Electric Mobility and Technology Systems for Buses and Coaches
ZF is a global technology company and supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.
In the four technology domains Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies different kinds of vehicles. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions and protecting the climate.
ZF, which acquired WABCO Holdings Inc. on May 29, 2020, now has 160,000 employees worldwide with approximately 260 locations in 41 countries. In 2019, the two then-independent companies achieved sales of €36.5 billion (ZF) and $3.4 billion (WABCO).
Next Generation Electrification of Mobility
Megatrends, like digitalization, are changing the mobility industry faster than expected. As a technology company, this requires us to develop new products faster and work together more efficiently. To make this successful, we have developed our “Next Generation Mobility” strategy: the basis for all business decisions.
It also defines our goal:
A clean and safe mobility. Automated, convenient and affordable. For everyone, everywhere.
We are active in four technology fields: Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Electric Mobility and Automated Driving.
Digitalization and the Internet of Things (IoT) enable us to use our technologies not only in all mobility applications, but also in industrial technology.
Technologies by ZF for Buses and Coaches
With innovative chassis, driveline and steering technology, ZF supports manufacturers and fleet operators by increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
Electric Drive Solutions: Committed to Sustainability
As a one stop shop for a variety of turnkey electric and hybrid driveline systems, ZF helps to reduce CO2 emissions across a wide field of possible applications, from buses for urban public transport to coaches for long travel tours.
Electrification Solutions for Every Vehicle – ZF Electrifications Systems Include More Than the Driveline
The electrification of the driveline can no longer be stopped. Fully electric and hybrid electric drivelines are the key to ensuring transport and logistics services can be provided in the future, especially in urban areas. To achieve this, ZF develops and supplies core components and complete systems for all vehicle types.
From light vans to city buses to heavy duty trucks – ZF offers a wide variety of systems for electric drivelines. In this context, the company’s range of products covers every stage of electrification. The hybrid module of the ZF 8P automatic transmission is available both in a mild version with an additional 20 kW of electric power and with 90 kW for driving completely electrically. Electric rear axle modules such as AxTrax AVE (trucks, buses) can replace a conventional rear axle in existing vehicle platforms and make emission-free driving possible. CeTrax is a central electric drive specially developed for commercial vehicles.
Buses with electric drives can already significantly reduce the level of pollution and noise in urban areas. Electric drives from ZF, such as CeTrax and AxTrax AVE, allow clean and electric drives to even be used on the basis of existing platforms.
ZF OPENMATICS Mobility Connectivity
Managing your fleet in real time, tracking both internal and external supply chains, planning capacity and maintenance of your vehicles predictively.
Our comprehensive telematic systems let you manage fleets with ease. Never lose sight of location, condition or current load of your vehicles, be they fuel-powered or electric. For bus enterprises, we also help entertain your passengers by supplying onboard units and digital services for streaming and browsing the internet.
Additionally, our diagnostics and maintenance tools help fleet operators and workshops to anticipate, plan and perform repairs and upkeep efficiently.
All ZF OPENMATICS end-to-end solutions combine cost-effective, robust and easy to integrate hardware with user-friendly programs that offer versatile analysis tools.
Mobility Entertainment with Roadcaster
With a new generation of entertainment system, ZF OPENMATICS turns your touring coach into a first-class retreat: Our smart connectivity solution Roadcaster lets your passengers watch multimedia content or browse the internet via stable, onboard WiFi access.
Fleet management smarter than ever before: Our comprehensive ZF OPENMATICS telematics tool allows bus and coach operators to handle their fleets with maximal efficiency. Both our tried and tested Bach telematics box and the advanced VCU Pro Onboard Unit are compatible with buses and coaches, no matter if they are powered conventionally or electrically, and help you reduce costs by ensuring intelligent fuel consumption, predictive maintenance and safe operation.
How safe is your bus drivers’ driving style? Our Driver Feedback Device offers the perfect addition to the ZF OPENMATICS telematics system: Receive note if the drivers violate defined parameters and save fuel and maintenance costs by ensuring an economical driving style.