Fiat 500e Is First Electric Vehicle to Feature Bosch Battery Pack
Effective immediately, SB LiMotive Germany GmbH and Cobasys of Orion Township, Mich., will be incorporated into the Bosch automotive group as a wholly owned subsidiary operating under Robert Bosch Battery Systems.
Bosch intends to leverage the knowledge and capabilities of battery makers SB LiMotive and Cobasys, as well as cell fabrication experts Samsung SDI to accelerate its lithium-ion automotive battery activities.
The first vehicle to feature a Bosch Battery Systems pack will be the upcoming all-electric Fiat 500e. The 500e is scheduled to enter production in 2013, but will be a limited production vehicle that Fiat seems to show nearly no interest in making.
Robert Bosch Battery Systems will concentrate on all aspects of battery systems for plug-in vehicles, including energy storage, battery management and electronic integration. Bosch will also have unlimited access to all patents developed by the former joint venture partners (SB LiMotive and Cobasys).
This move to establish a dedicated lithium-ion automotive battery division is in anticipation of a sharp increase in demand for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle. Bosch says this spike in demand will come by 2020.
Bosch spends $522.6 million per year for electromobility and employs 1,100 workers in this field. Its major electromobility sites are located in Germany, the U.S. and China.
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