Automated Battery Replacement Unit: This invention is a complete end to end solution from when the vehicle enters the Battery Replacement Unit with a used (discharged completely or partially) battery pack and leaves with a charged battery pack based on the requirement of the driver. The communication with the driver is established at the user interface and business transaction is implemented. Along with the design aspects of the system, the invention gives a detailed operational sequence for the battery replacement unit.
Power Enhancing Device (PED): Is a setup wherein thin discs of soft piezoelectric material are installed under each key of a mechanical keyboard used by a portable electronic device such as a laptop computer.The key strokes of an user using the keyboard creates strain in the piezoelectric material which converts the mechanical energy of typing into electrical energy.The electrical energy is captured by an electronic circuit which uses it to charge the lithium ion battery of the portable device, thus extending the time between charges.
An Adjustable Power and Range Electric Vehicle: An electric vehicle (EV) runs by a motor powered by the stored energy in the battery pack of the vehicle. In this set-up of an Electric vehicle, the power and driving range can be varied changing the number of battery packs used and by varying the position of these battery packs in a series or parallel fashion.
Novel Revenue Model: This pertains to a unique way Unification Energy Company customers are charged for the services offered. UEC uses an electronic chip which samples current expended by the customer every sub-seconds while driving his EV and mathematically integrates it over time to arrive at the total ampere-hour expended by the customer. Every time a customer replaces a battery pack or a module or the entire battery system or any other storage device being used in his EV at a Battery Replacement Unit (BRU), the last value of total ampere-hour expended by his storage device he was using until replacement, is stored in memory of the chip. As soon as he replaces his storage device with another storage device and start to drive the ampere-hour expended by this current storage device is recorded and added to the value of the total amp-hour expended by his previous storage device. In this way every time he replaces his storage device at a BRU, UEC records the total ampere-hour he expended in all his drives before replacement for each billing cycle. The customer gets charged for the total ampere-hour he expends in each billing cycle without regards to the device he used to expend that total ampere-hour.