Bosch aims to put more electric vans on the road
Bosch has launched an electric powertrain the company believes to be suitable for the vast majority of delivery vehicles. The idea behind the electromobility campaign is for electric vans to handle last-mile deliveries from distribution centers to recipients. The kind of stop-and-go traffic this entails is one area in which electric vehicles are particularly efficient, because they can recuperate the energy from constant braking, which increases their range. Most delivery routes amount to less than 80 km (50 mi) a day—a distance easily covered on a single battery charge. Fleets can then be recharged overnight at the depot. Any driving bans in city centers would not affect electric fleets, since their powertrains cause zero local emissions. The company stated that one further advantage to electric vehicles is that they make less noise, which should also increase people’s willingness to accept deliveries later into the evening. This could relieve traffic at peak times and provide for more flexible delivery windows.
Bosch’s eCityTruck powertrain comes in two versions: one with a transmission and one without. The goal is to create solutions that are quick to integrate and accommodate automakers’ differing requirements. These powertrain solutions can be scaled for light commercial vehicles weighing 2–7.5 metric tons, making them suitable for a large section of the commercial vehicle market. Small vans make up approximately three-fourths of all commercial vehicles registered in Germany, and that number is on the rise. “Bosch’s electrical powertrain for commercial vehicles has the potential to change the face of urban delivery traffic. We’re getting electric vans ready for the mass market,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
With its new eCityTruck powertrain concept, Bosch has taken multiple components such as an electric motor and power electronics and combined them into one unit. The goal is to economize on parts to make the powertrain more affordable in addition to more efficient. This can also aid in helping customers bring vehicles to market more quickly.