FCA calls on ZF for its electrified future

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ZF New 8-Speed Automatic Transmission (8HP)
ZF New 8-Speed Automatic Transmission (8HP) | Photo: ZF

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles inked a deal with ZF for the latest generation of 8-speed automatic transmissions from the German manufacturing company.

FCA and the equipment manufacturer ZF have agreed on the terms of an agreement that would lead to the integration of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox developed for hybrid vehicles.

The unit also known by the acronym 8HP comes with a hybrid integrated system, the gearbox is suitable for longitudinal mechanics only.

The production of this new automatic transmission will begin in 2022 at the German Saabrueken plant, but both parties intend to expand it to Chinese and US factories in the near future.

This is the second largest order in the history of supplier ZF, manufacturer BMW who also initialled an agreement with ZF earlier this year.

“This is our second major order for the 8HP unit … confirming our strategy of focusing on plug-in hybrids,” said Wolf-Henning Scheider, President of ZF.

ZF has even confirmed that the FCA Group’s order includes a good proportion of units designed for hybrid and plug-in hybrid engines. In addition, ZF will soon launch a gearbox specific to all-electric vehicles.

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