SKF is launching the SKF Low Friction Hub Bearing Unit, an energy efficient wheel end for cars. The product reduces friction by more than 20 per cent compared with previous generations of SKF standard hub units, and provides CO2 savings of up to 0.6g per km. When based on an annual mileage of 14,500km, the saving is 9kg CO2 per year. This equates to a reduction of 9000 tonnes of CO2 per year if one million cars were equipped with the SKF product. The SKF Low Friction Hub Bearing Unit is included in the SKF BeyondZero* portfolio.
Aurelio Nervo, Director Car Chassis, SKF, says: “In SKF we are dedicated to develop and deliver energy efficient solutions to our customers, and with this new hub unit we have used our broad experience and knowledge to develop a product that reduces friction even more than previous hub units, therefore continuing to reduce CO2 and fuel consumption.”
The bearing internal geometry has been carefully analysed and re-designed. This re-design, as well as the development of a better, high-performance grease, gives a significant friction reduction. Further characteristic of the new grease is to provide longer life and a better resistance to micro-movements. The SKF Low Friction Hub Bearing Unit can be used for different sizes and configurations to fit different car models. It can be used in existing as well as future new hub unit designs. Follow the link to find out more about the SKF Low Friction Hub Bearing Unit.