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ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division presented its latest eMobility technologies ahead of IAA Transportation 2022. These include ZF’s new CeTrax 2 electric central drive— an integrated, modular e-driveline system for heavy-duty commercial vehicles—and an advanced new Electric Power Steering (EPS) system for trucks, coaches and city buses.

The EPS has been prepared for steer-by-wire and up to Level 5 autonomous driving. eWorX, ZF’s electrified commercial vehicle Power Take-Off (PTO) system for driving on-board work equipment, has also been presented offering emission-free city and urban operation.

CeTrax 2. The new CeTrax 2 electric central drive is an integrated, modular e-drive system for heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Leveraging in-house developed components, it features two high performance oil-cooled e-motors as well as two integrated 800V silicon carbide (SiC) inverters. CeTrax 2 uses an advanced three-speed gearbox able to perform powershifts.


With all components integrated within an innovative and compact single unit, CeTrax 2 allows manufacturers to offer both conventional ICE and electric drivelines on the same vehicle platform.

In addition to enabling the quicker electrification of existing vehicle platforms, it enables high power and torque, light weight design (approx. 385 kg) and enhanced e-drive efficiency of up to 96%.

With continuous power of 360 kW and peak torque of 24,700 N·m for vehicles up to 44 tons, CeTrax 2’s electric central drive is actioned with smooth and almost imperceptible gear changes due to its seamless powershifting. Building on ZF’s decades of transmission and electrification experience, the gear changes are calculated by the integrated ECU and automatically executed by the e-actuators.

Series production of CeTrax 2 is set to commence with a major global truck manufacturer in 2023.

Electric Power Steering (EPS). ZF’s new Electric Power Steering (EPS) provides a cornerstone technology for the commercial vehicle industry’s transformation towards electrification. Building on the Group’s extensive passenger car experience, the EPS is suitable for a broad range of medium- and heavy-duty trucks as well as coaches and city buses. It also provides a building block for the next generation Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, supporting the commercial vehicle industry’s autonomous driving ambitions.


Replacing the hydraulic pump with an integrated e-motor makes the steering system independent of the vehicle's drivetrain and removes the need for hydraulic fluid. As a result, the system supports industry sustainability as well as making this technology a seamless fit for electric vehicle architectures.

Enabling zero local emissions for battery electric and fuel cell vehicles, it also optimizes the driving experience with its quiet and smooth electric operation. Applicable to all powertrain concepts, the EPS seamlessly matches the requirements of electric vehicle architectures.

Built to the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL D) and available in 24V and 48V variants and supporting outputs up to 8,000 N·m, the modular EPS has a scalable design, meeting diverse packaging requirements.

ZF’s EPS is currently ready for steer-by-wire and, with a redundant architecture, can accommodate future autonomous driving functions up to Level 5. As an active steering system, EPS can integrate with ADAS to support safety functions including, for example, continuous lane keeping.

Commercial Vehicle Power Take-Off (PTO). eWorX, ZF’s electrified Commercial Vehicle Power Take-Off (PTO) system, has been harnessed to drive on-board work equipment. As a fully integrated system, eWorX offers significant value for vehicle and body manufacturers as a modular, standardized and intelligent system that combines all the functions required for the electrification of on-board equipment in a single compact unit.


Providing a known mechanical interface, eWorX supports vehicle body manufacturers by removing the need to deal with the drivetrain of an electrified vehicle while equipping it with work equipment. Representing a major step in the electric transformation of commercial vehicles, the eWorX solution delivers zero local emissions and significantly reduces noise levels which facilitates easier operation in cities and residential areas.



@ ZF R & D:
Instead of building new types of superfluous transmissions, why don't you produce something really innovative like an axial flux motor in hairpin technology where the copper hairpins are coated with a superconducting alloy? Such a motor would need no transmission, have unparalleled torque and an efficiency > 99%.


ZF developments are and always have been very progressive.
A new electric drive for heavy traffic with a 3-speed gearbox is very good and efficient in terms of power consumption.
High gradients can also be driven with it and very high recuperation can be achieved.
I also think it's very good, because ZF avoids the extreme HP / KW / PS madness!

Finally e-drives again with ecological multi-speed gearboxes!
You only have to look at the history and you will find that back then it started with 2 or 3 gears up to the current 10 gears.

Personally I like my Rover 25 ICE with 100HP - 5-speed switch and as its BEV successor I would only want identical HP and switches.
If the OEMs don't bring multi-speed gearboxes, I'll convert one of my Rover 25s to a 100HP BEV - with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
With it I can also drive ecologically on the GERMAN AUTOBAHN at 202 km/h.

A loyal reader from Germany wishes you a nice day.


My intention was directed at more efficiency and less weight not only for motor vehicles but for aviational purposes as well; every kg saved enables improved range.
Back in the fifties of the past century, I shared your enthusiasm for gear shift transmissions. My dad owned an Oldsmobile and a Ford pick-up. I had a definite preference for the pick-up with "four on the floor" to the complacent hydramatic of the "Olds"but that has been long since.
As time progresses, views, opinions and perceptions change. In the mean time I've developed a preference for the uninterrupted flow of power from the "drive to the wheels" as offered from modern BEVs.
Have a good day!

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