Even ZF is already a sought-after partner when it comes to hybridization and electrification of vehicles, the company is continuously expanding this position. The orders for the next-generation plug-in hybrid transmission for passenger cars and the next ramp-ups of the further developed electric axle drive prove this. Both drives will be available from 2022. In addition to the pure battery electric drive, ZF considers the plug-in hybrid (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, PHEV) to be the key technology for sustainable individual mobility.
PHEV already offer very convincing advantages today. For example, the plug-in hybrid is immediately available and quickly reduces CO2 emissions, provided that the driver regularly charges the battery and drives as much in electric mode as possible. In addition, the PHEV not only takes away the widespread fear of range, but also helps to relieve the still weak charging infrastructure. Like many experts, Dr. Michael Ebenhoch is also convinced: “Hybrid and pure electric vehicles will continue to coexist for many years to come, as both make sense in their respective fields of application. Since the exact distribution is uncertain, we at ZF are pursuing both paths intensively and equipping them with attractive solutions.” Ebenhoch is Head of Development Passenger Car Driveline Technology at ZF.