ZF focuses IAA offers on electric drives and chassis technology

July 04, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
ZF focuses IAA offers on electric drives and chassis technology
After Continental, competitor ZF Friedrichshafen is now also presenting its highlights for the upcoming IAA 2019. ZF's innovations focus on developments relating to hybrid and electric suspensions, integrated safety, and automated driving. An eye-catcher is the active chassis, which is intended to prevent travel sickness when driving autonomously.

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%.

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