ZF begins series production of electric drives for LCVs

Designed for light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons, CeTrax lite has a peak performance of 150 kW and a torque of 1500 Nm; first application with Isuzu for its new ELF EV.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 13 Apr 2023 Views icon4743 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division has announced that its new CeTrax lite electric central drive has entered series production.

Using synergies from ZF’s development and production of passenger car drives, the new driveline is adapted to use in light commercial vehicles. Designed as a highly integrated electric drive, CeTrax lite provides significant advantages for manufacturers worldwide, particularly supporting emission-free urban and ‘last-mile’ deliveries. The technology has already received orders from Asia and the Americas. The production started in Friedrichshafen, using the Groups competence coming from passenger car technology.

“As an electric central drive, CeTrax lite allows our customers to electrify their existing vehicle platforms. This proves our technical approach and further demonstrates the trust customers are placing in our electric solutions,” said Winfried Grundler, Head of Product Line for Driveline Systems with ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division.

“Designed for silent, emission-free inner-city and ‘last mile’ freight delivery, CeTrax lite provides leading levels of performance and efficiency. As such it represents an important new milestone in our ‘Next Generation Mobility’ strategy and reinforces our commitment to decarbonization of the industry,” added Grundler.

ZF has already bagged business for CeTrax lite. Isuzu is to equip its new ELF EV with CeTrax lite.

CeTrax lite designed for LCVs up to 7.5 tons
Providing a smart ‘turn-key’ solution to support the needs of light-duty commercial vehicles, ZF’s CeTrax lite technology supports the architectures of conventionally fueled vehicles as well as manufacturers’ electrification strategies. Leveraging in-house developed components and wider eMobility system synergies including sharing test benches in Friedrichshafen.

Designed for light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons, CeTrax lite has a peak performance of 150 kW and a torque of 1500 Nm. The optimised compact design of CeTrax lite helps maximize space for electric components and batteries. The module is a fully integrated system, housing the electric motor as well as a 1-speed transmission stage and power electronics. In addition to its enhanced flexibility, the system offers a light-weight design at around 120 kg.

One of the first customers, Japanese manufacturer Isuzu will install the drive in its new ELF EV.

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