According to Electrive, Bosch uses a Volkwagen e-Crafter and a MAN eTGE for this round of testing.

Dr. Markus Heyn, Bosch board of management member and chairman of the Mobility Solutions division, said that "with the two fuel cell vans, we are expanding our understanding of the system and showing that the fuel cell can also be a suitable drive solution for light commercial vehicles."

Company officials stated that "even loaded, the vehicles can travel up to 540 kilometers and are fully refueled again in six minutes."

Bosch hopes to be able to mature fuel cells enough so they can use them as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

Dr. Uwe Gackstatter, chairman of the Bosch Powertrain Solutions division responsible for the project, added that "we need as much data as possible from real driving operations to develop the system further."

"Industry and politics must work together to remove obstacles to hydrogen technologies", he concluded.

Bosch is looking to start the series production of fuel cells designed for cars and trucks, following a significant order of over ten billion euros from electric mobility companies in 2021.

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