ZF Commercial Vehicle Solutions announced the beginning of a significant partnership with Freudenberg e-Power Systems, a primary company when it comes to fuel cells and battery systems. The partners will develop clean e-Drive ‘powerpack’ solutions, consisting of a fuel cell and drivetrain system, as well as
share components for a variety of applications. The initial focus of the agreement is to develop a highly integrated fuel cell e-drive solution for commercial vehicles.

What ZF and Freudenberg will do in the fuel cell sector

More into details, Freudenberg will offer scalable e-power systems in kit form with various power outputs,
ZF will offer complete electric driveline systems of up to 360 kW continuous power. This is in line with ZF’s new CeTrax 2 electric central drive for heavy-duty vehicles. By the way, here’s our report from ZF’s recent press event in Jeversen.

“Together with Freudenberg, we can offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ solution enabling manufacturers to quickly bring e-mobility solutions to market and supporting the industry’s transformation towards a more sustainable future”, said Wilhelm Rehm, ZF Board Member with responsibility for Commercial Vehicle Solutions, Industrial Technology and Materials Management.

Statements from the partners

“We are investing heavily in the mobility of the future. In battery, hydrogen and fuel cell technology as well as in the development of high-tech components for electric vehicles. The long-term cooperation
with ZF agreed-upon today underscores the strategic importance and growth potential that we at Freudenberg see in this sector,” explained Mohsen Sohi, CEO of the Freudenberg Group.

The pilot phase of the cooperation agreement is currently underway with prototypes for bus and truck demonstration vehicles being developed. The first prototype is expected by 2023. This corresponds to
ZF’s already announced fuel cell partnership for the development of a coach prototype as part of the HyFleet project.

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