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Bosch Powertrain Solutions is the newest member of the Hydrogen Council
Until now, electric commercial vehicles have been rare, as industry critics consider them too heavy and expensive, and their range too limited. Bosch now plans to electrify the heavyweights: not only has the company become a member of the International Hydrogen Council (HC), it has also stepped up its development activities for fuel cell technology. The drive concept will be decisive for the engines of the future, and will play a key role in making the increasing freight transport on the world’s roads more efficient and eco-friendly. The aim is clear: by the beginning of the next decade, trucks with hydrogen engines will be a common sight on roads around the globe.
Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the managing board of Robert Bosch GmbH and Dr. Uwe Gackstatter, chairman of Powertrain Solution’s division board (from right to left) while signing the contract with representatives of the engine manufacturer Weichai.
The potential of hydrogen technology goes well beyond commercial vehicles. In the long term, technical development will also offer opportunities to use fuel cell drive systems in passenger cars. For Bosch, the fuel cell is thus another important building block on the path toward becoming a global market leader for e-mobility. As a steering member of the Hydrogen Council, Bosch can now gain an even stronger position as a driver of innovation. In cooperation with 20 other international technology companies, Bosch can promote hydrogen technology and its potential contribution to the global energy turnaround.
To further accelerate development, Bosch is also cooperating with Weichai, the Chinese engine manufacturer for commercial vehicles, and the Nikola Motor Company, an American start-up. These strategic partnerships are laying the foundation for the market launch of trucks with electric drives and a hydrogen power supply.
More information on Powertrain Solutions and the Hydrogen Council can be found here
Starting in 2018, Bosch will be pooling its e-mobility, gasoline systems, and diesel systems activities in a single division
E-mobility is considered to be the future of the automotive industry. By 2025, there will be an estimated 20 million vehicles with hybrid and electric drives on the world’s roads. In order to further expand this field of business, Bosch is now launching a new division. From 2018 onward, the Powertrain Solutions division will be the home of all drivetrain-related technologies at Bosch. In addition to the new e-mobility unit, Bosch Gasoline Systems and Bosch Diesel Systems will be integrated into the new division.
A look at the European Union’s CO2 targets shows that powertrain electrification is needed to reduce the average emissions of new vehicles to 95 g/km. Bosch supports this plan and invests some 400 million euros each year to contribute to an e-mobility breakthrough. At the same time, the company has kept up its efforts to further develop the internal combustion engine. In fact, Bosch aims to make current gasoline and diesel engines up to 20 percent more efficient.
In strategic terms, Powertrain Solutions has three core segments: internal combustion engines, hybrid drive systems, and electric vehicles. “Whether fuel or electricity, Bosch will also be bringing energy to drive systems in the future,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, president of the Mobility Solutions business sector at Robert Bosch GmbH. “Since it isn’t clear today which drive system or which combination of drive types will prevail and when, we have taken a two-pronged approach and are further expanding our expertise both with regard to e-mobility and the internal combustion engine.”
More information on Powertrain Solutions can be found here.