Innovative technology: Electric Blue for Electric Vehicles
At Frankfurt, ZF’s TRW brand will premiere a new generation of brake pads for electric vehicles under the name Electric Blue. This innovation reduces braking noise inside the vehicle; which in electric vehicles can be heard more clearly due to the lack of engine noise. These are supplied as standard together with noise suppressing accessories. In addition to improved noise quality, the combination of the bespoke brake pad material and blue shims emits up to 45 percent less particulate emissions during the braking process.
The brake pads will be available for the 15 most popular electric vehicles by September 2018, and by the end of the year 97 percent of the European passenger car parc will be covered. “Particularly in urban environments,” says Markus Wittig, head of the Independent Aftermarket Business Unit (IAM) at ZF Aftermarket, “we will see an increase in electrically powered vehicles and transportation systems that are highly automated or even driving autonomously. We are shaping the mobility of tomorrow. Another example, the e.GO Mover is the first vehicle featuring ZF systems which enables an autonomous mobility concept for cities, and it is ready for volume production.”
As part of the joint venture e.GO Moove GmbH, ZF develops, produces and distributes the electrically powered and self-driving ‘mover’ for people and goods in cooperation with e.GO Mobile AG, based in Aachen. The prototype for the e.GO Mover will be a further highlight at the Automechanika trade fair booth.
ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of 146,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2017, ZF achieved sales of €36.4 billion and as such, is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide.
TRW Aftermarket is a leader in the world for Original Manufacturer [OE] quality automotive safety products. Our Braking systems, Steering and Suspension parts, Commercial Vehicle components and Service Tools are legendary for their engineering quality and innovative design. They are also famously well tested, in-house and independently.