Knorr-Bremse establishes e-mobility development unit

February 09, 2021 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Knorr-Bremse establishes e-mobility development unit
Knorr-Bremse AG, a tier-one supplier of braking systems for commercial vehicles and rail vehicles, is moving towards the age of electromobility: the company plans to pool its expertise in the field of e-mobility in a new development unit called eCUBATOR. Up to 60 internal and external experts are to work on innovative solutions for the future at sites in Munich and Budapest.

Knorr has recognised that electromobility will fundamentally change the system requirements of commercial vehicles: The electrification of the commercial vehicle and thus the gradual substitution of the combustion engine requires an adaptation of the vehicle architecture. Above all, electric braking technologies with energy recuperation will, if not replace the classic air brake, at least reduce its importance in the future. Against this background, the company wants and needs to break new ground. In doing so, Knorr-Bremse intends to build on a recently developed product and technology portfolio for electric commercial vehicles.

To prepare the company for the coming generations of e-vehicles, it has launched the eCUBATOR as a think tank for future system integration in e-vehicles. The newly created business unit is intended to stand for an agile working environment, cross-functional teams and flat hierarchies. It bundles technical experience and interdisciplinary know-how and offers space for thinking outside the box.

"We see the electrification of commercial vehicles as one of the major industry trends in the commercial vehicle sector in which we want to participate. In order to further advance innovative solutions in this area, we have established eCUBATOR, a dedicated development unit that has been separated from normal development operations. The aim of eCUBATOR is to adapt our existing product portfolio to the mobility requirements of electric drives and at the same time to identify and develop growth opportunities for Knorr-Bremse in the e-mobility environment. Our aim is to support our customers in the e-mobilization of commercial vehicles," says Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division.

At sites in Munich and Budapest, eCUBATOR engineers will identify solutions for electrically powered commercial vehicles and develop them in close collaboration with customers, technology partners and start-ups. The company says that it is already working on a large number of different projects, to which further product ideas will be added in the near future.

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