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2014.03.17 18:54

100 years of Bosch starter motors Car/BOSCH2014.03.17 18:54


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A century ago, in March 1914, Bosch presented its first electric starter motor for automobiles. This marked a giant leap forward in automotive electrification, which would make driving safer and more comfortable. Electric starter motors were a great relief for motorists of the day. It took a lot of effort to start a heavy, large-volume engine, but now chauffeurs no longer had to work up a sweat cranking the engine. What’s more, with manual starting there was always a risk that the crank handle might slip or suddenly kick back – possibly causing serious injury.


The electric power for the new starter motor came from the vehicle battery, which was part of the Bosch automotive lighting system. Bosch had launched this independent power supply system only a year earlier. While the earliest starter motors weighed almost ten kilograms and delivered just 0.6 kilowatts of power, the starter motors in today’s portfolio weigh between 1.9 and 17 kilograms and cover a power range of 0.8 to 9.2 kilowatts, demonstrating just how far starter motor technology has advanced.


The start of a new line of business

“The starter motor is typical of the products Bosch launched in the early days of motorization. All of them were designed to eliminate shortcomings in function, operation, and safety,” says Ulrich Kirschner, president of the Bosch Starter Motors and Generators division. It was Gottlob Honold, Bosch’s chief engineer, who had the idea of using an electric motor to start the engine. Other manufacturers had already attempted to do the same; while the results of their efforts worked relatively well, they were still unsuitable for everyday use and series production. So if Bosch moved quickly, it could develop a better starter motor of its own.


No more cranking

It wasn’t uncommon for motorists to come to serious harm when, instead of turning over, the engine would kick back a short way and cause the heavy crank handle to hit them. At a time when many people were still suspicious of the recently introduced automobile, this danger might all too easily tarnish its public image. Owners – predominantly wealthy individuals who were becoming keen on driving their automobiles themselves rather than being chauffeured – demanded a more convenient alternative. The new electric starter motor could be operated safely and reliably, first by means of a foot pedal and soon after at the touch of a button.


An innovation with a future

Initially, most of the demand for electric starter motors came from North America. This was reason enough for Robert Bosch to ramp up starter motor production at the company’s plant in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1914. Initially, sales of the new device remained modest; by 1927 Bosch had sold approximately 11,000 units. Then the starter motor gradually became more widely accepted, and nearly 550,000 were sold by 1933. But still it took decades for the crank handle to disappear completely from the world’s roads.


Starter motors save fuel

Series production of starter motors specifically tailored for use in start-stop systems began in 2007. To save fuel, this function stops the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill. As soon as the driver presses the gas pedal, the engine starts again – quickly, quietly, and automatically. In order to achieve further reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Bosch engineers are working on gradually extending the scope of engine shutoff. In what is known as coasting mode, the engine will initially be shut off whenever the vehicle is coasting to a stop. Later, the coasting function will be extended to stop the engine even while on the open road, whenever the driver’s foot is no longer on the gas pedal.


Ready to start at any time

Today, Bosch offers a broad spectrum of robust, reliable starter motors for gasoline and diesel engines – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, supporting both 12 and 24 volt vehicle electrical systems. In addition to ease of integration, Bosch starter motors are lightweight, compact, and powerful, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Bosch manufactures more than twelve million starter motors every year, and these are installed in at least one in every five newly manufactured vehicles worldwide.


Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its 2013 sales came to 30.7 billion euros, or 66 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers (note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Automotive Technology largely operates in the following areas: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, alternative powertrain concepts, efficient and networked powertrain peripherals, systems for active and passive driving safety, assistance and comfort functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, and concepts, technology, and service for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology. 

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”


Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.comhttp://twitter.com/BoschPresse.


PI8462 - March 17, 2014


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Big-block and V8 are not the only engines – American attitudes are changing. The alternatives are modern, downsized engines with gasoline direct injection, diesel engines, and even all-electric powertrains. Just out, “Ward's 10 Best Engines” confirms this trend. This long-standing publication, compiled annually by U.S. automotive journalists, recognizes outstanding powertrain achievement and singles out engines that feature pioneering technology. The list is a litmus test of the way mobility is developing in the United States. 


For many years, the ranking was dominated by V6 and V8 engines. But this year, most of the engines singled out by Ward's automotive journalists are no bigger than three liters – and the list even includes a purely electric motor. One other striking feature of the list is that no less than three diesel engines have made it into the top ten. Up to now, diesel has suffered from a negative reputation in the country. The general trend is clear: the U.S. is moving to embrace highly efficient powertrains. “We are seeing a sea-change in the Amercian way of driving. Cars no longer have to be simply big, they have to be very economical as well,” says Dr. Rolf Bulander, member of the Bosch Board of Management. Bosch's Automotive Technology business sector is the beneficiary of this trend – after all, its technology makes this change possible. Bosch technologies are an essential feature of eight out of ten of the Ward's ten Best Engines. 



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“Electric cars are about the wow factor, not economics”

The first electric motor to make the list – the SMG 180/120 in the Fiat 500e – is made by Bosch itself. As soon as the driver steps on the gas, the compact electric car delivers acceleration of the kind only powerful gasoline engines can equal. The electric Fiat has been praised to the skies by journalists. Its electrical powertrain is clearly in tune with the spirit of the times, as well as with the wishes of many Americans. “Electromobility is not just about emissions and cost, but also about dynamism, torque, and driving enjoyment. In short: electric cars are about the wow factor, not pure economics,” Bulander says. Especially in states such as California, who have introduced legislation to encourage electromobility, electric vehicles are equally about driving enjoyment and ecological sense. However, Bosch regards electrification as the wave of the future in many parts of the world, and is thus driving the development of electrical powertrains forward outside the U.S. as well. The Fiat 500e is one of 30 projects going into production with Bosch technology in 2014.


“The Americans are ready for diesel engines”

The revival of the diesel engine is a sign of a second development in North America. “America has diesel in its sights again. We are confident that the diesel is now ready for the U.S., and Amercans are ready for diesel,” Dr. Rolf Bulander says. Here as well, the automotive journalists singled out three turbo-diesels for the first time. All of them are equipped with modern high-pressure diesel injection systems made by Bosch. But it is not only journalists who are interested in diesels. Car buyers are also taking notice. Even today, where there is a diesel variant available in a model series, 30 percent of car buyers are opting for this efficient powertrain. Just a few years ago, this figure was only ten percent. 


There has been a change in public attitudes: for many years, Americans regarded the diesel as a sluggish, noisy industrial engine, unsuitable for accelerating quickly at traffic lights or for leisurely driving. Over the same period in Europe, the diesel developed into a dynamic, economical, and sophisticated powertrain. Now, many Americans have woken up to this trend. More and more, they are coming to appreciate the diesel engine's low consumption and powerful torque. This is why it is no longer just European automakers that are offering diesel-powered vehicles, but U.S. ones as well. Beacon projects include models such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Jeep Cherokee, and Dodge Ram 1500. At present, 37 diesel models are available in the United States. By 2017, this number is set to rise to 60.


“In the U.S. automotive market, gasoline direct injection is where the future lies” 

In the U.S., emissions legislation is a significant driver of the change in mindset relating to powertrains. To give an example, a large sedan had to be able to drive at least 28 miles to the gallon in 2012. By 2025, new vehicles will have to have extended this range to nearly 55 miles on average. In European terms, this is equivalent to fuel consumption of roughly 4.3 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers. And as Americans mainly drive gasoline-powered vehicles – despite the increasing popularity of hybrids, electric cars, and diesels – there will also be a sea-change in the classic American powertrain. 


Currently, most of the classic big-block engines in the U.S. are fitted with port fuel injection systems, and consumption is correspondingly high. Pressure from legislators will mean that more efficient combustion processes, such as direct injection, will gain in importance. “In the U.S. automotive market, gasoline direct injection is where the future lies. Drivers are realizing that compact, efficient engines with fewer cylinders can also deliver a lot of power and driving enjoyment,” Bulander says. One example of this new generation of engines is Ford's 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. There is a clear trend toward powerful, downsized turbo engines fitted with direct injection. Here, displacement is giving way to technology. More efficient combustion means that gasoline direct injection saves fuel while at the same time delivering high torque, and this in every vehicle class. This makes it perfect for U.S. drivers' needs, and is the reason Bosch believes gasoline direct injection can capture a market share of as much as 50 percent in new vehicles.

Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its 2013 sales came to 30.7 billion euros, or 66 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers (note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Automotive Technology largely operates in the following areas: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, alternative powertrain concepts, efficient and networked powertrain peripherals, systems for active and passive driving safety, assistance and comfort functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, and concepts, technology, and service for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology. 


The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”


Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.comhttp://twitter.com/BoschPresse.


PI8468 - March 13, 2014


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CeBIT 2014 – Connected industryBosch board member Struth: “Realizing economies of scale in how we grow our knowledge base”


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Hannover – “At Bosch, we’re not just making connected industry a reality, it already is – and its future is bright around the world.” These were the words of Bosch board of management member Dr. Werner Struth at the CeBIT Global Conference. The technology and services company is relying on its own expertise and on its broad-based footing to implement connected industry (“Industry 4.0”). “We have all the competencies we need to turn connected industry into reality, both for ourselves and for our customers and partners,” Struth continued. Bosch is not only a leading supplier but also a leading user of these technologies. The company already offers software and hardware solutions for connected industry, and has successfully introduced aspects of connected industry at its own plants, including standardized data exchange between companies



Exploratory approach and broad-based footing
“Worldwide, we’re currently running some 50 pilot projects to put beneficial use cases for connected industry to the test,” said Struth, whose responsibilities as a member of the Bosch board of management include manufacturing systems. The company’s approach is both centralized and decentralized: it gives the various projects attached to different Bosch units a great deal of freedom in how the functional specifics of each use case are defined. Meanwhile, it sets up a central organizational unit to act as global coordinator for the various initiatives, in particular as regards a unified software and hardware architecture. “Working in this way allows us to realize economies of scale in how we grow our knowledge base,” Struth continued. “The exploratory approach we’re taking leads to new, inspiring, and innovative solutions.” He went on to say that from the user’s point of view it is important for technical standards to be defined that allow easy configuration of systems, and that it is also essential to give due weight to security considerations.

With more than 260 manufacturing sites worldwide, Bosch has extensive manufacturing know-how, stretching from the manufacturing of millions of automotive components to the customized manufacturing of packaging machinery. This know-how is complemented by the software expertise of the company’s own software and systems unit, Bosch Software Innovations.

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The real revolution is in business models
Struth pointed out that the current phase is centered on two key tasks. One of them is to develop further enablers for connected industry, for instance data recording and transmission using RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags or web-enabled sensors, along with data mining. The other task is to develop beneficial use cases and new business models. “In what people are calling the fourth industrial revolution, the real revolution will be in new business models. And those who stand to gain from connected industry are those who can develop user-oriented solutions,” Struth stressed.


The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH. 

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.comhttp://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

PI8509 - March 12, 2014


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2014.03.11 09:25

New Bosch acceleration sensors Car/BOSCH2014.03.11 09:25


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Bosch's latest generation of acceleration sensors makes developing airbag systems easier. With versions for use in the airbag control unit and versions for peripheral use in the vehicle's front, sides, and rear, the SMA6xy sensor platform simplifies the release approval process by giving sensors a common housing design whatever the application. All the sensors in the new SMA6xy product family are ideally suited to Bosch ASICs for airbag systems.


Better protection against microcuts


The PSI5 sensor for peripheral use comes in versions offering measurement ranges of 120, 240, or 480 g (type SMA68x and SMA69x). In addition to the normal x and y channels, these sensors are now also available with a z channel for measuring acceleration in the vertical axis. So whatever the desired orientation of the sensor's installation, there is a version to match. This gives airbag system developers greater design freedom. Compared to previous versions, the new sensors are much better protected against microcuts – extremely brief interruptions in power supply to the sensor following an impact – and can now tolerate interruptions of up to 10 microseconds.


Designed to be installed in the airbag control unit, the SPI sensors can measure accelerations of up to 120 g (type SMA66x) and their readings have 12-bit resolution. An arming pin helps developers to initiate the airbag algorithm by showing when readings exceed a defined threshold value. 


All sensors in the SMA6xy product family have a compact SOIC8n housing and are available in 1-channel (x, y or z axis) or 2-channel (x-y or y-z axes) versions. Since they are designed for use in safety-critical airbag systems, the sensors meet the criteria stipulated for the ASIL D safety level in accordance with ISO 26262. 


Samples of the SMA6xy are already available. 


Background to MEMS technology

Bosch has been at the forefront of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology since the very beginning. Since the start of production in 1995, the company has manufactured well in excess of three billion MEMS sensors, with production volumes hitting new highs year after year. In 2013, more than a billion sensors rolled off the production lines at the company's Reutlingen plant. The range includes sensors for measuring pressure, acceleration, humidity, temperature, yaw rate, inertia, and geomagnetic field, as well as MEMS microphones for a wide range of applications in the consumer electronics and automotive industries. More information on Bosch sensors is available online at www.bosch-sensors.com..


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Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its 2013 sales came to 30.7 billion euros, or 66 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers (note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Automotive Technology largely operates in the following areas: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, alternative powertrain concepts, efficient and networked powertrain peripherals, systems for active and passive driving safety, assistance and comfort functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, and concepts, technology, and service for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology. 


The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”


Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.comhttp://twitter.com/BoschPresse.


PI8506 - March 10, 2014


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20 years ago, the internet revolutionized computing. Over the next few years, it will revolutionize the car. Bosch is making cars an active part of the internet – and bringing drivers a range of benefits. “A connected car is always going to be a better car,” says Wolf-Henning Scheider, the member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH with responsibility for the Automotive Group. By networking vehicles, Bosch is improving the comfort, safety, and efficiency of tomorrow's mobility. At the same time, Bosch is bringing the fascination of the digital world onto the streets of the physical world. In this, the company is pursuing three strategic objectives. First, Bosch is making the internet an intuitive in-car experience. Second, Bosch is connecting cars to the internet and creating driver assistance functions with added value.

 

And finally, Bosch is networking cars with traffic infrastructure. “Connectivity is about more than just being able to surf the net on the open road,” says Scheider. Bosch is hard at work on all the necessary technologies and has already brought a selection of solutions to series production. In the future, we will see completely new functions emerge. For instance, in-car augmented reality will connect the virtual world with the physical world. The windshield will become the car's main display area, bringing all vehicle information as well as data on the surroundings into the driver's field of vision.

 Objective 1: Making the internet part of the car


Connectivity is well on the way to becoming a megatrend in the automotive industry, as digitalization changes the lives of more and more people. And cars themselves will be a factor in how digitalization spreads. This is why Bosch engineers are working on solutions that are both intuitive and sophisticated. One of them is MySpin, a system that integrates iPhones and Android smartphones fully into the vehicle, with the phone's display appearing on the vehicle's main display. This makes using apps in the vehicle much easier, safer, and more convenient.

 

 Bosch is also bringing the internet into the car without the help of cell phones. Today's navigation systems can, for instance, find you a French or Italian restaurant. Future Bosch services will save drivers of electric vehicles the trouble of looking for charge spots by guiding them directly to the nearest available one, as well as letting drivers reserve the nearest parking space and guiding them to it.

 

 Bosch is even connecting the powertrain to the internet. Bosch’s eHorizon system lays the groundwork by bringing together decades of systems competence in powertrains with innovative software programming. “We are bringing the mechatronic world and the digital world together,” says Scheider. Bosch has been offering eHorizon for commercial vehicles since 2012 as a way to smooth journeys out and reduce the amount of unnecessary acceleration and deceleration. For example, when this navigation software sees that the current two-kilometer downhill stretch of road leads to a built-up area, it can tell the vehicle to enter its most fuel-efficient mode or to charge the battery. This helps drivers save up to 15 percent of fuel. In the future, navigation data will be complemented by up-to-the-minute traffic data from the internet, so that vehicles can coast to a halt before they reach a traffic jam. This kind of connected navigation, where vehicles make use of data from the internet, is the future not only for trucks but also for passenger cars.

 

Objective 2: Making the car part of the internet


But the data highway in cars is no one-way street. Vehicles will not only use information from the internet, they will also provide information to their environment. That's why Bosch is making vehicles part of the internet. “In connecting vehicles to the cloud, we see data protection as a fundamental requirement. The benefits have to far outweigh the potential risks,” says Scheider. To this end, Bosch subsidiary escrypt is developing security solutions that are tailored specifically to cars, such as standalone encryption.

 

Vehicles will in the future become sensors in their own right, gathering information about their surroundings and exchanging them with each other or with a server. Known as floating car data, this information is required both for highly dynamic maps and to improve vehicle safety. Whereas the driver sees no more than a bend ahead, the navigation system is already aware that just beyond it is a patch of ice or the tail end of a traffic jam. This means cars or trucks can be stopped from causing a pile-up or plowing into a line of standing traffic; the system can either warn the driver or automatically initiate a braking maneuver. “Connectivity is a building block in automation – and vice versa,” says Scheider.

 There are already some applications in which vehicles communicate with the outside world. One example is the eCall, which will be mandatory in the European Union from 2015. When accidents occur, vehicles will automatically call the emergency services, with the call activated by the same sensors that trigger the airbag. This can reduce the time it takes for emergency crews to reach the scene by 50 percent in rural areas and by 40 percent in urban areas. Bosch's role goes far beyond the technology itself. The company serves as the interface between the accident on the one hand and the emergency services on the other. Bosch associates deal with the emergency calls in an operations center to ensure that information for the emergency services is quick and precise.

 

 Quite apart from improving safety, this approach to collecting vehicle data will also help to save money – especially for companies and fleet operators. With Leaseplan, Bosch is networking vehicles to allow completely new forms of fleet analysis. The company is also driving forward solutions for preventive maintenance. For instance, engine data from diggers or wheeled loaders can be sent to a database, analyzed, and compared with a constantly growing archive of data from similar vehicles under similar stresses. This allows Bosch to predict whether, and more importantly when, an important component will reach its wear limit – so that the component can be replaced in good time. Taking the example of the digger, this would avoid downtime and save lots of money: every hour that this kind of machinery is out of action costs its operator up to 2,000 euros. In the future, this type of functionality could also feature in passenger cars. One application could be a wear indicator for engine parts. This would let drivers replace a damaged part before they suddenly end up stranded at the side of the road.

 

Objective 3: Making the car part of the internet of things


Connecting the car to the internet is something that goes far beyond even these applications. “Automotive connectivity marks the start of a new era – until now, cars were isolated from their surroundings, but now the two will interact,” says Scheider. An entire metropolis, infrastructure included, could be networked to guarantee optimum mobility. Anyone wanting to travel from downtown to the outskirts could use a train in central districts and then switch to a car-sharing scheme later in the journey. Bosch platforms with service brokering allow public transportation companies, electric car hire companies, and e-bike rental companies to work together to offer an integrated mobility service.

 Bosch software platforms already manage the infrastructure for major electromobility trials. One example is Hubject, the roaming system for charge spots, which allows customers to charge their electric car at charge spots belonging to various companies and pay conveniently via their normal electricity bill. But Bosch is also active beyond electromobility. Truck Secure Parking, for instance, is an online booking service for truck parking spaces along freeways. All the spaces feature video surveillance and are networked with a Bosch call center, which guarantees safety for drivers and freight.

 Bosch is even working on how to put a whole city onto the internet of things. Bosch digital networking technology has been in operation in Monaco since mid-November 2013. This was the first step in putting into action a cooperation agreement signed by the Principality of Monaco and Bosch in July 2012. The project offers a glimpse of a future in which mobility is the primary focus of the connected city. There is no shortage of suitable applications – directing drivers to the nearest charge spot, booking and paying for parking spaces, switching to e-bikes as traffic dictates – and these developments can been found in all the world's megacities.

 This is why Bosch considers automotive connectivity to be a global market. Customers and car companies around the world are getting to grips with how to network the car. Automated, connected vehicles can for instance improve traffic flow by 80 percent, or guarantee safe, comfortable mobility for older people. What's more, studies suggest that the number of road traffic fatalities could be reduced by up to 90 percent as vehicles become progressively more automated. In its efforts to connect cars to the internet, Bosch is in close dialogue not just with global automakers but also with innovative companies in other sectors – in Europe, North America, and Asia.

 

 

 

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The connected automobile:
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mySpin – in vehicle smartphone integration:
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Electronic horizon: predictive navigation:
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Intelligent fleet management from Bosch:
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Hubject – Bosch joint venture as pioneer of e-mobility:
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Internet of things and services – the connected city of the future:
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http://bit.ly/1luiNzT

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Connected vehicle:
http://bit.ly/1fKwOpg
Bosch user experience – head up display of the future:
http://bit.ly/1fC0hBF
mySpin – in vehicle smartphone integration:
http://bit.ly/1eosaxc
Electronic horizon: predictive navigation:
http://bit.ly/1bO0Vg3
Automated driving:
http://bit.ly/NyS2vF

 

 

Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its 2013 sales came to 30.7 billion euros, or 66 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers (note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Automotive Technology largely operates in the following areas: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, alternative powertrain concepts, efficient and networked powertrain peripherals, systems for active and passive driving safety, assistance and comfort functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, and concepts, technology, and service for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.


PI8474 - 05. March 2014

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Stuttgart and Kelsterbach – The move toward alternative forms of energy is taking shape in Kelsterbach, a town close to Frankfurt, Germany. Bosch is supplying a flexible energy storage system for a housing complex that is currently under construction there, which comprises 180 townhouses. The system has an installed capacity of 135 kilowatt-hours. “On paper, this is the equivalent of the daily power requirements of ten average four-person households,” says the Bosch project manager Wolfgang Mollenkopf. The customer is Süwag Erneuerbare Energien GmbH, which is promoting the move toward alternative forms of energy with a concept of its own. The start of operation is planned for the middle of May.


Contribution to a decentralized power supply

The energy storage system meets one of the greatest challenges of decentralized power supplies. The housing complex's combined heat and power unit and solar power station do not always generate power when it is needed. Thanks to the battery, the extra power can be stored and made available later on. “We are pleased that our technology is helping Süwag implement its pioneering concept,” says Cordelia Thielitz, who is in charge of stationary energy storage systems at Bosch.


The highest possible level of self-sufficiency

“Enka,” as the new housing complex is called, is being built on the site of a former factory. The construction company Deutsche Reihenhaus AG is building 180 townhouses there. A mixed-use development and a business park will be built in a second phase of construction. When completed, the neighborhood should be able to meet a large share of its own energy needs, since it will be equipped with two combined heat and power units in addition to peak load boilers, solar power, heat storage, and electricity storage systems. The system will use the power generated in the complex in the best way possible. The efficient combined heat and power unit will meet the base load. A natural gas-powered internal combustion engine in the unit will generate electricity with the help of a generator. The heat generated in the engine as a result of combustion will be used to heat buildings or water.


Since less power is consumed at night, the large Bosch battery stores energy and releases it whenever it is needed, for instance in the morning. “It's a similar picture with solar energy,” says Cordelia Thielitz. “The sun shines and delivers a lot of energy during the day, when families aren't generally at home. The battery stores the energy until it is needed in the evening.” In terms of its power supply, Süwag aims to make the complex as self-sufficient as possible. “Every kilowatt hour that doesn't need to travel great distances reduces the need to invest in and expand the grid. It also makes integrating renewable sources of energy into the wider system easier,” the company says.


Consumers within the residential complex are directly connected to the power generation system. As a result, there are no transmission charges or similar costs. And for residents, electricity rates are significantly cheaper than usual. The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences is providing the project with scientific support.


Turnkey energy storage systems

The Bosch turnkey energy storage system makes use of lithium-ion technology. The storage unit is some seven meters wide, about 60 centimeters deep, and 1.8 meters high. It is located in a machine room on site. Its capacity and electronics are precisely aligned to the needs of the complex's power grid.


The storage system has an output of 50 kilowatts and can be charged or discharged within two hours. Thanks to its inverter, power can be fed into and drawn from the customer network. The right battery system management and Bosch experience in the area of battery charging and discharging increase battery life. Bosch plans, engineers, and builds a range of storage systems, up to megawatt-hour capacity. In this way, Bosch makes an important contribution to sustainable power supplies, true to the company's strategic imperative “Invented for life.”


Background: energy storage systems

Energy storage systems are a key element in the move toward alternative forms of energy. They make it possible to better utilize wind and solar power, whose availability can fluctuate widely. Solar power can be made available at night, and wind power can be stored for times when winds slacken. A Bosch-commissioned study published by Öko-Institut e.V. in Freiburg rightly describes energy storage as a strategically important field of technology. Such systems will play a decisive role in the development of a decentralized power-supply infrastructure.


First and foremost, they can compensate for fluctuations in power generated from the wind and the sun. At the same time, they can act as a buffer for use in the event of unforeseen fluctuations. As a result, energy storage systems make it easier to integrate renewable sources of energy into existing power networks. This makes them an important part of smart grids, as well as an alternative to network expansion. Moreover, they help harmonize power supply and demand.


Background: combined heat and power units

Combined heat and power (CHP) units generate electricity and heat with either fossil fuels or renewable sources of energy. CHP uses the same amount of energy to generate twice the benefit. With conventional technologies, heat and power are generally generated separately. CHP combines the two, thus reducing the need for fuel. In a study written for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the government energy agency EnergieAgentur.NRW writes: “Its application offers enormous potential for protecting the climate and conserving resources.” If a CHP unit is needed to generate heat on a cold winter's night, for instance, the power generated at the same time can be stored in the battery until the next morning. 


Contact:
Kerstin Rittler,
phone: +49 711 3653-1524

Internet:
Süwag information on the project:
http://bit.ly/1eZyBGn (only available in German)
http://bit.ly/1fcP1dV (only available in German)
Öko-Institut study:
http://bit.ly/10ORVgr (only available in German)


The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”


The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH. 


Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.comhttp://twitter.com/BoschPresse.


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Stuttgart/Samara – The Bosch Group has laid the foundation stone for its new plant in Russia: from 2015, Bosch automotive technology will also be rolling off the assembly line in Samara. The site itself covers a total surface area of some 200,000 square meters, the equivalent of about 29 soccer fields. The buildings will offer some 22,000 square meters of floor space and will be used for manufacturing, administration, and logistics. They will also house the site's power and media supply as well as a cafeteria. By the end of 2016, the global supplier of technology and services will have invested some 50 million euros in Samara. When work is completed, some 500 associates will be working there.

As a result of low vehicle density and vehicle age – almost every second car in Russia is older than ten years – Bosch expects the country's annual vehicle production to grow continuously, from almost two million today to some three million in 2020. "The new manufacturing site in Samara is the next step in our long-term strategy. We aim to expand our presence in this region and seize the opportunities that the market offers," says Gerhard Pfeifer, president of the Bosch Group in Russia and CIS, at the official laying of the foundation stone. "This investment reflects our positive expectations of the Russian market."

Nikolai Merkushkin, the governor of the Samara region, is also pleased about the Bosch Group's investment. "The commitment of a major global player like Bosch is significant for the Samara region's economic and social development. The location is becoming more attractive for investors and local specialists alike," Merkushkin said.



Production for local customers
Until now, the Chassis Systems Control, Starter Motors and Generators, and Diesel Systems divisions have been present in Samara. In the future, the Electric Drives division will also have a home here. With the new plant, Bosch aims to manufacture automotive technologies primarily for local customers. These will include, for instance, anti-lock braking systems, starters and generators, common rail injectors for commercial vehicles, and windshield wiper systems. "By adding another local production site, we will be closer to our customers and will thus be better able to respond to their needs," said the Bosch representative Gerhard Pfeifer. "The location in the European part of Russia is perfectly suited to this aim, not least because of the region's highly-qualified specialist workforce and excellent infrastructure."

Presence in Russia
The Bosch Thermotechnology division is currently building a new manufacturing site at its Engels location. From the summer of 2014, Bosch and Buderus wall-hung boilers and industrial-scale boilers will be produced there. Bosch's Automotive Aftermarket, Gasoline Systems, Diesel Systems, and Power Tools divisions already have a presence in Engels. After Engels, Samara will be the second Bosch plant to manufacture automotive technology in Russia. In addition to this, Bosch is investing more than 100 million euros in its new Russian headquarters in Moscow, which will have a total floor space of 57,000 square meters. The official opening of the new headquarters is scheduled for the second half of 2014.

Bosch has been present in Russia since 1904. The country was one of the first outside Germany in which a sales organization was established. The Bosch Group locations in Engels, Togliatti, and St. Petersburg manufacture automotive equipment, power tools, packaging technology, and household appliances. Once thermotechnology production begins, all four Bosch business sectors – Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology – will have a presence in Russia. With its more than 3,000 local associates, the company generated sales of about one billion euros in Russia in 2012.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH. 

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.comhttp://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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The online portal Drivelog-a Bosch subsidiary based in Berlin-has signed a collaboration agreement that extends its range of workshops in Germany to include services from TÜV Rheinland testing centers and those of the testing service provider's partner workshops. This arrangement will allow Drivelog users to find out which of the 140 TÜV Rheinland test centers across Germany has appointments available for general vehicle inspections in their area. If desired, users can book an appointment directly.

Under this cooperation agreement, Drivelog and TÜV Rheinland will also be developing automotive information and online tools.
“Our partnership with TÜV Rheinland allows us to develop additional services and innovative ideas that will provide Drivelog users with an even higher level of quality and safety,” says Florian Bankoley, Managing Director of Bosch subsidiary Mobility Media GmbH, which runs the free online portal Drivelog. “This will help to develop our driver portal into an online tool that will accompany Drivelog users' vehicles throughout their service life.”
In addition to vehicle evaluation, there are plans to develop such features as special online vehicle certification. Drivers who record their mileage and service appointments in the digital service log on drivelog.de, or who allow their workshop to do so, can have these entries certified by TÜV Rheinland. This provides Drivelog users with a seal of quality that offers them actual benefits when, for example, reselling their vehicles. Users can also access selected TÜV Rheinland services via the online portal, including used car inspections or reports for accidental damage.

Access Typical Defects for any Vehicle
In the near future, TÜV Rheinland will provide Drivelog users with information about the typical defects and weaknesses for their respective vehicles. This data will be provided in the Drivelog portal so that users can assess the problems they may have to face, depending on the age and mileage of their vehicles.

Drivelog Displays All Vehicle Costs at a Glance
The Drivelog online portal allows drivers to maintain a constant overview of all costs, key data and other information relating to their cars. Accessed at www.drivelog.de, the portal offers a cost-monitoring function and a digital service log. It can locate the nearest vehicle workshop and cheapest gas station, and offers a range of eCommerce options, such as a tire shop. Drivelog is the first service portal to combine mobility services for both drivers and workshops. TÜV Rheinland recently undertook a comprehensive review of how user-friendly the online portal www.drivelog.de is with the TÜV Rheinland “website check” function and awarded it accordingly.

Reader contact:
Robert Bosch GmbH
Automotive Aftermarket
Phone: +49 (0) 9001 942010
Email: Kundenberatung.KFZ-Technik@de.bosch.com

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 17,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 16,000 franchises. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 600 “AutoCrew” partners.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-automotive.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

 

PI8467 - 21. February 2014

 


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Bosch Engineering GmbH is systems development partner to nanoFLOWCELL AG for the development of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine electric sports sedan.


The wholly-owned Bosch subsidiary’s key task is to design the powertrain system for this prototype four-seater sports car, with the development work focused on system integration, energy management, and the control system for high-voltage and low-voltage components. Bosch Engineering is applying its expert understanding of the interrelationships between drive system, chassis, and multimedia to develop a vehicle system architecture that is tailored to this electrically powered sports sedan. This includes designing a complete on-board communication system to guarantee high-performance, fail-safe data communication between vehicle systems and components.

 

Bosch Engineering is also responsible for developing the vehicle control unit for energy management, the antilock braking system, the instrument cluster, and the body computer for managing the central vehicle electrical system. Bosch Engineering specializes in meeting the unique requirements of small-scale series and high-performance vehicles, drawing on components and systems taken from Bosch large-scale automotive series production as part of its solutions. The company’s engineers and developers are collaborating closely with nanoFLOWCELL AG in flexible project teams to develop new functions and to design electronic systems tailored to the requirements of an electrically powered sports sedan. This entails integrating all electric and electronic components into a single high-performance, fail-safe system. The aim is to work with the research and development center based in Liechtenstein on further developing the vehicle systems for the QUANT as well as the control system for its storage technology.

 

 Using Bosch know-how to meet the unique requirements of ambitious projects
As a development partner, Bosch Engineering GmbH, based in Abstatt, Germany, uses its systems know-how to take proven Bosch technology from large-scale series production and adapt it to small-scale series and prototypes. It focuses its activities on developing solutions that work across different systems. Bosch Engineering’s development and application experts support their customers all the way from developing concepts to approving series production for project volumes of all sizes. “We specialize in ambitious projects with special challenges. Our work takes Bosch automotive innovations from series production and applies them to small-scale series production. Everything we do is focused on the needs of our customers. Our fast, flexible development teams design and develop tailor-made, networked electronic systems for unique vehicles,” explains Bernhard Bihr, President of Bosch Engineering GmbH in describing the Bosch subsidiary’s activities.

 

 

Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is headquartered in Abstatt, Germany. Since 1999, Bosch Engineering has been offering engineering services for automotive, industrial and marine applications, railway and commercial vehicles, off-highway applications, as well as powersports – independent of the actual production numbers needed.

 

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch-engineering.com

 

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

 

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and  www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.


PI8466 - 21. February 2014

 

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2014.02.19 10:53

[Bosch] Diesel is the first choice for SUVs Car/BOSCH2014.02.19 10:53


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Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are rapidly conquering the streets of the western world – and there are Bosch diesel components in almost all of them. The ten most popular SUVs in Germany all feature Bosch injection technology, which reduces fuel consumption by ensuring efficient combustion. Bosch common-rail injection systems are also found in many compact SUVs. This popular class brings the benefits of an off-road vehicle to everyday driving: being more compact and more economical, these SUVs fit right in to the urban environment. 


Registration figures from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority confirm this SUV growth trend. With the rise of models such as the VW Tiguan, the BMW X3, and the Audi Q5, every sixth new vehicle registered in Germany is now an SUV. In the United States, they already have a market share of 30 percent. And the next few years will see a further global SUV surge, with some 50 new models set for launch by 2017 alone. 


Diesel is an advantage for SUVs

Many people choose SUVs for their higher driving position and excellent all-round visibility. Their robust chassis is another good reason, as is the flexibility of their seating. But this increase in comfort should not come at too high a price in terms of fuel consumption. “Diesel is the first choice for SUVs,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, president of the Diesel Systems division at Robert Bosch GmbH. The statistics back him up: in Europe alone, some 80 percent of SUVs are diesel-powered. 


“Their combination of high torque and fuel economy makes diesel powertrains ideal for larger vehicles,” explains Dr. Heyn. As well as making large models more fun to drive, high torque gives even compact SUVs plenty of power to tow caravans and boats. Efficient high-pressure direct injection reduces fuel consumption and hence increases range. Today's diesel-powered cars can travel around 30 percent further on a single tank than their gasoline equivalents, which means drivers can keep going for long periods without having to stop for fuel. What's more, modern diesel SUVs make less noise, running quietly and with less vibration.


U.S. manufacturers are also beginning to offer diesel SUVs

When it comes to U.S. or Asian producers' SUVs, diesel engines are something of a rarity. An exception is Chrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee. For a long time, it was the only U.S. SUV for which there was a diesel version. In the next few years it will be joined by further U.S. models. But the majority of non-European SUVs are gasoline-powered. Here, buyers should appreciate a modern gasoline direct-injection system, which offers more dynamic performance while achieving a fuel saving of 12 percent compared to traditional manifold injection.


There is another alternative powertrain for SUVs: the plug-in hybrid. Combining an economical internal-combustion engine with powerful electrification, this system offers drivers a range of up to 60 kilometers of purely electric driving. Since plug-in hybrid powertrains are significantly more expensive, they currently appeal above all to customers for whom driving enjoyment is the key consideration, because their additional electric drive delivers even more dynamic performance. However, charging a plug-in hybrid regularly at a power outlet can cut energy costs by up to 90 percent.


Fuel Pilot identifies the right powertrain

Plug-in hybrids are still a niche product today, but over the next few years they will become more mainstream. Until that happens, though, the majority of people looking to buy an SUV will face the choice between diesel or gasoline. They can turn to www.fuel-pilot.de for support: the online portal offers a free comparison of how cost-effective the different powertrain options are for their chosen vehicle. It takes into account factors such as fuel, servicing costs, insurance, tax, and depreciation to tell drivers which powertrain is the best one for them. For instance, the diesel option effectively pays for itself as soon as you buy the Mercedes ML 350. And diesel engines also score well in compact SUVs such as the Opel Mokka, with 20 percent less fuel consumption than the gasoline-powered model and around a third more torque for greater driving enjoyment.


Automotive Technology is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, its 2013 sales came to 30.7 billion euros, or 66 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers (note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Automotive Technology largely operates in the following areas: injection technology for internal-combustion engines, alternative powertrain concepts, efficient and networked powertrain peripherals, systems for active and passive driving safety, assistance and comfort functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as car-to-car and Car2X communication, and concepts, technology, and service for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch has been responsible for important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP® anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology. 


The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”


Further information is available online at www.bosch.com  and  www.bosch-press.comhttp://twitter.com/BoschPresse.


PI8460 - 18. February 2014


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