For the eCityTruck powertrain Bosch has taken multiple components such as an electric motor and power electronics and combined them into one unit. This economizes on parts, making the powertrain not only far more efficient, but more affordable as well.
There are two versions of the powertrain: one with a transmission and one without. The goal is to create solutions that are quick to integrate and accommodate automakers’ differing requirements. These powertrain solutions can be scaled for light commercial vehicles weighing two to 7.5 metric tons, making them suitable for a large section of the commercial vehicle market.
This is impoortant as approximately three quarters of all commercial vehicles registered in Germany are small vans, and that number is on the rise.
“Bosch’s electrical powertrain for commercial vehicles has the potential to change the face of urban delivery traffic. We’re getting electric vans ready for the mass market,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch.
The first vehicles using the technology will be launched in 2019.
Bosch already offers an all-in-one drivetrain for electric passenger cars – the e-axle – which significantly shortens vehicle development times, and together with the Nikola Motor in the US Bosch is developing a powertrain for longer range, larger vehicles.