ZF announces new CeTrax drive generation

ZF has announced the next generation of its CeTrax electric drive system for heavy commercial vehicles at an annual global technology event. According to ZF, the new CeTrax 2 system combines a favourable power-to-weight ratio and a compact design.

The highly integrated design enables a high continuous output of 360 kW and improved efficiency through load switching, the Lake Constance-based supplier said in the statement. In addition, CeTrax 2 features technologies such as a hairpin design for the stators, a new cooling system and a silicon carbide-based inverter.

ZF does not give any further technical details on the CeTrax 2 in the press release. What is clear, however, is that it will be launched next year: series production with a global vehicle manufacturer is scheduled to begin in 2023.

For the first generation of CeTrax, which has been in series production since 2020, the Polish bus manufacturer Solaris was one of the first major customers. It installed the CeTrax in the Urbino 15 LE electric.

“The trend towards automated, connected and electrified vehicles represents a huge commitment in development costs for OEMs,” says ZF Board Member Wilhelm Rehm, responsible for Commercial Vehicle Solutions, Industrial Technology and Materials Management. “With our wide range of integrated solutions, ZF offers customers the opportunity to be at the forefront of technology, while reducing their development efforts.”

The supplier goes on to say that it is precisely this offer that is being well received by customers. “Just six months after the launch of its new Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division, substantial orders for ZF’s latest technologies shows that customers are reacting positively to the new integrated portfolio,” it says.



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