ZF unveils new hybrid transmission system for heavy commercial vehicles

In News3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 4, 2024

ZF has announced the launch of its new hybrid transmission system for heavy commercial vehicles, the TraXon 2 Hybrid.

This new hybrid transmission was invented by ZF’s Commercial Vehicles Solutions division and is a part of the well-known TraXon series. It assures significant reductions in carbon emissions, and it corresponds with the industry’s transition to sustainable mobility.

 “Thanks to our technology-open approach, the resulting broad product portfolio and the flexibility of our production facilities, we can react quickly to market changes. This enables us to combine technologies and offer our customers the optimal solution in a timely manner at every step of the transformation,” said Prof. Dr. Laier, member of the board of management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG and responsible for the commercial vehicle solutions and industrial technology division as well as the corporate production function.

Laier said theTraXon 2 Hybrid is not a a one-size-fits-all solution. “We’ll be making it available as everything from a mild hybrid to a plug-in,” he said.

TraXon 2 Hybrid is just one of several new products and services recently announced by ZF, designed to address areas such as safety and emission reduction.

In doing so it is often attempting to develop technology it has already introduced in cars – including hybrid technologies – and make it suitable for trucks.

The strategy appears to be working. Its commercial vehicle division grew by 20% in 2023, outperforming a market that grew by 15%.

“One of our greatest strengths is our flexibility and it’s an approach that is continuing to pay off,” said Dr Holger Klein, chief executive officer at ZF Group.

“We’re the pace-setters for innovation and a one-stop-shop for many of our customers.

“Together with the Industrial technology division, we have two particularly strong performing sectors that enhance our company’s success.”

Strategic plan with more focus and agility

With a long-term strategic plan, the technology group is further restructuring its organisation and accelerating development processes to adapt to the new speed of change of the industry. This new structure includes strong business units for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, the industrial sectors and an efficient aftermarket network. All segments contribute towards remaining on a successful and profitable path in the long term.