Nikola. has filed a patent for a pressure vessel mounting system designed to reduce impact damage to pressure vessels on vehicles. The system includes deformable brackets and rails for dissipating force, enhancing safety and durability. GlobalData’s report on Nikola gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Nikola, Battery management systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Nikola's grant share as of January 2024 was 48%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Pressure vessel mounting system for vehicle chassis

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Nikola Corp

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240025246A1) describes a pressure vessel mounting system designed to securely attach a pressure vessel to a vehicle chassis. The system includes front and rear brackets, along with outboard and inboard rails that ensure the pressure vessel is mounted parallel to the chassis. The front bracket features a tank neck cavity, while the rear bracket incorporates a deformable tank mount for added stability. The system's unique design allows for precise alignment and secure mounting of the pressure vessel to the vehicle chassis.

Furthermore, the patent application details a vehicle chassis equipped with a gaseous fuel tank and a corresponding mounting assembly. The chassis includes frame rails, crossmembers, and the gaseous fuel tank with front and rear necks. The mounting assembly consists of front and rear brackets, a deformable tank mount, and outboard rails that are parallel to the chassis frame. This configuration ensures the secure attachment of the gaseous fuel tank to the vehicle chassis, providing stability and structural integrity. The design is optimized for hydrogen electric vehicles, aligning with the vehicle's forward axis of motion for enhanced performance and safety.

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