ZF AVE 130

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The ZF AVE 130 is an electric portal drive axle for low floor buses. The drop centre design allows for a full low floor throughout the vehicle which ZF touts as a benefit to improve passenger flow and safety. Each wheel is driven by an integrated high-speed, liquid-cooled asynchronous motor. This design reduces weight and increases usable space. The AVE 130 can accommodate the same rims as its non-electric counterpart and uses the same disc brakes.

At the 1994 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, ZF presented the EE drive, an electric wheel-hub motor for use with a portal axle in low-floor buses.[1] ZF continued to develop and improve the technology, beginning field tests of the AVE 130 in 2010. They launched their production version in 2012.[2]


  1. ZF History.
  2. ZF AVE 130 Electric Portal Axle for Electric Drive Concepts in Low Floor Buses. 24 October 2012. press release. ZF.