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08-11-2022 | Fuel Cell | News | Article

ZF and Freudenberg Develop Fuel Cell Drives

Author: Patrick Schäfer

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Freudenberg has agreed a long-term strategic cooperation with ZF. Together, they intend to develop a complete solution for fuel cell and electric drives in commercial vehicles that is easy to integrate.

ZF has agreed a partnership with fuel cell and battery system supplier Freudenberg e-Power Systems. The companies intend to jointly develop highly integrated complete solutions for fuel cell-based e-drive trains for heavy commercial vehicles. Freudenberg is contributing its modular fuel cell and battery kits with application-specific performance to the development of these "powerpacks". ZF is contributing its complete electric powertrain including inverters, converters, compressors and software for energy management systems as well as its integration expertise.

"Together with Freudenberg, we can offer a 'one-stop-shop' solution that enables manufacturers to bring e-mobility solutions to market quickly and support the industry’s shift toward a more sustainable future", said Wilhelm Rehm, member of the ZF Board of Management responsible for Commercial Vehicle Solutions, Industrial Technology and Materials Management. In the pilot phase of the joint project, which is already underway, various truck and bus prototypes are being developed. The first test vehicle is scheduled for completion by 2023.

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