|국가/구분||United States(US) Patent 등록|
|미국특허분류(USC)||180/065.2; 180/309; 903/908; 903/944|
|발명자 / 주소|
|출원인 / 주소|
|대리인 / 주소||
|인용정보||피인용 횟수 : 9 인용 특허 : 31|
Vehicle engine exhaust is sent to a reformer, which produces hydrogen from fuel remaining in the exhaust. The hydrogen is stored in a hydrogen tank, and is used by a fuel cell to produce electricity to recharge the vehicle battery and/or to supply propulsion current to an electric propulsion system to propel the vehicle in lieu of using the engine.
I claim: 1. A vehicle having an internal combustion engine including at least one exhaust pipe, a drive train couplable to the engine, an electric propulsion system couplable to the drive train, and at least one battery, comprising: at least one reformer connected to the exhaust pipe for producing hydrogen from hydrocarbons in the exhaust gases from the engine; at least one hydrogen tank for storing the hydrogen; and at least one fuel cell connected to the hydrogen tank for using the hydrogen to produce electricity to recharge the battery, supply propul...