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Method of converting an existing vehicle powertrain to a hybrid powertrain system

United States Patent

6,332,257
December 25, 2001
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A method of converting an existing vehicle powertrain including a manual transmission to a hybrid powertrain system with an automated powertrain transmission. The first step in the method of attaching a gear train housing to a housing of said manual transmission, said gear train housing receiving as end of drive shaft of said transmission and rotatably supporting a gear train assembly. Secondly, mounting an electric motor/generator to said gear train housing and attaching a motor/generator drive shaft of said electric motor/generator to said gear train assembly. Lastly, connecting an electro-mechanical clutch actuator to a friction clutch mechanism of said manual transmission.
Reed, Jr.; Richard G. (Royal Oak, MI), Boberg; Evan S. (Hazel Park, MI), Lawrie; Robert E. (Whitmore Lake, MI), Castaing; Francois J. (Bloomfield Township, MI)
Chrysler Corporation (Auburn Hills, MI)
09/ 383,308
August 26, 1999
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST The government of the United States of America has rights in this invention pursuant to Subcontract No. ZAN-6-16334-01 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.