Bosch has unveiled its latest venture at the opening of the new site for Bosch Hydrogen Powertrain Systems in Chongqing, China. The renowned engineering giant announced the supply of 300 commercial vehicles equipped with its cutting-edge fuel cell systems to Shanxi Meijin Energy, a coal producer and an early adopter of hydrogen solutions in China.
Established as a joint venture between Bosch and Qingling Motor in 2021, Bosch Hydrogen Powertrain Systems is set to redefine the landscape of hydrogen-powered transportation. The recently unveiled fuel cell systems, produced using components from Bosch’s Wuxi plant, boast power options ranging from 76 kW to 300 kW. These versatile systems aim to cater to a spectrum of applications, including urban mobility, medium-duty logistics, and long-haul transport.
The flexibility offered by the fuel cell systems, available in power variants of 76, 134, 190, and 300 kW, positions Bosch to address a wide array of commercial vehicle requirements. The 300 kW fuel cell power module has already undergone experimental deployments in customer vehicles, signaling Bosch’s commitment to real-world testing and validation.
Bosch’s strategic move extends beyond supplying vehicles to Shanxi Meijin Energy. Contracts have been inked with major players in the logistics sector, including Cosco Shipping and China Postal Express & Logistic, for an additional 1,000 fuel cell logistics vehicles. While the financial details and schedules remain undisclosed, these partnerships underscore the industry’s confidence in Bosch’s hydrogen mobility solutions.
Acknowledging China as the world’s largest market for new energy vehicles (NEVs), Dr. Stefan Hartung, Chairman of the Bosch Board of Management, emphasized Bosch’s commitment to technological innovation and industrialization in the region. The collaboration with local partners and the strategic investment in the Chongqing-based site reflect Bosch’s vision to contribute to sustainable mobility in China.
The inauguration of the new site in Chongqing is not just a milestone for Bosch but a catalyst for a higher level of cooperation between Chongqing and the engineering giant. Vice Mayor Duntao Jiang highlighted the event’s significance, stating that it marks a new starting point for collaboration and effectively promotes the development of a hydrogen energy industry ecosystem in Chongqing.