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Safety and Performance like A Modern Bosch Battery Bosch Automotive Tradition Reproduces Historic Starter Battery in its Original Black Design

  • Powerful classic battery in historic black design
  • Modern inner workings ensure high performance with the best safety and durability, and almost completely recyclable
  • Reproduction launches with six different 6 V batteries
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  • March 14, 2014
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The classic Bosch black starter battery is now once again available directly from the manufacturer. As part of a reproduction project, Bosch Automotive Tradition has reissued the battery in its original design. While the battery exterior matches its historic counterpart, Bosch relies on modern technology and quality standards for the inner workings. Reproductions of the historic batteries therefore offer the same high safety standards and long service life as modern starter batteries from Bosch. The batteries can also be almost completely recycled. Initially, six versions of the black Bosch 6 V battery are available, costing between EUR 50 and EUR 210 plus VAT. There is the option of manufacturing 12 V batteries in the future.

Technological History: Starter Batteries for Passenger Cars Manufactured by Bosch Since 1927
Bosch was already producing the first batteries for motor cycles in 1922. The first range of car batteries followed in 1927 – hard rubber housing was still being used then. In 1955 black plastic housing was initially provided for motor cycle batteries, and Bosch converted from hard rubber to plastic housings for its passenger cars in 1962. The classic black design was finally replaced in 1966 with the introduction of direct cell connectors.

Thanks to modern technology, the batteries reproduced by Bosch Automotive Tradition featuring the historic black housing provide starting power that is up to 70% more powerful than the original battery. In addition, the batteries are more stable and almost completely recyclable. The reproduction of the black Bosch original battery design means that an important spare part is now available, allowing engine compartments of classic cars to reclaim their original appearance.

Parts, Expertise and Passion for Vintage Car Enthusiasts
In addition to reproducing parts according to original manufacturing documents and repair concepts, Bosch Automotive Tradition, the Bosch Classic Division, offers a comprehensive knowledge database, including installation instructions, lists of equipment and spare parts, and links to possible spare products, recording tables and usage records at Fans of classic cars can also find rare spare parts and discontinued products from Bosch via the online shop Bosch Automotive Tradition is also involved in classic car fairs and rallies with vintage cars.

Robert Bosch GmbH
Automotive Aftermarket
Telefon 09001 942010

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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