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Bosch is launching a sharing service for e-scooters under the Coup brand
Traffic, hectic road conditions, and the search for parking spots make urban driving especially challenging. To offer city dwellers and visitors access to flexible mobility solutions, Bosch is launching the Coup e-scooter sharing service. With the agile e-scooters, Coup, a Bosch subsidiary, is now offering Berliners a simple, emissions-free alternative to their own cars. Gogoro, a leading e-scooter manufacturer, is providing the electric two-wheelers. With their smartphones, users can conveniently locate and reserve the closest scooters. When they have done this, they can hop onto the scooters and ride off. Once they reach their destination, they simply leave the scooter anywhere in the downtown area.
For the start of the project, 200 connected e-scooters are being distributed in Berlin Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg. Searches and reservations can be carried out in just a few seconds with an easy to use app, which also serves as the key for the helmet compartment and ignition. Once users have completed their ride, the app also automatically issues a bill, just as apps for car-sharing platforms do. Thanks to flat rates, pricing is easy to understand: the use of a fully charged scooter costs 3 euros per half hour, or 20 euros a day. Scooters can travel up to 100 kilometers on a single charge, and Coup covers the cost of charging. To rent a scooter, users must be at least 21 years old and have a license to drive cars or motorcycles.
With the new Coup sharing service, Bosch is contributing to flexible and eco-friendly mobility in urban areas. The platform thus provides a new building block for the Mobility Solutions business sector. This will help Bosch shape its response to modern mobility requirements. If demand is high, the company will expand the service to other parts of the city in the near future.
More information on Coup and practical e-scooters can be found here.
Interested users can also register for the initial phase of the sharing service on the Coup website.
Bosch North America is encouraging associates to do more exercise
Doing enough exercise on a regular basis can be a challenge for people who spend their days working at a desk. But Bosch North America has decided to do something about it: with its “Walk this Way Challenge”, the company is encouraging associates to take 10,000 steps each day for a period of three months. Set to begin on May 4, the initiative is part of the “Be Well” program, which aims to support associates’ health with a broad range of fitness and preventative measures. Associates who commit to participating can win several prizes, such as contributions to health accounts or gift certificates.
Dan Ploeg, Group Manager Diesel Systems at Bosch in Kentwood, Michigan, is taking part in the program. In 2012, he was hospitalized following a heart attack. “If I had started doing something like ‘Be Well’ 25 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have ended up in the hospital with heart problems,” he says. Today, Dan Ploeg uses his breaks to take a walk with his colleagues around the Kentwood site. In so doing, they walk almost a mile each day. Ploeg tells his colleagues to start taking preventative measures at an early stage. “I tell everyone do to sports and do the right thing for their bodies.”
With programs such as “Be Well,” which are run at locations around the world, Bosch offers its associates opportunities to actively take control of their health. The program includes annual screenings, flu shots, and professional support in the event of chronic illness or doctor-recommended weight loss. Associates can also take advantage of wellness or fitness offers.
More information on Bosch North America’s health programs can be found here
Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Bosch Group join forces
In order to push cancer research in Germany forward, Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (Robert Bosch Hospital), Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Bosch Group have joined forces and launched a number of initiatives. “When it comes to assuming social responsibility, Robert Bosch was a role model. He founded Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus in 1940. With this alliance in the fight against cancer, we are maintaining this commitment in the area of healthcare,” said Professor Joachim Rogall, CEO of Robert Bosch Stiftung.
The partners are cooperating to build the new Robert Bosch Center for Tumor Diseases in Stuttgart. The center will be part of Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, and will be built in cooperation with the German Cancer Research Center. The partners signed a declaration of intent to this end on July 18, 2016.
In addition to the initial funding provided by Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus, Robert Bosch Stiftung is supporting the future research center with an additional 24 million euros. The aim of the center will be to develop individual cancer treatments by drawing on new findings. To achieve this, additional experts will support the medical management team, and two endowed professorships have been planned for further research activities.
The initiative is also committed to helping Bosch associates who have tumors. Over the course of the “OncoCure” initiative, they receive access to state-of-the-art cancer diagnostics at Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus. The Bosch Group makes one million euros available for the project each year. At present, the offer is available only to associates in Germany, but there are plans to give associates around the world access to it in the future. “Our aim is clear: with the help of precision diagnostics, we want to improve the odds of treating cancer successfully. This not only helps the affected associates as well as their families and friends, but also their colleagues at work,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, the CEO of Bosch.
After cardiovascular disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death. In Germany alone, some 224,000 people die of cancer each year. According to the World Health Organization, 20 million people will be diagnosed with cancer each year by 2025, up from 14 million in 2012.
More information on the alliance in the fight against cancer can be found here.
Bosch begins operation of largest solar power plant in the Indian automotive industry
The Bosch location in Nashik, India, has installed 36,000 solar panels at its site. The plant in the Indian city specializes in the production of components for fuel injection systems. To reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions at the plant, the site is now operating the largest solar power plant in India’s automotive industry. In three project phases since 2015, the local project team has had thousands of solar panels installed on rooftops, in parking lots, and in vacant areas.
To ensure that the solar modules operate seamlessly, they need to be thoroughly cleaned. To this end, Bosch experts have developed an inexpensive solution: a sprinkler system with special nozzles that spray the panels with constant water pressure at a 360-degree angle. The smart approach towards renewable solar energy saves energy equivalent to that required by 16,700 households and equivalent water saving 1.4 billion liters/year. With peak performance of 10 MWp, the solar power plant already covers 40 percent of the Nashik location’s day time energy needs. The aim is to increase the figure to 100 percent of day time energy need by 2018.
The new power plant is part of a comprehensive energy management approach that is based on three pillars. First, Bosch Nashik is systematically increasing energy efficiency throughout the value chain. Second, thanks to precise consumption analyses and forecasts, energy costs can be continuously reduced. Third, the Bosch location promotes projects that drive the expansion of renewable sources of energy forward. As a result, Bosch Nashik has reduced its CO2 emissions by 31,000 tons in the past four years, and saved 35 million units (35.000.000 kilowatt hours) of energy.
The project in India reflects the Bosch vision of sustainability: By 2020, the company aims to reduce its CO₂ emissions relative to value added by 35 percent over 2007 levels. More information about individual locations’ current efforts to protect the environment can be found in the Sustainability Report.
Bosch founds a joint venture to increase the battery power of electric vehicles
With headquarters in Stuttgart, Lithium Energy & Power GmbH & Co. KG aims to develop the next generation of lithium-ion batteries and thus contribute to an important leap forward in the field of battery technology. The constant increase in mass motorization across the globe is exhausting the world's oil reserves. Consequently, Bosch is not only working to reduce fuel consumption in diesel engines, but also on the electrification of the drivetrain. To achieve this, the company has joined forces with GS Yuasa International, Asia's leading manufacturer of car batteries and accumulators, and the Japanese Mitsubishi Corporation. "Our joint venture is working intensively to make lithium-ion batteries up to twice as powerful," explains Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Board of Management and the man in charge of research and development at Robert Bosch GmbH.
A stronger battery offers several advantages. As the battery power increases, the range also grows and cars are able to cover up to 250 kilometers. In comparison, electric vehicles currently have to return to the charging station after 150 kilometers. What's more, as the batteries are smaller, passenger cars become more cost-effective. A more powerful battery thus represents an important step forward in making electric cars more viable for the mass market.
The number of passenger cars, trucks, and buses worldwide has increased by 35 percent over the past ten years. The over 1.1 billion vehicles now on the roads are responsible for 23 percent of worldwide CO2 emissions.