MIDDLESEX, U.K.–Orthene Chemicals, the world’s largest specialist brake fluid manufacturer, is the first to market with a brake fluid specifically for the needs of electric and hybrid vehicles. The fluid will be known as the DOT 5.1 EH Electric Hybrid.
What are the technical drivers for this?
- When the vehicle battery is full, the brake system can’t take advantage of regenerative braking and so the brakes will have to do all the work without any support from engine braking. This creates a need for a high dry and wet boiling point.
- In normal conditions, brakes will be getting less use due to the proportion of the work done by the regenerative braking but must still be in perfect working order when needed. This creates the need for enhanced corrosion protection.
- Due to major electrical currents in the vicinity of the brake system, a lower conductivity fluid is advisable.
- As with all modern vehicles the developments in ESP / ABS / ADAS / AD, cars are going to put great emphasis on cycle time and frequency. This will place increasing demands on brake fluid lubricity and viscosity.
For the last 43 years, Orthene has been the world’s largest private-label brake fluid specialist and with a current portfolio of 106 different brake fluid specifications, Orthene produce private-labeled brake fluid for vehicle manufacturers, global petroleum companies, major oil + lubricant brands, national parts distributers and brake part manufacturers from over 79 countries worldwide.