ZF has announced that the production of its CeTrax electric drive will start in the third quarter of 2020. CeTrax will be ZF’s second electric drive to go into volume production.
Bus builder Solaris has chosen CeTrax to power its new Urbino 15 LE electric bus. “CeTrax is another building block on the way to emission-free public transport, which ZF supports to the best of its ability,” says Dr. Andreas Grossl, ZF’s Head of Axle and Transmission Systems. “Winning over bus manufacturers with a market entry electric drive shows that we are on the right track with our strategy.”
ZF designed CeTrax for use in buses, and presented it to the public for the first time in a ZF test vehicle in 2017. The design of the drive is based on a plug-and-drive approach. CeTrax can be installed in vehicles with a conventional driveline, as well as battery, trolley, supercap and fuel cell EVs. This makes it suitable for the development of new vehicles or for retrofitting existing platforms, allowing vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators to respond flexibly to market requirements and legal regulations.