The inventions provide a computer-controlled cyclical system that includes a specially manufactured battery dispensing bowser that dispenses a choosable sequential plurality of small volume charged batteries to a specially manufactured battery powered Electric Vehicle. The Battery Fueling method parallels, mimics or improves upon the sequentially metered manner by which a fossil fuel bowser dispenses fuel to a conventional fossil fuel vehicle at a roadside service station.
At the same time, the cyclical system also retrieves a similar plurality of depleted batteries from the Electric Vehicle. They are returned to the bowser; and from there to a battery recharging bay.
Safety Issues of Prior Technology
- The inventions also provide means for addressing serious safety issues surrounding the use of high output, small-volume rechargeable cells, especially lithium-ion cells within modern vehicles, including passenger jets.
- Lithium-ion cells are gaining increasing popularity and even a dominant role for use in battery powered Electric Vehicles.
- However, a serious safety issue has been highlighted that relates to their impressive power output compared to their small size.
- When just one of these Lithium-ion cells is compromised, usually deep within a compact battery block containing hundreds, and often thousands of similar small-volume cells, lack of immediate access to that compromised cell can cause an immediate and unexpected safety hazard.
- The main cause for this safety hazard to develop within a lithium-ion cell has been identified as an increasing heat being generated, through excessive load or overcharging of that cell.
- This phenomenon is known as thermal propagation that can then lead to a thermal runaway situation that causes the serious physical damage and serious fire hazards, not only to the surrounding cells but also the vehicle and its passengers, whether that vehicle is a small car or a passenger jet.
Improvements to Prior Technology
The Battery Fueling inventions provide two separate improvements to known prior art:
- The first improvement relates to apparatus, sequences, applications and know-how for a system to sequentially provide, by metered bowser dispensing means, an individual battery to an Electric Vehicle, as the smallest measurable unit of meterable flow between a battery dispensing bowser and a battery powered Vehicle, that also provides a parity system that parallels, mimics or improves upon the conventional flow system that treats an individual small volume of fossil fuel as the smallest measurable unit of meterable flow between a conventional fossil fuel forecourt dispensing bowser and a conventional fossil fuel powered vehicle.
- The second improvement relates to apparatus, sequences, applications and know-how for a system to provide an individual battery as a small-volume rechargeable Battery temperature reducer, fire-inhibitor and/or fire-extinguisher; that a system may convey to any precise position within a system, especially within a vehicle, for a battery to be placed adjacent or near any compromised battery; for use to provide temperature reduction, fire-inhibition and/or fire-extinguishing facilities relating to that battery, that the computer controlled system has identified as a faulty battery, an overheating battery, a thermal propagation cell-module, a thermal runaway cell-module or an ‘on-fire’ battery.