Transmission Evolution for Commercial Vehicles: ZF PowerLine Goes Into Production
Having anticipated the trend, ZF’s Powerline satisfies todays move towards the greater automation of commercial vehicles, worldwide. This new transmission was first introduced in 2016, and only four years later, series production has begun. Andreas Moser, responsible for ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Technology division, is pleased about the start of production and adds: “With PowerLine we have developed an innovative, robust, and efficient transmission for the world market. Customer reactions to it are extremely positive.” Production of the transmission recently started in Friedrichshafen, and from 2023, the transmission will also be manufactured in ZF’s Gray Court facility.
Powerful. Efficient. Reliable.
ZF Powerline is suitable for engines with up to 1200 Nm and thus serves the commercial vehicle segments of medium-heavy trucks, pickups, and buses. In terms of segment-related weight, PowerLine sets few limits for manufacturers: Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (gm) of up to 26 tons can be equipped with the transmission system. A consumption-reducing overall ratio spread of 7.64 combined with early closing of the torque converter contribute significantly to this. 150 kg without heat exchanger the ZF innovation sets new standards in terms of power-to-weight ratio.
Dec 11, 2020 at 16:24