Bosch to launch new electric commercial vehicle powertrain in 2019

The eCityTruck powertrain will equip electric vans that especially handle last-mile deliveries from distribution centres to recipients.
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Bosch will launch eCityTruck, an electrical powertrain suitable for the vast majority of delivery vehicles in 2019, the company has announced.

The eCityTruck powertrain will equip electric vans that especially handle last-mile deliveries from distribution centres to recipients.

The kind of stop-and-go traffic that often take place within e-commerce deliveries is an area where electric vehicles are particularly efficient, because they can recuperate the energy from constant braking, which increases their range.

Most delivery routes amount to less than 80 kilometres a day – a distance easily covered on a single battery charge. Fleets can then be recharged overnight at the depot.

“To keep pace with goods supply in cities, there’s no avoiding a rethink of delivery traffic. 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,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

Ready for the mass market

There are two versions of Bosch’s eCityTruck 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.

Bosch already offers an all-in-one solution for passenger cars – the e-axle – which significantly shortens vehicle development times. With its new eCityTruck powertrain concept, 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. Thanks to the easily integrated solution, customers no longer have the time-consuming task of developing new components.

One further advantage for automakers, both established names and new players, is that the Bosch solution lets them bring vehicles to market quickly.

UAE e-commerce will hit $10 billion by 2018 according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan. The UAE’s Supreme Council of Energy issued directive Number 01 of 2016 that government institutions must ensure that 10 per cent of all new purchases of fleet vehicles are of hybrid or electric vehicles.

This will support the UAE’s target for two per cent of all vehicles to be hybrid or electric by the year 2020, and 10 per cent by 2030. In turn, this will help to reduce total carbon emissions in Dubai by 19 per cent by 2021.

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