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System and method to control fuel vaporization
A method for improving fuel heating is presented. The method can reduce system complexity and cost when fuel is heated within a fuel injector. In one embodiment,...
Approach for reducing injector fouling and thermal degradation for a
multi-injector engine system
As one embodiment, a method of operating an engine of a vehicle is provided wherein the engine has a variable engine output. The method comprises during a first...
Method for improving operation of an electrically operable mechanical
A method to improve the performance of an electrically operable mechanical valve actuator is described. The system is capable of providing heat to targeted areas...
Method for reducing driveline vibration in a hybrid electric vehicle
A method is disclosed for managing torque distribution in a hybrid electric vehicle powertrain. An engine power estimation is determined for use in obtaining an...
Interactive battery charger for electric vehicle
A method for recharging an electric storage battery in the charging system of an electric vehicle from an electric utility power grid includes determining the...
Electrical disconnect system
The disclosed embodiments include an electrical disconnect system and method for a vehicle having a high voltage electrical system. In one embodiment, the system...
The present invention relates to an oxidation catalyst comprising a substrate and an oxidation coating of platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), cobalt (Co), iron (Fe)...
High density hydrogen storage material
A hydrogen storage material. The hydrogen storage material is a combination of LiBH.sub.4 with MH.sub.x, wherein greater than about 50% of M comprises Al.
Launch control of a hybrid electric vehicle
A method for controlling the launch of a vehicle having a powertrain that includes a first power path for driving a first wheel set and including an engine, a...
Hybrid vehicle transmission with a mechanical reverse function
A hybrid electric vehicle powertrain has an engine, a motor, a generator and a battery that define electro-mechanical power flow paths to vehicle traction wheels...
Vehicle having an interlocking floor assembly
A vehicle having an interlocking floor assembly including a first floor structure having a first set of mating features and a second floor structure having a...
Integrated side airbag and inflatable belt
A vehicle seat and integrated side impact protection system includes a seat bottom, a seat back movably attached to the seat bottom, and a fold-flat mechanism...
Internal combustion engine with multiple spark plugs per cylinder and ion
A system and method for operating a multiple cylinder internal combustion engine having at least two spark plugs per cylinder include selectively isolating all...
Dual mode contact sensor for automotive vehicle
A dual mode contact sensor for an automotive vehicle includes an impact-responsive tubular sensing member, and a first linear contact which is closed with the...
Hybrid vehicle propulsion system utilizing knock suppression
A hybrid propulsion system for a vehicle and method of operation are provided. As one example, the system comprises an engine including at least one combustion...
Vehicle response during vehicle acceleration conditions
A vehicle control method for transitioning through transmission lash regions is described using a variety of information, such as, for example, gear ratio,...
Target speed control strategy for power-off shifts in a hybrid electric
A method for controlling a power-off shift from a current gear to a target gear in a hybrid electric powertrain including an engine, electric motor and automatic...
System and method for controlling a safety system of a vehicle in response
to conditions sensed by tire sensors...
A control system for a vehicle (10) is described for use in conjunction with the safety system (44) of the vehicle (10). A tire sensor or plurality of tire...
Catalyst system for the reduction of NOx and NH.sub.3 emissions
This catalyst system simultaneously removes ammonia and enhances net NOx conversion by placing an NH.sub.3--SCR catalyst formulation downstream of a lean NOx...
Deployable running board to provide rollover resistance
A deployable running board mounted on an automotive vehicle to be laterally extendable so as to engage the ground during a rollover event to increase the...
System and method of torque converter lockup state adjustment using an
electric energy conversion device
A hybrid vehicle propulsion system including, an internal combustion engine, a torque converter including a lockup clutch the torque converter having an input...
Engine control including knock compensation
Systems and methods are described, including one example method of controlling an engine having a cylinder with at least one valve operated by a variable valve...
Engine starting for engine having adjustable valve operation
A method for controlling an engine including at least a first cylinder having a first piston and a second cylinder having a second piston, at least one of said...
Method for exhaust heat generation by variable stroke combustion cycles
A method for operating an engine having at least a first and second cylinder, comprising operating the first cylinder with a spark timing more retarded than a...
Mechanical apparatus having a catalytic NO.sub.x storage and conversion
A mechanical apparatus including a combustion engine, a conduit for transporting an exhaust stream away from the engine, a first catalytic NO.sub.x storage and...
Multiple speed automatic transmission
A multi-speed automatic transmission includes an input, an output, a first gear unit drivable connected to the input and including a component rotating at the...
Seating position indicator
An arrangement (10) for assisting a passenger (22) to obtain a correct seating position in a seat (21) of a vehicle is provided. The vehicle comprising at least...
Vehicle fog lamp bezel
Vehicle upper rear bumper cover
System and method for dynamically determining vehicle loading and vertical
loading distance for use in a...
A control system (18) and method for an automotive vehicle (10) includes a roll rate sensor (34) for generating a roll rate signal, a lateral acceleration sensor...
Drivetrain for hybrid electric vehicle
A drivetrain for a hybrid electric vehicle having a rear wheel drive configuration and a four wheel drive configuration is disclosed. Certain of the mounting...
First and second spark plugs for improved combustion control
An engine system, comprising of a combustion chamber; a first spark plug configured to perform a spark within the combustion chamber, said first plug configured...
Apparatus with mixed fuel separator and method of separating a mixed fuel
In an apparatus having an internal combustion engine, a method of operating the engine is disclosed, comprising providing a mixed fuel from a fuel tank to a...
Vehicle wheel cover
Vehicle wheel cover
Vehicle front fender
Vehicle lower rear bumper cover
Vehicle lower rear bumper cover
Vehicle lower front bumper cover
Vehicle upper front bumper cover
Vehicle lower grille
Vehicle lower grille
Vehicle upper grille
Resiliently loaded side gears in a differential mechanism
A differential mechanism includes annular wave springs, each spring located between the back of a side gear and the inner surface of a differential casing. The...
Collapsible armrest system with pull cup
A pull cup in a vehicle door is solidly connected to the door inner panel by mechanical fastening. The armrest substrate structure is also solidly connected to...
Combination grab handle and airbag bracket
A dual function mounting bracket is affixed to a hydroformed roof side rail to allow the connecting brackets to be located at the same position as previously...
Preventing ratcheting on rockers of a one-way clutch
An overrunning one-way clutch includes a cam plate including notches angularly spaced about an axis, a rocker plate including pockets angularly spaced about the...