Bus & CoachZF providing efficient, reliable and safe driveline solutions in the most cost effective way

City Buses become more efficient, quieter and lighter thanks to the ZF Ecolife Automatic Transmission with a Start - Stop Function.

Start - Stop Technology for Bus by ZF

The key benefits of ZF Ecolife's Start-Stop Function are:

  • Up to ten percent fuel saving over conventional diesel city buses
  • Reducing emissions
  • Noise reduction
  • Improving passenger comfort.

For further details on how this technology can improve your vehicles - click here.

AV130 - Electric Drives for Buses

ZF AV130

AVE 130 System: Zero-emission driving through the city

The AVE 130 electric portal axle with integrated wheel hub drive is the solution for electric buses, hybrid buses and trolleybuses. Zero-emission, all-electric driving will become possible. Suitable for both solo and articulated vehicles. Together with the EST 54 system control with its own ZF software, and an inverter suggested by ZF, vehicle manufacturers receive a system package that is designed for cost-effectiveness and efficiency.

The advantages are:

  • Driveline designs: hybrid, fully electric (fuel cell and battery), and trolley line
  • Compatible with the low-floor axles AV 132 and AVN 132
  • High power density due to integrated, liquid-cooled asynchronous motors
  • Purely electric/Zero-emission driving over longer periods of time
  • Significant fuel savings in city traffic
  • Gradability of 15 % with a single driven axle in articulated buses.

Health Checks for your Fleet

This is important for the longevity of your fleet‘s transmission.

Our teams know the importance of Health Checks. This is why we can offer on-site fleet Health Checks. These checks include:

  • Vehicle checks with an emphasis on the gearbox and associated cooling system condition
  • Operator maintenance procedures with up- to-date technical information
  • Analysis of gearbox software and settings to ensure economical fuel efficiency and performance
  • Analysis of gearbox oil condition and coolant strength
  • Peripheral equipment checks and the effects it can cause on the gearbox‘s condition
  • Correct set up and performance of the gearbox.

Read about Health Checks at Dublin Bus depots (PDF, 94.2 KB) in our latest Case Study.

Market Support for the Bus & Coach Market

Supporting the market through our Service Partner Network

ZF Aftermarket and its Service Partners aim to provide industry leading field support across the UK to support the daily repair activities of our OEM customers and end product users. Operating nationwide in both the UK and Republic of Ireland all Service Partners can perform on-site diagnosis, repairs and component exchange to ensure vehicle downtime is minimised. This service dovetails with the provision of direct OEM support for product development and zero mile defect situations. All employees are trained in line with the factory production standards which form part of ZF’s core competencies.

Technical Support

ZF Aftermarket have both field and office based technical support engineers to provide OEM, Partners and end customers with up to date support information for any type of product related issue. These can range from simple requests, such as tightening torque figures, to requests of on-site support for erroneous gear change quality issues.


In support of the UK Bus and Coach market, ZF Aftermarket provides a comprehensive range of remanufactured products, which meets the exact same requirements as genuine factory products. Additional services such as remove and refit are supplied by our Service Partners to ensure a total service is offered to our customers

Bus & Coach Service Partner Network

Name Address Contact
Adtec Aerauto Ltd. Gibbstown,
Co Meath,
T: 046 905 5126
F: 046 905 4856
E: info@adtecaerauto.net
W: www.adtecaerauto.ie
Drivetrain Services Ltd. Unit 6, South Wardpark Place,
G67 3HX
T: 07717 226 523
E: drivetrainservices@yahoo.com
Ecodrive Transmissions Ltd. Oakhill 61 Industrial Estate,
34-35 Devonshire Road,
Manchester, M28 3PT
T: 01204 701 812
F: 01204 701 516
E: sales@ecodrive.co.uk
W: www.ecodrive.co.uk
Paul Clark Services Ltd. Unit 1C, Whitehill Industrial Estate,
Whitehill Lane,
Royal Wootton Bassett,
T: 0845 606 0474
E: info@paulclarkservices.co.uk
W: www.paulclarkservices.co.uk
Powertrain Products Ltd. Stringes Close, Willenhall,
West Midlands,
WV13 1LE
T: 01902 366 000
F: 01902 366 504
E: service@powertrain.org.

David Wakeling

Business Manager - Commercial Vehicle

07776 298153


Simon Ackroyd

Product Support Engineer

07920 701909


Andy Derz

Product Support Engineer

0115 935 5462


Tim Jordan

CV Technical Support Manager

07776 298 151


Matt Whitehead

Product Support Engineer

07824 311 670


Nina Sargeant

Marketing Coordinator

01788 825 093