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Bosch encourages standards in connectivity Electromobility could gradually become a mass market from 2020 Technology of the future is already in series production

  • Electric driving requires networked technology and services
  • Focus on batteries: minimum 300 kilometer range in 2020
  • Electromobility requires commitment to education
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Stuttgart – Bosch is betting on the future of the electric drive. “Electromobility is currently still a niche business, but after 2020 it could very well become a mass market,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, at a panel discussion on the topic of “research and development perspectives in electromobility” in Berlin on Monday evening. To accommodate this development, Bosch is bringing the technology of the future into series production today.

Currently, Bosch is lending its support to the first series production projects such as the Fiat 500e, and is also manufacturing components for advanced plug-in hybrid drives from Porsche and other automakers. This type of electric drive is becoming increasingly popular among buyers. With an eye to the future, Bosch invests some 400 million euros in electromobility research and development each year. The focus is on what will benefit customers in everyday use: “I expect that by 2020, electric cars will have a range of at least 300 kilometers,” Denner said.

Electric driving requires networked technology and services
Denner also stressed that electromobility will extend to more than just cars: “Electric vehicles will be connected vehicles, exchanging information with their environments. This connectivity improves safety as well as driver comfort.” However, there is currently a lack of a general standard for data exchange. Only when all vehicles use the same communication interfaces will it be possible to make services available for all drivers.

The technology group is also preparing for the future in this respect. Denner gave the example of the Hubject project, in which Bosch is helping to establish a comprehensive charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Here, perspectives extend beyond Germany. In the growing megacities of emerging markets, electromobility in conjunction with an intelligent network could help to solve a lot of problems.

Electromobility requires commitment to education
One challenge will need to be confronted in the next few years: “In order to achieve the kind of solutions that electromobility requires, we need well-educated employees,” Denner said. To this end, Bosch is active in initiatives such as partnerships between the Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics and the universities of Reutlingen and Stuttgart. Denner argued that other institutes of higher education as well as training organizations should include electromobility in their curriculums. In this context, he also underlined the necessity of increasing the number of women in technical trades.

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.”

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

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