The next generation of plug-in hybrid transmissions produced by ZF will have an output of up to 160 kilowatts (218 hp) and will come with integrated
. Due to such a high electric power output, automakers and their customers will enjoy a full-fledged electric drive. As a result, the combustion engine can be made smaller and more compact. Even if the plug-in hybrid technology might mean a generally higher purchase price for end customers compared to a conventional driveline, the savings in operating costs will more than make up the difference later. The German automobile organization ADAC can attest to the fact that many current plug-in hybrids have lower operating costs than comparable gasoline models.
Future transmissions from ZF will make it possible to reduce fuel costs by up to 75 percent, measured in the new WLTP cycle, which has been mandatory for all newly registered passenger cars since September 1, 2018. WLTP refers to the globally standardized test procedure which covers considerably more acceleration and braking actions than its predecessor procedure. It shows how effective the hybrid technology is, for example, in converting braking energy back into power.