ZF FULLY AUTOMATIC RANGE EXPANSION TARGETS COACHES
With a variant of its popular EcoLife that has been tailored to coaches, ZF is pursuing even more market share as it promotes the benefits of a clutchless, powershift gearbox in a wide variety of applications.
ZF has signalled a more aggressive approach to the coach market with the formal unveiling of a variant of its six-speed EcoLife automatic gearbox specifically tailored to the sector.
It complements existing EcoLife variants that are already popular. They remain part of ZF’s line-up. However, the newcomer has a number of improvements to suit its application.
It is already available in the Irizar integral range and the Neoplan Tourliner; Irizar UK in particular has delivered a number of EcoLife Coach-equipped i6, i6s and i8 integrals. Van Hool and VDL will follow suit soon.
Principal among the upgrades made by ZF is an ability to accept up to 2,300Nm of input torque. That makes the EcoLife Coach compatible with engines in the 460bhp bracket, and while ZF has not yet outright confirmed it, that figure looks likely to grow further to 2,500Nm.
Another upgrade is to the cooling system. As a result, the primary retarder can be used for as long as necessary on downgrades.