ZF Pushes E-Mobility in China

ZF Pushes E-Mobility in China

  • The technology company is bundling activities which will
    shape the future of e-mobility into its E-Mobility Division
  • Growth plans for China, one of the most significant markets
    for electrically powered passenger cars
  • Attractive, modular range of products ranges from
    individual components to the complete drive system
At Auto China, technology company ZF is presenting plans for its
new E-Mobility Division in the Chinese market. At the start of
2016, ZF combined all activities regarding e-mobility solutions
within the new division, whose focus is to develop and produce
highly-integrated solutions worldwide; from hybrid to all-electric
axle drives for passenger cars. The portfolio also includes
electronic transmission control units and their associated control
elements. With this, ZF is leading the way to becoming one of the
leading e-mobility suppliers in China by 2020.

“By bringing all activities relating to the electrification of cars and
commercial vehicles under one roof, we are giving a clear message
to the market in terms of the huge significance of these future
technologies,” says ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer. “E-mobility is
coming – and may be closer than we think given the current
debate on car emissions and legal limits.” The new E-division and
its corporate structure shows how seriously ZF is taking the stepchange
from conventional drive technology to e-mobility,
according to Sommer.

The Electronic Systems and Electric Traction Drive business units
form the core of the new E-Mobility division. The division also
includes an ‘E-Mobility system house‘, which bundles various emobility
projects from the entire ZF Group.

Objective: An established e-mobility supplier for China by 2020

“With many automotive markets worldwide, e-mobility is still a
niche market,” says Jörg Grotendorst, Head of the new ZF E-Mobility
Division. “However, this will quickly change when lawmakers introduce
stricter international emissions limits in thecoming years.”
The demand for electrically-powered vehicles will also grow rapidly in China;
a growth market where ZF can play a part:
“We want to be one of the leading e-mobility suppliers in
China by 2020,” states Grotendorst. With this goal, the division has
already established sales and development structures, and the onsite
team, which benefits from the ZF Group’s existing strong
presence in China, will be further expanded in the coming years.
The objective is to localize in regards to developing and producing
solutions required by the market.

An attractive product portfolio

ZF opened its first manufacturer-independent plant in Germany
for electric passenger car drives in 2008 and since then has
continued to expand its e-mobility portfolio. In addition to electric
motors, hybrid transmissions, transmission control units and
control elements, ZF will also produce all-electric drives in the
future, which will enter volume production for a European vehicle
manufacturer in 2018. The Group develops and produces power
electronics in-house, and so is able to offer (customers) the full
spectrum of technologies in terms of e-mobility, from individual
components to the complete drive system. In contrast, ZF does not
view battery technology among its technical competencies. ZF also
offers electric drive solutions for commercial vehicles including
buses and heavy trucks.

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