Honda might have stumbled upon an important discovery in the world of motoring – by working on an electric-powered brake which will control the hydraulic pressure of its master cylinder using nothing but a ball screw. Whenever the driver steps on the brake pedal, a reaction force can be felt thanks to a simulator, where said reaction force from the master cylinder is not applied to the pedal. Touted to be the first “fully-electric-powered brake” in the world which will separate the pedal and the brake completely, Honda has plans to introduce this new brake into their compact electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) which are on track to roll out sometime next year.
What are some of the benefits of an electric-powered brake? For starters, it is now possible for you to finely control braking, never mind how much force you apply on the pedal with your foot. This translates to electricity being regenerated by using a motor of an EV to help bring the vehicle to a stop, or at least to slow down. The amount of regenerated electricity can be increased by decreasing the brake’s contribution to the slowdown, and when placed side-by-side with existing brakes, the amount of regenerated electricity will see an increase of around 5%. Here’s to the future, Honda.