e.GO Moove, a joint venture between ZF and EV startup e.GO Mobile, has announced that it will start production of its e.GO Mover autonomous shuttle in 2019.
The production facility will be in Aachen, Germany, where e.GO is based. The company is counting on five-digit volumes initially, with demand to rise to one million in the next five to seven years.
The e.GO Mover uses a ZF electric drive system and ZF’s ADAS technology, including its ProAI central computer, which is based on the Nvidia Drive PX 2 platform. ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider said, “The e.GO Mover is the first production-ready vehicle featuring ZF systems which provides an autonomous mobility concept for cities.” The vehicle seats 10, weighs 2100kg and is claimed to have 10 hours of operation time.
Scheider also discussed the general development of AVs and the nature that their initial roll-out will take: “Initially, we expect to see automated driving activities more commonplace on company premises and logistics depots, in harbours or in agricultural environments as operations there tend to be more recurrent and the surroundings are not too complex.”
By Illya Verpraet