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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck


Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.

Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class


The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

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ZF outlines the role of newly formed E-Mobility division

At the start of 2016, ZF combined all of its activities regarding e-mobility solutions in a new division, whose focus is to develop and produce integrated solutions such as hybrid and all-electric axle drives for passenger cars. The portfolio also includes electronic transmission control units and their associated control elements. With this, ZF is leading the way to becoming one of the leading e-mobility suppliers in China by 2020.

“By bringing all activities relating to the electrification of cars and commercial vehicles under one roof, we are giving a clear message to the market in terms of the huge significance of these future technologies,” said ZF CEO Dr Stefan Sommer. "E-mobility is coming – and may be closer than we think given the current debate on car emissions and legal limits." The new E-division and its corporate structure shows how seriously ZF is taking the step-change from conventional drive technology to e-mobility, according to Sommer.

The Electronic Systems and Electric Traction Drive business units form the core of the new E-Mobility division. The division also includes an ‘E-Mobility system house‘, which bundles various e-mobility projects from the entire ZF Group.

"With many automotive markets worldwide, e-mobility is still a niche market," said Jörg Grotendorst, head of the new ZF E-Mobility Division. "However, this will quickly change when lawmakers introduce stricter international emissions limits in the coming years."

The demand for electrically-powered vehicles will also grow rapidly in China, which is a growth market where ZF can play a part. "We want to be one of the leading e-mobility suppliers in China by 2020," stated Grotendorst. With this goal, the division has already established sales and development structures, and the on-site team, which benefits from the ZF Group's existing strong presence in China, will be further expanded in the coming years. The objective is to localize in regards to developing and producing solutions required by the market. 

ZF also statest that in addition to electric motors, hybrid transmissions, transmission control units and control elements, it is soon to produce an all-electric drive system, which will enter volume production for a European vehicle manufacturer in 2018.

April 29, 2016

29 April 2016


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