Bosch testing gasoline cell vans utilizing its personal gasoline cell parts


Bosch has geared up two vans with hydrogen gasoline cell know-how and began check operation on the street. The associate within the undertaking is ABT eLine GmbH, which designed and transformed the autos along with Bosch Engineering GmbH.


The gasoline cell permits lengthy ranges and quick refueling instances, which makes lengthy journeys extra economical. With the 2 gasoline cell vans, we’re increasing our understanding of the system and exhibiting that the gasoline cell may also be an appropriate drive resolution for gentle industrial autos.

—Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of administration and chairman of the Mobility Options enterprise sector

The builders had been in a position to make use of Bosch parts virtually all through for the gasoline cell system. A gasoline cell equipment is used, which includes the stack, anode provide module together with hydrogen fuel injector and recirculation blower, digital management unit, electrical air compressor and parts for the hydrogen storage system, and even a lot of sensors.

The technical foundation for each autos is commercially obtainable vans that run on electrical energy alone. The batteries together with peripherals had been changed by the gasoline cell, 5 storage tanks for a complete of greater than 22 kilos of hydrogen, and a smaller lithium-ion battery.

Accommodating the gasoline cell parts within the obtainable set up area was a significant problem.

—Dr. Uwe Gackstatter, president of the Bosch Powertrain Options division

ABT eLine tailored the cooling system, the car management system, and {the electrical} system. Bosch designed the gasoline cell system, built-in it into the car along with the hydrogen storage system, and developed the related management system. After the required technical exams, the autos had been granted official approval for street use.

Even loaded, the autos can journey as much as 335 miles and are totally refueled once more in six minutes. The gasoline cell can subsequently be a very good addition to the battery-electric drive in future for fleet operators whose vans cowl significantly lengthy distances throughout the day and return to the upkeep and storage facility within the night, Bosch mentioned.

The primary Bosch parts for gasoline cells are already in quantity manufacturing, however Bosch is seeking to knowledge from the exams to develop the system additional, mentioned Gackstatter. With cloud connectivity, the 2 check autos now ship these in actual time to the builders’ computer systems, supplementing the measured values from the check benches. With this information, Bosch can provide prospects parts which have been tried and examined even earlier, in addition to complete assist in system design.


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