Bosch Starts in Batteries
STUTTGART, Germany – Bosch has founded Robert Bosch Battery Systems recently as the company expects that demand for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to sharply increase from 2020. On 13 December the company announced to position its development and production of efficient storage technology under one roof and to particularly focus on complete battery systems.
Robert Bosch Battery Systems is to set up a European network of battery specialists. Former business unit SB LiMotive Germany GmbH based in Stuttgart and Cobasys LLC located in Orion/Michigan in USA have been fully integrated into the new e-mobility roof. Bosch Group has acquired former Bosch and Samsung SDI US-joint-venture Cobasys in October.
400 million euro a year for electromobility
The unification of the company’s e-mobility activities underlines the importance of this business field. Bosch notes that, “To achieve this, the Bosch Group spends 400 million euro a year for electromobility alone. Bosch currently has over 1,100 associates working in this field – including the roughly 500 battery specialists in Germany, the US, and China. This global presence gives Bosch close contact to its customers in the world’s most important e-mobility markets.”
Fiat 500e 1st all-electric car with Bosch battery pack
As part of the company’s further battery activities Bosch have taken on all existing battery system projects. Former joint venture partner Samsung SDI is planned to be the cell supplier. Nevertheless Bosch has now the flexibility to use also cells from other manufacturers. “The Fiat 500e, which was recently unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will go into series production in 2013, is the first all-electric vehicle with a Bosch battery pack”, is noted in a press release.
More efficient lithium-ion battery cells to come
As part of the stopped joint venture with Korean SB LiMotive Co., Ltd. both parties agreed to give each other access to the patents. On this basis both parties will be independently able to develop new generations of cells and the production methods for more efficient and economical energy storage.
European battery specialist network
Bosch wants to cooperate closely in this field: “With specialist partners from industry and higher education to establish research and development work on high-performance battery cells in Germany and to set up a European specialist and supplier network”.
Focus on battery system
Moreover the new-formed roof Robert Bosch Battery Systems: “Is concentrating on the battery system and in particular battery management and matching energy storage to the vehicle as a whole, which includes all aspects of mechanical and electronic integration. After all, the efficiency and performance of electric vehicles depend on obtaining the optimum interaction of all electric and electronic components and managing major battery variables such as temperature or state of charge so that they meet the specific requirements of different situations. Developments in these areas can deliver significant improvements in range and charging time, which are the decisive factors for the success of electric vehicles. This is one of the reasons why Daimler chose Bosch battery management system for its Smart EV,” notes Bosch.