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ZF: Occupying the First Position of Driveline Market in Beijing
Summarize：Germany's auto driveline and chassis technology maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG is on a roll in Beijing. The company's designs are used in the world's most advanced buses that can move more people fast ...
Germany's auto driveline and chassis technology maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG is on a roll in Beijing. The company's designs are used in the world's most advanced buses that can move more people faster and help alleviate road congestion. Part of its efforts are in a system known as bus rapid transit (BRT) that uses dedicated traffic lanes, which has proven successful after the first line debuted in Beijing almost two years ago. China's first BRT lane in Beijing has given a glimmer of hope to tens of thousands commuters desperate for smooth aboveground traffic.
"It's a de facto bus-based metro instead of trains," says Wolfgang Schilha, senior Vice-President of Commercial Vehicle and Special Driveline Technology Division of ZF Group. "Cost for building a fast bus lane is only one-tenth of that of subway for each kilometer. The BRT system has accelerated the transport of passengers and attracted many back to public transportation," according to Wang Zhentao, technology engineer with the Beijing BRT operational monitoring and control center.
As sole supplier of the bus driveline system, automatic transmission, low-floor axle and steering gear for BRT buses in China, ZF enhanced its leading position by closing a slew of deals with its business counterparts in Beijing. Around 200 buses that to run on BRT Lines 2 and 3 will be equipped with the ZF's axles and steering system. The company is also providing axles and the steering system to 1,300 low-floor buses for Beijing Public Transport Corp.