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World’s First Fully Active Regenerative Suspension to be Developed Jointly by ZF and Levant Power

Snapshot: Automobile engineers from ZF and Levant power have together designed a suspension that supports the handling of sport cars while covering the comfort of premium luxury sedan.

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Automobile engineers from ZF and Levant power have together designed a suspension that supports the handling of sport cars while covering the comfort of premium luxury sedan. The companies have planned to develop a GenShock technology by combining power consumption, minimal complexity, active suspension and cost. Recently Levant Power Corporation and ZF Friedrichshafen have agreed to come up with damper technology which will revolutionize the working of sports cars.

The main intention of these two companies is to build a fully active regenerative suspension and launch it into production. They are engaged in innovation process to meet the requirements. The GenShock technology would improve the riding and handling of the driver. The project is under Suspension technology business unit in ZF, supervised by Rolf Heinz Ruger.

The whole idea of Genshock technology is to create an innovative functional unit and fit it into the ZF damper. This forms the main basis of the active regenerative system. The technology requires development of other sub technologies, out of which one is the valve technology which has been already developed. The compact unit contains electric motor, control unit, and electrohydraulic gear pump. The system is propelled by an electric motor and gear pump that monitors the oil flow in the damper. As a result the damping characteristic curve does not automatically adapt to the driving conditions. But the technology is very much capable of raising the each and every individual wheel.

As the driving condition allows the value system automatically makes use of oscillatory motion of the damper piston to recuperate the energy. The system directs the oil into the damper in a way it turns on the electric motor. The motor functions and the converts the kinetic energy into electricity and feeds it into the vehicle and supplies it power. This process will help in reduction of CO2 emissions. The process of propelling a vehicle by this way is effective for the vehicles on poor quality roads.

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