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ZF’s CeTrax lite begins series production for light-duty CEVs

April 13, 2023
ZF’s CeTrax lite electric central drive is tailor-made for light-duty commercial vehicles for emission-free urban and inner-city transportation. The first applications will hit the road in the new Isuzu ELF EV.

ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division announced that its new CeTrax lite electric central drive has entered series production.

Using synergies from ZF’s development and production of passenger car drives, the new driveline is adapted to use in light commercial vehicles. Designed as a highly integrated electric drive, CeTrax lite has already received orders from Asia and the Americas, the company said in a press release. The production started in Friedrichshafen, Germany, using ZF’s competence coming from passenger car technology, the company added.

See also: ZF advances automated, electric technologies for commercial vehicles

“As an electric central drive, CeTrax lite allows our customers to electrify their existing vehicle platforms. This proves our technical approach and further demonstrates the trust customers are placing in our electric solutions,” said Winfried Gründler, head of product line for driveline systems with ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division.

“Designed for silent, emission-free inner-city and last-mile freight delivery, CeTrax lite provides leading levels of performance and efficiency. As such it represents an important new milestone in our ‘Next Generation Mobility’ strategy and reinforces our commitment to decarbonization of the industry,” Gründler added.

Designed for light commercial vehicles up to 7.5 tons, CeTrax lite has a peak performance of 150 kW and just over 1,100-lb.-ft. of torque. According to ZF, the compact design of CeTrax lite helps maximize space for electric components and batteries. The module is a fully integrated system, housing the electric motor as well as a one-speed transmission stage and power electronics.

Isuzu is one of the first OEM customers to install the drive in its new ELF EV.
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