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ZF and Cree aim to advance the electric drive

Jörg Grotendorst, Head of ZF Division E-Mobility and Cengiz Balkas, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wolfspeed sign the partnership

ZF and Cree have announced a strategic partnership to create highly efficient electric drivelines. This extends their existing cooperation agreements.

"We're delighted that we're building on our cooperation with Cree using their Wolfspeed silicon carbide technology and are absolutely convinced that combining our strengths will further improve efficiency and competitive edge for our components and systems," commented Jörg Grotendorst, Head of the ZF E-Mobility Division.

The future use of silicon carbide-based power semiconductors will increase the range for electric vehicles in contrast to today's standard silicon technology.

The efficient electric drive represents an enormous growth potential for the foreseeable future due to high battery costs. In particular, silicon carbide technology, in conjunction with the 800-volt vehicle electrical system voltage, makes a significant contribution to further increasing efficiency.

“Partnering with a tier-one leading global automotive supplier like ZF for the use of silicon carbide-based power inverters in next generation electric vehicles is indicative of the integral role silicon carbide plays in extending the capabilities of EVs everywhere,” said Gregg Lowe, CEO of Cree.

Cree’s technology will initially be used to fulfill orders that ZF has already received for silicon carbide based electric drives from several leading global automakers. Through the partnership, ZF expects to make silicon carbide electric drivelines available to the market by 2022.

Charlotte Hathway

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