Nio has been granted a patent for a battery securing device with a circumferential locking mechanism. The device includes inner and outer ring gears with straight teeth that engage to secure the battery. The mechanism allows for easy locking and unlocking of the battery in a vehicle. GlobalData’s report on Nio 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 Nio, HEV energy management was a key innovation area identified from patents. Nio's grant share as of February 2024 was 48%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Battery securing device with circumferential locking mechanism for vehicles

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Nio Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11884147B2) discloses a battery securing device designed to securely hold batteries in place. The device consists of a central pull rod, a first component with an inner ring gear, and a second component with an outer ring gear and a tightening sleeve. The central pull rod features a spline portion that matches a vertical groove in the tightening sleeve, allowing for motion locking and unlocking relative to the outer ring gear. The inner and outer ring gears engage through inner and outer teeth, with additional flanges for stability. The device is further enhanced with C-shaped notches for added security.

The innovative battery securing device described in the patent offers a reliable solution for keeping batteries in place within a battery pack. By utilizing a combination of inner and outer ring gears, along with a central pull rod and tightening sleeve mechanism, the device ensures a secure fit while allowing for easy removal when needed. The inclusion of C-shaped notches adds an extra layer of protection, making this device a valuable component for battery packs in various applications. This patented technology is not only efficient but also versatile, offering a practical solution for battery management in different settings.

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