ZF has introduced the industry’s first front axle Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), which expands the availability of the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) system. With this solution, automakers can equip small vehicles with advanced braking systems without the need for traditional handbrake levers or parking brake pedals.
Electronic parking brakes (EPBs) are common in mid-, premium- and compact-class vehicles, but previously it was impossible for designers of small and subcompact cars to eliminate the bulky handbrake lever in the design of the cockpit. With the mass production of the industry’s first front axle Electronic Parking Brake (EPB), ZF has now implemented this technology in a smaller class of vehicles. For example, the handbrake lever could be replaced by a compact switch, creating more space inside the vehicle. This product is currently mass-produced in South Korea and China.
ZF introduces the industry’s first front axle Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
Manfred Meyer, Senior Vice President Engineering at ZF Active Safety, said: “The introduction of the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) for the front axle by ZF is really an important innovation in the industry, and small and micro car manufacturers will benefit from it. The new product will also bring a more comfortable and safe experience for the driver.”
Front axle Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) for small and miniature vehicles, which improves vehicle safety and comfort
In addition to the conventional parking brake function, the Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) also facilitates the vehicle’s hill-start, for example, the automatic parking function. In city traffic or in traffic jams, the braking system can also significantly improve driver comfort with the “Auto Stop & Go” function. In addition, the higher static load distribution on the front axle increases the safety of the vehicle when parking on slippery slopes.
ZF’s front axle Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) no longer requires the components required for manual parking brake operation in rear axle drum and disc brakes, but requires only minor changes to the front axle caliper, while This is achieved by integrating the necessary electronics and software into an existing ESC control unit. ZF’s Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) on the front axle can further reduce the weight of the rear axle drum brake system.
“This is yet another successful case of ZF developing technologies tailored to specific vehicle and market needs. In this way, we are able to use the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) on a wider range of vehicle classes,” says Meyer. .
ZF introduced the rear axle Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) as early as 2001, and it has now been installed on more than 75 million vehicles.