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EU recognizes “eco-innovation”: Clean, economical driving with Bosch navigation Reduction in fuel consumption and emissions

  • EU-recognized Bosch “eco-innovation” uses navigation data to achieve benefits that can for the first time be used as credits to offset CO2 fleet emissions
  • Bosch system proactively manages the battery charge state in hybrid vehicles and facilitates optimized energy recovery
  • Cash-value benefits for vehicle fleets
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  • November 11, 2013
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Bosch has now received EU approval for a system for hybrid vehicles that the EU considers “an innovative technology for reducing CO2 emissions”. The system uses navigation data to adjust the vehicle's battery charge state. The technology that the EU Commission furthermore described as an “eco-innovation” thus provides a benefit that can be used as a credit to offset the passenger car fleet emissions of the respective automobile manufacturer.

Hybrid vehicles, in contrast to conventional vehicles, are able to recuperate some energy during braking by using their electric motor as a generator to charge the battery. Since a sufficient amount of energy must always be kept available in the battery for electrical driving, it is not always possible to fully exploit the potential of braking energy recuperation in hybrid vehicles. This is particularly the case on long downhill stretches of road or when the brakes are applied very frequently. In such situations, the battery becomes “too full” too soon if it has not been sufficiently depleted beforehand.

Navigation data optimizes the aggregate energy consumption
Using topographical navigation data such as uphill and downhill gradients and curve radii, the innovative Bosch system is able to determine which sections of the route are suitable for recovering braking energy. A long time before the vehicle reaches these sections, the system adjusts the level of battery charge based on the navigation data so that optimum recuperation will be possible. “With the intelligent link between extended navigation data and special powertrain control algorithms, we ensure that both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced significantly,” says Dr. Michael Bolle, Executive Vice President Engineering of the Bosch Car Multimedia division.

Within the scope of EU certification, this Bosch development is considered a CO2-reducing measure. By linking the navigation system to the hybrid vehicle's driving strategy, the Bosch system provides a per-vehicle benefit that can be used as a credit to offset the fleet emissions of the respective carmaker – it can therefore also avert penalties that would be imposed when the legally prescribed average CO2 emission limit is exceeded.

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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