Our E-Mobility Vision
Electric Mobility will bring far-reaching changes in commercial vehicle architecture and system requirements, offering an unique opportunity for Knorr-Bremse to shape future systems for fully electrified commercial vehicles.
E-Mobility @ Knorr-Bremse
Knorr-Bremse has always developed pioneering products that enable safer, more sustainable, and more efficient mobility. We want to fulfill our responsibility to the environment and society and contribute to a sustainable development with our solutions. The transformation to E-Mobility involves a fundamental change in the vehicle architecture. On this path, Knorr-Bremse supports vehicle manufacturers in achieving their zero emission targets. That is why we brought together experts in a specially established innovation unit in February 2020 - the nucleus of our E-Mobility strategy. The mission in our eCUBATOR: To shape the future of E-Mobility sustainably.
Challenges of E-Mobility
With the advent of E-Mobility topics such as energy efficiency, integrability of systems, noise and particle reduction will become increasingly important. The safety requirements for vehicle systems therefore remain enormously high and require new solutions. A holistic view of the individual systems is essential.
One important goal is to recuperate energy and ensure all safety standards in the vehicle during deceleration. Electric vehicles can recover part of the energy used for acceleration in the vehicle through regenerative braking. In our eCUBATOR, we deal with the overall vehicle dynamics, and the question of how to maximally recover energy. At the same time, we focus on maximum stability and driving safety of the vehicle especially under critical conditions.
Clean and quiet mobility can only be achieved with vehicles that produce no emissions. Knorr-Bremse is therefore focusing on minimizing CO2 and particulate emissions in its systems, as well as on noise-optimized components supported by iterative analysis and optimization processes.
In addition, the role of braking systems will change in electric vehicles, but their importance will remain. The increasing range of operating conditions for wheel brakes, from a long period without braking to a sudden emergency stop requiring maximum braking power, creates new challenges for design and materials. We are focusing on compact and modular braking system components as new energy sources such as batteries for e-trucks require more installation space and lead to high packing density.
As a reliable and innovative partner, Knorr-Bremse offers best-fit solutions for all system requirements.