ZF introduces eBeam Axle for pickup vehicles


ZF, addressing the demand for an electrified pickup truck answer, has created the eBeam Axle, a drop-in, electrified axle that enables automakers to remodel their present inner combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles into battery-electric autos. The eBeam’s modular answer offers 400V and 800V architectures providing flexibility for each OEMs and pickup truck clients.


In 2021, one out of each 4 autos offered within the U.S. was a medium or full-size pickup truck. To succeed in ZF’s zero emissions objective, and help the business’s sustainability targets, we knew we needed to sort out the problem of making a clear powertrain system for vehicles with out compromising the options and efficiency that truck clients anticipate. We’ve got accomplished that with the eBeam Axle.

—Jörg Trampler, program director, Electrified Powertrain Expertise, ZF Group

The e-drive system, comprising an e-motor and inverter, offers the adequate energy and torque whereas decreasing complexity, weight, and value. The 800V silicon carbide (SiC) inverters, engineered and manufactured by ZF, allow larger effectivity and diminished charging occasions, whereas the scalable e-motor helps numerous energy and torque ranges as much as 350kW and 16,000 N·m per axle.

Moreover, the eBeam Axle could be mixed with ZF’s Lively Kinematic Management (AKC) rear axle steering to reinforce consolation and driving security.


The eBeam Axle permits for a similar stage of efficiency as conventional inner combustion engine-powered pickup vehicles, particularly in towing capability, torque and clean acceleration required for hills or steep inclines, whereas offering quiet operation, one-pedal driving, unchanged floor clearance and the ruggedness anticipated from a pickup truck.

The expertise, designed by a worldwide staff of consultants with the crucial North American market in thoughts, has been developed to work in current Class 1-6 pickup vehicles however may very well be tailor-made to the brand new performance necessities of autos nonetheless below improvement.


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