ZF breaks ground on new EV components plant in China
The German automotive supplier ZF has started building its ‘New Energy Vehicle eDrive Project’ in Shenyang in the north-eastern Chinese province of Liaoning. Axle drives are primarily to come off the production line there.
According to ZF, the products manufactured at the new plant are based on ZF’s modular electric driveline platform and include both front and rear axle drives, including motors, power electronics and reduction gears.
Thanks to the modular design, power requirements from 100 kW to 300 kW can be covered, and it is possible to switch between synchronous and asynchronous motors for main and auxiliary drives, depending on customer requirements. The motor features a hairpin winding for higher power and torque density, higher efficiency and optimised power output.
“To adapt to the ‘China speed’ and ‘Chinese efficiency’, we are advancing our localisation strategy, including the management team, core R&D capabilities as well as the entire supply chain,” said Renee Wang, Executive Vice President, President of ZF China and Operation Asia Pacific, ZF Group. “By developing local competencies and leveraging local resources, we will achieve localization of advanced electric axle drive technologies.”
The head of ZF China explained, “This new project in Shenyang also demonstrates our strong capabilities in new energy vehicle research and development, resource allocation, project execution, and ability to deliver as a system supplier.”
This will be ZF’s third EV component plant in China since 2021, and the automotive supplier is investing more than one billion yuan (130 million euros) in the new China plant. The opening is planned for March 2025.
According to its own information, ZF’s Electrified Driveline Technology division has an order backlog of 30 billion euros worldwide. The company develops and manufactures electric axle drives and components for major automakers in both the passenger car and commercial vehicle sectors.