Metelli Group's HybriX® brake pads, launched on the market over 3 years ago, contain a unique compound that guarantees optimum performance not only on traditional vehicles but also the very latest ones with electric and hybrid engines. Their special technology, developed over the years, provides all those fundamental features that modern cars require and that only a few top manufacturers are able to offerd hybrid engines. The range of pads for hybrid and electric applications currently contains about 140 references covering 96 different models, of which there are 1.5 million on European and 2.3 million on the USA car parc.
Amongst the main HYBRID vehicles that the brake pads range covers, there is: Toyota Yaris, CH-R, Rav4, Suzuki Swift, Lexus UX, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, Honda Cr-z, Audi A6. For the leading ELECTRIC cars on the other hand, the catalogue contains pads for: Tesla Model S, Model X, Nissan Leaf, Smart Fortwo, Renault Zoe, Bmw i3, Hyundai Kona, Peugeot Ion, Citroen C-Zero, Mitsubishi MiEV. From the technical viewpoint, the pads for electric and hybrid cars must have specific construction and performance features:
• Low noise, because it isn't covered by the engine;
• Respect for the environment, as they contain no copper or other harmful materials. HybriX® pads have obtained three-leaf NSF certification for the entire range in the catalogue, proving that they are 100% copper free material that is harmful for both man and the environment;
• Top performance: electric vehicles recover energy during the braking phase, so very often the brakes are cold when they have to be used in emergency. This means it's vital to use a material that guarantees good performance even at operating temperatures lower than normal;
• Limited corrosion tendency: on hybrid and electric vehicles, the braking system is used less due to the installation of brake regeneration devices.