Tenneco’s electronic suspension technology (CVSAe) is due to debut in China on the ZEEKR 001 premium electric shooting brake from ZEEKR, the new pure electric premium automotive brand from Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. The deal marks the first application of CVSAe damper technology to be manufactured in China for a major Chinese automaker. The dampers will be produced in Tenneco’s AST manufacturing facility in Changzhou, China.
The CVSAe system continuously adapts to changing road conditions based on data provided by multiple sensors in the vehicle. An electronic control unit processes the sensor inputs and independently adjusts the current input to the electrohydraulic valve within each of the system’s four dampers.
“CVSAe combines an exceptional driving experience with very low power consumption, making it ideal for fully electric and hybrid vehicles,” said Henrik Johansson, vice president and general manager at Tenneco AST. “The ability to control damping force over a wide tuning range is particularly helpful in providing both excellent comfort and robust driving dynamics in electric vehicles.”
Tenneco’s engineers have been working closely with Geely to integrate the CVSAe system’s control software into the ZEEKR 001 CCD’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) and tune the suspension to achieve the automaker’s preferred ride and handling characteristics.