German automotive supplier Hella is supplying a selection of lighting and electronics products for the new e.GO Life, launched by Aachen-based electric vehicle company e.GO Mobile mid-last year.
The package includes products which support braking function as well as lighting solutions that create “an individual look and feel for the vehicle”, said Hella 29 Aug.
In collaboration with e.GO Mobile, the Lippstadt-based supplier has developed customised headlamps to ‘differentiate’ the vehicle and make it stand out from the crowd, Hella said.
"The objective was to give the vehicle a friendly face, an aim which was achieved thanks to the use of round LED headlamps that are also available in the halogen variant,” explained Michael Bock, head of sales in the special applications division at Hella.
The company, he went on to say, radically altered the standard design of the headlamps “as the company [e.Go] founder wished to have headlamps that could be recognised as paying homage to the Porsche 911.”
An option of bi-LED lighting technology is also available at an additional charge, offering a single projection module equipped with an LED light source for the high and low beam.
Hella is also supplying e.GO Life with more lighting products such as fog lamps, reflex reflectors, the third stop lamp, rear fog and reverse lamps and also a reading lamp for the interior of the vehicle.
The company has also provided electronic parts, including rain-light sensors and the horn for the vehicle.
As a “special highlight”, Hella has also contributed its new generation of electric vacuum pumps (UP5) to assist with braking function.
"Because electric vehicles have no internal combustion engine, an electrical pump is used in order to generate the necessary vacuum for the pneumatic brake boosting system,” Bock pointed out. The electric vacuum pump is controlled takes place by means of an integrated pressure sensor, which, when it reaches fixed switching thresholds, switches the pump on or off as required.
According to Hella, the collaboration between the parts supplier and e.GO will continue for the series production of the electric bus "e.GO Mover", which is planned to start in the middle of 2020.