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1. WO2011007223 - VEHICLE CHARGING PORT ARRANGEMENT

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A vehicle charging port arrangement comprising:

a vehicle body including a vehicle front end portion;

a charging port support member supported on the vehicle front end portion with the charging port support member including an energy absorbing structure that is configured and arranged to deform towards a support structure of the vehicle front end portion and into an energy absorbing area that is disposed forward of the support structure of the vehicle front end portion during a frontal impact; and

an electric charging port attached to the charging port support member, with the electric charging port being configured to receive an electric charging connector.

2. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in claim 1 , wherein the energy absorbing structure and the vehicle front end portion are arranged to form unobstructed space as the energy absorbing area, with the unobstructed space being oriented in a vehicle widthwise direction that is located rearward of and aligned with the charging port support member as viewed in a vehicle lengthwise direction.

3. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in claim 1 or 2, wherein the energy absorbing structure is attached to the vehicle front end portion at three attachment points that are spaced apart and located to form apexes of a triangle.

4. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in any one of claims 1 to

3, wherein

the support structure of the vehicle front end portion includes at least one vehicle body frame member to which the energy absorbing structure is attached.

5. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in any one of claims 1 to

4, wherein

the energy absorbing structure includes an upper wall portion having a pair of rearward extending legs defining a cut-out that opens in a vehicle longitudinally rearward direction, with free ends of the legs being attached to the support structure of the vehicle front end portion.

6. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in claim 5, wherein the energy absorbing structure further includes a lower end portion that is attached to the support structure of the vehicle front end portion.

7. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in claim 6, wherein the charging port support member includes a charging port mounting wall that spans between the upper wall portion and the lower end portion, with the charging port mounting wall slanting upward and rearward in the vehicle lengthwise direction.

8. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein

the support plate is attached to the support structure of the vehicle front end portion at a location forward of a front collision crushable structure of the vehicle front end portion of the vehicle body that deforms rearward in the vehicle lengthwise direction to absorb energy and during a frontal impact.

9. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in claim 8, wherein the support plate is attached to the support structure near a front end of the front collision crushable structure of the vehicle front end portion of the vehicle body.

10. The vehicle charging port arrangement as recited in any one of claims 1 to 9, wherein

the charging port support member and the energy absorbing structure are integrally form as a one-piece support plate that is attached to the vehicle front end portion.