Chinese truck manufacturers switch on to OptiRide30 August 2016

Wabco has revealed that several of China’s major heavy truck manufacturers are using its OptiRide electronically controlled air suspension (ECAS) system in series production.

These include China National Heavy Truck Corporation (in its Howo vehicle, pictured), Donfeng Liuzhou Motor Company and Shaanqi.

Featuring intelligent lift-axle control and load monitoring, the OptiRide technology detects axle overload and provides automatic load transfer to improve the vehicle’s traction performance, which also helps reduce vehicle wear-and-tear and other operational costs.

Unlike steel-spring suspension, OptiRide also enables the vehicle’s lifting and lowering, resulting in more efficient and quicker cargo handling. In addition, says Wabco, the optimal ride quality provided by OptiRide delivers better load protection and more stable truck operation which increase vehicle and road safety.

The technology promises fuel efficiency improvements of up to 3% and Wabco is the only supplier of ECAS systems for truck and bus manufacturers in China, the world’s largest commercial vehicle market.

Laura Cork

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