FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — Technology company ZF unveiled its new Chassis Solutions Division, which will bundle chassis, steering and braking within one group, as part of its Global Technology Day demonstration event.
The event highlighted its self-developed thermal management system for electric vehicles. The new system not only offers a more compact design of the drive but can also increase the range of vehicles in winter by up to one third. In combination with an optimized electric drive train consisting of power electronics, motor and reduction gearbox based on 800-volt silicon carbide, the system sets new standards in compactness and weight. The newly developed powertrain software also makes a significant contribution to higher efficiency.
“With this innovative solution, ZF is underlining its system expertise in electromobility and providing e-cars with a greater range,” said Dr. Holger Klein, CEO of ZF.
ZF unites chassis technology to form the Chassis Solutions Division
ZF’s by-wire products as networked and electronically controllable braking, steering and damping systems are examples of additional future business in the volume segment: chassis technologies.
With its experience and know-how, ZF masters the longitudinal, lateral, and vertical control of a vehicle and sees great potential for the future in networked chassis components. Against this background, ZF is merging the divisions for passenger car chassis technology and active safety technology to form a new and uniquely comprehensive Chassis Solutions division.
The new unit bundles ZF’s entire chassis, steering and braking expertise.
“The Chassis Solution division offers all the hardware components needed to control a vehicle’s vertical, longitudinal and lateral dynamics – and also the associated networking in the form of hardware and software,” explained Klein. “The unit already combines an annual turnover of more than 14 billion euros and will be a reliable and competent partner for our customers in all regions of the world.”
The launch of the new division is planned for January 2024. In the future, all mobility segments will benefit from the developments and know-how of this new ZF division – the commercial vehicle sector as well as industrial applications.
Customer demand shows that ZF is on the right track with its “Next Generation Mobility” strategy. The technology group’s goal is to use technology to make the mobility of the future clean, safe, comfortable, and affordable – for everyone, everywhere.
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