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The Perfect Match

By integrating commercial vehicle specialist WABCO, ZF perfectly complements its product range with WABCO’s portfolio. This opens new opportunities in the development of intelligent and integrated systems for commercial vehicle technology now and in the future.

It is another milestone in ZF's long company history: Since May 29, 2020, the American commercial vehicle technology manufacturer and brake specialist, WABCO, has been part of the ZF Group. The formerly independent company is now part of the newly created ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division. The combination of these two successful enterprises will bring a new dimension of innovation and capability for commercial vehicle systems technology. Thanks to the perfectly complementary portfolios and competencies, ZF is able to offer unprecedented solutions and services for manufacturers and fleets globally. In this way, the company is actively shaping the future of the changing transportation industry.

Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG emphasizes: “Together, we will create added value for our customers, employees and shareholders alike. This acquisition marks a major milestone in the history of our company. With it, we are consistently continuing the transformation in the powertrain and in the field of digitalization.”

In the video, Fredrik Staedtler and Andreas Moser - the heads of the two divisions Commercial Vehicle Control Systems (formerly WABCO) and Commercial Vehicle Technology - provide an overview of what has been achieved technologically in the first 100 days of integration.

Transport of the Future

ZF is continuously pursuing the goal of Vision Zero – zero emissions, zero accidents – for the safer, cleaner and more efficient transportation of goods and people.

Electrical and Efficient

ZF has once again massively increased its electrification efforts for buses and trucks in recent years. Winfried Gründler, head of the e-Mobility Project House, explains the background and technological orientation of the electrification strategy in the video.

AxTrax AVE

The electric portal axle AxTrax AVE with integrated wheel hub drive is the solution for electric buses, hybrid buses and trolleybuses. It enables to solo buses as well as articulated buses full-electric and zero-emission driving.

CeTrax lite

This all-electric drive solution is designed for use in delivery vans and light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons and offers a peak power performance of 150 kW. Another special feature of CeTrax lite is the integrated design, in which the electric motor, power electronics and transmission form a compact unit with a shared housing.


ZF’s eTrailer is a semitrailer with integrated electric motor. The prototype can convert every conventional truck it is coupled with into a hybrid vehicle. This brings numerous advantages - not only in terms of CO₂ emissions.

Lightweight Future Truck and OptiFlow

One example of what future commercial vehicle concepts could look like is the Lightweight Future Truck. This is a combination of a tractor unit with a lightweight chassis optimized for installation space and a trailer with advanced aerodynamics.


ZF is launching a completely new transmission: PowerLine, the fully automatic powershift transmission, has been specially designed for the medium-duty vehicle category and delivers consistently excellent results in trucks, busses and in special purpose vehicles alike.


CeTrax is an all-electric central drive that is equally suitable for buses, distribution trucks and special vehicles. A major advantage of the system is the easy integration into existing vehicle platforms.

Safe and Comfortable

Advanced driver assistance systems can make a significant contribution to making commercial vehicle traffic safer and more comfortable. In the video, Dr. Christian Brenneke, Senior Vice President Product Engineering at the Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division talks about ZF's strategy in this field.


ADOPT (Autonomous Driving Open Platform Technology) is a software platform for commercial vehicles that supports autonomous driving. It takes AI-based data and converts it immediately and precisely into instructions for the actuators.

Automated Coupling Assist

Coupling a truck with a semi-trailer is one of the most challenging maneuvers, especially for less experienced drivers. With this project, ZF provides proof-of-concept for an innovative fully-automated coupling assist system that enables the truck to detect and hook a specific semi-trailer.

Advanced Reversing Assist

The system solution with camera and sensors from ZF solves a major problem when reversing with trailers: the lack of overview. The Advanced Reversing Assistant makes maneuvering easier and considerably reduces the risk of accidents.

Product Portfolio

A New Commercial Vehicle Specialist is Born

How the product portfolios of WABCO and ZF complement each other

Product Portfolios of WABCO and ZF

Proven Partnership

ZF has been working with WABCO for a long time - so why not simply build on what has been achieved so far?

Automated Manual Transmissions

A cooperation between ZF and WABCO resulted in the first integrated automated manual transmission 25 years ago

Air Compressor Clutch

WABCO was looking for a development partner for a pneumatic clutch — and found it in ZF. After start of production (2008), the solution quickly became successful. Currently, various commercial vehicle OEM offer their clients the decoupling compressor which work with both WABCO and ZF components.

CDC (Continuous Damping Control)

The CDC adaptive damping system for commercial vehicles has been in series production since 1997. This not only protects the load and the road surface, but also contributes significantly to comfort and safety. ZF provides the damper for the product; WABCO provides the control unit.


CALM is the name of the jointly developed air spring damper module for the driver cab. WABCO provides the roll-off tube with valve unit; ZF provides the dampers. CALM has been in successful series production since 2002.

Evasive Maneuver Assist

Building synergies for the better: in 2016, WABCO’s Evasive Maneuver Assist was integrated into ZF’s Innovation Truck to prevent rear-end collisions.

Two Become One

Sometimes it is best to let figures speak for themselves. Let us take a closer look at the expanded technology company.


ZF completes WABCO Acquisition

WABCO is now part of the ZF Group and operates as the Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division under the umbrella of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. In the picture: ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider (left) and the new Division Head Fredrik Staedtler.

Product Worlds

Product World Trucks

With modular and intelligently controlled transmission systems, ZF is increasing the efficiency of all commercial vehicle applications.

Product World Buses

ZF makes passenger transport more attractive and economic – for example, bus transmissions that not only reduce exhaust emissions.