Bosch CEO warns of battery shortages

Auto – Gerlingen : Bosch CEO warns of battery shortages

Car - Gerlingen: Markus Heyn, Managing Director of Robert Bosch GmbH. Photo: Bernd Weißbrod/dpa/archive image
Markus Heyn, Managing Director of Robert Bosch GmbH. Photo: Bernd Weißbrod/dpa/Archive image (Photo: dpa)

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Stuttgart (AP) – Bosch CEO Markus Heyn believes that the auto industry’s one-sided focus on battery electric mobility is risky. “We’re just seeing the consequences of the gas shortage for Germany and Europe because we haven’t prepared enough alternatives,” Heyn told the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” and the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” (Monday). “In the automotive industry, we should ask ourselves what we can do if there are not enough battery cells.” In this case, “everyone would certainly like an alternative to battery power. But this will only exist if we have prepared it in good time.”

According to the newspaper, one of these alternatives is the fuel cell, which generates electricity from hydrogen and the oxygen in the air, which drives the electric motor. The resulting infrastructure for long-distance trucks is very well suited as a “backbone for supplying cars,” said Heyn, who is chairman of the Bosch Mobility Solutions division. The diesel infrastructure was initially only built for trucks and was only later expanded to include petrol pumps for cars.

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