WABCO Holdings Inch has signed a long term agreement to develop and supply its air suspension technology for one of the world’s largest manufacturers of premium passenger cars, based in Europe. Under this latest 10-year agreement, WABCO will develop and deliver air supply module along with control software to operate a range of air suspension system configurations for the PV maker.
Enhancing driving comfort and improved vehicle safety, air suspension systems automatically adjust the vehicle to the optimum ride height, independent of the vehicle’s load. This is particularly important for electric vehicles to ensure sufficient ground clearance levels are maintained to protect their batteries. Air suspension is now a standard feature on most of the manufacturer’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. WABCO will support a 30% increase in air suspension production volumes compared to the manufacturer’s preceding car platform.
WABCO’s high performance air supply module includes its advanced compressors with an integrated air dryer and air intake filter, acoustic and vibration isolation system, as well as an air-flow distribution valve-block that controls air spring actuation. WABCO’s air supply modules follow the open system principle, enabling virtual silence during operation due to the substantially improved acoustics of WABCO compressors and its optimised isolation within the vehicle structure.
Nick Rens, WABCO President, EMEA, said premium car customers are increasingly valuing air suspension as standard equipment, and WABCO will continue to support advanced driving capabilities, enhancing driving comfort and vehicle safety.”