Bosch backs fuel cell technology over batteries for e-mobility

May 04, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
Deals with Powercell and Ceres Power are key to Bosch plans to boost fuel cell technology over batteries for both mobile and stationary power
Deals with Powercell and Ceres Power are key to Bosch plans to boost fuel cell technology over batteries for both mobile and stationary power

Bosch is backing fuel cell technology over batteries in its bid for electric automotive systems

The company aims to be carbon neutral by the end of this year, the first global multinational to do this across its 400 locations. “We will achieve this goal,” said Denner. “At the end of 2019, we achieved carbon neutrality for all our locations in Germany; as of today, we are 70 percent of the way to achieving this worldwide.”

This includes investing in energy efficiency, increasing the proportion of renewables in its energy supply, buying in more renewable power, and offsetting unavoidable carbon emissions. “The share of carbon offsets will be significantly lower than planned in 2020, at just 25 percent instead of nearly 50 percent. In other words, we are making faster progress than we expected.”

The move requires a broad technology offensive that not only sets out a battery-electric path to sustainable mobility, but especially renewable synthetic fuels and fuel cells as the only way Europe can become climate-neutral by 2050, he says.

“Today’s hydrogen applications need to make it out of field testing and into the real economy,” he said, appealing to policymakers to support the necessary technologies: “This will enable us to achieve even ambitious climate targets.”

“Hydrogen is becoming increasingly important, both in the automotive industry and in building technology. Bosch is very well prepared for this,” he said. Bosch is working with two European technology developers, Powercell in Sweden and Ceres Power in the UK, on fuel cell technologies. The Powercell development of fuel cell stacks for use in electric vehicles is set for launch in 2022. By 2030, one in eight newly registered heavy trucks could be powered by a fuel cell.

“As climate action is stepped up, electrical solutions will be limited in the near term to complementing the combustion solutions that have dominated up to now,” Denner said. That is why Bosch is pursuing technology-neutral powertrain


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