Advice on wheel bearings for electric vehicles

A hybrid vehicle has the added weight of electrical components combined with the engine and the rest of the transmission. Electric vehicles are generally heavier due to the size and weight of batteries and electric motors.

One of the main jobs of wheel bearings is to help support the weight of the vehicle.

At BCA Bearings, the company offers a full line of premium OE quality wheel bearings, including nearly 200 EV and hybrid applications. The company has the advantage that its parent company NTN is the largest OE manufacturer of wheel hubs in the world. The company brings its engineering expertise to the aftermarket and ensures that BCA products meet the demands of today’s EV and hybrid applications.

For example, the wheel bearings installed on a Volkswagen E-Golf are expected to support an additional 492 pounds over those installed on a Volkswagen Golf GTI.

When thinking of electric vehicles – for example, Tesla – there are often advanced systems such as autonomous driving and automatic emergency braking. Electric vehicles are considered by many to be at the cutting edge of safety technology. These systems fall under ADAS and are critical to vehicle and occupant safety. ADAS systems rely heavily on a number of systems and components. This includes brake pads, hoses, ABS unit, steering components and of course wheel bearings. If the vehicle’s lane-keep assist needs to pull you back toward the center of the lane, a loose ball joint or steering linkage will make this more difficult. If the vehicle begins to skid due to loss of traction, but a wheel bearing is worn or the wheel speed sensor inside is not producing a high quality signal, the system may not be able to regain control. All of these components and more must be in perfect working order for ADAS systems to work properly.

This video is sponsored by BCA Bearings.

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