ZF Friedrichshafen to invest €800 million in hybrid transmission technology

ZF Friedrichshafen, a German-based automotive driveline and chassis manufacturer, is set to invest €800 million in the electrification of its transmission technology. Over the next four years, ZF will put the investment into its primary transmission plant located in Saarbrücken, Germany.

“The share of hybrid drives in production will increase tenfold over the next few years – from five to 50 percent,” said CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider.

The €800 million for the Saarbrücken plant will go towards production systems, infrastructure, and ZF’s supplier network. The money is part of a €3-billion investment that ZF is committing to improve its hybrid technology worldwide.

“We see the increasing market penetration of advanced hybrid drives as an opportunity, which in our view is much more than just a bridge technology,” said Scheider. “With longer ranges between 80 and 100 kilometers, [hybrid drives] can complete the majority of all journeys electrically and thus help e-mobility to achieve a breakthrough more quickly.”

 

Source: ZF Friedrichshafen

 

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  • SJC

    Hybrid could be built into transmissions.
    This was obvious years ago.

  • http://www.lifefulfilling.com/ Roger J. Zamofing

    This development seems to go into the right direction and we must see also that Hybrid is not a simple bridge technology as many EV-enthusiasts have claimed earlier. But how many new environmental catastrophes do we need to see that battery technology is NOT the solution to the problem and causes in the end far more problems than solutions.

    There are however Flow Battery concepts out there already [NanoFlowcell https://www.nanoflowcell.com/en%5D with bi-electrolyte fluids that are harmeless to nature and could even use existing gas station infrastructures with all the present advantages. Furthermore with the Quant 48Volt there is a concept car out there with a low voltage and high performance power train with a range upwards of 1,000 kilometers on just a single tank. With dangerous high voltage-batteries we have to wait for that performance quite a bit longer….

    Is there so total ignorance out in the industry or what is going wrong in these power games in automotive industries? Is this the answer for half hearted attempts to bring EV’s from German makers that look like any car from the past? So far there is still only TESLA with something serious in Automotive industry and Battery production in their Giga-Factories.

    So, even if we would go on bridge technologies any longer, why further develop much too complicated high tech combustion engines and electronics that will fade away within less than 30 years of lifecycle?

    However same for a fully electric, e.g. TESLA et al. And Car Enthusiasts see already the problem with some nice cars of the 80ties that cannot be repaired anymore – too much electronics that are no more available and nobody around to service them…

    Is this the future we ALL WANT really in every aspect of life? Okay, I also had to change sometimes in lifetime from Assembler, Cobol, IBM-DOS to Windows 10 etc. and from IBM-computers on 150 square meters in climatized rooms to my present iPhone with the same performance.

    But, in a world of rapid growing egological and remarkable problems that other IGNORANTS and criminals do not want to see, can we continue like that just to keep industry growing? It’s not what REAL HUMANS really NEED. So it seems to me that all these developments are more and more FAR AWAY from what people really NEED, even if the companies make money with it!

    And just another HINT to think about. For 30 years already there are more efficient and much simpler motor concepts with far less parts that actual production lines could also easily handle with very low investments (but a loss of profits due to lesser parts that demand also lesser service and replacement). German inventor Dr hc Huettlin [http://www.innowatt.com or http://www.innomot.de/kugelmotor.htm%5D has proven in practice that his hybrid engine could just revolutionize actual hybrid concepts.