FRANKFURT: ZF, the German automotive solution provider has been awarded the Automotive Innovation Award for its hybrid Transmission.
The company announced that for its 8-speed plug-in hybrid transmission, ZF was recognized as the most innovative automotive supplier in the “driveline electrification” category. Representatives from the independent Center of Automotive Management (CAM) institute and audit firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) presented company representatives with the award.
“Efficiency is one of ZF’s key development objectives, and the electrification of the driveline – whether in the form of a hybrid or an all-electric drive – is one of the company’s main levers to achieve this,” says Michael Hankel, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Production. “With our new 8-speed plug-in hybrid transmission we have made a groundbreaking step in this direction. The renowned Automotive Innovations Award once again highlights our innovative strength.”
The new plug-in hybrid transmission, which is seeing its first production application in the BMW X5 xDrive40e, is based on the advanced 8-speed automatic transmission (8HP). The torque converter in its housing is replaced with an electric motor generating up to 90 kW peak power and 45 kW continuous power – virtually without taking up any additional installation space.
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