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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.
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.
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
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
Bosch India supports education programs for underprivileged children
In cooperation with the Primavera children’s charity, the SRGVVK Trust School in Bengaluru, India aims to give children from a poor background access to education and a safe environment. More than 130 children of various ages have already enrolled and are receiving an education. Donations pay for teachers’ salaries, school uniforms, and educational material. For example, the SRGVVK Trust participates in the Bosch “Lab in a Box” project, which provides students with boxes of instructive material for math and science. The school also provides day care and one warm meal a day for small children.
Three pillars of social engagement
In India, Bosch helps people in need on three levels. Along with Primavera, the organization funded by Bosch associates, this includes the Bosch India Foundation, which supports rural development. In addition to this, the various divisions champion social causes directly in the adjacent communities. Here, Bosch focuses on issues of hygiene and health at state schools as well as neighborhood projects near Bosch locations. Initiatives for school drop-outs, such as the BRIDGE program (Bosch’s Response to India’s Development and Growth through Employability Enhancement), are another focus of the company’s community work. “We deeply care about vocational training for young people – especially for those that don’t finish school,” says Dr. O.P. Goel, General Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at Bosch India. “We try to make these young people fit for the labor market.” More than 10,000 young people have found employment with the help of BRIDGE since 2013.
Help for children in need
The Primavera charity, founded by Bosch associates in 1990, helps disadvantaged children break out of the cycle of poverty. About 1,000 children in need benefit drom Primavera's engagement in India through 11 different projects. Volunteers in 15 countries across the world guide more than 30,000 children on their path to an independent life.
More information about the charitable activities of Bosch and Primavera in India can be found here
Bosch establishes new division for digital mobility services
By 2025, there will be more than 470 million connected vehicles on the world’s roads. Bosch is driving this transition forward with the founding of its new Connected Mobility Solutions division. In the future, some 600 associates will develop digital mobility services and bring them to market. “Not only will connectivity fundamentally change the way we get from A to B, it will also help solve today’s traffic problems. With it, our vision of emission-free, stress-free, and accident-free mobility will become reality,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the recent Bosch ConnectedWorld 2018 IoT conference in Berlin.
Dr. Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management of Robert Bosch GmbH, holding a keynote speech at the Bosch ConnectedWorld 2018
Ride sharing made easy
Among other things, the future division will focus on digital solutions that promote ride sharing. By 2022, the number of people using ride sharing services around the world is expected to increase by 60 percent, to 685 million. Until now, services have mainly been geared toward people who decide to travel in the same direction on short notice. Companies and commuters have not been the main focus. However, these are precisely the groups that Bosch is targeting with Splitting Fares Inc. (SPLT), a start-up it recently acquired. The SPLT team has developed a platform that allows companies to organize ride sharing. Within seconds, an algorithm matches drivers and passengers, calculates the fastest route, and handles coordination between participants. This saves time, reduces costs, and helps protect the environment.
Smart electric vehicles
After Berlin and Paris, the Bosch subsidiary COUP is launching its e-scooter sharing services in Madrid this year. As many as 3,500 electric scooters will thus soon be on the streets of three European capitals. What is more, an intelligent system comprising connected components and innovative service solutions will soon make e-mobility part of everyday life. With “system!e”, for instance, the electric car knows exactly when it will run out of power. To ensure a reliable range forecast, the application takes vehicle data such as battery status and energy consumption into account, and also analyzes driving style and information from the vehicle’s surroundings. Moreover, “system!e” can plan charging along the route ahead of time and handle payments accordingly.
More information on Bosch connected mobility services can be found here
Impressions of Bosch ConnectedWorld 2018 can be found here
Bosch is launching a bicycle leasing initiative for associates
Among other things, cycling is fast, eco-friendly, and healthy. These are some of the reasons why Bosch has decided to launch an e-bike leasing initiative that will allow associates to get bicycles and e-bikes directly through the company starting in February 2018. The new initiative is part of the works agreement that Bosch concluded with associate representatives. The mobility and well-being offer applies to more than 100,000 associates in Germany, who can now choose their bicycles or e-bikes from one of 4,000 specialist dealers. Bosch then handles the leasing contract details, and the bicycles can be used for personal or work-related purposes. “With this mobility offer, we want to contribute to improving urban air quality and promote the health of our associates,” says Christoph Kübel, member of the board of management and director of industrial relations at Robert Bosch GmbH.
More than ten million of Germany’s commuters travel less than ten kilometers to get to work. In such instances, the bicycle is the fastest – and cleanest – mode of transportation. Ten times more CO2 is produced with a ride on public transit that on a bicycle. Bicycle leasing thus contributes to improving air quality in cities. More than half of Germany’s population already considers the e-bike a good alternative to the car, and the German Federal government aims to increase the share of bicycles in road traffic to 15 percent by 2020, up from 12 percent today.
Cycling is healthy
People who ride their bicycles to work also keep fit. According to a British study, commuters who cycle to work reduce the risk of heart attack by 46 percent compared with people who drive their cars or take the train. The combination of physical activity and fresh air strengthens the immune system, improves concentration and responsiveness, and generally has a positive effect on brain activity. Moreover, endurance sports also stimulate the production of serotonin and endorphins, which are known to stimulate happiness, and this helps prevent mental illness.
More information on the topic of bicycle leasing at Bosch can be found here