ZF Sets Pace For Sustainable Mobility, Presents World, European Premiere At IAA Mobility 2021

Mobility Outlook Bureau
07 Sep 2021
02:42 PM
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New e-drives of the Modular eDrive Kit offer improvements in power density, weight, and efficiency; optimised transmissions, cooling and lubrication concepts, reduce mechanical losses by 70%.

ZF IAA 2021

ZF’s world premiere of the Modular eDrive Kit at IAA Mobility 2021 shows how the company bundled the entire expertise of its e-mobility team into systems solutions, components and software control in a flexible platform. All new e-drives of the Modular eDrive Kit offer significant improvements in power density, weight, and efficiency. Optimised transmissions and highly efficient cooling and lubrication concepts reduce mechanical losses by up to 70%. In addition, the company reduced the development time for new e-drives by up to 50% through a common technical base and cross-platform development of the components, through synergy effects and with a higher degree of maturity from the very beginning.

According to the technology company, the Modular eDrive Kit also gives manufacturers a great deal of leeway in the design priorities between maximum performance and efficiency because it offers the widest possible spread - from compact cars to the premium segment with configurations from 75 to 400 kW of power and from 350 to 540 Nm of torque are possible. 

ZF IAA 2021

ZF said that the consistent modular approach of the Modular eDrive Kit serves as an optimal complement to the platform strategies for its customers, right from established vehicle manufacturers to new automotive customers and tech companies. As a result, the company now offers the exact foundation automotive manufacturers need for the next generation of battery electric vehicles.

At IAA Mobility, Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO, ZF, said, “Sustainable mobility is becoming tangible for people. With its products and solutions, ZF is helping to establish this in society, making it increasingly visible in everyday life. Never before has an IAA been better suited to talk about mobility as a whole. This suits us at ZF very well because we are at home in almost all areas of mobility.”

ZF IAA 2021


As the automotive industry's automated and autonomous vehicles require the computing power of supercomputers on wheels, ZF has developed a high-performance computer as a base - the ZF ProAI. 

The ZF ProAI is available in scalable performance levels from 20 to 1,000 TeraOPS. Compared to the previous version, the company has increased performance by 66% and reduced energy consumption by 70%. Besides, it takes up less floor space than an iPad. The ZF ProAI is suitable for every vehicle type and all levels of automated or autonomous driving from Level-2 to Level-5. 

Green Power Roadmap 

In a Green Power Roadmap, ZF has secured how all ZF activities will become climate-neutral by 2040 - ten years earlier than envisaged in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Sustainability is an obligatory criterion for the company, and as an essential milestone, CO2 emissions at its locations are to be reduced by 80% by 2030 compared to 2019. It also assumes responsibility for its supply chain and the use phase of its products. The goal is to reduce, by 2030, the so-called Scope 3 emissions by 40% compared to 2019.

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