Nissan North America, Inc. (Franklin, TN)

The vehicle described comprises: a primary (e.g. front) passenger area with an console; a second (e.g. rear) passenger space that is located rearwardly from the first area of passengers; a floorpan which extends beneath the first and second passengers seating spaces; as well as a multi-purpose tray that is used to connect to the floorpan. The floorpan is equipped with an access port that is generally next to the console. The multipurpose tray is configured to hide the access port and defines at the very least one compartment equipped to hold personal items.

Access ports are found in some vehicles and allow access and inspection to different components. These include the underlying sheet of metal, the sources of power (e.g. the battery(ies) as well as the wiring, electronics). In the event of not being used, the access port is usually covered with an opaque plastic cover (or similar) and serves no other purpose, thus resulting in unused, “dead” space in the passenger compartment.

The present disclosure addresses this issue by providing a tray with multiple uses that can be used to store personal items and is movable and connectable to the floor of the vehicle in order to conceal the access port.

A particular aspect of the disclosure is that it reveals a vehicle which includes: a first (e.g. front) passengers area, which includes a console; another (e.g. rear) passenger area situated rearwards from the first passenger area; a floorpan which extends beneath the first and second passenger seating areas; and a multi-purpose tray which is designed for removal of the floorpan. The floorpan includes an access port extending therethrough which is generally located adjacent to the console. The multipurpose tray is configured to cover the access port and includes at least one compartment configured to receive personal effects.

In certain embodiments the multi-purpose tray may include at least one electronic charging port (e.g. one or more USB ports).

In some embodiments, the at least one of the compartments identified by the tray can contain a primary compartment and a second one that is located to the rear of the first compartment.

In certain configurations, the second chamber may be fixed in the shape of a chamber, and could be divided into the chambers in one or more ways.

In certain embodiments the second compartment can be reconfigurable.

In certain configurations the second compartment can contain at least one moveable divider.

In some embodiments the at-least one movable divider could be generally planar in configuration.

In certain instances, the second compartment may include a series of receiving structures configured to receive the at least one movable divider to facilitate placement of the at least one movable divider at multiple locations so that it can be used to define a set of chambers in the second compartment.

In certain embodiments the multipurpose tray could include a front-end portion which is generally adjacent to the console and a rear-end part that is located close to the second seating space. The multipurpose tray may have a tapered design that has a transverse (e.g. horizontal) cross-sectional dimension that extends to the rear-end portion.

In certain embodiments the multipurpose tray may be able to define an overall height that differs between the front-end and rear-end parts.

In some embodiments the multipurpose tray could have a first level at (adjacent to) the first compartment, and a second one at (adjacent to) the second compartment.

In some instances there are instances where the second height can be greater than the previous height.

A multi-purpose tray is mentioned in the disclosure. It is intended to be placed next to an access port in the floor of a vehicle between the rear and front passenger seats. The multipurpose tray includes the body which can be utilized to store personal items. The body is equipped with an engaging mechanism that can be deflected and is linked to a receipt structure located near the access port. This allows the multipurpose tray to be removed from the vehicle.

In some cases the tray may include at least one port for charging an electric device may be integrated into the multi-purpose tray.

In certain embodiments, the at least one of the compartments may comprise a first compartment with a fixed configuration, and another compartment with the possibility of a different configuration.

In certain instances the multipurpose tray may also include at least one removable divider that can be integrated into various receiving structures, for example, those that are defined by the second compartment. This enables the reconfigurable chambers to be identified in the second compartment.

In some embodiments, the body of the multipurpose tray may include a front-end portion as well as a rear-end in which the body has generally tapered configurations that define an transverse (e.g., horizontal) cross-sectional dimension thatincreases towards the rear-end portion.

A multipurpose tray that conceals an access port in the floor of a vehicle is an additional part of the disclosed. The multipurpose tray comprises an engagement structure to allow releasableconnection with corresponding reception structures that are located near the access ports so that the multipurpose tray may be removed from the vehicle an initial compartment having an established configuration, and a second compartment with a variable configuration.

The multipurpose tray can include a tapered configuration that defines an transverse (e.g. horizontal) cross-sectional dimension toward the second side.

The second compartment could contain various receiving structures that can receive at least one mobile divider. This allows the positioning of at least one movable divide at multiple places to create a series of chambers inside the second compartment.

In certain instances the multipurpose tray could be further equipped with a pair opposing sidewalls that extend between the first and second ends.

In certain embodiments, the multipurpose tray can provide a first level (adjacent) to the first compartment, and an additional elevation (adjacent) to the second compartment.

In certain instances the second height could differ from the initial height so that the total size of the tray varies between the first and second portions.

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