In its Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division, automotive supplier ZF has started series production of the CeTrax lite electric central drive. The first customer is the Japanese truck manufacturer Isuzu.
In designing the CeTrax lite, ZF was able to use synergies from the development and production of electric passenger car drives and adapt them for use in light commercial vehicles. Designed as a highly integrated electric drive, the electric driveline now supports commercial vehicle manufacturers in the implementation of emission-free transport in the city and on the “last mile”. ZF has already received orders from Asia and America for the product.
“As an electric central drive, CeTrax lite allows our customers to electrify their existing vehicle platforms. This proves our technical approach and is further evidence of the customers’ trust in our electric solutions,” says Winfried Gründler, head of the Powertrain Systems product division at ZF’s CVS division. Designed for quiet, emission-free inner-city transport as well as the ‘last mile’ in delivery logistics, the CeTrax lite is said to feature high performance and efficiency.
ZF’s CeTrax lite technology offers an intelligent turnkey solution for light commercial vehicles and supports both conventionally powered vehicle architectures and manufacturers’ electrification strategies. It uses in-house developed components and Group-wide e-mobility system synergies, including shared test rigs in Friedrichshafen.
The powertrain is designed for light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes and has a peak output of 150 kW and a torque of 1,500 Nm. The compact design of CeTrax lite helps to maximise the available installation space for electrical components and batteries. The drive is supplied as a fully integrated system that includes both the electric motor, a reduction gearbox and the power electronics. In addition to its flexibility, the system offers a low weight of about 120 kg.
The Japanese manufacturer Isuzu is the first customer to install the drive in the latest generation of the ELF EV light distribution truck.