ZF Friedrichshafen and Continental Partner on Hybrid Drives and Components
9 September 2005
|A Continental mild hybrid motor.|
ZF Friedrichshafen AG and the Automotive Systems Division of Continental AG, two of the leading European auto suppliers, are forming a consortium for the purpose of jointly developing and marketing hybrid vehicle technology for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The components will be engineered and produced in the individual units of the two companies.
Continental currently provides the Integrated Starter Alternator (ISA) hybrid systems for GM’s mild hybrid pickup trucks—the Sierra and Silverado—that are in limited production. The ISA solutions deliver a 10%–13% improvement in fuel economy in these applications.
ZF is a leading worldwide automotive supplier for Driveline and Chassis Technology, with experience in hybrid technology based on its work with hybrid modules, consisting of the electric machine, clutches and dampers as well as their spatial and functional integration in gearboxes and drivelines.
Continental Automotive System’s areas of competence are power electronics, electric auxiliary drives, software integration, energy management and electronic brakes.
On Friday, Continental inaugurated a new Electric Drive development building at its Berlin site, pooling its resources into one location.
Continental is focusing mainly on systems with power outputs of between 20–70 kW based on its experience with ISA (Integrated Starter Alternator) systems.
Our hybrid system has been in volume production since 2003 and our customers today are General Motors and DaimlerChrysler. Reliable forecasts predict that worldwide output of hybrid vehicles will reach an annual 2.1 million units by 2012. We are aiming to equip a large proportion of these vehicles with hybrid systems.
With our hybrid modules with electric outputs of 20-70 kW, and our variable concepts for driving the electric motors, we can meet a wide range of customer needs. We also have the in-house know-how required for optimum regenerative braking. And now that we have pooled our resources at a single site, we can tap potential synergy effects even more effectively than in the past.—Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Chairman of Continental’s Automotive Systems
At the upcoming IAA in Frankfurt, ZF will be showcasing its different driveline concepts for hybrids, with particular emphasis on a hybrid transmission for full hybrids based on ZF’s 6HP26 automatic transmission.
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