ZF will build next-generation inverter in Mexico

The ZF Group will expand manufacturing capabilities in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, to serve the growing EV market in North America. In total, the company wants to invest more than $194 million in the facility.

In the first phase, ZF plans to invest $150 million in a new facility at its site in northern Mexico to manufacture the company’s next-generation inverter technology. The new facility will cover more than 22,000 square meters and “increase and complement regional manufacturing capabilities for multiple electric vehicle OEM customers.” In addition, the supplier says it will create more than 500 new jobs locally within four years and begin hiring immediately.

“The e-mobility market continues to gain momentum in all major markets and ZF is investing to match the growth trajectory here in North America,” says John Hawkins, Vice President, Electrified Powertrain Technology, ZF Group. “This investment will further establish ZF as a leader in advanced e-mobility technologies and the inverters that contribute significantly to the efficiency and range of electric vehicles while providing growth and jobs in Juarez.”

The new inverters are said to be able to “significantly enhance e-motor performance through software and semiconductor advancements.”

ZF already presented a new generation of electric drives for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles at the end of last year. These feature numerous innovations at the component and system levels. The improved electric drives from ZF will be available on the market as a complete system from 2025. But the company will bring individual components into series production earlier.



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