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Vehicle electrical system state controller

United States Patent

9,789,764
October 17, 2017
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A motor vehicle electrical power distribution system includes a plurality of distribution sub-systems, an electrical power storage sub-system and a plurality of switching devices for selective connection of elements of and loads on the power distribution system to the electrical power storage sub-system. A state transition initiator provides inputs to control system operation of switching devices to change the states of the power distribution system. The state transition initiator has a plurality of positions selection of which can initiate a state transition. The state transition initiator can emulate a four position rotary ignition switch. Fail safe power cutoff switches provide high voltage switching device protection.
Bissontz; Jay E. (Fort Wayne, IN)
International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC (Lisle, IL)
14/ 369,875
March 7, 2012
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This concept was made with United States government support under Award No. DE-EE0003303 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States government has certain rights in this concept.