ZF produces two million electric motors

ZF produced two million electric motors, a milestone. The technology company offers a variety of electric motors to automakers, including hybrid and electric axle drives for electric passenger cars and electric mid-drives for commercial vehicles. The two million units that were produced made a substantial dent in reducing CO2 emissions.

The company launched an electric motor for a premium mild hybrid in 2008, making it the first supplier in Europe to do so on a large scale. Thanks to advancements in technology, ZF has not only expanded the range of products it offers, but also supported the trend of electrifying passenger car journeys to reduce CO2 emissions that harm the environment. This has been accompanied by huge improvements in production capacity, especially in recent years. Faced with such demand for electric mobility and an increase in tenders, ZF has adapted.

“Our production anniversary is underpinned by long-term entrepreneurial decisions and an innovative engineering spirit,” says Stephan von Schuckmann, ZF Board Member and Head of Electrified Powertrain Technology.

ZF electric motors cover a wide range of applications from mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids to purely electric drive systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. The power range is from 50 kW to 550 kW, with torques from 75 Nm to 1,500 Nm.

ZF has steadily increased electric motor production capacities at its leading plant in Schweinfurt, Germany, to keep pace with the global expansion of electric vehicle production. In recent years, the company has also commissioned major production lines in Shenyang, China, and Panevo, Serbia. Another facility is under construction in North America and is expected to start in 2023.

Electric motors are just one of the components that ZF offers to its customers, but it also has the know-how to supply complete systems and integrate electric motors into vehicle drives. In addition to power electronics and gearboxes developed and manufactured in-house, ZF offers complete axles and central drives for fully electric drives in passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

The innovation potential of electric motors has not yet been exhausted. ZF sees essential approaches in cooling. In recent years, sophisticated cooling solutions have been introduced in addition to the classic cooling jacket with water circulation.

“Currently, we are developing a solution with oil flow – to directly cool the copper wire, which is the main source of heat in electric motors,” explains Roland Hintringer, Product Line Manager Electric Motors.

Given the global increase in volumes and strong demand for electric powertrain technology, the next production milestone will soon be reached. “Our order books are well filled, the next two million units of electric motors will probably be produced in less than two years”, specifies Hintringer.

Over the typical life of a passenger car of 15 years, if these two million ZF electric motors are used instead of car drives now powered by combustion engines, they will save around 45 million tons of carbon dioxide. carbon. Renewable energy sources should be used for 25 years for a wind farm of 80 wind turbines in order to achieve the same savings potential.

Source: ZF

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