Supplier Hyundai Mobis said it had developed an electronic levelling control (ELC) system that automatically adjusts the height of a vehicle based on driving conditions, including speed and load factors.

The system, developed in collaboration with key customer Hyundai Motor, can also automatically adjust vehicle height to minimise fuel/energy consumption which is useful to held extend the driving range of an electric vehicle (EV) as well as to optimise performance of all cars.

Vehicle height can also be adjusted manually by up to 6cm either way to increase ground clearance on rough roads and over speed bumps which can be useful to help protect EV batteries which are typically fitted in the floor, as well as to make it easier to get in and out of vehicles including purpose-built EVs. The system uses an electric hydraulic pump to control the height of the vehicle from all four wheels, which it monitors through a number of sensors.

The two companies are currently verifying the reliability of the technology but Hyundai Mobis said it expected the ELC system would soon be available to automakers.

It also plans to further develop the ELC technology with front road scanning cameras and navigation data.

Park Jung-hun, a VP and head of Mobis’ safety parts lab at Hyundai Mobis, said in a statement: “ELC is a technology that has been developed to be applicable not only in the EV and the PBV market, but also in high performance cars. We expect ELC to attract a huge amount of attention in the future mobility market.”