Bosch Chairman Sees 186-Mile Affordable Electric Vehicles as Reality by 2020



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Automotive parts supplier Robert Bosch GmbH is big on electric vehicles and their related technology.  Well, Bosch is actually quite big on all things automotive, but that’s besides the point.  Bosch has its hands in several electric vehicles, most notably the Fiat 500e.

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So, with Bosch’s obvious devotion to electric vehicle technology, when Dr. Volkmar Denner, Bosch’s chairman of the board of management, speaks, we should probably listen.

At a panel discussion on the topic of “research and development perspectives in electromobility,” Dr. Denner stated that he expects that, come 2020, electric vehicles will have a range of at least 186 miles.

Denner is not talking about exotic electric vehicles or high-priced autos.  Quoting Denner:

“Electromobility is currently still a niche business, but after 2020 it could very well become a mass market.”

Notice the “mass market” mention?  Denner is thus saying that affordable, everyday electric vehicles will have a minimum range of 186 miles by 2020.  This seems a reasonable goal to us.

Yes, Bosch has a reason for standing behind EV technology and for boasting over future targets, as it currently invests some $514 million annually in electromobility research and development.  So, we wouldn’t expect Bosch to says that EVs will fail or that range, a limiting factor for sales today, won’t be extended significantly in the coming years.

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I’m wondering if Bosch has definitive information regarding future battery value, or whether they’re ‘playing a hunch’? I hope its the former, but I suspect the latter.

Keep in mind they are a European company and probably going off of their cycle tests. Isn’t the Leaf already rated at some ridiculous 120 mile range or something by their standards?

I am also guessing he said 300 km not 186 miles 🙂

The 2013 LEAF is rated at 200 km on the New European Driving Cycle. 300 km would represent a 50% increase is range.

I can see $120/kWh Li-ion battery pack at that 2020 milestone. We’re close already.

Cells that were made in 2004 are still working in vehicles so 15-20 year lifespan is reality already.

Combined long lifetime and low cost will break the last chains over EVs.

So Mr Bosch might just be on the spot here. But will he be allowed to act on it?