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First Hybridization for Diesel Engines Worldwide Bosch Axle Split Hybrid Drive Honoured with Automechanika Innovation Award

  • Diesel-hybrid drive saves up to 35% of fuel
  • Joint development by Bosch and PSA Peugeot Citroën
  • Bosch provides the core components for the electric drive
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  • September 11, 2012
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Together with PSA Bosch developed the Axle Split hybrid system, the world’s first diesel-hybrid drive. The combination of a combustion engine and an electric rear axle drive reduces the fuel consumption by up to 35% in comparison to the pure diesel engine. Incorporated into the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, series production of the new drive started towards the end of 2011. The Bosch Axle Split hybrid drive was now honoured with the Innovation Award 2012 of Fair Automechanika Frankfurt in the category “OE Products & Services”. The award stands for products and solutions that among other things stand out for their great degree of innovation and which contribute to economic efficiency and environmental protection.

The main hybrid components for the Axle Split drive were developed by Bosch engineers in close cooperation with the PSA group. The compact hybrid components – two electric motors, a double inverter and the battery – do not require much installation space and can be integrated into existing drive systems without great efforts. The compact electric rear axle, the double inverter and the battery are perfectly integrated into the rear part of the vehicle. Meanwhile, PSA also produces the model Peugeot 508 as a station wagon RXH and limousine HYbrid 4 and Citroen DS5 as HYbrid 4 with Axle Split drive.

Emission-free driving in urban traffic, four-wheel drive for critical situations
Apart from considerably optimized consumption and increased efficiency the combustion engine at the front and the electric motor at the rear axle bring about a four wheel drive with consumption benefit. In urban stop-and-go traffic or at low speeds the electric motor can also work as only drive and move the vehicle without any emissions. When accelerating more the electric drive at the rear axle works as a booster and thus increases the fun to drive.

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 18,000 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 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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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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