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Bosch plans to make gasoline cells for electrified semis in South Carolina

Bosch on Wednesday introduced a $200 million funding to construct hydrogen fuel-cell stacks for Class 8 semi vans at its Anderson, South Carolina, facility.

Manufacturing is scheduled to begin in 2026, and work has already begun on upgrades that embrace including an estimated 147,000 sq. ft of ground area for fuel-cell manufacturing and associated operations, Bosch stated in a press launch.

Nikola Tre

Nikola Tre

Bosch is an investor in Nikola, and the once-troubled fuel-cell car firm plans to make use of its fuel-cell tech. The Nikola Tre semi lately accomplished a testing program with Anheuser-Busch in California, wherein prototype vans logged over 12,000 miles and hauled two million kilos of freight, the discharge famous, including that Nikola is constant pilot testing with Whole Transportation Providers Inc.

Nikola plans to assemble manufacturing variations of the Tre at its personal Arizona manufacturing facility, however it’s additionally contracting with truck maker IVECO to have autos assembled at that agency’s German manufacturing facility. Nikola had been favoring Common Motors because the provider for hydrogen fuel-cell {hardware} in North America, with Bosch for Europe. GM had additionally been slated to construct Nikola’s Badger fuel-cell pickup.

Nikola Badger

Nikola Badger

That every one modified when founder Trevor Milton was charged with securities fraud, and a broad memorandum of understanding between the businesses was changed by a far more limited partnership.

Though gasoline cells are shifting to vans, relatively than passenger autos, Bosch would possibly present U.S.-built gasoline cells to different truckmakers. It added gasoline cells to its portfolio as a part of a broad shift within the shadow of the VW diesel scandal that concerned the provider’s complicity in emissions “defeat gadgets,” and now plans to take a position $1 billion in fuel-cell tech by 2024.

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