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Electromobility: What you need to know

Why do we need electromobility? Does e-mobility belong to the future? What are the advantages of plug-in hybrids? Interesting facts about the electric car and the electrification of other vehicles.


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). ”


What connects and distinguishes between pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids

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.

Climate protection: big cities with big leverage

Only tailor-made traffic concepts make an effective contribution to climate protection.

Individual transport: resolving conflicts with modern technology

Driving bans are an example of how the conflict over individual mobility is becoming increasingly intense. ZF is committed to pragmatic and open technology solutions.

Universal gearbox for all applications

The new, fourth-generation, 8-speed automatic transmission from ZF is extremely versatile. Constructed as a hybrid transmission, a modular system consisting of electrics, hydraulics and mechanics was created.

Relaxed handling of high voltage

In the age of electromobility, workshops need a great deal of knowledge about how to safely handle high currents in vehicles. ZF conveys this know-how worldwide in tailor-made seminars.


What you should know about the technology of pure electric cars and hybrid vehicles

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.

Setting the pace in electric mobility

In an approximately 70-minute video, a ZF expert panel explains the company’s view of tomorrow's mobility. Sit back and take part in this compact workshop of knowledge.

Plug-in Hybrid: Electric Drive in the Fast Lane

With the "EVplus" concept car and the digital assistants integrated into it, ZF shows how passenger cars with plug-in hybrid drive immediately and permanently reduce CO2 emissions.

Hybrid drive technology for greatly reduced emissions

Hybrid drive technology for greatly reduced emissionsInternal combustion engines will remain in service for a long time. That is why ZF has designed the new 8-speed, automatic transmission so that it is also perfectly suitable for hybrid applications.

The ZF EVplus concept demonstrates that plug-in hybrids can be considered as true electric vehicles.

More Efficiency and Electrification in Truck & Van

Dr. Jochen Witzig explains the technical changes as well as the current developments in conventional and electric powertrains.

Goal: Scalable E-Modules

Dr. Otmar Scharrer describes why ZF is working with strong partners to focus even more strongly than before on electromobility. The Group is currently working at full speed on a platform strategy.

Different ways to more electrical range

In order for electric cars to cover more kilometers, it is not enough to just enlarge the battery pack. ZF turns several powertrain adjustment screws to get the maximum mileage from a battery charge.

Smart digitalization is fueling e-mobility

Electric drives are a crucial part of the mobility of tomorrow. They offer even greater added value for everyone if they are integrated into smart digital solutions.

The ideal electric machine for every requirement

ZF expert Dr. Matthias Behringer explains the differences in electric motors and why they should always be considered as part of the overall drive system.

Changing gear in electric mobility

A new 2-speed, electric drive for cars integrates a newly developed electrical machine with a switching element and matching power electronics. The advantages are many.

Injection pump for electrons

The power electronics also determine the range of an electric car. ZF is developing a particularly efficient generation with power semiconductors made of silicon carbide.

Hybrid technology: smart and affordable

In the new EVconnect axle hybrid concept from ZF, an electric motor and an automated manual transmission work perfectly with the combustion engine.

All important information about the electric car battery

The battery is one of the most important components of an electric vehicle. You can find out here which tasks it performs and what types are available.

Electric truck: clean, quiet and efficient

ZF Japan has built an electric drive train as the prototype of a delivery truck, specifically for the Japanese market.

How an electric car works

Electric motor and battery are two essential parts that distinguish electric cars from vehicles with internal combustion engines. Find out how these components work and what else characterizes electric vehicles.

Hybrid drives: how they differ technically

Hybrid vehicles combine an electric machine with an internal combustion engine in different ways. This enables them to contribute to reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Hybrid technology for all vehicle types

Hybrid systems play a key role in the mix of vehicle drives. This applies to cars and commercial vehicles. ZF has a portfolio with modular, flexibly, scalable hybrid components.

Electric drive for the bus of the future

With the AxTrax AVE electric portal axle from ZF, city buses run quietly and locally without emissions. In a video, you will learn how this axis is created.

AxTrax AVE: Small axis with a big impact

Cities, in particular, suffer from pollutant emissions. With the AxTrax AVE electric portal axle, ZF offers a proven electric drive for clean public transport.

Central electric drive for city buses

ZF quickly developed the CeTrax electric central drive and presented a prototype, in use, at the end of 2017. Now, this electric drive for city buses has gone into series production.


Buses, ships, commercial vehicles: everything is electric

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.

Agriculture of tomorrow: digital and electric

Networking and electrification of work machines make work in the field more efficient than ever. This is how arable farming develops into smart farming.

Increasing digitalization of the construction site

The electrification, automation and networking of construction machinery is advancing within the construction industry. ZF offers interesting system solutions for this future field.

Electrification: London's bus legend goes electric

With 37 new double-decker buses, powered by the ZF electric portal axle AxTrax AVE, the city of London is a step closer to its goal of an emission-free bus fleet.

Electric mobility on the high seas? Definitely!

The number of ships with hybrid propulsion is growing because it reduces fuel costs and protects the environment through fewer emissions. ZF supplies the right gearbox for this.

Course on zero emissions and climate neutrality

With hybrid transmissions, the CeTrax electric drive as well as its own drive shafts, fixed propellers and controls, ZF also controls zero emissions in marine drive technology.

Sailing trip with additional thrust

Propulsion and maneuvering aid without emissions: ZF tests its purely electric propulsion system for sailing yachts in a test ship.


Electromobility yesterday and today

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.

Short history of electric vehicles 1

The roots of electric mobility reach back to the late 19th century. Part 1 of our historical outline of e-vehicles describes the development from its beginnings to the 1940s.

Short history of electric vehicles 2

Part 2 of our historical outline examines how electromobility has developed at different speeds over the past decades, from the post-war period to the present.

E-Mobility @ ZF

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Connected Solutions

System Partner for Electric Mobility

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.

Autonomous Driving

From technology and testing through to the future: We provide you with an overview of autonomous and automated driving of cars and other vehicles.

Integrated Safety

Helping to prevent traffic accidents or at least mitigating their severity are goals that ZF is pursuing with the most comprehensive safety technology portfolio in the supplier industry.

Vehicle Motion Control

The chassis plays a major role in ensuring safety, comfort and efficiency of a vehicle.

Digitalization and Software

Digitalization is all about integrating and interconnecting artificial intelligence into more products and endowing it with the capacity to learn. ZF is one of the trailblazers that is revolutionizing mobility.