ZF is a class-leading vehicle and technology systems company based in Friedrichshafen, Germany, known within the industry for their innovative transmissions and electric vehicle components.
Like many large companies today, it sees autonomous vehicles leading the future of affordable mobility. Not wanting to be left behind, they recently introduced their e.GO People Mover. An electric minibus, which will be fitted with autonomous-driving features. It’s expected to hit the road, with the first test taking place in fall 2019.
Earlier this year, ZF announced a majority stake in 2getthere, a Dutch supplier of autonomous electric passenger transportation systems. “The investment was an important step for us as 2getthere has more than 30 years of experience in the autonomous passenger transport market as well as unique engineering and software skills,” said Wolf-Henning Scheider, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen. The autonomous vehicles from 2getthere have already transported more than 14 million passengers in several major cities around the world.
ZF has also seen an increase in interest from vehicle manufactures for their established products like their 8-speed automatic transmission for electrified passenger cars. They even recently signed a supply contract with BMW for its enhanced 8-speed automatic transmission, including a hybrid variant. This long-term contract represents the largest order of automatic transmissions in ZF’s history. Additionally, they are continuing to see strong demand for their electrical portal axle for city buses and have recently won several new orders from bus manufacturers.
With their innovative new autonomous e.GO electric vehicle, increased demand for their electrical drive units and continued investment in electric mobility companies, it’s safe to say ZF is going all-in on an electric tomorrow. To stay relevant in the future, all companies need to adjust for tomorrow’s market trends now. With these new ventures and investments, I think it’s safe to say ZF is making the appropriate commitments now to remain a leader in the vehicle systems and technology sectors.