Source: ZF announcement

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN / HANNOVER, Germany — ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division has underlined its commitment to the fully electrified future of mobility by presenting its latest eMobility technologies ahead of IAA Transportation 2022.

This includes ZF’s new CeTrax 2 electric central drive – an integrated, modular e-driveline system for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

ZF has also presented its advanced new Electric Power Steering (EPS) system for trucks, coaches and city buses. The EPS has been prepared for steer-by-wire and up to Level 5 autonomous driving.

“From electrified drivelines to electrified power take-off systems and electrically enabled actuation systems, ZF provides customers with smart turn-key solutions that significantly contribute to their vehicle electrification strategies as well as supporting architectures for conventionally designed vehicles,” said Dr. Christian Brenneke, Senior Vice President of Product Engineering with ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division.

A Building Block for Electrification and Autonomous Driving

ZF’s new Electric Power Steering (EPS) provides a cornerstone technology for the commercial vehicle industry’s transformation towards electrification. Building on the Group’s extensive passenger car experience, the EPS is suitable for a broad range of medium and heavy-duty trucks as well as coaches and city buses. It also provides a building block for the next generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), supporting the commercial vehicle industry’s autonomous driving ambitions.

Replacing the hydraulic pump with an integrated e-motor makes the steering system independent of the vehicle’s drivetrain and removes the need for hydraulic fluid. As a result, the system supports industry sustainability as well as making this technology a seamless fit for electric vehicle architectures.

Enabling zero local emissions for battery electric and fuel cell vehicles, it also optimizes the driving experience with its quiet and smooth electric operation. Applicable to all powertrain concepts, the EPS seamlessly matches the requirements of electric vehicle architectures. Built to the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL D) and available in 24V and 48V variants and supporting outputs up to 8,000 Nm, the modular EPS has a scalable design, meeting diverse packaging requirements.

ZF’s EPS is currently ready for steer-by-wire and, with a redundant architecture, can accommodate future autonomous driving functions up to Level 5. As an active steering system, EPS can integrate with ADAS to support safety functions including, for example, continuous lane keeping.

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