Today’s Pickup: Bosch teams with Powercell to develop hydrogen fuel cell stack for trucks

Bosch is working with Powercell to develop a hydrogen fuel stack for vehicles. ( Photo: Bosch )

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Bosch and Powercell Sweden AB will join forces to bring to global markets a hydrogen fuel cell stack globally. The stack, which is a critical component in the use of hydrogen to power electric trucks, will be launched no later than 2022, the companies said.

Bosch has been working on a number of fuel-cell components, and this collaboration is an extension of that work. Powercell makes a polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell.

“In the fuel-cell domain, Bosch already has a strong hand, and the alliance with Powercell makes it even stronger. Commercializing technology is one of our strengths. We are now going to take on this task with determination and develop this market,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the Bosch board of management and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector.

Bosch believes that by 2030, 20 percent of all electric vehicles worldwide will be powered by fuel cells.

“With the combined weight of its clout and expertise, Bosch will provide our fuel-cell technology with the chance to gain a foothold in the automotive market. We couldn’t imagine a better partner than Bosch for this,” said Per Wassén, the Powercell CEO.

Bosch said that fuel cells are expected to first gain popularity among trucking, but quickly find their way into automobiles as stricter emissions standards go into effect worldwide. The fuel cell stack makes up two-thirds of the cost of a fuel-cell system.

“Through commercialization and widespread marketing of this technology, Bosch will achieve economies of scale and push down costs,” Hartung said.

Powercell has developed fuel cell technology and its stacks provide an output of up to 125 kilowatts, Bosch said. Headquartered in Göteborg, Sweden, the company was spun off from the Volvo Group (OTC: VLVLY) in 2008. It already supplies fuel cells for use as prototypes in trucks and cars.

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.