Cummins MerCruiser Diesel and ZF Marine Group have reached a joint supply and development agreement for the Zeus® Pod Drive System.
Currently ZF supplies custom-built transmissions that CMD integrates into Zeus® Pod Drive Systems. The agreement expands this cooperation to include ZF sales of the completed Zeus® Pod Drive Systems and controls for integration with other manufacturers´ engines, as well as cooperative development of a smaller pod propulsion system.
Under the terms of the agreement CMD will continue to service propulsion systems sold by CMD while Zeus® Pod Drive Systems sold by ZF to other marine engine makers will be serviced by ZF and those engine manufacturers.
As part of this agreement, Cummins Mercruiser Diesel and ZF Marine Group have also announced the introduction of a new Pod system especially designed for diesel engines up to 450 hp.
This pod series was co-developed by ZF and Mercury Marine, and components will be manufactured by both companies for use in the final assembly.
The new system will benefit from most of the technologies already implemented into the Zeus® 3500 and 3800 Pod, such as joystick control and safety-minded rear-facing propellers, and also includes some unique features such as:
o Very light weight
o Electrical steering
o Proportional-controlled shifting and trolling
o Very low profile
This new drive was especially developed for the diesel power range 300-450 hp and can also be applied to any size of gasoline engine.
This product will be sold by CMD under the name of "Zeus® 2500 and 2800 Series" and by ZF Marine Propulsion System under the name of "ZF Pod Drive System 2500 & 2800 Series".
"This agreement formalizes an existing product development relationship between two industry leaders. In the coming months and years many propulsion innovations will come to market faster, with better technology, and be more readily available because of our strong cooperative relationship with ZF," said Alex Savelli, President of Cummins MerCruiser Diesel.
"This agreement will benefit the entire industry by allowing ZF to offer Zeus® Pod Drive Systems, a pod propulsion system with unmatched power capability, features and an unrivalled level of safety due to tunnel-mounted pods with rear-facing propellers for maximum protection," said Vittorio Rasera, Vice President, ZF Marine Group Pleasure Craft.
Based in Charleston, South Carolina (USA), Cummins MerCruiser Diesel is responsible for designing, manufacturing and providing reliable after-sales support worldwide for marine propulsion products. It offers a broad range of power, with available ratings from 115-715 HP for recreational applications and 76-715 HP for commercial use. Cummins MerCruiser Diesel is a joint venture between Cummins Inc. and Mercury Marine.
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