Automotive IQ Article on Regenerative Braking
While developments in brake technology in the past have been slow and gradual, the sector is experiencing something of a revolutionary change due to the trends of electrification and autonomous driving. Both of these trends provide a series of challenges and opportunities for OEMs and suppliers, but these must be weighted against the need for functional safety of such a critical system.
As electric vehicles gain more of the market
share we can expect more advances in
regenerative braking. This is because such
systems can help to increase vehicle range,
while at the same time, potentially reduce
weight and reduce cost. Meanwhile,
regenerative braking systems designed for
today’s petrol and diesel-powered vehicles
can have a substantial impact on fuel
efficiency and therefore, help to reduce
emissions. The example of Fraikins’rigid truck
demonstrator also highlights the vast
potential benefits to the haulage industries
whereby such a system can dramatically
reduce fuel consumption and emissions -
particularly in urban areas.
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