So on a more technical and mechanical side of the automotive industry, ZF has big plans for their transmissions over the next five or six years, planning a new plug-in hybrid transmission for 2025, and they’re ready to spend a lot of money in the process. And when we say a lot of money, we mean a lot of money!
ZF Friedrichshafen, which can also be referred to simply as the ZF Group are known to many, but at the same time, are known less to so many more of you, but make no mistake, the work they do is extremely avant-garde and the technological advances they’ve made in the automotive and engineering field over the years has garnered them quite the reputation. And while they're not a household name, per se, they’ve been around for a long time, as they’ve been applying their trade to the market for a whopping hundred years and counting. Founded in 1915 in Friedrichshafen, West Germany, this company is primarily known for the research and development they do, as well as providing state of the art drivetrain and chassis technology to commercial and popular automotive manufacturers.
Needless to say, they know their stuff.
In general, Hybrid vehicles have had mixed reviews in the past and have had their fair share of supporters and of course, quite a few who have been opposed to the idea, many unwilling to let go of the standard combustion engine. And we won’t even get started on the lukewarm, wishy-washy reviews and dare we say it, lack of support that Tesla, the electric car company, has been receiving over the last few years.
But ZF definitely feels that a hybrid transmission is the wave of the future, and are fully committed to the design.
In a statement made, ZF CEO, Wolf-Henning Scheider, noted: “… I believe in hybrids as a solution for the family car where you have both long distance and electric driving. We call it the EVplus or the ‘people’s hybrid’ …”
The beauty of having a hybrid engine such as this one, is that the driver will get the best of both worlds, creating a semblance or exactly the perfect vehicle, pulling first from the EVPlus technology, which is being stated as having 100 kilometers or 62 miles of distance capabilities functioning for the first portion of functionality in “full –electric mode,” as europe.autonews.com reports, and when the electric battery power runs out, the vehicle will then run solely on the combustion engine.
The company would like to have the transmission developed in time for an earlier release, but it seems like it will be slated for 2025. ZF currently makes transmission systems for BMW, Land Rover, and of course Audi, among others. Many feel that these companies will be the first to tap into the new hybrid transmission designs, but only time will tell.
Who knows, maybe the future will bring nothing but hybrids, the world over. How you feel about that is entirely up to you, dear reader.