large thermal mass for absorbing at least a portion of the thermal energy generated during the event before it is released to the ambient environment. ... Tesla Motors Inc

04/06/17 / #20170096073

Charging station providing thermal conditioning of electric vehicle during charging session

A vehicle includes an energy storage configured to store electric energy for at least propulsion of the vehicle, an energy storage thermal system configured to provide thermal conditioning of the energy storage, and a coupling configured to receive thermal conditioning of the energy storage from a thermal system external to the vehicle. The coupling provides thermal conditioning of the energy storage while charging when available from the thermal system external to the vehicle. ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/30/17 / #20170093157

Energy storage system with dual-active-bridge converter

An energy storage device includes: a number of cells; and a dual-active-bridge converter connected to the cells, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom. The energy storage device can be included in an energy storage system that includes: a grid tie unit comprising at least one dc/ac converter; and multiple pods connected to the grid tie unit, each pod including: a number of cells; and a power electronics unit, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom.. ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/30/17 / #20170093156

Scalable and flexible cell-based energy storage system

An energy storage system includes: a grid tie unit comprising at least one dc/ac converter; and multiple pods connected to the grid tie unit, each pod including: a number of cells; and a power electronics unit, wherein the cells are floating relative to the system and are galvanically isolated therefrom. The multiple pods may be organized into packs, with a pack including a thermal management system.. ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/30/17 / #20170087617

High speed blow forming processes

A method of forming a part includes: inserting a blank into a die, the die comprising a mold mounted above a sealing counterpart; clamping the blank between the mold and the sealing counterpart; applying first pressure on the blank from the sealing counterpart so the blank is pressed upward to form a shaped part corresponding to the mold; applying a vacuum to the shaped part to hold it against the mold also after separating the mold and the sealing counterpart, the vacuum applied through at least one opening in the mold located in a corner of the mold that the blank does not reach when the first pressure is applied; and discontinuing the vacuum to allow the shaped part to be released from the mold.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/30/17 / #20170087605

Closed-loop thermal servicing of solvent-refining columns

A method of thermally servicing a solvent-refining column comprises: running a closed-loop water-steam system past a top and bottom of a first column, the first column containing at least a solvent and impurities; boiling pressurized water in the closed-loop water-steam system to steam using first heat from the top of the first column; compressing the steam in the closed-loop water-steam system to a higher temperature; and providing second heat to the first column by condensing the steam at the bottom of the first column after compression.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/16/17 / #20170074918

Methodology for charging batteries safely

An apparatus and method for identifying a presence of a short circuit in a battery pack. A fault-detection apparatus for a charging system that rapidly charges a collection of interconnected lithium ion battery cells, the safety system includes a data-acquisition system for receiving a set of data parameters from the collection while the charging system is actively charging the collection; a monitoring system evaluating the set of data parameters to identify a set of anomalous conditions; and a controller comparing the set of anomalous conditions against a set of predetermined profiles indicative of an internal short in one or more cells of the collection, the controller establishing an internal-short state for the collection when the comparing has a predetermined relationship to the set of predetermined profiles.. ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/16/17 / #20170073010

Structural beam member with dual side reinforcement ribbing

A structural beam component for a vehicle comprises: a beam body that has an i-section for at least part of its length, the beam body having first and second sides opposite each other, wherein the i-section extends at least partially along the first and second sides; a crash rail attachment at one end of the beam body, the crash rail attachment providing a fore-aft backup structure for a crash rail in the vehicle; another attachment at an opposite end of the beam body, the other attachment connecting the structural beam component to a side sill of the vehicle; and first and second ribbing on the first and second sides, respectively.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/02/17 / #20170062778

Gasket and diaphragm for electrochemical cell

An electrochemical cell includes a can configured to serve as one electric contact of the electrochemical cell, the can containing active materials, a diaphragm configured to serve as an opposite electric contact of the electrochemical cell, and a gasket that is initially of generally cylindrical shape, the diaphragm positioned inside the gasket in an opening of the can wherein an outer edge of the can is crimped onto the gasket, the gasket having an inner periphery inside the can and an outer periphery outside the can, the outer periphery comprising leaves that after crimping extend along an outer surface of the diaphragm.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/02/17 / #20170059697

Hidden ultrasonic sensor assembly

An ultrasonic sensor assembly is placed against an inside surface of a panel for sensing objects on an opposite side of the panel and includes an ultrasonic sensor, a preload structure, a coupling element, and a damping material. The preload structure applies a preload on the ultrasonic sensor toward the inside surface of the panel. ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/02/17 / #20170058588

Vehicle front door power opening system

A system for a vehicle includes: a door; an electric actuating motor that opens and closes the door, the electric actuating motor configured for actuating at a hinge of the door; a push-open actuator mounted at a rear of the door, the push-open actuator configured for pushing against a body of the vehicle; and a wireless device configured for communications to the vehicle. A system for a vehicle includes: a front door; a rear door behind the front door, the rear door having a dual-hinge design that opens and closes in a substantially vertical direction; an electric actuating motor that opens and closes the front door, the electric actuating motor configured for actuating at a hinge of the front door; and a wireless device configured for communications to the vehicle.. ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057552

B-pillar deformation mode

A vehicle comprises: a vehicle structure without a continuous roof rail; a b-pillar attached to the vehicle structure, the b-pillar having a first initiator; and a header attached to the b-pillar and extending at least partly across the vehicle, the header having a second initiator, wherein the first and second initiators are configured to provide a b-pillar deformation mode upon side impact.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057388

Monopost for free-standing vehicle seat

A monopost for a free-standing seat of a vehicle comprises: an inner subassembly of first clamshell components attached to each other; an outer subassembly of second clamshell components attached to each other around the inner subassembly, the outer subassembly forming a wing portion at one end; and a wing clamshell attached to the first clamshell components and to the wing portion.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/02/17 / #20170057380

Movable vehicle seat with monopost

A freestanding vehicle seat assembly includes: a seat having a seat portion connected to a back portion; a monopost attached at a bottom of the seat portion such that the seat rests only on the monopost; and a track assembly attached at a bottom of the monopost, the track assembly configured for providing fore and aft movement of the freestanding vehicle seat assembly. The freestanding vehicle seat assembly can have a pitch mechanism on the monopost configured for pitching at least part of the seat forward and rearward.. ... Tesla Motors Inc

03/02/17 / #20170056806

Vehicle air system with high efficiency filter

An air filtration system for a passenger compartment of a vehicle comprises: a hepa filter for filtering air from an air inlet into filtered air, the hepa filter comprising a fine particulate filter and a gas filter; and air passageways formed in the vehicle and configured to convey the air from the air inlet to the hepa filter, and to convey the filtered air from the hepa filter to the passenger compartment. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

02/02/17 / #20170030728

Trip planning with energy constraint

A method includes: receiving information corresponding at least to (i) a state of charge of an energy storage of a vehicle, (ii) route information corresponding to a planned driving route for the vehicle, and (iii) a predicted driver characteristic; determining using the received information, and presenting to a driver of the vehicle, a first energy-versus-distance measure for the planned driving route; receiving a user input indicating a proposed change in at least the driver characteristics, and determining using the received information and the user input, and presenting to the driver, a second energy-versus-distance measure for the planned driving route that takes into account the proposed change.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc

01/26/17 / #20170021703

Visor for continuously extended windshield

A vehicle includes: a front windshield that continuously extends along an a-pillar so as to form a partial roof of the vehicle above a driver area; a visor having a proximate end hinged to the a-pillar so as to assume a stowed position along the a-pillar; and on the front windshield, an attachment configured to selectively engage a distal end of the visor in a deployed position.. . ... Tesla Motors Inc








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