What measures is Bosch eBike Systems taking to improve the sustainability of eBike batteries?
The first priority for our products is a safe design, and this also applies to our batteries. High quality and safety standards enable robustness and durability. Optimally adapted cell specifications and lifetime-optimizing electronics contribute to maximizing the service life and energy throughput of the battery and thus to the most sustainable use of the battery materials. The distance covered by a Bosch eBike battery during its service life can even be up to 37,282 mi with appropriate use and treatment. In order to keep the ecological impact of the batteries low, we try to keep the proportion of so-called critical raw materials in the cells as low as possible in the development of the products, while at the same time increasing the proportion of recycled materials and complying with safety requirements. For example, the cobalt content in the cathode of battery cells has already been reduced by 65% since 2013. Furthermore, with the support of our cell suppliers, we ensure that we can track the entire supply chain to ensure more socially responsible raw material extraction.