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1. (WO2018222375) VEHICLE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE DRIVE MODULE AND DRIVE MODULE

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222375    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/032433
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Sat May 12 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: B60L 11/18
B60K 8/00
B62D 53/04
Applicants: ZOOX, INC.
Inventors: BIRNSCHEIN, Timo
DI PIETRO, Adriano
FOLEY, Kyle Matthew
KENTLEY-KLAY, Timothy David
PIPER, Andrew
Title: VEHICLE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE DRIVE MODULE AND DRIVE MODULE
Abstract:
Vehicles may be composed of a relatively few number of "modules" that are assembled together during a final assembly process. An example vehicle may include a body module, a first drive module coupled to a first end of the body module, and a second drive module coupled to a second end of the body module. One or both of the drive modules may include a pair of wheels, a battery, an electric drive motor, and/or a heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. One or both of the drive modules may also include a crash structure to absorb impacts. If a component of a drive module fails or is damaged, the drive module can be quickly and easily replaced with a new drive module, minimizing vehicle down time.