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The fuel cell-electric drive

Our drive solution for the future

The fuel cell-electric drive

Long-distance electromobility

With the fuel cell-electric drive, we can provide an attractive and economical solution for a new type of mobility with zero local emissions. In vehicles with fuell-cell electric drives, hydrogen is the energy source used by the fuel cell to generate electricity. This drive solution is not only used for inner-city driving; in fact, it is most convincing when covering longer distances up to a range of several hundred kilometers.

Fuell cell-electric vehicles also score points with their short refilling times of just a few minutes. The requirements profile of fuel-cell technology makes it ideally suited to heavy-duty trucks or fleet vehicles, which are used in continuous operation with short downtimes.

For more technical information, please refer to the brochure.

efficient

Fuell cells boast high efficiency, combined with high power density and a low power-to-weight ratio.

zero local emissions

even in long-distance applications

long range

The fuel cell-electric drive enables ranges of over 500 kilometers.

convenient

Short refilling time of just a few minutes, enabling ranges of up to several hundred kilometers

The system

The components of the fuel cell-electric drive are perfectly matched with each other to achieve the highest performance.

System of Fuel-cell components
Fuel-cell stack

Fuel-cell stack

Fuel-cell stack

The stack is the centerpiece of the system: After all, this is where the energy to power the drive system comes from. All of the subsystems come together here.

Fuel-cell stack
Anode circulation blower

Anode circulation blower

Anode circulation blower

The anode circulation blower actively promotes hydrogen recirculation, thereby extending the operational range of the fuel-cell system.

Anode circulation blower
Hydrogen gas injector

Hydrogen gas injector

Hydrogen gas injector

The supply of hydrogen is controlled by the hydrogen gas injector. It provides the required quantity of hydrogen in the anode.

Hydrogen gas injector
Fuel-cell control unit

Fuel-cell control unit

Fuel-cell control unit

The fuel-cell control unit is the central ECU for operation of the fuel-cell system – the “electrical power plant” so to speak. The FCCU controls operation of the fuel-cell system and its individual subsections, including the hydrogen supply, air system, thermal system, and water management system

Fuel-cell control unit
Electric air compressor

Electric air compressor

Electric air compressor

The electric air compressor provides oxygen. It transports the air into the cathode.

Electric air compressor
Sensor system and valves

Sensor system and valves

Sensor system and valves

Sensors and valves based on Bosch volume-production technologies and especially adapted for fuel-cell operation ensure that the system runs smoothly at all times.

Sensor system and valves
Our portfolio of services
Fuel cell drive

individual and flexible

We offer tailor-made, optimized system solutions based on proven Bosch technology for all vehicle segments.

tried-and-tested

tried-and-tested

Bosch’s entire portfolio of fuel-cell technology is geared toward volume production.

safe and reliable

safe and reliable

We enable holistic, reliable system development with an integrated control strategy and the safety concept to match.

Fuel-cell component set

Our range of products for fuel cell-electric drive systems covers a variety of expansion stages. With our fuel-cell component set, we enable our customers to design a fuel cell-electric drive system that addresses all specific needs and requirements. The component set is based on our portfolio of tried-and-tested Bosch components. We choose all the required components on your behalf and can thus satisfy a wide range of requirements in terms of performance, system efficiency, and component lifetime. In doing so, we design the system so that it ideally meets your individual performance requirements.

Fuel-cell component set
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Smart, made-to-measure system solutions

Requirement analysis

We find out what you need to develop your ideal system solution.

System analysis

We examine all technical conditions and develop an individual system design that suits your needs.

System design and integration

Following the feasibility studies, we develop the system design and fit the new powertrain into your vehicle or fleet.

Assistance with homologation and ramping up volume production

Off to the test bench: Here, all components of the fuel-cell system are assembled, which includes efficient precautions for ensuring safe system operation.

Requirement analysis

We find out what you need to develop your ideal system solution.

System analysis

We examine all technical conditions and develop an individual system design that suits your needs.

System design and integration

Following the feasibility studies, we develop the system design and fit the new powertrain into your vehicle or fleet.

Assistance with homologation and ramping up volume production

Off to the test bench: Here, all components of the fuel-cell system are assembled, which includes efficient precautions for ensuring safe system operation.

Hydrogen has the power to change the future of mobility.

For any application in any vehicle segment where you would like to use a fuel cell-electric drive, we can offer you a custom system solution. Whether engineering, system architecture, simulation, or integration – with our expertise, we can address your individual requirements very precisely. By putting our wide range of services and solutions at your disposal, we support you throughout every project phase – and beyond.

What we also offer you:

  • Comprehensive portfolio of electromobility solutions
  • Easily integrated, tried-and-tested components
  • Economies of scale through bundling of batches in production
  • Assistance in complying with current and future environmental legislation