At Automechanika Frankfurt 2018, the Aftermarket Division of ZF, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, will not only present world premieres like Electric Blue, the innovative new brake pad generation for electric vehicles, but also compelling expertise regarding new drive concepts and service offers to digitalize workshop business.
Eighteen months after the integration of ZF Services and TRW Aftermarket and the subsequent formation of ZF Aftermarket, the organization has proved it is perfectly equipped to shape the future of mobility of the aftermarket.
Dr. Ulrich Walz, head of product and market at ZF Aftermarket, said: “As a ZF division we are involved in developing automotive technology at an early stage.
“Whether autonomous taxis, electrically powered buses or the cross-linking of different modes of transport – ZF solutions guide the new mobility and advance its technologies.
“The Group’s motto: ‘see. think. act.’ also determines our actions in the aftermarket.
“We can see which direction the market is moving which lets us proactively conceptualize and implement new solution approaches for products and services.”
Electric Blue for electric vehicles
At Frankfurt, ZF’s TRW brand will premiere a new generation of brake pads for electric vehicles under the name Electric Blue.
This innovation reduces braking noise inside the vehicle; which in electric vehicles can be heard more clearly due to the lack of engine noise.
These are supplied as standard together with noise supressing accessories.
In addition to improved noise quality, the combination of the bespoke brake pad material and blue shims emits up to 45 per cent less particulate emissions during the braking process.
The brake pads will be available for the 15 most popular electric vehicles by September 2018, and by the end of the year 97 per cent of the European passenger car parc will be covered.
Markus Wittig, head of the independent aftermarket business unit (IAM) at ZF Aftermarket, said: “We will see an increase in electrically powered vehicles and transportation systems that are highly automated or even driving autonomously.
“We are shaping the mobility of tomorrow.
“Another example, the e.GO Mover is the first vehicle featuring ZF systems which enables an autonomous mobility concept for cities, and it is ready for volume production.”
As part of the joint venture e.GO Moove GmbH, ZF develops, produces and distributes the electrically powered and self-driving ‘mover’ for people and goods in cooperation with e.GO Mobile AG, based in Aachen.
The prototype for the e.GO Mover will be a further highlight at the Automechanika trade fair booth.
German TV stars, Holger Parsch and Hans-Jürgen Faul – known to millions as ‘The Car Doctors’ – will be ZF’s guests of honour at this year’s show.
Stand visitors will also be able to meet members of the ZF [pro]Tech team and see how the concept is offering its partners in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain and Spain true added value to ensure that they remain competitive.
The introduction of the workshop concept in other countries is planned for 2019.
Information will also be available about ZF Aftermarket’s recently launched rewards program ZF [pro]Points.
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