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News | The diesel of the future

New Bosch diesel technology minimizes nitrogen oxide emissions

Reducing nitrogen oxide emissions protects the climate, and a new Bosch diesel technology helps achieve this. At the annual Bosch press conference on April 25, Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management, presented a breakthrough in diesel research. The Bosch innovations have made it possible to significantly reduce the nitrogen oxide emissions of vehicles, to the point that real driving emissions (RDE) are well below current limits as well as target limits for 2020. To achieve this, Bosch engineers fine-tuned existing technologies. Additional components that would result in higher costs are not required. “We have pushed the boundaries of what is technically possible,” said Volkmar Denner.

A record in lowering emissions

Since 2017, European legislation has required that new vehicle models emit a maximum of 168 milligrams of nitrogen oxide per kilometer travelled. This limit takes into account an RDE-compliant mix of urban, long-haul, and highway driving. From 2020, emissions limits will decrease to a maximum of 120 milligrams. Bosch technology already achieves a record value of 13 milligrams per kilometer – about a tenth of the future limit. Even with challenging urban drives, Bosch test vehicles have achieved an average of 40 milligrams per kilometer. This has been made possible by a combination of sophisticated fuel injection technology, a newly developed air system, and intelligent temperature management.

Smart and transparent

In addition to these latest innovations, Bosch continues to improve the diesel engine, now also with the help of artificial intelligence. The aim is to develop an internal combustion engine that runs practically without producing nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions. “We still believe that diesel will play an important role in the mobility mix of the future. Until we see a breakthrough with e-mobility, we need a highly efficient internal combustion engine,” said Denner. Another important step will be achieving a transparent carbon footprint for road traffic that also takes emissions from fuel production and power generation into account.

More information on innovative Bosch diesel technologies can be found here

News | Taken by the hand

Bosch associates in Austria support refugees in their everyday lives

In 2015, more than one million people filed for asylum in Europe. This was one of the biggest migration movements in the continent’s history, and it was met with an unprecedented willingness to help. Bosch was among those who offered support, and it has since kept up its commitment to helping refugees in the process of integration. In 2015, Bosch associates donated some 400,000 euros, and the company more than doubled the total sum. The funds have gone toward supporting over 100 refugee aid initiatives. One of them is the “Support vor Ort: Bosch-MitarbeiterInnen helfen!” (Local support: Bosch associates are helping out). The project was launched at the Vienna location at the end of 2015. It is based on the idea that successful integration requires a lasting commitment. For two years now, Bosch associates have helped people who have been granted refugee status navigate the challenges of daily life in Austria.

Today, 25 volunteers support 40 children and their families with visits to the authorities. They also act as confidants and help refugees build new friendships in their host community. Ultimately, the initiative aims to help participants help themselves, enabling them to lead an independent life in a new country. At the first meeting in wintery Vienna, most of the participants were “still very shy and didn’t speak much,” says Joanna Hummelbrunner, head of HR at Bosch Austria and the project’s initiator. One of the first steps was to find a German teacher for the Vienna location.

Since then, language barriers have largely been overcome. What is more, the project inspired Bosch associates to offer extra help in other subjects as well. Their efforts have borne fruit: some of the project participants have found permanent jobs in Austria at ÖBB, Eurest, Fond Soziales Wien, amongst others. In fact, 6 of them now work at Bosch. Project participants often engage in activities beyond job-related initiatives:  the project has been a guest at coffee houses, and participants have organized an Afghan dinner, played in a soccer tournament, and spent an evening at Vienna’s Prater amusement park. Johanna Hummelbrunner is pleased with the results of the project: “The people we supported have really developed and been able to integrate on an educational and professional level. In so doing, they have not only learned a great deal, they have also made friends that they may keep for life.” 

More information about the project can be found here

News | To be continued

Bosch is continuing its training initiative in southern Europe with a second cohort

Marc del Arco Jassans and Juan Manuel Cañadas Torres proudly hold up their certificates from the International Chamber of Commerce. Following three years of training in Germany, they can now call themselves mechatronics engineers. Jassans und Cañadas Torres are two of 38 young men and women from Spain who have successfully completed an apprenticeship at Bosch in Germany.

Marc del Arco Jassans and Juan Manuel Cañadas Torres receive their certificates from the International Chamber of Commerce.

To help fight high youth unemployment in southern Europe, in 2013 Bosch launched a training initiative for the region. At the time, 45 young people in Spain began preparing for an apprenticeship at Bosch in Germany. All of them shared a common aim: “to learn something that is fun and provides good prospects for the future,” says Cañadas Torres. Prior to starting their apprenticeships, the young people completed several months of language lessons in their home country and an internship in Germany.

Number of apprenticeship spots increased

In light of the program’s initial success, Bosch has decided to continue with a second cohort. Youth unemployment in southern Europe is still high. In Spain, for instance, it currently stands at 36 percent. To help counter this, Bosch has added another 75 apprenticeship spots. “A qualified apprenticeship improves the employment prospects of many boys and girls. Without adequate training, entering the labor market is very difficult,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH.

Christoph Kübel, member of the Bosch board of management, with the Spanish apprentices Ana Maria San Andres Gonzalez and Juan Manuel Cañadas Torres.

In the first cycle of the apprenticeship program, Bosch made 14 million euros available over a period of four years. The funds went toward creating 175 apprenticeship spots for young people from Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Around 85 percent of the program participants successfully completed their training, and many have stayed at Bosch. Of 38 former Spanish apprentices, 30 have accepted positions at the company in Germany or Spain.

Learn more about what Bosch is doing to fight youth unemployment in Italy here

News | Moving toward the future with the hydrogen engine

Bosch Powertrain Solutions is the newest member of the Hydrogen Council

Until now, electric commercial vehicles have been rare, as industry critics consider them too heavy and expensive, and their range too limited. Bosch now plans to electrify the heavyweights: not only has the company become a member of the International Hydrogen Council (HC), it has also stepped up its development activities for fuel cell technology. The drive concept will be decisive for the engines of the future, and will play a key role in making the increasing freight transport on the world’s roads more efficient and eco-friendly. The aim is clear: by the beginning of the next decade, trucks with hydrogen engines will be a common sight on roads around the globe.

Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the managing board of Robert Bosch GmbH and Dr. Uwe Gackstatter, chairman of Powertrain Solution’s division board (from right to left) while signing the contract with representatives of the engine manufacturer Weichai.

High potential

The potential of hydrogen technology goes well beyond commercial vehicles. In the long term, technical development will also offer opportunities to use fuel cell drive systems in passenger cars. For Bosch, the fuel cell is thus another important building block on the path toward becoming a global market leader for e-mobility. As a steering member of the Hydrogen Council, Bosch can now gain an even stronger position as a driver of innovation. In cooperation with 20 other international technology companies, Bosch can promote hydrogen technology and its potential contribution to the global energy turnaround.

Promising cooperation

To further accelerate development, Bosch is also cooperating with Weichai, the Chinese engine manufacturer for commercial vehicles, and the Nikola Motor Company, an American start-up. These strategic partnerships are laying the foundation for the market launch of trucks with electric drives and a hydrogen power supply.

More information on Powertrain Solutions and the Hydrogen Council can be found here

News | Small donations with a large impact

Bosch associates  support “Cents for help”

With the “Cents for help” project, Bosch associates donate the cents of their net pay: the amount behind the decimal point goes to a charitable cause, and the company then doubles every donated cent. Last year, this added up to 720,000 euros that benefited 152 charities, both in Germany and around the world. Some projects received up to 50,000 euros. Associates can offer suggestions as to which charities they want to support. In some cases, the money goes to initiatives that the associates themselves also volunteer for. As three examples show, small donations have a large impact.

Associates help local projects

Donations from “Cents for help” cover material costs at the Harl.e.kin aftercare center, which is run by Lebenshilfe Bamberg e.V. Harl.e.kin provides support for families with premature infants or other cases of high-risk births. It also offers counselling, helping parents with the transition from the hospital to their home. In Homburg, donations went to a Ronald McDonald house, where families with critically ill children have a place to stay temporarily. By donating, the Bosch associates make it easier for parents to visit their sick children when they are receiving treatment at the nearby university hospital. The Bosch initiative also supports the “Go away!” theater project, “an initiative run by the regional youth organization in Kitzingen, Bavaria. The project aims to prevent sexual abuse against children. The play tries to teach elementary school children how to react in dangerous situations.

Learning from theater: what can I do in a threatening situation?

Seventy percent of Bosch associates already support “Cents for help”. As the examples show, their donations are worthwhile. The small individual sums that each associate contributes add up to large donations that help local projects.

More information on how Bosch associates contribute to social well-being can be found here