ZF and Cree announce a strategic partnership to create highly efficient electric drivelines. With this strategic partnership, ZF and Cree are intensifying their existing cooperation.

The future use of silicon carbide-based power semiconductors will increase the range for electric vehicles in contrast to today’s standard silicon technology. Due to high battery costs, the efficient electric drive represents an enormous growth potential for the foreseeable future. In particular, silicon carbide technology in conjunction with the 800-volt vehicle electrical system voltage makes a significant contribution to further increase efficiency.

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.