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ZF Active Shocks Can Regenerate Power Like Hybrid

System promises “sports car handling” and luxury sedan comfort.

by on Aug.30, 2013

The ZF GenShock can recapture energy while smoothing out the roughest road bumps.

With its deeply rutted roads, Michigan just might turn into the energy capital of the world if ZF has its way.

The German automotive parts maker has developed what it claims to be the “world’s first fully active, regenerative suspension.” While a number of other suppliers have developed active suspension concepts over the years, ZF Friedrichshafen AG has teamed up with Levant Power Corp. to produce a system that actually works like the regenerative braking system in a hybrid vehicle, recapturing energy whenever the suspension gets jostled.


While the concept likely won’t be used to power your car, it does address one of the biggest problems with earlier active suspension concepts, such as one Massachusetts-based Bose demonstrated a few years back. Past designs have required vast amounts of energy to operate, and that meant bigger alternators and heavier batteries – cutting into fuel economy, among other things.


Chrysler Going to an 8-Speed Gearbox

Licensed from ZF, maker will invest $300 million in Kokomo.

by on Jun.09, 2010

Like its competitors, Chrysler will adopt new, fuel-saving 8-speeds gearbox technology.

Chrysler Group LLC has announced plans to buy 8-speed transmissions from Germany’s ZF.

The automaker will initially import the gearboxes from Europe then begin production of its own at an updated plant in Indiana, saving, the maker says, more than 1,000 U.S. jobs.

The deal will give Chrysler, which is trying to rebuild its technology portfolio, access to an important enhancement to future products. The 8-speed transmission improves the fuel economy for vehicles equipped with gasoline engines while also giving the company bragging rights in a technology recently dominated by its European and Asian rivals.

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“As the U.S. auto industry continues its rebound, we see considerable growth opportunities within it – especially for next-generation vehicles, such as those at Chrysler Group that will use the 8HP 8-speed automatic,” says Hans-Georg Härter, ZF’s President and CEO.