Bosch $200 million investment fuel cells South Carolina

The Robert Bosch GmbH emblem sits on the outside of Messe Stuttgart exhibition heart as vehicles cross in Stuttgart, Germany, on Monday, July 18, 2016.

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German auto provider Bosch mentioned Wednesday it’ll make investments greater than $200 million to construct fuel cells for electrical vans in South Carolina.

Bosch plans to broaden an present manufacturing unit in Anderson, South Carolina, to construct the fuel cell “stacks” beginning in 2026. The investment is anticipated to create at the least 350 new jobs on the manufacturing unit, the corporate mentioned.

Bosch’s North America president, Mike Mansuetti, mentioned the corporate determined to put money into U.S. manufacturing to help “growing demand” from its automotive prospects in North America.

“As our success in acquiring e-mobility business here in the region continues, it’s critical that we have local production capabilities to support our local customers,” Mansuetti mentioned in an announcement.

Fuel cells chemically convert the vitality in hydrogen fuel to electrical energy, emitting solely water. While costly to construct, the units are discovering functions in massive electrical autos that will in any other case require excessively massive and heavy battery packs, equivalent to semitrucks, building gear and navy autos.

The fuel cells constructed by Bosch in South Carolina can be used to energy electrical heavy vans, together with forthcoming fashions from Arizona-based EV truck startup Nikola, the corporate mentioned.

Nikola has begun pilot testing of a fuel cell-powered model of its Tre electrical semitruck, with about 500 miles of vary. The firm expects to start manufacturing of the fuel cell-powered Tre by the top of subsequent 12 months, and to launch a second fuel cell truck with 900 miles of vary in 2024.

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