Bosch reorganizes Li-Ion battery systems business
January 2, 2013 by John Day
Bosch has reorganized its lithium-ion traction battery operations, incorporating two former operating units, SB LiMotive Germany GmbH in Stuttgart and Cobasys LLC in Orion, Michigan, into a new wholly owned subsidiary, Robert Bosch Battery Systems. SB LiMotive was a joint venture formed by Bosch and Samsung SDI in 2008. Bosch and Samsung will give each other access to their respective patents and Samsung will provide lithium ion cells to Bosch, though Bosch may also purchase cells from other suppliers.
Bosch said the Fiat 500e, unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show and planned for series production in 2013, is the first all-electric vehicle with a Bosch battery pack. Bosch also said that Daimler chose a Bosch battery management system for its Smart EV.
The Bosch Group spends €400 million a year and has more than 1,100 associates assigned to on electromobility, including approximately 00 battery specialists in Germany, the U.S., and China. Bosch is currently concentrating on battery management and matching energy storage to the vehicle, which includes all aspects of mechanical and electronic integration. Developments in these areas can deliver significant improvements in range and charging time, which are the decisive factors for the success of electric vehicles.
Bosch said it wants to cooperate closely with specialist partners from industry and higher education to establish research and development work on high-performance battery cells in Germany and to set up a European specialist and supplier network.