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News | Bosch launches its new Powertrain Solutions division

Starting in 2018, Bosch will be pooling its e-mobility, gasoline systems, and diesel systems activities in a single division

E-mobility is considered to be the future of the automotive industry. By 2025, there will be an estimated 20 million vehicles with hybrid and electric drives on the world’s roads. In order to further expand this field of business, Bosch is now launching a new division. From 2018 onward, the Powertrain Solutions division will be the home of all drivetrain-related technologies at Bosch. In addition to the new e-mobility unit, Bosch Gasoline Systems and Bosch Diesel Systems will be integrated into the new division.

 

 

A look at the European Union’s CO2 targets shows that powertrain electrification is needed to reduce the average emissions of new vehicles to 95 g/km. Bosch supports this plan and invests some 400 million euros each year to contribute to an e-mobility breakthrough. At the same time, the company has kept up its efforts to further develop the internal combustion engine. In fact, Bosch aims to make current gasoline and diesel engines up to 20 percent more efficient.

In strategic terms, Powertrain Solutions has three core segments: internal combustion engines, hybrid drive systems, and electric vehicles. “Whether fuel or electricity, Bosch will also be bringing energy to drive systems in the future,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, president of the Mobility Solutions business sector at Robert Bosch GmbH. “Since it isn’t clear today which drive system or which combination of drive types will prevail and when, we have taken a two-pronged approach and are further expanding our expertise both with regard to e-mobility and the internal combustion engine.”

More information on Powertrain Solutions can be found here.

News | Saving fuel with water

An innovative Bosch water injection system saves fuel and CO2

With the WaterBoost system, Bosch is the first and only automotive supplier to offer a water injection system for gasoline engines. The aim is to promote fuel savings, as even modern internal combustion systems consume up to a fifth of their fuel for engine cooling purposes. By injecting water, gas consumption can be noticeably reduced, especially in driving situations with high rpms. The trailblazing technology helps saves fuel especially in mid-sized vehicles with downsized engines. The BMW M4 GTS is the first series-produced vehicle to be equipped with the WaterBoost system.

 

 

The water injection technology is based on a simple principle. To ensure that the engine does not overheat, a fine water mist is sprayed into the intake passage before injection, which evaporates and ensures effective cooling. Water demand is low: a small additional tank filled with five liters of distilled water suffices for 3,000 kilometers. As a result, even when the car accelerates rapidly or is travelling on the highway, fuel consumption decreases by as much as 13 percent.

 

 

The new technology not only makes vehicles more eco-friendly, it also improves their performance. The ignition time occurs earlier and the optimized center of gravity leads to greater efficiency . As a result, the engine operates more efficiently and its performance is up to five percent better – for more horsepower with the same engine displacement and boost pressure. At the same time, the use of water protects the components in the engine’s interior and reduces knocking, which can damage the engine. Ultimately, the H2O engine promotes better performance and lower fuel consumption. For this reason, it definitely has a bright future.

More information on waterpower for gasoline engines can be found here.

News | Rock ‘n‘ eRoller for Berlin

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.

 

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.