Bosch and its partners increase the range of electric vehicles
Bosch expects e-mobility to see a breakthrough from 2020 onward. One of the biggest challenges to realizing this vision lies in the battery: not only must it become more affordable; its performance must also be improved. At present, many electric vehicles need to be charged after just 150 kilometers.
Around 1,800 Bosch associates are working on offering the automotive industry an electric drive that is accessible to the masses. Moreover, Bosch is cooperating with different partners to pool expertise and actively drive development in a number of areas. One such partnership is the joint venture Bosch established with GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi in 2013. The partners aim to make the next generation of lithium-ion batteries ready for market.
With the purchase of Seeo Inc., a start-up from California, Bosch bolstered its innovative strength in September 2015. Seeo has unique expertise in the area of innovative solid-state cells for lithium-ion batteries, as well as a number of patents in this area. Bosch experts now expect to launch a new battery within the next five years that will have more than twice the energy density of current models. What is more, the production costs of the new technology will be lower. With the new battery, an electric vehicle would have a range of more than 300 kilometers. At the same time, the innovative battery would be 75 percent smaller and weigh about half as much as current models.