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Patent 10933767
Kia Motors

Electric Vehicle Energy Sharing Marketplace

Disclosed herein is a system for wirelessly transferring electric power from one electric vehicle to another, and a method of transferring charge. The charging system may establish a communications link between a buying vehicle and a selling vehicle, and may communicate with a marketplace server to facilitate the financial transactions associated with transferring electric power. The disclosure provides for a vehicle-to-vehicle transfer of charge while the vehicles are in motion.

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1 Independent Claims

  • Claim 1. A method of transferring electric power between two vehicles, the method comprising: determining, by a processor, a charge level of a first vehicleactivating, by theprocessor, one of a buy mode and a sell mode in the first vehicle based on the charge levelestablishing, by a vehicle-to-vehicle communication, a wireless communications link with a second vehicle, determining if the second vehicle is in a buy mode ifthe first vehicle is in the sell mode, or if the second vehicle is in a sell mode if the first vehicle is in the buy modewhen the first vehicle is in the buy mode and the second vehicle is in the sell mode, determining a quantity of electric power todirectly receive from the second vehicle and beginning to wirelessly and directly receive the quantity of electric power from the second vehicleand when the first vehicle is in the sell mode and the second vehicle is in the buy mode, determining aquantity of electric power to transfer directly to the second vehicle and beginning to wirelessly and directly transfer the quantity of electric power to the second vehicle.
  • Claim 14. A system for transferring electric power between two vehicles, the system comprising: in a first vehicle, one or more processorsa user interface in communication with the one or more processorsa communications system configured tocommunicate directly or indirectly with a second vehicleand a charging element for wirelessly transferring or receiving electric power directly to or from the second vehicle, the charging element being in electrical connection with the one or moreprocessors, the processor being configured to activate a buy mode and a sell mode, and to determine whether the second vehicle is in a buy mode or a sell mode.