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ZF elec­tri­fies buses in Lon­don and the US

ZF is high­light­ing two mar­ket suc­cesses for its tried-and-tested AxTrax AVE elec­tric por­tal axle. Ini­tially, 31 of the fa­mous red Lon­don dou­ble-decker buses will be equipped with this tech­nol­ogy and glide through the city pow­ered solely by elec­tric­ity. The elec­tric buses will be built by British man­u­fac­turer Optare and com­ply with one of the strictest emis­sions reg­u­la­tions world­wide. The sec­ond suc­cess is marked by a new chap­ter in the part­ner­ship be­tween ZF and New Flyer of Amer­ica, Inc., the lead­ing North Amer­i­can city bus man­u­fac­turer. The trans­port as­so­ci­a­tions of sev­eral ma­jor U.S. cities have or­dered 100 buses from the Xcel­sior CHARGE model se­ries equipped with ZF’s AxTrax AVE elec­tric por­tal axle.

“ZF sup­plies purely elec­tric drive sys­tems, es­pe­cially which meet the strictest emis­sions reg­u­la­tions for ur­ban me­trop­o­lises. The AxTrax AVE drive axle is an ideal so­lu­tion for man­u­fac­tur­ers and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to shape their lo­cal in­nercity traf­fic with zero emis­sions, while at the same time pro­vid­ing an at­trac­tive mo­bil­ity of­fer. I am de­lighted that Lon­don and other me­trop­o­lises in the U.S. have now also cho­sen to work with ZF as a part­ner,” said Fredrik Staedtler, head of the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Tech­nol­ogy Di­vi­sion at ZF.

Thirty-one new model buses will be equipped with the AxTrax AVE – ZF’s pow­er­ful and quiet drive with zero lo­cal emis­sions. The po­ten­tial re­mains huge as Lon­don plans all buses in the city cen­tre to be elec­tri­cally pow­ered by 2037. ZF and the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer New Flyer of Amer­ica, Inc. have co­op­er­ated for over 20 years to build pow­er­ful and ef­fi­cient buses. A to­tal of 100 buses from the Xcel­sior CHARGE model se­ries will be de­liv­ered to pub­lic trans­port com­pa­nies in sev­eral U.S. cities by 2020. Th­ese in­clude the Los An­ge­les County Metropoli­tan Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity, King County Metro Tran­sit in Seat­tle, Mass­a­chu­setts Bay Trans­porta­tion Au­thor­ity in Bos­ton and Metro Tran­sit in Min­neapo­lis.

The AxTrax AVE was in­tro­duced for the first time in 2012 and has been suc­cess­fully de­ployed around the world ever since. The elec­tric drive axle can be com­bined with hy­brid as well as fuel cell con­fig­u­ra­tions or be pow­ered by a bat­tery. Due to the flat de­sign, man­u­fac­tur­ers have a great deal of free­dom when it comes to de­sign­ing the in­te­rior. As a sys­tem sup­plier, ZF can also de­liver the ap­pro­pri­ate hard­ware and soft­ware to op­ti­mally align per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency and ser­vice life of the drive, the com­pany said.

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