ZF at Bus and Coach Show

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ZF Ser­vices Aus­tralia used the 2016 Aus­tralian Bus & Coach Show to re­in­force its com­mit­ment to new tech­nolo­gies and the con­tin­u­ous pur­suit of in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions.

Shar­ing the spot­light on ZF’s stand were its AVE 130 low-floor elec­tric por­tal axle and EcoLife trans­mis­sion, both of which are in­no­va­tive prod­ucts de­signed to lower emis­sions and re­duce fuel us­age.

The AVE 130 made an im­pact on the Aus­tralasian bus mar­ket in 2015, when it was fit­ted as orig­i­nal equip­ment on Aus­tralia’s first all-elec­tric bus by Bustech – one of ZF’s ma­jor cus­tomers in Aus­tralia.

Of­fer­ing op­er­a­tors com­plete flex­i­bil­ity, its rev­o­lu­tion­ary liq­uid-cooled elec­tric mo­tors, in­te­grated di­rectly into the axle can be fed from dif­fer­ent power sources.

In ad­di­tion to plug-in bat­tery op­er­a­tion, with or with­out a range ex­ten­der, en­ergy can be sup­plied by fuel cells or over­head ca­bles with the ap­pro­pri­ate in­fra­struc­ture.

Be­sides emis­sion-free driv­ing, ZF’s AVE 130 of­fers ad­di­tional ad­van­tage in stop-start traf­fic with its high-torque elec­tric mo­tors set­ting full loaded buses in mo­tion quickly. When brak­ing, they switch to gen­er­a­tor mode and gain back valu­able brak­ing en­ergy.

Also en­gi­neered to im­prove per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy is ZF’s EcoLife six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, suit­able for ev­ery bus ap­pli­ca­tion, whether it be city driv­ing or long-dis­tance hauls.

With its in­no­va­tive start/stop func­tion, in­tu­itive soft­ware and hard­ware pack­age, EcoLife is the pre­ferred com­po­nent of choice by lead­ing bus and coach man­u­fac­tur­ers.

EcoLife comes with the to­pog­ra­phy­de­pen­dent TopoDyn Life shift con­trol sys­tem, which en­sures the ve­hi­cle is in the cor­rect gear for any given ter­rain, pro­vid­ing mul­ti­ple ad­van­tages for op­er­a­tors and pas­sen­gers.

An­other ad­van­tage of ZF EcoLife trans­mis­sions is that they are de­signed to be com­pat­i­ble with fu­ture hy­brid tech­nolo­gies.

To de­crease main­tenance and op­er­at­ing costs and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, as well as in­creas­ing per­for­mance, ZF’s EcoLife trans­mis­sion has a matched trans­mis­sion fluid, Ecofluid A Life, which was also dis­played at the show.

ZF Ecofluid A Life is an ex­tremely pow­er­ful and sta­ble trans­mis­sion oil that en­sures op­ti­mal per­for­mance, whether it be in cases of city driv­ing with stop-start traf­fic, chal­leng­ing coun­try routes, long jour­neys, or ex­treme cli­mate con­di­tions.

Cap­ping off ZF’s com­pre­hen­sive dis­play was Lem­förder steer­ing and sus­pen­sion prod­ucts, as well as Sachs clutches and shock ab­sorbers.

“ZF has been sup­port­ing the Aus­tralian and New Zealand bus and coach mar­kets for 30 years and we look for­ward to sup­ply­ing and ser­vic­ing the in­dus­try for many more years to come,” Mark Sookias, man­ag­ing direc­tor at ZF Ser­vices Aus­tralia said.

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