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ZF reveals electric truck prototype developed for the Japanese market

Auto News - Published on Thu, 25 Apr 2019

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ZF Japan Co Ltd announced that the company has developed an electric light commercial vehicle specifically for the Japanese market. Driven by its slogan, ZF electrifies everything, the company has been electrifying a wide range of systems not only for passenger cars and commercial vehicles but also for industrial machines. This prototype vehicle has been developed by ZF Japan's engineering team at their Tech Center in Yokohama, collaborating with a team in ZF HQ in Germany in order to satisfy Japan’s unique requirements. The “CeTrax lite,” developed based on ZF's electric drive for passenger vehicles, is an electric drive for light commercial vehicles (LCVs) with a GTW of up to 7.5 tons. Through ZF's systematic approach of integrating an electric motor, power electronics, transmission and cooling system, the company achieved a compact and light driveline unit with a total weight of 120kg.

An asynchronous motor equipped with the prototype truck generates 150kW and 380Nm ensuring the same level of performance as ICEs in this class while also realising local zero emissions and low noise output. ZF believes this electric truck definitively satisfies the needs of Japanese LCV manufacturers and fleet operators. These needs include delivery to 24 hour stores in residential areas both in the early morning or late at night, frequent stop-and-go style driving to fill drinks in vending machines, parcel home deliveries, and so on. The driveline has enough power, low noise output, and energy efficiency to make the CeTrax lite an invaluable asset to Japanese customers.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 25 Apr 2019
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