ZF CV TECH PORTFOLIO
Commercial Vehicle|February 2021
Aided by the acquisition of Wabco, ZF is enhancing its CV technology portfolio.
Deepti Thore

Making substantial progress in implementing new development projects that would lead to combined system competencies in just four months of acquiring Wabco, ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) is well-poised to address future transport and mobility challenges. Making heady progress in the direction, the automotive tier 1 supplier has formed a separate Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division (CVCSD) to enable its customers to leverage advanced technology innovation, an extensive product portfolio, systems integration expertise and a bigger global footprint. Expressed Fredrik Staedtler, Head -ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Division, that ZF Friedrichshafen AG is building on its technology portfolio with the recent acquisition of Wabco Holdings Inc. He mentioned that the extensive combined product portfolio would include conventional and electric drive and chassis components, a comprehensive suite of sensors as well as fully integrated, advanced braking, steering and driver assistance systems for OEMs seeking technological differentiation for their new vehicle platforms.

Including digital fleet management solutions and an extensive global network of aftermarket services for CVs, ZF is looking at mobilising CV intelligence by offering digitisation, connectivity and technologically advanced solutions. Keen to contribute for a more sustainable, connected and safer future, ZF is developing a slew of new and innovative technologies. Of these, the most relevant perhaps is the autonomous trailer coupling function and energy-saving trucktrailer combination with optimised installation space in combination with advanced trailer aerodynamics. The tech realises a weight saving of up to 150 kg on a truck chassis besides helping to reduce up to seven per cent fuel consumption. Increasing payload and improving truck handling, the new technological development also leads to saving of space. The space saved could prove to be of much advantage in case of electric vehicle platforms with battery or fuel cell stacks onboard. It would also aid to comply with new requirements set by the EU where CV manufacturers need to reduce new commercial vehicle CO2 fleet emissions by 15 per cent before 2025 and by 30 per cent before 2030.

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