Engineering and technology company Bosch has started volume production of its Fuel-Cell Power Module at its Stuttgart-Feuerbach site in Germany. U.S.-based electric vehicle manufacturer Nikola will be the pilot customer with its Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric truck. The vehicle is set to enter the market in North America in the third quarter of this year.
Bosch actively promotes the establishment of a hydrogen economy and is increasing its investments in this area. Over the period of 2021 to 2026, Bosch is projected to invest nearly €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion) in the development and production of its hydrogen technologies—an additional one billion euros ($1.1 billion) compared to the initial investment plan spanning from 2021 to 2024.
The Bosch facility in Bamberg, Germany, will provide the fuel-cell stack to the Feuerbach location. Other components, such as the electric air compressor and the recirculation blower will be provided from the Bosch factory in Homburg, Germany.
The production of the fuel-cell power module is starting in Germany and China, which makes Bosch the first company to produce the systems in both countries, said Stefan Hartung, Chairman of the Board of Management at Bosch.
The German company also intends to produce stacks for mobile applications at its manufacturing facility in Anderson, South Carolina, in the United States. Globally, the company anticipates that by the end of this decade, approximately one out of every five newly manufactured trucks weighing six tons or more will be equipped with a fuel-cell powertrain.