Bosch has introduced new 48-volt battery for hybrids. Similar to the Bosch e-axle, this 48-volt battery is standardised for easy integration into new vehicle models. Established manufacturers and start-ups alike can thus eliminate long and expensive development processes.
“Bosch is an incubator of electromobility. We help manufacturers reduce their development times and launch their products faster. This means that installation of the lithium-ion battery will benefit not only compact cars, but mini- and microcars as well. Production of the battery is scheduled to start in late 2018. Anticipating a large market for entry-level hybrids, Bosch offers other powertrain components for these models in addition to the 48-volt battery. The company estimates that some 15 million 48-volt hybrid vehicles will be on the road by 2025,” said Dr Rolf Bulander, chairman of the Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector and member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.
The 48-volt battery is in high demand, particularly among Chinese manufacturers, and the lithium-ion unit is poised to become a global success. Bosch is already in talks with over a dozen customers and has secured a considerable number of production projects.
“We at Bosch have long been making upfront investments in electromobility. Now those investments are gradually starting to pay off. On the world’s roads, there are already well over 500,000 electric and hybrid cars fitted with Bosch components. The company invests 400 million euros a year in electromobility. Bosch has years of experience from more than 30 production projects, including in the manufacture of batteries, and that expertise is now bearing fruit,” said Dr Mathias Pillin, head of electromobility at Bosch.