When ZF Commercial Vehicles Solutions division was the first to enter the global market with its Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technology for CVs in 1986, it was a historic breakthrough in the industry. Since then, the technology underwent several advancements and revolutions. Over 5 million units of OptiDrive ™ AMT have been sold since its launch. OptiDrive™ AMT has, thus, stood the test of time offering globally proven solutions to maximize fuel efficiency, vehicle uptime and driver productivity.
In today’s context, fleet management and its routine operations is complex due to the perpetual increase in fuel prices and the shortage of skilled drivers. Bridging the gap is ZF’s OptiDrive™ which provides a range of benefits including greater safety, offers lower TCO, maximum driver productivity and better fuel efficiency.
OptiDrive™ is an award-winning modular transmission automation technology that can be easily adapted to a wide range of commercial vehicle platforms. It is a complete AMT technology that comes with hardware and shifting algorithms.
The technology automatically engages the clutch and gear shift actuation for medium and heavy commercial vehicles. It offers automatic and manual gear shifting modes and selects the most suitable gear and completes gear-shifting according to engine speed, thus, achieving maximum fuel efficiency and driver productivity. It optimizes clutch and gear actuations reducing wear of mechanical components of vehicles, thereby lowering maintenance costs.
Maximize driver productivity OptiDrive’s autonomous clutching saves the driver from manual operation, thereby maximizing productivity.
OptiDrive™ provides absolute autonomy from gear shifting and clutching which offers driver comfort and efficiency. It lets drivers focus on the road thereby increasing productivity and addressing driver fatigue. The technology empowers drivers with varied skilled levels and enables them to drive with greater confidence.
Lower TCO and better vehicle uptime OptiDrive AMT reduces wear on clutch and other transmission components, resulting in lower maintenance costs over the vehicle’s lifetime. The technology, thus, creates lesser scope for unplanned repairs and maximizes vehicle uptime. It offers the convenience and advantage of clutchless operation as in the case of Automated Transmission (AT).
Maximize fuel efficiency in your fleets OptiDrive™ offers optimized driving modes to achieve fuel economy up to 5% for trucks and buses while operating in congested city traffic conditions as well as on long hauls.
It has additional operating modes (economy, power and crawl) making it suitable for different terrains, weather conditions and situations. Drivers can switch between modes by simply adjusting a knob to switch to the desired mode.
ZF‘s OptiDrive™ has been designed to empower fleet owners by offering a host of benefits to customers that include ease of driving, greater fuel efficiency, lower mechanical wear, vehicle downtime and reduced total cost of ownership by providing effective and efficient solutions.
Having sold over 5 million OptiDrive™ units across the world, ZF’s technology has a strong and long-standing history of success. With a host of benefits, OptiDrive™ offers the ideal solution for fleet businesses to improve driver productivity, enhance fuel efficiency and lower operational cost besides contributing to greater customer satisfaction.
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