Bosch confirms it has started to electrify semitrailers to enhance electromobility venture

By Sean Galea-Pace
The Germany-based engineering company, Bosch, has announced it has begun to electrify semitrailers in order to make electromobility possible for today...

The Germany-based engineering company, Bosch, has announced it has begun to electrify semitrailers in order to make electromobility possible for today’s semitrucks, Bloomberg reports.

In September’s IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Bosch is set to present an electrified axle that can be put into semitrailers.

By integrating an electrical machine into the semitrailer’s axles, it stops the axles rolling freely and will enable electricity to be generated while braking to utilise in the trailer’s power units.

Bosch estimates that it can potentially save up to 9,000 litres of diesel a year and will decrease harmful CO2 emissions.

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It is hoped that the addition of a powertrain to the axle will enable the trailer to be moved around the car park without a tractor.

Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Robert Bosch GmbH board of management, said: “Bosch is making trucks’ rear axles electric and smart.”

“Our electrification solution for trucks makes economic sense and shows how electromobility can work even in today’s trucks.”

In Europe, it is anticipated that around 250,000 trailers with a total vehicle weight of over 10 metric tons are registered every year which demonstrates the potential demand for the technology that Bosch is offering to new trailers.

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