Press release #Mobility

METSTRADE: Bosch presents platform solution for electric boat drives

The future of electrified drives

  • With the new electric drive system platform (EDSP), Bosch Engineering offers a system solution for simple, fast integration into the boat
  • Platform solution based on proven, powerful, and compact components from the automotive sector
  • Drive components can be purchased individually and integrated independently into existing systems
Cornelia Dürr

Cornelia Dürr


Abstatt – Stricter environmental requirements and emissions standards around the world are strengthening electrification in the maritime industry. This is a trend seen not only at shipyards and many boat manufacturers. Increasing customer demands for an eco-friendlier solution are also spurring the industry on. With its electrification solutions for recreational boats and yachts, Bosch Engineering intends to play a key role in driving this change in the maritime sector. To do this, drive components and system solutions are available to boat manufacturers. At METSTRADE, Bosch Engineering will present its new platform solution for the first time. “With our electrification solutions, we support low-emission and sustainable shipping. Whether boat manufacturers require an individual or platform solution, we want to offer them the optimal solution for their needs. In addition to providing original equipment, our solutions can also be used to retrofit existing fleets of boats,” explains Philip Kurek, who is responsible for off-highway and maritime solutions at Bosch Engineering.

Electric drive system platform: simple integration thanks to platform approach

With the electric drive system platform (EDSP), Bosch Engineering offers boat manufacturers a solution for electric boat drives. This comprises Bosch’s own drive components, such as the electric motor, inverter, and transmission, as well as all other relevant components, such as the high-voltage battery, charger, and cable harnesses. Users also receive a description of all the key information they need to incorporate the technology into their boat. This includes a system manual, component specifications, electronic control unit software, and a startup packet. In addition, the EDSP approach significantly shortens the development time to series use. With the EDSP, boat manufacturers benefit from a complete, predefined solution that can be installed quickly and cost-effectively in recreational boats or yachts.

Highly dynamic electric drive offers new degree of enjoyment

Boat manufacturers receive individual components that they can even integrate into their systems themselves. For this purpose, a Bosch electric motor with an optional transmission and an inverter with an integrated DC/DC converter and an electronic control unit are available. The motors are available in 90 and 140 kW power levels. The design of the 400 V permanent magnet synchronous motor is characterized by a high-power density and very high efficiency. The inverter is equipped with a powerful DC/DC converter for supplying the 12 V onboard power supply system. The transmission impresses with its high efficiency and quiet, low-maintenance operation.

The compact dimensions enable boat manufacturers to easily integrate the components even into small spaces or to retrofit existing applications. The low overall weight of the components allows the maximum range of the boot to be increased. The dynamic behavior of the electric drive offers a new level of enjoyment when piloting yachts and recreational boats.

Visitors and interested parties can find out more about Bosch Engineering’s electrification solutions at METSTRADE at booth 07.218.

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About Bosch Engineering GmbH
Bosch Engineering GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH and is head-quartered in Abstatt, Germany. As a systems development partner to the automotive industry since 1999, the company with its more than 3,300 associates offers development services for powertrains, safety and convenience systems, and electrical and electronic systems – from the original concept to series production. Specialized in electronics and software, it draws on Bosch’s proven large-scale series production technology to develop tailored solutions for a wide variety of applications in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, off-highway and recreational vehicles, and in rail applications, ships, and industry. Bosch Engineering GmbH also coordinates all the Bosch Group’s motorsports activities.
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Mobility is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2023, its sales came to 56.2 billion euros, or just under 60 percent of total Group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading mobility suppliers. Bosch Mobility 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 electrification, software and services, semiconductors and sensors, vehicle computers, advanced driver assistance systems, systems for vehicle dynamics control, repair-shop concepts, as well as 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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