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Bosch chairman expects EVs to have a range of at least 300 km by 2020

At a panel discussion on the topic of “research and development perspectives in electromobility” in Berlin, Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH said that he expected that by 2020, electric cars will have a range of at least 300 kilometers (186 miles).

Electromobility is currently still a niche business, but after 2020 it could very well become a mass market.

—Dr. Volkmar Denner

Currently, Bosch is lending its support to the first series production projects such as the Fiat 500e, and is also manufacturing components for advanced plug-in hybrid drives from Porsche and other automakers. Bosch invests some €400 million (US$514 million) in electromobility research and development each year.

Denner also emphasized that electric vehicles will be connected vehicles, exchanging information with their environments. This connectivity improves safety as well as driver comfort.

Comments

Dave R

Tesla already sells the Model S with a range well over 300 km. In fact, at 55 mph in good conditions, the 85 kWh version will reach nearly 500 km.

The future is here today!

SJC

For $100,000

HarveyD

It is too easy to predict what is already here. I would add 200 Km and make it 500+Km by 2020.

DaveD

I'm assuming he meant a "reasonably priced EV" with 300km range. Of course, reasonable is in the eye of the beholder. :-)

I'll vote for < $30K

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