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Bosch produces mobile fuel cells for commercial vehicles

In collaboration with a Swedish company, the automotive supplier wants to start series production of polymer electrolyte cells and sell licenses for them from the year 2022.

15 May. 2019
Bosch produces mobile fuel cells for commercial vehicles (Photo: Robert Bosch GmbH)

Powercell Sweden AB has already been manufacturing fuel cell stacks with capacities of up to 125 KW for several years. Now, together with Bosch, the company wants to develop its polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEM) further in order to put them on the market in large numbers by 2022. The German company sees an opportunity for its technology, above all for commercial vehicles. According to EU fleet regulations, CO2 emissions from trucks must be lowered by at least 30% by 2030. Bosch estimates that around 20% of all electric vehicles worldwide will be powered by fuel cells by that date. Despite technological advancements, the technology company is convinced that the disadvantages of batteries will persist in the coming years: These flaws include limitations on vehicle capacity and long transport times due to the restricted reach and long charging times.

Bosch has also been working with British company Ceres Power since last year on the development of solid oxide fuel cells that are to be used in small decentralized power stations.