Press release #Electrified mobility

Bosch’s electromobility strategy at a glance

Joern Ebberg

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Pillar #1: Systems expertise is a USP

Bosch believes the key to leading the electromobility market lies in its comprehensive systems approach. When it comes to components, the company relies on its comprehensive systems expertise. “Our customers benefit from our expertise in intelligently linking all the components in the powertrain. This broad-based systems expertise is our USP. It is a source of huge business potential for Bosch,” says Dr. Mathias Pillin, who is responsible for electromobility activities at Bosch. The Bosch portfolio includes key components of the electrical powertrain, such as the electric motor, power electronics, and battery systems. The production of a new 48-volt battery for hybrid vehicles started at the end of 2018.

Our electric motors and electric axle drive are already the benchmark for energy efficiency.

Dr. Mathias Pillin, responsible for electromobility activities at Bosch

Pillar #2: Energy efficiency as the prime development objective

To further increase electric vehicles’ range, Bosch has been working for many years to improve the energy efficiency of individual components and the system as a whole. “Our electric motors and electric axle drive are already the benchmark for energy efficiency. In the end, affordable range is the key to helping electromobility achieve a breakthrough. Achieving this depends on smart interaction among all the components of the powertrain,” Pillin says. The reasoning behind this is the less electricity the motor and other components consume, the long the battery charge will last, and the greater the range. This is an area in which the company’s engineers are working on new generations of electric motors, inverters, and battery systems. Modified thermal management systems can increase electric cars’ range by up to 20 percent. And special battery-management systems allow the best possible management of batteries. In this way, the efficiency of individual cells can be further increased.

Pillar #3: Standardization means speed

Bosch is certain that the electromobility market will grow rapidly in the years ahead. The company’s latest forecasts assume that some 20 percent of all newly registered passenger cars and light duty vehicles will be plug-in hybrids or electric cars by 2025. By 2030, it will be more than 25 percent. About 70 percent of vehicles will then still be driven by combustion engines, some of them with electrical support from 48-volt systems. It is in this volatile environment that today’s diverse providers of electromobility operate – from classic OEMs via auto start-ups to companies from completely different industries. Bosch is capable of meeting diverse development times and requirements. Bosch believes one main driver will be the standardization of components and systems. For the company, this is the basis for making mass-market electromobility scalable and affordable. Bosch is currently demonstrating this with its eAxle, the next-generation electrical powertrain. Bosch sells this electric axle drive to a wide range of customers – to established automakers and start-ups alike. Here, Bosch customers also benefit from the company’s global research and engineering network. The latter allows the company to carry out projects flexibly and close to its customers, whether in China, Europe, or North America.

Bosch expertise relates to the entire electromobility ecosystem

In the electromobility business, no other automotive supplier is as broadly diversified as Bosch. Bosch electrical powertrain components already feature in more than one million vehicles around the world. The supplier of technology and services has carried out more than 30 production-related projects together with established automakers and start-ups around the world. It is the market leader in China, the world’s biggest and fastest-growing electric-vehicle market. Bosch technology can be found in practically every class of vehicle: the supplier of technology and services develops and manufactures components for electric bicycles, scooters, passenger cars, and commercial vehicles. Bosch covers the entire electromobility ecosystem. Bosch is partnering with various automakers to give drivers of electric vehicles access to some 40,000 charge spots in eight European countries – with the help of charging apps, for example.

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Mobility is the largest Bosch Group business sector. According to preliminary figures, it generated sales of 56.3 billion euros in 2023, and thus contributed almost 60 percent of total sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s 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 429,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2023). The company generated sales of 91.6 billion euros in 2023. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. With its business activities, the company aims to use technology to help shape universal trends such as automation, electrification, digitalization, connectivity, and an orientation to sustainability. In this context, Bosch’s broad diversification across regions and industries strengthens its innovativeness and robustness. Bosch uses its proven expertise in sensor technology, software, and services to offer customers cross-domain solutions from a single source. It also applies its expertise in connectivity and artificial intelligence in order to develop and manufacture user-friendly, sustainable products. With technology that is “Invented for life,” Bosch wants to help improve quality of life and conserve natural resources. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 470 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. Bosch’s innovative strength is key to the company’s further development. At 136 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 90,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 48,000 are software engineers.

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