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News | On your marks, get set... cycle!

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.

Low-emission transportation

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

News | XXL energy management

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.

News | Making the search for a parking spot easier

Bosch parking space system can reduce urban traffic by up to a third

Every day, drivers looking for a parking spot in Germany waste valuable time and money, in addition to facing the regular annoyance of the search itself. On average, we drive 4.5 kilometers while trying to find a place to park in cities. Not only are these kilometers aggravating, they are also bad for the environment.

 

 

With the aim of making the search for a parking spot significantly shorter in the future, Bosch has developed the “Connected Parking“ parking spot management system. The comprehensive solution makes the entire parking process easier: not only does the Bosch technology help drivers park their cars comfortably, intelligent connections also help guide the vehicle through urban infrastructure to ensure that drivers can find the closest possible parking spot. The driver’s app is connected to sensors via a cloud. These sensors continuously analyze the parking spot situation in real-time and provide drivers with up-to-the-minute information. The system supports drivers with everything from the search to parking maneuvers – regardless of whether they are on the street or in a parking garage, in the city or the countryside.

 

 

 

The parking lot sensor

 

The system also has a positive impact on the environment. By reducing the time and distance needed to find a parking space, it can reduce inner city traffic by up to 30 percent. City dwellers and road users also benefit from this. Bosch has set itself the aim of making mobility cleaner, more efficient, and more convenient.

 

More information on the “Connected Parking” system can be found here.

News | Making the search for a parking spot easier

Bosch parking space system can reduce urban traffic by up to a third

Every day, drivers looking for a parking spot in Germany waste valuable time and money, in addition to facing the regular annoyance of the search itself. On average, we drive 4.5 kilometers while trying to find a place to park in cities. Not only are these kilometers aggravating, they are also bad for the environment.

 

 

With the aim of making the search for a parking spot significantly shorter in the future, Bosch has developed the “Connected Parking“ parking spot management system. The comprehensive solution makes the entire parking process easier: not only does the Bosch technology help drivers park their cars comfortably, intelligent connections also help guide the vehicle through urban infrastructure to ensure that drivers can find the closest possible parking spot. The driver’s app is connected to sensors via a cloud. These sensors continuously analyze the parking spot situation in real-time and provide drivers with up-to-the-minute information. The system supports drivers with everything from the search to parking maneuvers – regardless of whether they are on the street or in a parking garage, in the city or the countryside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parking lot sensor

 

The system also has a positive impact on the environment. By reducing the time and distance needed to find a parking space, it can reduce inner city traffic by up to 30 percent. City dwellers and road users also benefit from this. Bosch has set itself the aim of making mobility cleaner, more efficient, and more convenient.

More information on the “Connected Parking” system can be found here.