US Patent No. 9,634,732

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INDUCTIVE POWER TRANSFER ON AN ELECTRIFIED ROADWAY USING A ROTATING SECONDARY INDUCTOR


Patent No. 9,634,732
Issue Date April 25, 2017
Title Apparatus And Method For Inductive Power Transfer On An Electrified Roadway Using A Rotating Secondary Inductor
Inventorship Gary Flomenhoft, Burlington, VT (US)
Assignee University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, VT (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 9,634,732

1. An apparatus for inductive power transfer from an electrified roadway to an electric motor, the apparatus comprising:
a steel belted radial tire;
an insulated electric wire, wherein the insulated electric wire is wrapped around the steel belt to form an in-tire pickup
inductor for inductively transferring power from the electrified roadway; and

a battery pack for providing battery pack power to the electric drive motor;
a controller, wherein the controller determines if there is sufficient inductive power to power the electric motor, and wherein
if the controller determines there is insufficient inductive power, the controller determines if there is sufficient inductive
power and battery pack power to power the electric motor.