ZF Accelerates Towards Next Generation Mobility

ZF Accelerates Towards Next Generation Mobility
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ZF Accelerates City Buses and Coaches Towards Next Generation Mobility

This article first appeared in the Bus-News magazine, Issue 1 2023.

Underlining its support for city bus and coach manufacturers as well as fleet operators worldwide, ZF is taking its extensive portfolio of advanced systems and solutions to the next level.

Advancing the global technology leader’s ‘Next Generation Mobility’ strategy, ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division is leveraging its unique capabilities to bring the sector’s autonomous, connected and electric future ever closer.

Far from simply outlining the technologies of tomorrow, ZF is already bringing many of these innovations to our roads and highways. It also has a clear road map for the future advancement of cutting- edge bus and coach technologies. This includes raising and setting new industry benchmarks for the safety and efficiency of people transportation, thereby delivering significant advantages for all types of coach and city bus applications.

Setting a New Benchmark in Coach Efficiency

The second generation of ZF’s proven six-speed automatic transmission, EcoLife CoachLine, is now available and has established an advanced new industry benchmark in coach transmission system performance and efficiency. Suitable for all types of coach application, whether operating in a city, intercity or on steep mountain track, it offers significant advantages for customers. In addition to enabling outstanding passenger comfort, fuel savings of up to three percent over the previous-generation EcoLife are possible.

This is thanks to EcoLife CoachLine’s innovative start/ stop function which saves fuel during the entire transmission service life. The powershift transmission also has an optimal gear ratio spread, from 3.36 to 0.59. This is powerfully combined with a high level of mechanical efficiency, ensuring that the vehicle always operates within the optimal range of engine speed.

Dr Jochen Witzig who is responsible for transmission systems at ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division, said:

“Environmentally and economically smart, EcoLife CoachLine sets a new standard of transmission performance, efficiency and driving comfort for even the most demanding coach applications, from city streets to mountain roads.”

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