Brakes India with JV partner
ZF has announced the successful production of the first Electric Park Brake
(EPB) system with a global OEM, marking the first launch of its kind for the
EPB is part of an ongoing
commitment of the company to help enhance overall brake system performance,
driver safety and comfort. In addition to providing park brake functionality,
EPB is a fully integrated part of the brake system with features such as
dynamic actuation, brake pad wear sensing and reduced degradation associated
with mechanical systems. The EPB also helps in enhancing safety in emergency
situations with full-four wheel anti-lock functionality versus standard park
brake which provides emergency park brake on the rear axle only.
Manfred Meyer, Global Vice
President, Braking Engineering for ZF commented, “We were the first to market
globally with our EPB system in 2001 which pioneered in Lancia, Audi, VW and more
recently on the BMW X4 and BMW i8, Jeep Renagade, Fiat 500X, Ford 150, Honda
Accord, Nissan Qashqai, Range Rover Evoque and more. We have now produced more
than 90 million units and are the world leaders in this technology. With our
vast experience and global footprint, we are ideally positioned to bring the
performance and safety benefits of EPB to all vehicles in all the regions”
ZF offers a range of EPB
solutions including standard EPB, integrated EPB, which eliminates the need for
a separate Electronic Control Unit (ECU) since it is integrated with the
electronic stability control system, and EPB for front axles which is more
suitable for smaller vehicle segments.
Sriram Viji, Deputy Managing Director, Brakes
India said, “Brakes India - with its strong joint venture partnership with ZF
has been offering a range of technologies including ABS to the growing Indian
market for several years. EPB localisation is in line with the ‘Made in India,
Made for India’ strategy. This launch marks yet another milestone in our
commitment to help enhance safety, performance and comfort for vehicles in this
region. India will continue to be dominated by small cars with rear drum
brakes. The offering of a front EPB opens up a wealth of opportunity regarding
EPB installation due to its architecture and performance benefits.”
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