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Patent Issued for Storage System for Passenger Vehicle

July 15, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Lucas, Marc Jonathon (Remagen-Oberwinter, DE); Wuerth, John Stephen (Novi, MI); Houk, Peter Daniel (Ann Arbor, MI), filed on June 29, 2011, was published online on July 1, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8763871 is Ford Global Technologies, LLC (Dearborn, MI).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Electric and hybrid-electric vehicles typically include a high-voltage ('HV') battery that is larger than conventional vehicle batteries. Such HV batteries are typically too large to be packaged in the engine compartment, and therefore are often packaged elsewhere in the vehicle."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In at least one embodiment of the invention, a passenger vehicle is provided with a vehicle body having a passenger compartment and a storage compartment oriented rearward of the passenger compartment. A seating row is oriented in the passenger compartment forward of the storage compartment. The seating row has a seat back that is pivotally connected to the vehicle body for providing access to the storage compartment when the seat back is in a collapsed position. A battery having a top surface is mounted within the storage compartment. A receptacle is provided with a back surface and a face that is oriented opposite to the back surface. The back surface is connected to the top surface of the battery by a panel. The receptacle moves in a fore-and-aft direction relative to the battery between a rearward position within the storage compartment and a forward position within the passenger compartment. The face of the receptacle engages the seat back, and the panel extends from the receptacle to the battery in the forward position for providing a raised platform extending to the passenger compartment.

"In another embodiment, a storage system is provided with a container that is coupled to a battery within a vehicle storage compartment. A receptacle is also coupled to the battery. At least one of the receptacle and the container is pivotally connected to a top surface of the battery and movable in a fore-and-aft direction for providing a raised platform in a first configuration and for facilitating storage in a second configuration.

"In yet another embodiment, a receptacle assembly is provided with a receptacle that is coupled to a battery within a vehicle storage compartment. A panel is provided with a proximal end that is pivotally connected to the receptacle and a distal end opposite the proximal end that is pivotally connected to a top surface of the battery. The receptacle is movable about the battery to a forward position upon a collapsed seat back to provide a raised platform."

For additional information on this patent, see: Lucas, Marc Jonathon; Wuerth, John Stephen; Houk, Peter Daniel. Storage System for Passenger Vehicle. U.S. Patent Number 8763871, filed June 29, 2011, and published online on July 1, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Ford Global Technologies LLC.

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Source: Journal of Technology

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