Bosch to cooperate in large-scale production of fuel cells for trucks and cars
Bosch has announced an alliance with Powercell Sweden AB, a Swedish manufacturer of fuel-cell stacks. Under the agreement, the two partners will work jointly to make the polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell ready for production. Bosch will then manufacture this technology under license for the global automotive market.
The stack is to be launched in 2022 at the latest. “In the fuel-cell domain, Bosch already has a strong hand, and the alliance with Powercell makes it even stronger. Commercializing technology is one of our strengths. We are now going to take on this task with determination and develop this market,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, Member of the Bosch Board of Management and Chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.
Bosch believes the best opportunities for broad adoption of fuel-cell technology are in the commercial-vehicle market. The EU’s fleet requirements for trucks call for a reduction of CO2 emissions by 15% on average by 2025, and 30% by 2030. Bosch’s view is that this target can only be reached by electrifying more and more of the powertrain.
Once they have become established in trucks, Bosch expects fuel-cell powertrains to increasingly find their way into passenger cars. But for this to happen, the cost of fuel-cell systems needs to be progressively reduced.
Bosch says Powercell has developed cutting-edge fuel cell technology, and its stacks provide an output of up to 125 kW. Headquartered in Göteborg, Sweden, the company was spun off from the Volvo Group in 2008.