TRW Automotive Holdings said on Thursday that it has several new contracts for advanced brake systems for traditional internal combustion engines as well as alternative powertrains such as hybrids and electric vehicles.
TRW has been recently awarded significant contracts for its EBC 460 Premium system in multiple regions, including its Premium and Premium Hybrid technology. Based on its proven electronic stability control (ESC) family and in particular TRW’s EBC 460 six-piston pump technology, the ESC braking system can deliver high levels of brake pressure rapidly and allow for its PH form in partial regenerative braking.
As more powertrains move away from internal combustion engines to direct injection, diesels, hybrids and electrics, brake systems will be needed to deliver brake pressure independent of vacuum from the engine. TRW has developed ESC PH as a partial regenerative braking solution but, looking to the future, the company plans to continue in developing integrated brake apply and control solutions to meet the needs of both hybrid, electric and combustion engines. This move by TRW will allow vehicle manufacturers to fit the same braking solution across a platform regardless of powertrain selection.
“Advanced electronically controlled and integrated brake systems will fill an important role as vehicles are driven to deliver higher levels of fuel efficiency,” said Josef Pickenhahn, vice president, brake engineering for TRW.
During the winter vehicle testing, the TRW’s next generation systems will again be demonstrated to vehicle manufacturers.
The company is working hard to develop advanced brake systems suitable for traditional internal combustion engines or for alternative powertrains such as hybrids and electric vehicles.
The company is planning to launch the ESC PH on multiple platforms and in multiple regions beginning in 2015. The next generation system will be ready for production for model year 2017 applications.