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News | Moving toward the future with the hydrogen engine

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.

High potential

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.

Promising cooperation

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

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