Independent Suspension vs. Rigid Axle Suspension


What is the difference between independent suspension and rigid axle suspension?

The commercial vehicle industry is switching from rigid axle to independent suspension. As the commercial vehicles are shifting to electric, the vehicle needs and accordingly the chassis structures are changing significantly. In electric commercial vehicles, weight and packaging are becoming much more critical. Electric vehicle manufacturers have higher tendency to pay the price premium of independent suspensions, considering its benefits in layout flexibility and in weight reduction, hence energy efficiency.

However, despite the strong rise of independent axles, there are still some doubts on which type to select: Independent suspension or rigid axle suspension?

It is quite clear that in terms of technology and performance, independent suspensions are outperforming the rigid ones. Anyway, for best-fit selection various criteria should be taken into account. Below, you can find a high-level comparison from both technical and commercial perspective.

Independent Suspension

Rigid Axle
Comfort & DynamicTop level performanceStandard level performance
Width FlexibilityCustomizable vehicle widthNo customization flexibility
Turning FlexibilityCustomizable in design phaseNo customization flexibility
Fit to
Electric Vehicles
Good for electric vehicles built
with pure electric vehicle design mindset,

considering lighweight, and flexibility to build
a new vehicle family with same axles
Good for replacement market
having its traditional versions
on rigid axle suspensions
Tender StrategyMight be strategic to meet
the tender requirements
Might result missing tenders
with independent suspension requirements
Unit CostReasonable level of unit costLower cost solution,
especially if used with leaf springs

Get the best fit axle with BRIST

Customer contact of BRIST Axle always starts via understanding technical requirements and needs. In the first stage, customers are asked to fill the application form, where they specify key technical specs of their vehicle to be built.

After analyzing the need and several discussion between engineering teams, the best-fit BRIST axles are offered, as well as some customizated solutions if needed. Having a broad and innovative axles portolio, BRIST independent and rigid axles are running across the globe through leading vehicle manufacturers. (e.g. Hyundai, Alexander Dennis, CRRC, Bluebus, Isuzu, Karsan, Otokar, BMC, VMC, Arrival and many more)

Axles construct the basis of the vehicle and hence, axle selection plays a vital role in market success of the vehicle.

Get in touch with us and get the best fit axles to your commercial vehicle!