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Title:
A DOCKING AND RECHARGING SYSTEM FOR BATTERY POWERED PERSONAL MOBILITY VEHICLES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/080525
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention proposes an engagement unit (40) for co-operation with a separate attachment unit (20) in a docking and recharging system (100) for a power 5 assisted personal mobility vehicle (10) having a battery that accumulates electronic power to be supplied to an electric motor. According to the present invention, said engagement unit (40) comprises; an electric terminal module (44) configured to establish an electrical connection with the corresponding electric terminal module (82) provided at the attachment unit (20); a locking means configured to secure the 10 attachment unit (20) when the attachment unit (20) is in a lockable position and an actuation means (81) of the attachment unit (20) is fully engaged with the engagement unit (40); and a control module configured to receive an identification signal from an identification means provided in the attachment unit (20). Moreover, the attachment unit (20) for co-operation with the engagement unit (40) comprises: an 15 electric terminal module (82) configured to establish an electrical connection with the corresponding electric terminal module (44) provided at the attachment unit (20); an actuation means (81) arranged to engage with the engagement unit (40); and an identification means arranged to be in communication with the control module of the engagement unit (40) wherein said attachment unit (20) is attachable to the battery 20 powered personal mobility vehicle (10).

Inventors:
SELCUKLU, Ahmet Cagri (TOSB Otomotiv Mahallesi 3. Cad. No: 1 -1, Osb Cayirova/Kocaeli, TR)
YAZICI, Evren (TOSB Otomotiv Mahallesi 3. Cad. No: 1 -1, Osb Cayirova/Kocaeli, TR)
ATALAY, Ender Göksen (TOSB Otomotiv Mahallesi 3. Cad. No: 1 -1, Osb Cayirova/Kocaeli, TR)
Application Number:
TR2019/050890
Publication Date:
April 29, 2021
Filing Date:
October 23, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
DUCKT OU (Kesklinna linnaosaNarva mnt, Tallinn, EE)
International Classes:
B60L53/16; B60L53/31; B62H3/04; B62H5/00; B62H3/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SEVINC, Erkan (Plaza-33 Buyukdere cad. 33/16, Sisli/Istanbul, TR)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. An engagement unit (40) for co-operation with an attachment unit (20), said attachment unit (20) being attachable to a power assisted personal mobility vehicle (10) for docking and recharging, said engagement unit (40) comprising;

- an electric terminal module (44) configured to establish an electrical connection with a corresponding electric terminal module (82) provided at the attachment unit (20);

- a locking means configured to secure the attachment unit (20) when the attachment unit (20) is in a lockable position and an actuation means (81) of the attachment unit (20) is fully engaged within the engagement unit (40); and

- a control module configured to receive an identification signal from an identification means provided in the attachment unit (20). 2. The engagement unit (40) according to the claim 1, wherein the engagement unit (40) has a protective shield (45) for covering the electric terminal module (82) thereof, wherein the protective shield (45) is arranged to be moved relative to the electric terminal module (44) of the engagement unit (40) when the actuation means (81) is pushed against the protective shield (45).

3. The engagement unit (40) according to the claim 1 or 2, wherein the engagement unit (40) has a slot (42) which is shaped and dimensioned with respect to the actuation means (81) of the attachment unit (20). 4. The engagement unit (40) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the engagement unit (40) comprises a guiding portion (41) that extends outwardly for guiding the actuation means (81) of the attachment unit (20) into the lockable position. 5. The engagement unit (40) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein said control module is configured to communicate with a server and is configured to control the electrical connection between the electric terminal modules (44, 82).

6. An attachment unit (20) for co-operation with the engagement unit (40) according to any one of the preceding claims, comprising: - an electric terminal module (82) configured to establish an electrical connection with the corresponding electric terminal module (44) provided at the engagement unit (40);

- an actuation means (81) arranged to engage with the engagement unit (40); and

- an identification means arranged to be in communication with the control module of the engagement unit (40) wherein said attachment unit (20) is attachable to the battery powered personal mobility vehicle (10).

7. The attachment unit (20) according to the claim 6, wherein the attachment unit (20) comprises a clamp ring (90) being attachable to a portion of the personal mobility vehicle (10) when in use.

8. The attachment unit (20) according to the claim 6 or 7, wherein the attachment unit (20) has a main body (80) associated with the actuation means (81), said actuation means (81) being shaped and dimensioned with respect to a slot (42) in the engagement unit (40).

9. The attachment unit (20) according to the claim 8, wherein the main body (80) is provided with the electric terminal module (82) arranged to be in contact with the respective electric terminal module (44) provided at the engagement unit (40) to apply electric voltage thereto by contact.

10. The attachment unit (20) according to the claim 7, 8 or 9, wherein the clamp ring (90) is in a two-part form with a front clamp part (24) and a rear clamp part (25) wherein the front and rear parts (24, 25) of the clamp ring (90) are provided at their ends with outwardly extending flaps (28) being provided with holes (29) for accommodating fastening means (27).

11. The attachment unit (20) according to the claim 10, wherein the front clamp part (24) is provided with at least one connection hole (26) for accommodating fastening means (27) to attach a main body (80) of the attachment unit (20).

12. A docking and recharging system (100) for a battery powered personal mobility vehicle (10), comprising; - a removable atachment unit (20) according to any one of the claims 6 to 11; and

- an engagement unit (40) according to any one of the claims 1 to 5.

13. The docking and recharging system (100) according to claim 12, further comprising at least one docking station (30) to which the personal mobility vehicle (10) is arranged to connect for docking and recharging in use; wherein the docking station (30) comprises the engagement unit (40) being arranged to cooperate with the attachment unit (20) of the personal mobility vehicle (10) in use to both lock the personal mobility vehicle (10) and docking station (30) together and establish the electrical connection to permit recharging of a batery of the personal mobility vehicle (10).

14. The docking and recharging system (100) according to the claim 12 or 13, further comprising more than one separate docking stations (30) each having separate engagement unit (40).

15. The docking and recharging system (100) according to any of the claims 12 to

14, further comprising a server to obtain authorization from the user to lock and recharge, said server being configured to keep data of the personal mobility vehicle (10) and in communication with the control module wherein the control module is configured to allow a remote control from a remote device by performing data information interaction with the server and the engagement unit (40).

16. The docking and recharging system (100) according to any of the claims 12 to

15, wherein the batery powered personal mobility vehicle (10) is a scooter having a batery or an electric bicycle.

17. The atachment unit (20) according to any of the claims 6 to 11, wherein the atachment unit (20) has at least one connection port (23) for connection with a transmitting means for transmiting electricity from a power source associated with the engagement unit (40) to a battery of the personal mobility vehicle (10).

Description:
SPECIFICATION

A DOCKING AND RECHARGING SYSTEM FOR BATTERY POWERED PERSONAL

MOBILITY VEHICLES

Technical field of the invention

The present invention relates to a docking and recharging system for a battery powered personal mobility vehicle and more particular to an engagement unit and an interrelated attachment unit in a docking and recharging system for attaching and recharging a scooter or an electric bicycle.

Background of the invention

Electrically powered vehicles are becoming more important in view of increasing energy costs and the demand for reduced emissions of traffic. Nowadays, especially lightweight electric vehicles having weight of not more than 500 kg, as for instance an electric two-wheeler or scooter or an electric bicycle, are widely used.

In the art, the personal mobility vehicles such as bikes are attached in a parking base to prevent them from being able to be released by anybody. These parking bases have attachments means based on mechanical release elements by means of an electrical operation. However, for the lightweight electric vehicles, there are no standard regulations that provides local or universal use of recognition, locking and charging functions. This causes irregularities and leads security problems. Especially in public areas, at self-service stations open to the public, there is no control if a correct connection takes place between the vehicle or a docking station. It is desirable to improve a docking and recharging system for lightweight electrically powered vehicles considering the abovementioned shortcomings.

A prior art publication in the technical field of the present invention may be referred to as US2013314205 (All among others, the document disclosing a modular vehicle system, having an a lightweight electric vehicle, and at least one module which can be connected to the electric vehicle.

Objects of the invention

Primary object of the present invention is to overcome the abovementioned shortcomings encountered in the prior art. Another object of the present invention is to provide a docking and recharging system with increased safety of operation where the connection can take place particularly easy, safe and protected from interferences by unauthorized persons.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a docking and recharging system that allows a safe connection between the attachment unit installed onto a personal mobility vehicle and a docking station.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a docking and recharging system for lightweight electric vehicles (e.g. scooter, electric bicycle) that eliminates a need of a locking and recognition system.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an attachment unit for the docking and recharging system that enables use of different sized mobility vehicles with an adjustable lock ring.

Another object of the present invention is to provide an engagement unit for the docking and recharging system adapted for use with an attachment unit for effectively recognizing and locking a battery powered personal mobility vehicle.

Summary of the invention

The present invention proposes an engagement unit for co-operation with a separate attachment unit in a docking and recharging system for a power assisted personal mobility vehicle having a battery that accumulates electronic power to be supplied to an electric motor. According to the present invention, said engagement unit comprises an electric terminal module configured to establish an electrical connection with the corresponding an electric terminal module provided at the attachment unit; a locking means configured to secure the attachment unit when the attachment unit is in a lockable position and an actuation means of the attachment unit is fully engaged within the engagement unit; and a control module configured to receive an identification signal from an identification means provided in the attachment unit. According to the present invention, other interrelated product attachment is attachable to a power assisted personal mobility vehicle for docking and recharging. Said attachment unit for co-operation with the engagement unit comprises: an electric terminal module configured to establish an electrical connection with the corresponding electric terminal module provided at the attachment unit; an actuation means arranged to engage within the engagement unit; and an identification means arranged to be in communication with the control module of the engagement unit wherein said atachment unit is atachable to the batery powered personal mobility vehicle. The docking and recharging system for a batery powered personal mobility vehicle, comprises the removable attachment unit and the engagement unit.

Brief description of the figures

The accompanying drawings are given solely for the purpose of exemplifying the invention whose advantages over prior art were outlined above and will be explained in detail hereinafter:

Fig.l is a perspective view of an engagement unit, according to the present invention.

Fig. 2 is a perspective view of an engagement unit wherein a protective shield of the engagement unit is retracted, according to the present invention.

Fig. 3 is a top view of the engagement unit shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 4 is a perspective view of the docking and recharging system having the engagement unit and the attachment unit, according to the present invention.

Fig. 5 is a top view of the docking and recharging system shown in Fig. 4.

Fig. 6 is another perspective view of the docking and recharging system shown in Fig. 4.

Fig. 7 is a perspective view of the docking and recharging system in which an actuation means of the atachment unit is in a slot of the engagement unit before of the protective shield is pushed relative to the electric terminal module of the engagement unit, according to the present invention.

Fig. 8 is a top view of the docking and recharging system shown in Fig. 7.

Fig. 9 a perspective view of the docking and recharging system wherein the atachment unit is pushed in such a way that the electrical contacts of the atachment unit and the engagement units are in contact.

Fig. 10 is a top view of the docking and recharging system shown in Fig. 9.

Fig. 11 is a perspective view of the atachment unit showing a two part form of a lock ring according to the present invention.

Fig. 12 is another perspective view of the atachment unit shown in Fig. 11.

Fig. 13 is a rear perspective view of the atachment unit shown in Fig. 11.

Fig. 14 is a perspective view of the docking station of the docking and recharging system according to another embodiment of present invention. Fig. 15 is a perspective view of two docking stations of the docking and recharging system according to the present invention.

Fig. 16 is a perspective view of a dual type docking station of the docking and recharging system in which the two engagement unit are installed, according to another embodiment of present invention.

Fig. 17 is a perspective view of the docking station with two attachment units shown in Fig. 16.

Fig. 18 is schematic view of the docking and recharging system wherein the attachment unit is installed to a lightweight electric vehicle to engage with a docking station having the engagement unit according to the present invention.

Fig. 19 is schematic view of the docking and recharging system wherein the lightweight electric vehicle is in park position according to the present invention.

Fig. 20 is an upper schematic view of the docking and recharging system shown in Fig. 19.

Detailed description of the invention

Referring to the figures summarized above, the present invention proposes an engagement unit (40), an attachment unit (20) and a docking and recharging system (100) for a battery assisted personal mobility vehicle (10).

According to the present invention, the engagement unit (40) is in co-operation with the separate attachment unit (20) in the docking and recharging system (100) for the power assisted personal mobility vehicle (10) having the battery that accumulates electronic power to be supplied to an electric motor for transformation of electric energy into mechanical energy. According to the present invention, said engagement unit (40) comprises; an electric terminal module (44) configured to establish an electrical connection with a corresponding electric terminal module (82) provided at the attachment unit (20); a locking means configured to secure the attachment unit (20) when the attachment unit (20) is in a lockable position and an actuation means (81) of the attachment unit (20) is fully engaged within the engagement unit (40); and a control module configured to receive an identification signal from an identification means provided in the attachment unit (20).

Said locking means can comprise a mechanical lock, an electronic lock, a computerized lock or a combination of any of these. For example, a computerized lock is able to in communication with the control module. Locking of the personal mobility vehicles (10) may be achieved in any suitable manner, and the respective cooperating parts of the attachment unit (20) and the engagement unit (40) may be configured in any manner provide to a secure, locked connection there between. The locking means may be wirelessly activated or deactivated via the control module and unlocking of the parts may be controlled electronically. For example, the control module can have a communication module so that the locking means is controlled remotely via GSM/GPRS/LTE, TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) or RFID signals. One example of the lock means includes a hook-shaped locking that can be triggered and rotated around a rotation axis so that the actuation means (81) of the attachment unit (20) is kept firmly being prevented from moving backward. For example, the locking means in communication with the control module prevents the personal mobility vehicle (10) from moving and send off alarm signals to an operator of the user or a predetermined central unit if detecting unauthorized usage of the personal mobility vehicle (10).

When the user wants to take the personal mobility vehicle (10), the control module allows the unlocking of the attachment unit (20) by sending signal to the locking means. In some embodiments, the locking means is actuated to disengage by establishing a secure pairing between the engagement unit (40) and the user's remote device (i.e., cell phone, tablet or the like). Once the devices are paired, the user sends an unlock call to the control module. On receiving the unlock call, the control module checks the signal is valid, if it is valid then the locking means is actuated and the user is able to remove the actuation means (81) from a slot (42) of the engagement unit (40).

In an alternative embodiment, if the user does not interact within a specific time period the docking and recharging system (100) may again lock the personal mobility vehicle (10). When the personal mobility vehicle (10) is not parked, the engagement unit (40) can be in standby mode until the identification signal is sensed by the control module. Once inserting the personal mobility vehicle (10) has been performed, the system is locked and depending on the control module recharging of the battery of the vehicle (10) is also carried out.

According to the present invention, the attachment unit (20) for co-operation with the interrelated engagement unit (40) comprises: the electric terminal module (82) configured to establish an electrical connection with the corresponding electric terminal module (44) provided at the engagement unit (40); an actuation means (81) arranged to engage with the engagement unit (40); and an identification means arranged to be in communication with the control module of the engagement unit (40) wherein said attachment unit (20) is attachable to the battery powered personal mobility vehicle (10). Said engagement unit and the attachment unit (20) can be realized as a port and an adaptor, respectively; wherein said port interacts with the adaptor and is arranged to communicate with each other.

Referring to the Figs. 9 and 10, the electrical connection that allows the personal mobility vehicle (10) battery to be recharged is established by means of the contact between the electrical terminal modules (82, 44). Recharging may be carried out until the vehicle (10) is completely recharged, in some embodiments the vehicle (10) may be only partially recharged. When the user wants to dock and recharge the personal mobility vehicle (10), he/she drives the personal mobility vehicle (10) towards a slot (42) in a guiding portion (41) of the engagement unit until a protective shield (45) is retracted. As can be clearly seen in Fig. 1, the engagement unit (40) has the protective shield (45) for covering the electric terminal module (82) thereof, wherein this protective shield (45) is arranged to be pushed by a flat tip portion (83) of the actuation means (81). Said protective shield (45) can be formed as a casing having substantially U-shaped cross-section that covers the electric terminal module (44) thereof. Referring to the figures, said electric terminal modules (82, 44) can have more than one connection portions, preferably two similar portions that are enough rigid to be pressed.

In a possible embodiment, the protective shield (45) is spring-biased and can be moved by the movement of the actuation means (81) in the slot (42) of the engagement unit (40). Each electric terminal modules (44, 82) has a conductive layer that is arranged to contact one of the charging terminals establishing a voltage difference that is transmitted to the battery of the personal mobility vehicle (10). Said protective shield (45) has apertures (43) shaped and dimensioned with respect to the corresponding electric terminal modules (44) of the engagement unit (40) such that electric terminal module (44) go out through the respective apertures (43). Said protective shield (45) allows recharging to be carried out simply and safely, and restricting access to the electric terminal module (44). In a preferred embodiment, two apertures (43) are provided with a rectangular shaped cross-section.

Fig 7 and 8 show that the position of the actuation means (81) of the attachment unit (20) before fully engaged within the slot (42) of the engagement unit (40) wherein a tip portion (83) of the actuation means (81) is contacted the protective shield (45) for covering the electric terminal module (82). In that state, when the attachment unit (20) is pushed more relative to the electric terminal module (44) of the engagement unit (40), said actuation means (81) is brought into the lockable position within the slot (42) of the engagement unit (40) and the electrical connection is established depending on the control module as shown in Fig. 10. Said slot (42) is mainly formed as a passage or hole with a predetermined width.

Referring to the Fig. 11, the attachment unit (20) has preferably a main body (80) associated with the actuation means (81) and a clamp ring (90) wherein said actuation means (81) is shaped and dimensioned with respect to the slot (42) in the engagement unit (40). Said clamp ring (90) is attached to the main body (80) and is arranged to be installed on a portion of the personal mobility vehicle (10) when in use. Figs 18-20 show that the position and the location of the clamp ring (90) attached to the personal mobility vehicle (10). In a prefer embodiment, the clamp ring (90) is removable integrated to a bar of the personal mobility vehicle (10) such that different type of vehicles (10) can be also used. Furthermore, in one embodiment of the invention, new personal mobility devices can be added to the system easily after recognized.

In particularly, the main body (80) is provided with the electric terminal module (82) arranged to be in contact with the respective electric terminal module (44) provided in the engagement unit (40) to apply electric voltage thereto by contact. In a preferred embodiment, the actuation means (81) has a U-shaped cross-section and is formed as an extension of the main body (80). Furthermore, the attachment unit (20) has at least one connection port (23) for connection with a transmitting means for transmitting electricity from a power source in a communication with the engagement unit (40) to the battery of the personal mobility vehicle (10). The connection port (23) is formed as a female part that matches with a male part of the transmitting means. Again referring to the Fig. 11, the clamp ring (90) is in a two-part form with a front clamp part (24) and a rear clamp part (25) wherein the front and rear clamp parts (24, 25) of the clamp ring (90) are provided at their ends with outwardly extending flaps (28) being provided with holes (29) for accommodating fastening means (27). Said front clamp (24) and the rear clap (25) can be formed as a first lock ring and a second lock ring which form a ring-shaped clamp ring (90) wherein said first lock ring and the second lock ring can be identical. The front clamp part (24) is provided with at least one connection hole (26) for accommodating fastening means (27) to attach the main body (80) of the attachment unit (20). Said fastening means (27) can be formed as a screw, bolt or the like with helical ridge. Since the clamp ring (90) is formed as a two-part shaped, said attachment unit (20) can be easily mechanically attached and/or removed to the personal mobility vehicle (10). With this arrangement, different type of scooter or the like vehicles can be integrated and used in the docking and recharging system (100). Furthermore, this configuration advantageously enables usage of different sized and shaped electric vehicles to be used.

The docking and recharging system (100) generally comprises the removable attachment unit (20) and the engagement unit (40) wherein said attachment unit is arranged to be installed on the personal mobility vehicle (10) and the engagement unit (40) is preferably arranged to be installed on a docking station (30) as shown in Figs. 15-17. Referring to the Fig 14, at least one docking station (30) to which the personal mobility vehicle (10) is arranged to connect for docking and/or recharging, comprises the engagement unit (40) which is arranged to cooperate with the attachment unit (20) of the personal mobility vehicle (10) in use to both lock the personal mobility vehicle (10) and docking station (30) together and establish the electrical connection to permit recharging of the battery of the personal mobility vehicle (10).

In an alternative embodiments, the docking and recharging system (100) can comprise more than one separate docking stations (30) each having separate engagement unit (40) as shown in Fig. 16. A docking station (30) in such systems can be called as a dual port charging station. When the user wants to drive the personal mobility vehicle (10) for engagement with the docking station (30), a guiding portion (41) provided at the engagement unit (40) can help to direct the actuation means (81) via the slot (42) of the engagement unit (40). Said guiding portion (41) extends outwardly for guiding the actuation means (81) of the attachment unit (20) into the lockable position. Each docking station (30) can comprises an electrical power source or arranged to use public electricity supply. The control module of the docking and recharging system (100) is configured to allow a remote control from a remote device by performing data information interaction with the attachment unit (20) and the engagement unit (40). The location of the control module can vary but in a preferred embodiment the control module is provided in the engagement unit (40).

The identification signal from the identification means provided in the attachment unit (20) is sensed by the control device to do a comparison with at least one compatibility parameter and thus a decision concerning the compatibility for operation of the engagement unit (40). For instance, the identification signal can enable the control device to commence recharging. The system can be provided with a server to obtain authorization to lock and recharge, said server being configured to keep data of the personal mobility vehicle (10) in the system. The control module can communicate with this server, for example by radio, wireless or by other means. In one embodiment, the control module can communicate with the server to obtain authorization to release the vehicle (10) from the engagement unit (40). The server may be located at one place or may be distributed at multiple locations. All the vehicle can be identified by a central unit, since these vehicles (10) communicate with said central unit by means of the communication interfaces. The user can get the authorization via this central unit.

The control module is adapted to determine whether the personal mobility vehicle (10) is locked onto the docking station (30) and to enable a recharging circuit to operate to charge the battery only if the personal mobility vehicle (10) is locked onto the docking station (30). In one embodiment shown in Fig. 15, the docking station (30) may be arranged to dock only one vehicle at a time, another embodiment of the docking station (30) shown in Fig. 16 and 17 is arranged such that a plurality of vehicles (10) may be docked thereto simultaneously. The docking station may (30) be a standalone docking station or part of a docking structure. A plurality of sets of engagement units (40) may then be provided on different sides of the post for receiving a plurality of vehicles.

Said control module configured to receive the identification signal from an identification means provided in the attachment unit (20). The identification means can include an electronic identification code, which is readable or detectable by the control module. The identification signal can have different forms, such as an electronic address, a machine readable number or code, a physical trait or parameter, or a combination of any of these. The identification means is preferably formed as a RFID tag or Bluetooth beacon or any unique identifier device. Said Bluetooth beacon can be small Bluetooth radio transmitter, powered by batteries or any other battery unit.

Said identification signal can correspond to an identification parameter, such as for example an access or PIN code, a serial number and/or a model ID, if required with manufacturer ID. Alternatively or additionally, the identification signal can correspond to a functional ID regarding the functionality of the electric component of the vehicle (10). When the control device detects signal from the identification means, the control device checks the signal corresponds to the compatibility parameter, if the signal matches with the predetermined value, the control device sends a signal to the engagement unit (40) to commence powering from a power supply system attached to the docking and recharging system (100).

According to the present invention, the engagement unit (40) and the attachment unit (20) are formed as separate apparatus but they are configured to complement each other and work together. The engagement unit (40), the attachment unit (20) and the docking station (30) are formed as rigid, which provides a much simpler and safer system, as the user is not required to carry out any action other than presenting the vehicle (10) to the docking station (30) to begin recharging. In a preferred embodiment, the personal mobility vehicle (10) is a scooter or an electric bicycle having a handlebar assembly, a support assembly, and a pivot assembly. The attachment unit (20) is preferably attached to a portion of the pivot assembly of the scooter or electric bicycle. The attachment unit (20) is arranged to be in co-operation with the all different type of embodiments the engagement unit (40) disclosed above.

List of reference signs

10. Personal mobility vehicle 20. Attachment unit 23. Connection port 24. Front clamp part

25. Rear clamp part

26. Connection hole

27. Fastening means

28. Flap 29. Hole

30. Docking station

40. Engagement unit

41. Guiding portion

42. Slot 43. Aperture

44. Electric terminal module

45. Protective shield 80. Main body

81. Actuation means 82. Electric terminal module

83. Tip portion 90. Clamp ring

100. Docking and recharging system