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ZF partners with Danfoss for e-mobility division


ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Danfoss Silicon Power GmbH have stepped up their existing cooperation, with a new strategic partnership for silicon- and silicon-carbide power modules. The partners plan to improve the efficiency of electric drivelines by leveraging engineering and cost benefits at the interface between power modules and inverters. One of the first major milestones in this new initiative is a supply contract for Danfoss power modules destined for large-scale ZF volume production projects.

Power modules are used in so-called power electronics, which serve as electronic controls for electrified drives.
“We are proud to join this partnership with ZF. We believe this closer cooperation between Danfoss and ZF has the potential to be a game changer for the development and innovation of future drive trains for electrification of vehicles. Together we can enable an acceleration of the transition of the transport sector,” says Kim Fausing, President and CEO of the Danfoss Group.

The partnership will see the two companies engage in joint research and development, with Danfoss also supplying power modules for silicon applications. Beside 400 Volt standard applications the two companies have also begun co-developing an 800 Volt silicon carbide power module for a large volume production project, aiming to position themselves at the forefront of this new segment.

“This is a robust long-term partnership that enables ZF and Danfoss to pool their strengths. Coming together on this, opens up significant innovation potential to improve the technical and commercial competitiveness of our inverters. We will utilise this advantage in all our drive train applications; from Hybrid- up to Full Electric Applications.” explains Jorg Grotendorst, Head of ZF’s E-Mobility Division.

ZF’s E-Mobility division supplies electric drive systems and components, while Danfoss Silicon power GmbH (DSP) is a specialist in silicon and silicon-carbide power modules. By joining forces to produce innovative open technology solutions for e-mobility drivelines, they aim to make a vital contribution to cutting vehicle emissions This means that the development of space-saving inverters and more efficient power modules is crucial to reducing emissions over the long term.

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