"Not every battery-electric drive makes sense for heavy duty trucks"
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The electrified powertrain is changing the supplier landscape as never before. In an interview, Winfried Gründler, head of the business unit Truck and Van Powertrain Technology and of the Electro-Mobility Project House, describes how ZF is using the synergies between passenger car, commercial vehicle and industrial applications in order to render electro-mobility economically attractive regarding the total cost of ownership for all commercial vehicle applications.
ATZheavyduty _ Heavy duty vehicles are slowly beginning to dare to run in pure electric mode on the road. Why did this take so long?
Gründler _ There are several reasons and they are weighted differently depending on the area of application. They are primarily the costs, which are currently not covered by grants. One of the main prerequisites for the market introduction of innovation is thus not fulfilled. New technology normally has to pay its way within two years. And this is not the case for electro-mobility in the...