ZF to Supply FCA With Glut of Hybrid-ready Transmissions

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
zf to supply fca with glut of hybrid ready transmissions

ZF Friedrichshafen has agreed to supply Fiat Chrysler with its second-largest order to date. While top honors belong to BMW, FCA will be using the same eight-speed automatic transmissions sourced for the Bavarian-based applications. “Optimized for electrification” as per ZF’s press announcement, the gearboxes are designed for longitudinally mounted engines ⁠— including those utilizing hybrid systems.

The updated 8HP transmissions work for rear and all-wheel drive vehicles and will assuredly been seen on both within FCA’s lineup. While we don’t yet know how many of those will be hybrid-ready, ZF told Automotive News that a sizable number with integrated electric drives have been earmarked for automaker.

From Automotive News:

ZF executives would not be precise about the size of the agreement, saying only that it was “not too far away” from the value of the BMW order, which had a value of “double digit billion euros” over the contract’s lifespan.

“This is our second major order for the 8HP,” ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said in a statement, using the company’s internal code for the transmission,” and it confirms our strategy to focus on plug-in hybrids.”

ZF said the order would include a “significant share” of hybrid transmissions. ZF is hoping that strong demand for hybrids, especially plug-in versions, will help it navigate the transition from internal combustion engines to full electrification.

Lead production for the new transmission will at be ZF’s plant in Saarbruecken, Germany. It claimed series production should begin in 2022, adding that it aims to expand assembly for additional locations within the the United States and China later on.

[Image: ZF Friedrichshafen AG]

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  • Rocket Rocket on Jul 09, 2019

    Finally time to address the growing emissions problem. Personally, I like the idea of a plug-in Grand Cherokee with Hemi power.

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Jul 09, 2019

    I have never been a fan of the ZF8 based hybrid system- seems to me like forcing regen through gears forces a tradeoff between smoothness and efficiency- but compared to Lexus' more logical system I guess it's better than nothing. Hopefully FCA starts moving its big RWD barges to newer, lighter platforms like the Giorgio to further help CAFE fleet scores.

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    • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Jul 09, 2019

      @R Henry They get the job done, but could be a lot better with less weight and better visibility. Plus I think FCA has 3 different RWD platforms (LX, Giorgio, M159) serving... 7 models? (Giulia, Stelvio, Challenger, Charger, 300, Ghibli, Quattroporte, GranTurismo)... seems silly and I imagine triples the work needed to keep them all up to date. No economies of scale either. I'm guessing the Giorgio can be used across the board... seems like the obvious choice.

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