In the area of e-mobility, ZF is pursuing two directions: With the variant for plug-in hybrids of its new 8-speed automatic transmission, ZF is laying the foundation for a new class of battery-electric vehicles. The hybrid system enables high purely electric driving performance and represents an equal alternative to purely battery-electric vehicles in certain applications. Provided an appropriate battery capacity is available, vehicle manufacturers can offer their customers a battery-electric passenger car with an additional combustion engine (range extender) for longer distances or higher power requirements. A modular system offers manufacturers flexibility. With its recent nomination as a global transmission supplier by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), another internationally renowned automobile OEM has now decided in favor of ZF's new 8-speed automatic transmission after BMW.
Parallel to the hybrid drive, ZF is working on improving purely electric drivelines. An important step is the world premiere of an electric 2-speed drive for passenger cars. The compact concept development combines an electric motor with a maximum output of 140 kilowatts, a two-stage shift element, and the associated power electronics. Compared to a single-stage drive, it can increase the range per battery charge by up to 5%.