ZF presents two-speed drive for electric cars
ZF presents a drive for fully electric passenger cars this time. It combines a newly developed electric motor with 140 kW maximum output, a shift element and power electronics. The transmission is to increase efficiency and thus the range of electric cars.
ZF reveals more details to hybrid drive
ZF has already received orders worth billions from BMW and Fiat Chrysler for the new eight-speed hybrid module automatic transmission. The supplier is now providing further details on the transmission.
ZF to supply drive components for Mercedes’ EQC
This is the third major order for ZF to announced within a few weeks: The supplier from Lake Constance is supplying Daimler with large parts of the drive system for the Mercedes EQC. Previously, BMW and Fiat Chrysler had ordered hybrid transmissions worth billions.
ZF introduces 5-tonne electric concept truck for Japan
The German automobile supplier ZF has presented the prototype of an electric truck for the Japanese market. It is a 5-ton truck, in which ZF has integrated its CeTrax lite electric central drive for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons.
ZF expands hybrid business in China
The automotive supplier ZF is stepping up its involvement in China with the construction of further plants and the expansion of development capacities. This includes the start of production of the 8-speed automatic transmission 8HP at the ZF factory in Shanghai, including a variant for plug-in hybrid drives.
ZF new automatic transmissions for BMW
ZF Friedrichshafen has received an order from BMW to supply its advanced 8-speed automatic transmission with a volume in the tens of billions over a long period of time. The latest version of the ZF 8-speed transmission, which has been in production since 2009, is technically optimized for the integration of electric drives. This also […]
ZF invests €3BN in hybrid production capacity
German transmissions supplier ZF launches an investment program of more than three billion euros to produce more future-safe products – above all hybrid transmissions. 800 million alone will flow into ZF’s transmission technology plant in Saarbrucken.
ZF presents intelligent package e-transporter
The automobile supplier ZF has presented a new electric transport an at the IAA Commercial Vehicles, which will use Level 4 autonomous driving functions for last-mile transportation. Serial production is set to begin in two years.
ZF spins off blockchain-based Car eWallet
ZF has founded a startup that incorporates their Car eWallet business. They will offer payment and billing services for transactions such as charging or renting electric cars using blockchain technology. The launch of Car eWallet in Berlin follows a trial with project partners IBM and UBS.
ZF and e.Go form e.Go Moove JV for electric vans
German supplier ZF and Aachen-based startup e.Go Mobile, that also worked with DP/DHL on the StreetScooter, have set up their planned joint venture e.Go Moove to produce electric vans from 2019. ZF is careful not to rival existing clients but is hoping for fast synergies and autonomous tech trials.
ZF introduces axle hybrid concept for small vehicles
The eAMT (electrified Automated Manual Transmission) system by the automobile supplier ZF was developed as a concept to electrify small and compact vehicles with front wheel drive and a transverse engine. To do this, ZF combined their electric axle drive system (eVD) and the automated manual transmission (AMT).
ZF invests 2 billion euros into R&D
The automobile supplier ZF has announced a further expansion of their research and development work. This time, they plan to invest more than 2 billion euros. A large part of that sum is to go into electric drive systems.
ZF, Visedo, Toray, UQM Technologies.
Central drive for e-buses by ZF: The German supplier has pulled off what it calls a plug and drive solution for all-electric buses in time for the Busworld. The CeTrax concept, a central drive unit, had been presented by 2016 but has now been implemented in a real world application and can be “retrofitted into existing vehicle platforms without any larger modifications to the chassis, axles, statics or differentials,” according to Dr. Jochen Witzig, who was responsible for the development. Maximum output of the CeTrax is at 300 kW which gives it a climbing ability of 25 percent.
Visedo brought a novel electric motor for buses to Belgium too and the Finnish solution praises itself of having the highest efficiency in the market. Matter of factly, the PowerDRUM S managed a 10 percent increase in power output as well as better cooling.
300m for separator production: Toray has yet again raised its stakes in battery production as the Japanese material producer frees 350bn Won (262m euros) to invest into its separator production for Li-ion batteries in South Korea. The step follows growing demand for electric vehicles and the investment due by 2019 and 2020 will increase capacities by 50 percent. Toray recently drew up plans to build up separator facilities in Europe and the States.
Collaborating for Ford: UQM Technologies will team up with Lightning Systems to support their beta programmes for the Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) programme by Ford. The latter certifies suppliers that retrofit its vehicles with hybrid drives for example.
Tesla, electric Smarts
Click tip: Tesla may not need to promote its cars but its energy offering is another matter. A Model X is currently towing the ‘Tiny House’ across Australia to demonstrate how renewable energy can be used for homes. The not so tiny trailer includes a configurator for home owners.
Reading tip: 58 out of 85 American Smart dealers have decided to quit all sales and offer service only after Daimler announced it would offer nothing but electric Smarts in the States. The 27 remaining dealerships can be found in states with favourable EV policies.
ZF, eJIT, Hyperloop, Hyper Chariot.
ZF integrates electric drive in rear axle: The ‘Vision Zero Vehicle’ is ZF’s take on future mobility. The concept relies on a 150 kW electric axle drive with the entire propulsion system integrated into the rear axle called mSTARS. That construct simplifies electrification of existing platforms.
Electric truck project launched: Porsche Leipzig is testing an all-electric truck in its logistics network. The trial is part of the research project eJIT of Porsche Leipzig, IAV GmbH, Schnellecke Logistics, Volkswagen Sachsen and the Saxony Automotive Supplier Network. They all seek to know more about electric truck use under real work conditions. A second electric powered truck shall be tested by Volkswagen Sachsen from August.
South Korea to enter Hyperloop: 320 km in 30 minutes is what South Korea’s government wants after it signed a contract with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) in order to realise what Elon Musk had in mind when he thought about vacuum tube transportation. The first line shall go live by 2021 to connect Seoul and Busan.
Passenger catapult: Hyper Chariot wants to be 6 x faster than the Hyperloop. Its engineers intend to catapult passengers in car-sized capsules through airless tubes, reaching top speeds around 6,400 kph. Ticket for this futuristic vision shall even be available for competitive prices.
ZF, Daimler, BAIC, NEVS, Hyundai, Continental, Audi.
JV for LEV: ZF believes micro mobility is the future and has set up a joint venture with Magura, BrakeForceOne and Unicorn Energy to work on two, three, and four-wheeled electric solutions. Magura has been active in the e-bike segment for some time, being Bosch’s preferred service partner in the early days. Unicorn Energy is to take on battery technology and the JV plans to present first models by late summer this year. The Eurobike show might see the launch as Friedrichshafen is also home to Zukunft Ventures as the JV is aptly named. (Zukunft means future in German.) ZF marked logistics but also passenger transport as segments for its light electric vehicles and will deliver respective drive trains.
Daimler & BAIC to build PEV: Germany and China tighten relations as Daimler and BAIC agree to expand their cooperation to include hybrid and electric vehicles. The deal was sealed with the prime minister Li Keqiang and Chancellor Merkel in attendance in Berlin. In concrete terms, Mercedes-Benz will upgrade its factory in Beijing to produce new energy vehicles and agreed to acquire a stake in BAIC’s subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle (BJEV), that focuses on research and development.
This is the 9-3 EV: NEVS readies the electric version of the Saab 9-3 to debut at next week’s CES Asia together with its offspring 9-3X which NEVS positions as an SUV. First pictures have been released. Meanwhile, NEVS announced to set up a 9-3 carsharing scheme in China’s metropolis of Tianjin.
390 km range EV from Korea: Expect an all-electric compact SUV from Korea early next year that is said to draw a range short of 400 km from a 63 to 70 kWh battery. If Autobild is to be believed, it will most likely be an electric Hyundai Kona with batteries from LG Chem or SK Innovation.
Continental to supply Nio: The German supplier is to strageically cooperate with EV start-up Nio in the field of electric transport and smart solutions as well as automated driving. The coop also includes new car platforms and Continental is to continue to deliver tech for Nio’s ES8.
Mild-hybrid from Audi: The upcoming A8 sedan scheduled to go on sale later this year, will be equipped with a 48-volt lithium battery and a belt-driven alternator/starter. It recuperates energy during braking and feeds it back to the battery.
Renault, ZF, EMS, XL Hybrids.
Renault envisions a future F1 where racers would run all-electrically in pits and during safety car periods. But the hybrid RS 2027 concept may only become a reality in 10 years time and would then be autonomous and connected to a level that gamers could “race” in real-time, just like the fan boost of the Formula E has foreseen.
ZF in China: The German supplier expanded its R&D centre in Shanghai, where it wants to employ 600 additional engineers by 2022 to work on electric mobility products for the Asia-Pacific markets. The total investment is about 50m euros.
A ton of hydrogen at a pressure of 500 bar is the target of EMS latest hydrogen storage system currently under development. The system contains high-strength lightweight composite (CFRP) pressure vessels, which will be embedded in standard containers to be stored at H2 fuelling stations.
Certified retrofit: CARB has approved XL Hybrids hybrid conversions for Ford Transit vans and wagons. Furthermore, the company has become part of CARB’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP), meaning those willing to convert receive 2,500 dollars.
ZF, Porsche, LG Chem, Eberspaecher, Wolfspeed.
ZF and Porsche together developed a new 8-Speed dual clutch transmission for sports vehicles. The modular hybrid transmission kit works for rear-wheel and all-wheel drives. It was possible to integrate a 100 kW hybrid module without increasing the length of the transmission as compared to the current 7DT sports transmission. The 8DT will first be used in the Porsche Panamera.
LG Chem to grow in China? News of the Koreans expanding their battery production in Michigan are echoed in China. Apparently LG Chem plans to grow its facility in Nanjing, Business Korea learned. Already the factory can produce enough cells for 50,000 EV and 180,000 PHEV a year.
Control platform for e-buses: Eberspaecher Suetrak developed E-Control, a platform that provides centralised control of all thermal management components on-board an electric bus. The tool is compact and can be retrofitted at any time.
No to Infineon: Cree Inc said it would terminate a deal to sell its Wolfspeed division to German chipmaker Infineon, citing security concerns raised by the U.S. government recently. Both companies failed to find a way to work around said issues.