Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: Braking Systems
Today, almost every manufacturer selling vehicles in North America offers at least one model with a hybrid-electric or all-electric powertrain. These vehicles require a highly sophisticated braking system. These vehicles have two separate but integrated braking systems - regenerative and hydraulic braking systems.
Hybrid and electric vehicles integrate these two technologies into one system operated by powerful computers using high-resolution sensors and sophisticated software. Coupled together with advanced electric motors and new battery technologies, the computer-controlled braking system is the third of three pillars that support all of today’s hybrid and electric vehicle designs.
This lesson will focus on hydraulic braking systems used on electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. We will discuss regenerative braking, computer-controlled hydraulic brakes, hydraulic- and electric-powered brake boosters and electric parking brakes. This course will highlight diagnostic and service procedures, essential calibration procedures and the tools required to complete this specialized work.
Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)
Since the early 2010s, manufacturers have begun incorporating ADAS, or Advanced Driver Assist Systems, technology into their vehicles. With promises of protecting drivers and reducing accidents, consumer demand is expected to increase exponentially. ADAS features can detect moving objects, alert drivers to potentially hazardous conditions, or in some cases, even slow down and automatically stop the vehicle. ADAS maintenance and repair offer technicians with new opportunities. After vehicle collision or even specific maintenance procedures, these systems need to be repaired and recalibrated to pre-collision conditions.
Operating Auto Repair Shops During COVID-19
We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has changed everything from our personal lives to the ways we do business.
CARS Training Network has surveyed automotive aftermarket industry experts to help provide some tips during these uncertain times.
We will be looking at:
Safety First – precautions that everyone should take
Best Sources of Information
Operating a Repair Facility During a Crisis
Getting Your Message Out Through Targeted Messaging
Potential Avenues of Business
Government Assistance Programs
Planning for the Future
There are no "silver bullet" solutions to the problems that COVID presents. Every situation is different and will call for a unique solution.
Present the right message. You are providing an essential service to your community.
COVID won't last forever, but with the proper message, the impression you make with your customers and your community will.