Effect of Regenerative Braking on Foundation Brake Performance
Regenerative braking is one of the key enablers of improved energy efficiency and extension of driving range in parallel and series hybrid, and electric-only vehicles. It is still used in conjunction with friction brakes, due to the enormous amount of energy dissipated in maximum effort stops (and the lack of a competitive alternate technology to accommodate this power level), and to provide braking when on-board energy storage/dissipation devices cannot store enough energy to support braking. Although vehicles equipped with regenerative braking are becoming more and more commonly available, there is little published research on what the dramatic reduction in friction brake usage means to the function of the friction brakes themselves. This paper discusses -with supporting data from analysis and physical tests - some of the considerations for friction brakes related to usage on vehicles with regenerative braking, including corrosion, off-brake wear, and friction levels.