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German Motor Club’s (VCD) 2012-2013 list of eco-friendly cars Vehicle with Bosch natural gas system named most eco-friendly car

  • Bosch natural gas/gasoline injection system for Volkswagen eco up!
  • CO2 emissions of only 79 grams per kilometer
  • Bosch offers fuel injection technologies which are suitable for a range of alternative fuels
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  • August 30, 2012
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The Volkswagen eco up! has topped the German Motor Club’s (VCD)
2012-2013 list of eco-friendly vehicles. The car is equipped with a broad range of Bosch drive components. Of all the vehicles in the top ten, the eco up! is the only car that can run on both natural gas and gasoline. Bosch cooperated with Volkswagen to apply the injection technology, and has also supplied the automaker with the engine management system, injectors for gas and gasoline, as well as a mean pressure temperature sensor. The eco up! consumes just 2.9 kg of natural gas per 100 km, which translates into only 79 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer.

Natural gas, which is commonly referred to as CNG (compressed natural gas), is an especially eco-friendly fuel, as the amount of carbon dioxide emitted through its combustion is 25 percent lower than for gasoline. Emissions can be reduced even further if biogas is used. In conjunction with turbocharging, Bosch has already come up with downsizing concepts which can further improve the efficiency and performance of natural-gas powered engines.

A broad range of Bosch solutions enable the use of alternative fuels.
Natural gas and other alternative fuels are gaining significance around the world. For this reason, Bosch has long offered customized engine management systems and fuel injection components, thus expanding its portfolio of solutions for gasoline, diesel, and hybrid vehicles. In addition to natural gas systems, which make it possible to run gasoline engines on both natural gas and gasoline, the Bosch portfolio also comprises systems which allow engines to run on ethanol. Here, the flex-fuel system allows for any blend of ethanol and gasoline and adapts all injection parameters to ensure that the engine runs as smoothly as possible. Biogenic fuels can also be used in a diesel engine, where they improve this engine’s already very favorable carbon footprint. Here too, Bosch offers the right fuel injection technology.

In addition to fuel injection technology, Bosch has also supplied other components for the Volkswagen eco up!, including its airbag control unit, wiper drive, as well as its starter and alternator.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with 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. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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