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Bosch Touts Potential of Fuel Cell Vehicles

Robert Bosch GmbH says fuel cell powertrains will play a growing role in next-generation vehicles, especially medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks.
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Robert Bosch GmbH says fuel cell powertrains will play a growing role in next-generation vehicles, especially medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks.

Stefan Hartung, who heads Bosch’s Mobility Solutions division, tells Automotive News that the technology is “very applicable” to vehicles that require high power and an extended driving range.

Hartung affirms the supplier’s previous predictions that fuel cells will be used in as many as 20% of new electric vehicles by 2030.

To help speed commercialization, Hartung suggests carmakers could team a fuel cell with a plug-in hybrid architecture. Such vehicles could either refuel with hydrogen or recharge the battery as the infrastructure for each technology develops.

Bosch has formed several fuel cell-related partnerships in recent years. In April, Bosch announced plans to work with Powercell Sweden AB to develop and mass produce fuel-cell stacks for the commercial truck and automotive markets.

Bosch also will supply the electric drivetrain for Nikola Motor Co.’s fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck (pictured) due in 2021. In addition, Bosch acquired a 4% stake in Ceres Power Holdings plc last year. Ceres is developing a solid oxide fuel cell that will serve as a stationary charging unit for next-generation EVs.

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