Bosch has founded the Bosch Hydrogen Powertrain Systems joint venture with commercial vehicle manufacturer, Qingling Motors in Chongqing, China.

The new company will develop, assemble and market fuel cell systems – so-called Fuel Cell Power Modules – for the market in China.

The aim is to bundle the technology and market experience of both partners and contribute to the development of the fuel cell market in the country and transformation of the local automotive industry.

According to forecasts by the China Society of Automotive Engineers (China-SAE), more than 1m vehicles with fuel cell drives could be registered in China as early as 2030. Bosch Hydrogen Powertrain Systems wants to supply all Chinese vehicle manufacturers with fuel cell systems as far as possible.

The components required for this, such as the fuel cell stack, air compressor with power electronics and control unit with sensors, come from Bosch, mainly from the Wuxi plant. Small series production will start there this year.

A test fleet of 70 Qingling trucks with the Fuel Cell Power Module from Bosch will also be on the road in 2021. The market launch of the fuel cell system is planned for 2022/2023.