Patent published on September 26, 2023

New Patent Could Make Electric Cars More Affordable, Efficient: Rancho's EV Heat Exchanger Solution

In recent years, the drive for expanded use of electric vehicles has been hampered by concerns around their high costs and efficiency. From this issue, emerged a problem of heat waste, where the little bits of warmth created by the battery and other parts are released into the environment. It might not seem like much, but this lost heat represents a significant energy drain over time, exacerbating electric vehicle’s cost-efficiency issues.

A new patent from Rancho Del I.P., identified as US11766920B2, directly addresses this problem. The patent outlines a straightforward, yet innovative, solution. By improving on a special part in electric vehicles, which helps in controlling the temperature of the car, propelling it forward and even charging it, the innovation stands poised to significantly improve the functioning of electric vehicles.

The inefficiency problem arises in the complex circuitry of electric vehicles. Existing designs lose energy through heat, which is typically released rather than utilized. In essence, a part of the electricity that could have been used to move the car forward or juice up the battery ends up warming the atmosphere instead. The patent aims to reclaim this waste heat, putting it to work instead of letting it dissipate.

The invention outlined in the patent makes intentional use of this waste heat. Instead of simply releasing it, the design allows for this heat to be redirected. The re-purposed heat can be used for warming up the occupants in the vehicle cabin or for heating the energy storage system in colder climates. This could improve both energy efficiency and the comfort of the passengers.

The beauty of Rancho Del I.P.'s design is in its potential ripple effects. If this technology proves successful, it could make electric vehicles more affordable through improved efficiency. The less energy waste, the more cost-effective an electric vehicle becomes over time. The technology may also help electric cars function better in colder regions, where heating can be a serious energy drain.

Imagine, for instance, a family of four in Minnesota in the winter. Instead of idling their car to warm it up - which expends gasoline in a traditional car and battery life in an electric one - the newly developed technology can direct the waste heat produced by the battery to warm up the car, thus saving energy and improving efficiency.

Another example is a delivery driver in New York City. The more packages they deliver, the more often they have to start and stop their vehicle. Ezch time they reaccelerate, their electric vehicle is converting energy into movement and producing waste heat. Instead of losing this heat, they could reroute it back into their battery, extending their delivery range, and reducing electricity costs.

Remember, this is a patent and there is no guarantee that it will ultimately hit the market. Nevertheless, innovation in increasing the efficiency and decreasing the cost of electric vehicles are crucial steps towards worldwide adoption of this more sustainable transportation option. Rancho Del I.P.'s patent is certainly a promising look at what the future of electric vehicles might hold.

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