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New ZF drivelines for the electrification of emergency vehicles

The ZF Group is presenting its solutions for the connectivity of rescue services and for the electrification of emergency vehicles at an upcoming trade show in Germany.

The company will showcase the ZF Rescue Connect connectivity solution, a new modular driveline system for emergency vehicles, and the new generation of the EcoLife Offroad 2 transmission.

ZF will also be represented at the trade show’s ‘Smart Public Safety Hub’, where the focus will be on the ZF Rescue Connect.

ZF Rescue Connect digitally networks rescue services during their operations and provides them with all important status information relating to deployed vehicles and equipment in real time.

The digital solution is specially designed for manufacturers of emergency vehicles, rescue equipment, and mission-specific software. Vendor-agnostic solutions can also be beneficial for organisations carrying out safety and security work for both state and federal authorities.

ZF says its Rescue Connect helps incident commanders and decision-makers alike handle day-to-day tasks as well as major incidents. It also lowers overall operating costs and increases the speed and focus of operations.

ZF’s new modular driveline system for off-road vehicles is designed for hybrid or all-electric driving. It comprises a modular system of gearboxes and transfer cases as well as the corresponding power and control electronics.

This includes the new generation of the EcoLife Offroad 2 driveline (or alternatively TraXon), the TC 27 and ADM 2 transfer cases as well as the all-electric CeTrax central drive with integrated power and control electronics.

The EcoLife Offroad 2 is the successor to ZF’s successful transmission in the heavy-duty special vehicle segment. The seven-speed automatic transmission delivers robust power transmission under the toughest off-road conditions.

Through extensive optimisation, ZF says it has increased torque to 3,000 newton metres while simultaneously reducing costs. ZF is presenting the new driveline technology to the public for the first time at Interschutz 2022 in Hanover, Germany.