ZF is highlighting two market successes for its tried-and-tested AxTrax AVE electric portal axle. Initially, 31 of the famous red London double-decker buses will be equipped with this technology and glide through the city powered solely by electricity. The electric buses will be built by British manufacturer Optare and comply with one of the strictest emissions regulations worldwide. The second success is marked by a new chapter in the partnership between ZF and New Flyer of America, Inc., the leading North American city bus manufacturer. The transport associations of several major U.S. cities have ordered 100 buses from the Xcelsior CHARGE model series equipped with ZF’s AxTrax AVE electric portal axle.
“ZF supplies purely electric drive systems, especially which meet the strictest emissions regulations for urban metropolises. The AxTrax AVE drive axle is an ideal solution for manufacturers and municipalities to shape their local inner-city traffic with zero emissions, while at the same time providing an attractive mobility offer. I am delighted that London and other metropolises in the U.S. have now also chosen to work with ZF as a partner,” said Fredrik Staedtler, head of the Commercial Vehicle Technology Division at ZF.
Thirty-one new model buses will be equipped with the AxTrax AVE – ZF’s powerful and quiet drive with zero local emissions. The potential remains huge as London plans all buses in the city centre to be electrically powered by 2037. ZF and the vehicle manufacturer New Flyer of America, Inc. have cooperated for over 20 years to build powerful and efficient buses. A total of 100 buses from the Xcelsior CHARGE model series will be delivered to public transport companies in several U.S. cities by 2020. These include the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, King County Metro Transit in Seattle, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston and Metro Transit in Minneapolis.
The AxTrax AVE was introduced for the first time in 2012 and has been successfully deployed around the world ever since. The electric drive axle can be combined with hybrid as well as fuel cell configurations or be powered by a battery. Due to the flat design, manufacturers have a great deal of freedom when it comes to designing the interior. As a system supplier, ZF can also deliver the appropriate hardware and software to optimally align performance, efficiency and service life of the drive, the company said.