ZF’s CeTrax Lite Begins Series Production

Milestone Reached in Company's Next Generation Mobility Strategy
ZF CeTrax lite drivetrain under production
A CeTrax lite drivetrain under production at ZF's plant in Friedrichshafen, Germany (ZF)

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ZF announced April 12 that its commercial vehicle solutions division has entered production on a new electric driveline.

The CeTrax lite electric central drive adapts what the company learned from developing passenger car drives for use in light commercial vehicles. It is designed as an integrated electric drive that supports the architectures of conventionally fueled vehicles for urban and last-mile deliveries.

“As an electric central drive, CeTrax lite allows our customers to electrify their existing vehicle platforms,” said Winfried Gründler, head of product line for driveline systems with ZF’s commercial vehicle solutions division. “This proves our technical approach and further demonstrates the trust customers are placing in our electric solutions.”

ZF CeTrax lite drivetrain

 ZF CeTrax lite drivetrain (ZF)

ZF said it is a fully integratedZ system that houses the electric motor as well as a 1-speed transmission stage and power electronics. It’s designed for light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons, with a peak performance of 150 kilowatt hours and a torque of 1,500 newton meters. The compact size allows for maximizing space for electric components and batteries.

“Designed for silent, emission-free, inner-city and last-mile freight delivery, CeTrax lite provides leading levels of performance and efficiency,” Gründler said. “As such, it represents an important new milestone in our Next Generation Mobility strategy and reinforces our commitment to decarbonization of the industry.”

ZF said it already has received orders for the technology from Asia and the Americas. Production started in Friedrichshafen, Germany. — Transport Topics

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