An innovative leap
On the cutting edge with solid-state technology
Bosch is confident that the acquisition of Seeo will enable an innovative leap thanks to cell chemistry. Here, the battery’s positive and negative poles (cathode and anode) play a major role. At present, the anode of lithium-ion batteries is largely made of graphite.
In the future, innovative solid-state technology will make it possible to produce batteries with pure lithium. In turn, this would enable the storage of a significantly larger amount of energy. In addition, the electrolyte used would be non-combustible, in contrast to liquid conductors. This will make the new solution safer. “The solid-state cell could be a decisive breakthrough technology,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management. In the coming months and years, engineers will test the technology’s viability. Mass production is scheduled to begin in 2020.
According to Bosch forecasts, in ten years time around 15 percent of the vehicles produced around the world will have an electric drive. The importance of the electric vehicle’s viability for the mass market has already become evident in China: there are already more than 120 million electric scooters on the country’s roads. “For more than 100 years, everyone was satisfied with conventional bicycles. And then the e-bike came along and turned an established market on its head,” says Volkmar Denner, the CEO of Bosch. The automotive industry could be on the cusp of a similar revolution.