Patent Number: 6,253,865

Title: Driving force transfer system in a hybrid vehicle

Abstract: In a hybrid vehicle including an engine and a generator-motor as a drive source, a driving force transfer system is constituted by disposing a centrifugal clutch, a transmission and a one-way clutch in a driving force transfer path from the engine up to a driving force joining point where the driving force of the generator-motor and that of the engine join together. By switching the generator-motor into a motor, the vehicle can be moved forward by both the engine and the generator-motor. By switching the generator-motor into a generator, batteries can be charged while electric power is generated by the engine. The vehicle can be moved forward or backward by the generator-motor alone with the engine OFF. Thus, the vehicle can be moved backward using the generator-motor as a drive source, and batteries can be charged through the generator-motor using the engine as a drive source.

Inventors: Suzuki; Osamu (Wako, JP)

Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B60K 6/04 (20060101); B60K 6/00 (20060101); B60K 1/04 (20060101); B60K 17/00 (20060101); B60K 17/02 (20060101); B60K 006/02 (); B60K 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018