Bosch Illuminates An EV-Braking Challenge: Weight

Source: Robert Bosch LLC video

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The rapidly advancing electrification of the world’s vehicle fleet is throwing numerous challenges at engineers globally, none of which is more daunting than designing braking systems to handle heavier vehicles. Robert Bosch LLC is not only a part of the engineering community addressing this challenge the company has recently released a short video on its social-media channels to build public awareness of it.

In the video, Beth Bond of Bosch Mobility Systems explains what has been labeled vehicle-class creep as she walks through the recent Motor Bella auto show in Pontiac, Mich. Vehicle-class creep denotes the weight added to cars, minivans and sport utility vehicles with the addition of batteries to facilitate their electrification potentially making the original braking system inadequate.

A vehicle which goes from internal-combustion motivation to either hybrid or all electric power, can easily gain more than 1,000 pounds of batteries.

One of the examples Bond used to illustrate this change in vehicle composition is easily understood:

“The top three selling vehicles in the U.S. are pickup trucks and the newest SUVs that are electrified weigh more than all of them!”

The video points out how Bosch is working with its customers to solve the challenges of developing braking systems for today’s and tomorrow’s vehicles.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.