ZF is demonstrating its multiple systems expertise as a partner in the newly founded e.GO Moove GmbH, a German start-up company that offers mobility solutions to vehicles. In addition to other innovations which ZF will show at IAA in Hanover this September, the e.GO Mover is part of an entire digital logistics offering including hardware, software and services, highlighting the company’s strategic orientation.
ZF's CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider and Dr Günther Schuh, founder and CEO of e.GO Mobile AG based in Aachen, have announced that series production will begin in Aachen in 2019. The e.Go Moove GmbH joint venture partners manufacture people and cargo movers primarily for the urban mobility needs of the future. Five-digit volumes are initially scheduled for annual production and ZF is expecting that the demand for these vehicles will reach approximately one million in the next five to seven years. The company is equipping the e.Go Mover with electric drive systems, steering systems and brakes as well as ZF’s ProAI central computer (using artificial intelligence) and sensors which enable automated driving functions.
“System providers like ZF can significantly benefit from the worldwide trend toward automated driving and electromobility. The e.GO Mover is the first production-ready vehicle featuring ZF systems which provides an autonomous mobility concept for cities,” said ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider during the ZF Technology Day 2018 in Friedrichshafen.
ZF is presenting further examples for digitally connected technologies using an autonomous, electrically-powered delivery vehicle for package delivery services. With this, the courier neither has to drive nor park - the vehicle can follow them independently from one delivery point to the next with zero emissions.
At the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in September this year, ZF will show further use cases for its ZF ProAI supercomputer and broad set of related sensor systems which can help to increase efficiency and save costs throughout the entire logistics chain.