ZF and Freudenberg companion on gas cell drives


ZF’s Business Car Options (CVS) division introduced a joint improvement settlement with gas cell and battery techniques provider, Freudenberg e-Energy Methods. The companions will develop clear e-Drive ‘powerpack’ options, consisting of a gas cell and drivetrain system, in addition to share elements for quite a lot of purposes.

The partnership combines the core competencies of two corporations with Freudenberg’s experience in gas cell and battery techniques and ZF’s electrical elements together with drivelines, inverters, converters, compressors, software program Power Administration Methods in addition to the flexibility to combine and harmonize the techniques in between, additional enhancing working effectivity and sustainability.


The preliminary focus of the settlement is to develop a extremely built-in gas cell e-drive answer for business autos. Whereas Freudenberg will provide scalable e-power techniques in equipment kind with varied energy outputs, ZF will provide full electrical driveline techniques of as much as 360 kW steady energy. That is consistent with ZF’s new CeTrax 2 electrical central drive for heavy-duty autos. (Earlier publish.)

ZF’s cooperation with Freudenberg will develop extremely built-in gas cell e-drive options for the business automobile trade. By lowering producers’ improvement and venture prices, our powerpack options will even assist to decrease the Whole Value of Possession.

—Wilhelm Rehm, ZF Board Member with duty for Business Car Options, Industrial Know-how and Supplies Administration

We’re investing closely within the mobility of the long run. In battery, hydrogen and gas cell expertise in addition to within the improvement of high-tech elements for electrical autos. The long-term cooperation with ZF agreed-upon right now underscores the strategic significance and progress potential that we at Freudenberg see on this sector.

—Dr. Mohsen Sohi, CEO of the Freudenberg Group

The pilot section of the cooperation settlement is at the moment underway with prototypes for bus and truck demonstration autos being developed. The primary prototype is anticipated by 2023. This corresponds to ZF’s already introduced gas cell partnership for the event of a coach prototype as a part of the HyFleet venture.


Relating to decarbonization, ZF sees a transparent pattern in the direction of gas cell expertise as a result of longer vary and sooner refueling instances it affords. By 2030, the Group estimates a worldwide share of this expertise to be 20% for heavy-duty business autos. Consequently, ZF will proceed to take a versatile, open-minded strategy to gas cell expertise as a drive answer to assist this transformation.

This versatile strategy to power supply differentiation can also be key to ZF and Freudenberg’s partnership which affords many advantages for producers internationally. Including a collectively developed built-in gas cell eDrive to ZF’s complete eMobility portfolio signifies that all the important thing electrified {hardware} and software program options prospects require to remodel their product portfolio can be found from a one-stop supply. Eliminating the producers want for pricey R&D, venture administration and lowering integration efforts, the extremely built-in eDrive expertise guarantees to assist decrease the Whole Value of Possession.


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