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Bosch predicts 180-mile batteries to will make electromobility mass market by 2020

Speaking at a panel discussion about research and development in electromobility held in Berlin, Denner said the company invests €400m (£320m) in electromobility R&D each year.

‘I expect that by 2020, electric cars will have a range of at least 300 kilometers (186 miles),’ Denner said. 

Bosch is already supporting production electric and hybrid vehicles, including the electric rear axle fitted to PSA Peugeot-Citroën’s Hybrid4 models, the drivetrain for the electric Fiat 500e sold in the United States and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in which launches this summer. 

The manufacturer is also investigating standards for data exchange, and is involved in the Hubject project which will allow cross-European electric vehicle charging, billed as mobile phones are for international roaming.

He said: ‘Electric vehicles will be connected vehicles, exchanging information with their environments. This connectivity improves safety as well as driver comfort.’

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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