The eCubator. Knorr-Bremse’s e-mobility initiative.
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.
From traction via braking and steering to vertical control, all vehicle dynamics systems will be affected. As a leading supplier of safety-relevant and efficiency-optimized commercial vehicle systems, we target EV solutions that offer maximum benefit for our customers. New design opportunities, actuation principles, energy sources and advanced functions, as well as fundamentally new solutions and products will form the focus of our development work.
System Innovation & Changed Market Requirements
E-Mobility will change the system requirements of commercial vehicles fundamentally. A rethinking of the vehicle architecture and its dynamic control is required. Making the transition from combustion to EV solutions efficiently, Knorr-Bremse is working on it.
Knorr-Bremse has already developed numerous products for the first-generation of electric driven commercial vehicles, some of which have been launched on the market. With regard to the next generation of e-vehicles, which will step into the market beyond 2025, Knorr-Bremse is working on future energy management systems, electromechanical actuators and expanded vehicle stabilization and drive functions.
Early Customer Cooperation
Knorr-Bremse has the expertise to integrate new technologies into advanced systems, offering a maximum customer benefit. The Knorr-Bremse product portfolio includes products for the first generation of e-commercial vehicles, helping our customers with a rapid and successful market entry. Our close customer cooperation from the early beginning within the development process allows a high level of innovation and understanding of each customer and market needs.
We are continuously investigating market and customer demands in order to meet the market and automotive requirements. The definition of cooperation models plays also a major role in our daily business enhancing our current product portfolio.
Despite the drivetrain electrification in commercial vehicles, a majority of future vehicle generations will have multiple pneumatic consumers on board through its flexible and cost efficient technology in complex truck applications. However changed requirements and priorities offer room for new solutions and inspire us to creatively work on highest efficient and sustainable products as well as smart control concepts to support our customer’s challenging mission.
Knorr-Bremse’s expertise in safe pneumatic energy supply, which has evolved over decades, is on the way to be consequently expanded to redundant, electric energy supply to cover all safety-relevant electrical consumers in electric as well as conventional vehicle architectures. Excited about the chances from re-usage of existing know-how, combined with the continous built-up of expertise in electric energy storage and management technologies, we passionatly work on the next building block of Knorr-Bremse's DNA of safety system design.
With a view on diversified future vehicle architectures, Knorr-Bremse is developing an multiple-use-case optimized set of braking solutions in cooperation with our customers and partners. The new physical and functional integration environment as well as increased mutual interdependencies result in a bunch of new ideas in all areas from brake control up to wheel brake. Change ahead!