ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions (CVS) division has signed a long-term agreement with Volta Trucks for some of the core systems and components in the all-electric Volta Zero.
“Agile, new truck manufacturers like Volta Trucks need strong partners in their supplier base, helping them to reduce R&D costs and shorten the time-to-market by offering turn-key solutions, as well as related application engineering and testing support. With the commercial vehicle industry’s broadest product portfolio providing a favorable mix of established and innovative solutions, ZF is well-positioned to accompany commercial vehicle manufacturers on their way towards increasing levels of electrification, automation, and digitalization. We are proud to partner with such an innovative brand like Volta Trucks to support the industry’s transformation towards zero emissions and zero accidents”, said Peter Laier, Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Solutions division.
Ellie Pittson, Purchasing Director at Volta Trucks said, “As a disruptive all-electric manufacturer that is bringing a vehicle to market at an industry-setting pace, partnering with trusted automotive suppliers such as ZF will be a vital part of our success.”
ZF technologies fitted to the Volta Zero have been designed and configured specifically for commercial vehicle use and form part of the key systems.
These systems include the OnGuardACTIVE Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), Electronic Braking System (EBS) including the brake pedal box, ESCsmart Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and OnHand Electro-Pneumatic Handbrake (EPH).
The OnLaneALERT Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), which enhances safety and helps to prevent unintended lane drifts, is also sourced from ZF as well as components in the steering system, including the steering column and the steering gear.
In addition, ZF’s OptiRide Electronically Controlled Air Suspension (ECAS) system fitted to the Volta Zero supports daily vehicle operations, including docking and loading procedures through automatic and manual chassis height adjustments for improved driver safety, efficiency, and comfort.
Furthermore, Volta equips its all-electric truck with ZF’s innovative axle system with independent front suspension (IFS).
ZF’s IFS axle system provides a smart ‘turnkey’ solution for new automotive customers that outsource their vehicle axles.
In support of the architectures of manufacturers’ electrification strategies, IFS maximize space for electric components and batteries.