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Convenient and user friendly attachment of a trailer to an electric vehicule, or any vehicle, combining electric power or signal transmission when relevant. The trailer may typically carry a range extender or any energy generation device aimed at increasing the range of an electric vehicle for long distance trips.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000232344D
Publication Date: 2013-Nov-01
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Abstract

Convenient and user friendly attachment of a trailer to an electric vehicule, or any vehicle, combining electric power or signal transmission when relevant. The trailer may typically carry a range extender or any energy generation device aimed at increasing the range of an electric vehicle for long distance trips. The main objective of this mechanism is to facilitate the use by the general public of a modular range extender function for electric vehicles. Such vehicles are restricted in their usage by a limited range. But from time to time about everyone needs to drive more than 100 miles in a day, thus limiting dramatically demand for EVs. Rather than mounting a range extender into the car, which is both expensive and ideally unused (!), a better solution is to mount the range extender on a trailer and attach it to the car only at the occasion of long distance trips. A key is then to both allow for easy maneuvering in reverse mode (patent pending), and easy attachment to the car. The attachment to the car can be summarized in the following way: By pushing or pulling a lever, or activating an electro mechanical device, the trailer is mechanically attached to a receiving part on the car, while simultaneously the two parts of and electric junction are pushed towards each other, as part of the hitch. The receiving part could typically take the form of a plate mounted at the back of the car, with a receiving electric plug and optionally a cap on the plug. In this embodiment the hitch on the side of the trailer includes a matching plate and a matching plug. A classic hitch ball (or other hinged support) connects the hitch to the pole of the trailer. You will find attached drawings illustrating one embodiment which slightly differs from the previous similar publication, for better efficiency and ease of use. This all in one hitch provides the following benefits: • when the trailer is dismounted there is no asperity on the car: nothing beyond the bumper • when attaching the trailer, the user simply puts the hitch on the car's receiving plate, and pushes a lever (or activates the connection mechanism) • the trailer is mechanically and electrically connected (power and signal) to the car in one single action, without having to knee, or manipulate dirty plugs. The trailer could carry anything: luggage, goods, range extender, batteries, fuel cell, etc. The author is ready to cooperate with others in order to bring to the market a universal standardized solution whereby vehicles equipped with such hitch standard could use in particular competing modular range extending devices. This standard could be based on the approach described here, add improvements, or be based on any better solution providing the same benefits. A modular range extending approach could well be the catalyst electric vehicles are desperate for! Jean-Baptiste Segard 23 rue d'Alsace 78100 Saint Germain en Laye France

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Convenient and user friendly attachment of a trailer to an electric vehicule, or any vehicle, combining electric power or signal transmission when relevant. The trailer may typically carry a range extender or any energy generation device aimed at increasing the range of an electric vehicle for long distance trips.

The main objective of this mechanism is to facilitate the use by the general public of a modular range extender function for electric vehicles.

Such vehicles are restricted in their usage by a limited range. But from time to time about everyone needs to drive more than 100 miles in a day, thus limiting dramatically demand for EVs.

Rather than mounting a range extender into the car, which is both expensive and ideally unused (!), a better solution is to mount the range extender on a trailer and attach it to the car only at the occasion of long distance trips.

A key is then to both allow for easy maneuvering in reverse mode (patent pending), and easy attachment to the car.

The attachment to the car can be summarized in the following way:

By pushing or pulling a lever, or activating an electro mechanical device, the trailer is mechanically attached to a receiving part on the car, while simultaneously the two parts of and electric junction are pushed towards each other, as part of the hitch.

The receiving part could typically take the form of a plate mounted at the back of the car, with a receiving electric plug and optionally a cap on the plug. In this embodiment the hitch on the side of the trailer includes a ma...