Most people think cars with features like the ones described above are good, but also very expensive. Not if a system like the EVconnect goes into volume production in the future. ZF engineers developed the EVconnect by combining the internally developed electric axle drive with the automated manual transmission (AMT). ZF initially referred to the concept as eAMT- electrified Automated Manual Transmission. In the automated manual transmission, the electronically controlled actuators handle clutch actuation and shifting for the driver. This kind of solution is ideal for vehicle classes that are not considered suitable for converter transmissions due to weight, installation space or for cost reasons. “It demonstrates that a full-featured plug-in hybrid drive along with comfortable automated gear shifting can be installed relatively easily in inexpensive vehicles,” explains Norman Schmidt-Winkel, a function developer in Electric Traction Drive Business Unit at ZF.