The first full aftermarket brake pad line for electric and hybrid vehicles supports the growing EV and HV fleets
Vernon Hill, Ill.—ZF Aftermarket has announced the full line availability of its TRW Electric Blue brake pads. The first full aftermarket brake pad line for electric and hybrid vehicles, TRW Electric Blue supports ZF Group’s sustainability goals by offering high-quality, copper-free replacement pads that reduce noise, vibration and dust emissions on carbon-reducing vehicles.
While EVs and HVs account for a small part of total U.S. vehicle sales, purchases of EVs increased 83 percent in 2021, and HV sales rose by 76 percent in the same period. TRW Electric Blue meets the need for OE-quality replacement brake pads for this growing segment with 75 SKUs covering most EVs and HVs in the U.S.
Designed to match OE specifications to provide like-new braking, TRW Electric Blue’s design achieves a noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) score of over 9/10 — exceeding the OE specification of 7/10. The pads come with applicable hardware and have shim technology which follows OE configurations including decoupling, textured, smooth/multilayered, and double adhesive technologies for enhanced noise-dampening properties.
Named the “Best New Hard Part” in the AAPEX New Product Showcase at Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) 2021, TRW brand Electric Blue brake pads feature copper-free formulations — in compliance with Better Brakes Law (“BBL”) requirements — and emit less dust than traditional brake pads. Their distinctive blue sheen helps users differentiate them from other pads.
“We are quickly evolving toward a more electrified future of mobility, and TRW is supporting that evolution with high-quality replacement parts for electric and hybrid vehicles,” said Mark Cali, head of Independent Aftermarket, USC at ZF Aftermarket. “We are proud to make the full line available as we approach Earth Day, an occasion to reflect on the importance of environmental stewardship and to recommit to a sustainable future.”