This past week at the Electric Mobility Summit 2022 in New Delhi, a representative of the ZF Group made the point that a three-speed transmission could be a good fit for electric vehicles in the future.
If you don’t know, ZF is a research and manufacturing powerhouse in the automotive, rail, marine, and industrial industries. In automotive circles, it’s most commonly known as the supplier of the exceptional ZF eight-speed automatic transmission used in every front-engined, longitudinal vehicle from the BMW 3 Series to the Audi A8 and dozens in between. Even the retro off-roading Ineos Grenadier will use ZF transmissions. So when someone like V Ramanathan, head of OE business at the commercial vehicle division of the company, claims that electric vehicles could benefit from using more multi-geared transmissions, they probably have a point.