Here is the definition from the German Ministry of Environment of Electromobility: “Electromobility in the sense of the federal government includes all vehicles that are driven by an electric motor and that draw their energy mainly from the power grid, that is, they can be charged externally. This also includes vehicles that have an electric motor as well as an internal combustion engine for the purpose of greater range, such as plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) and electric vehicles with so-called range extenders (REEV). ”
Electric vehicles drive locally, emission-free and can thus reduce CO2 emissions, which contribute to climate protection. The fact that the future belongs to electric vehicles is largely undisputed. However, their limited range, the poorly developed charging infrastructure and the comparatively high acquisition costs still hinder the breakthrough of electric cars. Plug-in hybrids make it easier to get started in electric mobility. They are a long-term bridge technology on the way to pure electromobility.
The electric motor and battery are two essential elements that distinguish electric cars from classic vehicles with combustion engines. Find out how these components work and what else makes electric vehicles what they are.
Electrification is not limited to passenger cars. Other types of vehicles, such as buses, trucks, construction machinery, tractors and even ships, are increasingly becoming electrically powered. We present some examples.
Electric vehicles are anything but a recent invention. Rather, the roots of e-mobility go back to the late 19th century. Since then, there have been several unsuccessful attempts to produce large numbers of electric cars. We trace the development of electric vehicles from the beginning until today.
ZF develops and produces components and networked systems for electromobility - as pure e-solutions or as hybrid solutions that immediately make an effective contribution to climate protection. ZF electrifies everything: passenger cars, commercial vehicles, agricultural and off-road machinery.