Patent Number: 6,332,257

Title: Method of converting an existing vehicle powertrain to a hybrid powertrain system

Abstract: A method of converting an existing vehicle powertrain including a manual transmission to a hybrid powertrain system with an automated powertrain transmission. The first step in the method of attaching a gear train housing to a housing of said manual transmission, said gear train housing receiving as end of drive shaft of said transmission and rotatably supporting a gear train assembly. Secondly, mounting an electric motor/generator to said gear train housing and attaching a motor/generator drive shaft of said electric motor/generator to said gear train assembly. Lastly, connecting an electro-mechanical clutch actuator to a friction clutch mechanism of said manual transmission.

Inventors: Reed, Jr.; Richard G. (Royal Oak, MI), Boberg; Evan S. (Hazel Park, MI), Lawrie; Robert E. (Whitmore Lake, MI), Castaing; Francois J. (Bloomfield Township, MI)

Assignee: Chrysler Corporation

International Classification: B60K 6/00 (20060101); B60K 6/04 (20060101); F16H 63/00 (20060101); F16H 63/48 (20060101); B23P 017/04 (); B23P 023/00 (); B21K 021/16 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018