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Release date- 30092013 - Protecting the environment is an important pillar of Bosch business activities. In nearly all its divisions, the company is working on technologies and services that will make greater energy efficiency possible. Even today, Bosch generates more than 40 percent of its sales with technology and products that protect the environment and conserve resources.
Of global energy demand, 28 percent is due to transportation, 32 percent to industry, and 40 percent to buildings. In all these areas, Bosch is working to save energy. In its own manufacturing operations, Bosch works efficiently and conserves resources, and offers products and solutions that are economical and optimize energy consumption. Bosch solutions intelligently link and control the generation and consumption of electricity and heat. Since the company was founded, energy conversion has been a core Bosch competence. The product portfolio for improving energy efficiency ranges from systems for economical internal-combustion engines and electromobility to the recycling of automotive components, to energy-saving heating systems and household appliances, and to highly efficient hydraulic powertrains.
Sustainable mobility and powertrain solutions
Intensive research activities play a major role in making Bosch a market and innovation leader in electronic powertrain and safety systems. And in diesel and gasoline engines as well, there are technological possibilities for reducing consumption even further. Through further downsizing and improved combustion, an extra 20 percent of fuel can be saved compared with 2012 levels. On the basis of this improved technology, even the strict CO2 limits that are in the pipeline for the EU in 2020 will be achievable for smaller vehicles. In the case of larger vehicles, an electrification of the powertrain may be necessary as well. For its diesel and gasoline injection systems, Bosch has recently started using ultrashort laser pulses to drill extremely tiny holes in its injection nozzles. It is the first manufacturer to do so. Compared with a conventional system, gasoline direct injection offers a fuel saving of up to 15 percent. This new laser drilling process also helps achieve a significant reduction in emissions.
The future belongs to electromobility. In this area, Bosch is already a recognized authority, supplying key components such as electric motors, power electronics, regenerative braking systems, and battery systems. A volume market here will likely only develop after 2020. But by the end of 2014 at the latest Bosch will have completed 30 projects relating to powertrain electrification in production vehicles. By the end of the decade, Bosch wants to have more than doubled batteries' energy density, and to have developed motor designs that can make do with a smaller quantity of rare earth elements, or possibly no such elements at all. If all-electric vehicles are to become established, it will be important for them to be fun to drive, comfortable, and affordable. This was the secret behind the rapid rise of e-bikes.
That said, the road to electromobility will be a long one. Until then, innovative hybrid solutions will necessarily play a significant role. For example, plug-in hybrids combine all-electric driving in urban areas with effective long-range mobility in one and the same vehicle. And using another technical alternative, hydraulic hybrids, Bosch improves the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of mobile machinery, buses, and garbage collection trucks.
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