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1. (WO2018009442) SYSTEM FOR REPOSITIONING WEIGHT IN RESPONSE TO VEHICLE SPEED
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CLAIMS

[0014] What is claimed is:

1. In an automobile having a plurality of batteries, the improvement comprising a system configured to reposition at least one battery relative to an axle to increase the weight carried by the axle as the vehicle attains a predetermined speed.

2. The system of claim 1 wherein the automobile is driven by electricity.

3. The system of claim 1 wherein the automobile is a hybrid having the capability to be powered by electricity or, alternatively, by an internal combustion engine.

4. The system of claim 1 configured to reposition at least a portion of the batteries automatically when the vehicle attains a predetermined speed.

5. The system of claim 1 configured to reposition at least a portion of the batteries in response to an input by a driver.

6. The system of claim 1 wherein the at least one battery is repositioned by at least one electric motor.

7. The system of claim 1 wherein the at least one battery is repositioned by a hydraulic actuator.

8. The system of claim 1 wherein the at least one battery is repositioned by an electromagnetic actuator.

9. The system of claim 1 wherein the at least one battery is disposed on a movable frame.

10. The system of claim 1 wherein the at least one battery is movable on at least one track.

11. The system of claim 1 configured to reposition the at least one battery in response to an input received from a remote location.

12. The system of claim 1 wherein repositioning the at least one battery increases traction between at least one wheel attached to the axle and an underlying roadway.

13. The system of claim 1 wherein the axle is a drive axle.

14. A driver-interactive system comprising a first device configured to.

selectively reposition at least one battery disposed in an electric-powered motor vehicle and a second device configured to actuate the first device in response to an input related to the speed of the vehicle.

15. The driver-interactive system of claim 14 wherein the electric-powered motor vehicle comprises at least one drive axle and at least one wheel connected to the at least one drive axle, and wherein the first device repositions the battery relative to the at least one drive axle so as to adjust the weight carried by the at least one drive axle in response to an input related to the speed of the vehicle.

16. The driver-interactive system of claim 14 wherein the second device is an electronic controller disposed on board the electric-powered motor vehicle.

7. The driver-interactive system of claim 16 wherein the electronic controller can be operated by the driver to selectively reposition the at least one battery relative to the at least one axle to increase the total weight carried by the axle in response to operating parameters communicated to thedriver.

18. The driver-interactive system of claim 14 wherein at least one of the first device and the second device is a controller disposed on board the electric-powered motor vehicle, which controller can be operated by the driver to selectively reposition the at least one battery relative to the at least one axle to decrease the total weight carried by the axle in response to operating parameters communicated to the driver.

19. The driver-interactive system of claim 14 wherein the electric-powered motor vehicle is all electric.