Technology specialist Bosch is expanding its powertrain portfolio: including diesel, battery-electric, and fuel-cell powertrains as well as the hydrogen engine. “Climate action is moving freight transport in more diverse directions. We expect alternative powertrains to drive major growth in our business over the course of the decade,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, Chair of Bosch Mobility Solutions.
Bosch forecasts, over 80% of all trucks more will still be diesel-powered in 2025, but powertrain diversity is set to change and, by 2035, the company predicts half of all new commercial vehicles will be electric, powered either by battery or hydrogen. “A technology-neutral approach is particularly useful in commercial vehicles. Depending on the application, there will be more than one climate-neutral option for the truck powertrain,” Heyn added.
The company says, 3,400 engineers are working on future truck powertrains, while the company is developing a complete range of carbon zero solutions from e-bikes to construction machinery, and from silicon carbide chips to complete drive modules. Bosch says it has 30 major orders from manufacturers for battery-electric powertrains.
Bosch has already received 30 big orders for battery-electric powertrains from OEMs. Bosch has great hopes for the fuel cell as well. The business hopes to have over 40,000 Bosch fuel-cell systems on the road by 2025.
To support this ambition, Bosch produces the stacks directly and is creating worldwide manufacturing capabilities close to its clients, notably at its Anderson (USA), Wuxi (China), and Bamberg (Germany) factories (Germany).