Bosch is among the companies that wants a slice of the electrified car future, and it plans to do so by developing not one, but two zero-emission powertrains.
Said to be suitable for light commercial vehicles weighing between 2 and 7.5 metric tons (4,409-16,535 lbs), they are still under development, so Bosch wasn’t too eager on releasing specs just yet.
However, the multinational engineering and electronics company based near Stuttgart, Germany, says that, regardless of their choice, clients should be satisfied by the electric range.
Depending on the configuration, the eCity Truck powertrain, as Bosch refers to it, can provide a total range of up to 200 km (124 mi), which should be more than enough for daily urban deliveries.
“Most delivery routes amount to less than 80 kilometers (50 miles) a day – a distance easily covered on a single battery charge”, explains the company, adding that “fleets can then be recharged overnight at the depot.”
Also, since they don’t emit any CO2, the Bosch-powered vans won’t be affected by any driving bans that will be enforced by various cities.
Bosch claims that the first vehicles to use these powertrains will be launched next year.
Meanwhile, the company’s electrification plan goes beyond light commercial vehicles, as they’re already collaborating with Deutsche Post in urban delivery with the StreetScooter that uses a Bosch drive system. Bosch offers solutions for passenger cars, too, and their ambitions go way further, with yet another zero-emission powertrain that’s in development together with Nikola Motor, said to “raise the bar for electric range”.