ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division is showcasing its new electric trailer concept at the NUFAM commercial vehicle trade show in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The ZF electrified trailer solution is made possible by integrating ZF’s AxTrax 2 electric axle with a modular battery system box for recuperation and traction support.
Thanks to its ability to recuperate energy from braking, ZF says the system can effectively convert a heavy-duty diesel truck into a hybrid vehicle, generating up to 16 per cent fuel and CO2 savings, while the optional plug-in variant can save up to 40 per cent.
ZF adds that the trailer also provides benefits for zero-emissions electrified heavy trucks by extending their range.
“Electrification for trailers is an innovative solution to decarbonise road freight transport in the very near future,” said Dr. Bernd Meurer, responsible for the electric trailer program at ZF.
“Instead of solely being pulled by the truck, the new approach provides additional traction while generating fuel savings, reducing CO2 emissions and improving sustainability.”