The breakthrough technology was first developed at ZF TRW’s global technical centre in Koblenz, Germany and the company also now produces EPB in North America and China.
Manfred Meyer, vice president, ZF TRW Braking Engineering, commented: “The production of our sixty millionth EPB unit marks an important milestone for ZF TRW and highlights the success of our field proven, EPB product portfolio, now in production in its fifth generation.
“ZF TRW was first to market with its EPB system in 2001 which pioneered with Lancia, Audi and VW and has since launched on Renault, Nissan and Daimler platforms, and more recently on the BMW X4 and BMW i8, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Ford F150, Honda Accord, Nissan Qashqai, Range Rover Evoque and more.”
In addition to providing park brake functionality, EPB is a fully integral part of the brake system with features such as dynamic actuation and brake pad wear sensing and reduces the degradation associated with mechanical systems.
The EPB also helps enhances safety in emergencies with full four-wheel anti-lock functionality versus standard park brake emergency braking only on the rear axle.
The EPB functions as a conventional hydraulic brake for standard service brake applications, and as an electric brake for parking and emergency braking.
The EPB system, with its electronic cable and control switches, simplifies routing and allows for greater freedom of design for vehicle interiors.
ZF TRW offers a range of EPB solutions including standard EPB, integrated EPB which removes the requirement for a separate Electronic Control Unit (ECU) due to its integration with the Electronic Stability Control system, and EPB for front axles which can help to make the technology more affordable for a smaller vehicle segments.