Bosch has announced it will be setting up an operating unit specifically for electromobility, which will be part of its new Powertrain Solutions division. This is in line with the company estimating that nearly 20 million hybrids and electric vehicles will be produced in 2025, and that electromobility is an area of future importance. From the beginning of 2018, the Powertrain Solutions division, with 88,000 associates, will include the company’s electromobility activities as well as its present Gasoline Systems and Diesel Systems divisions, Bosch said. This is expected to make Bosch supply existing and new customers with all powertrain technologies from a single source in the future
Bosch said that in addition to expanding electromobility, it will work intensively on further improving combustion-engine technology. In addition to the 20 million new hybrids and electric vehicles on the world’s roads in 2025, there will be some 85 million new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, it noted. The company is said to be investing several billion euros on further improving powertrain solutions, with investments of 400 million euros annually in electromobility alone. Most of the investment in electromobility has gone into battery research and development.
The Powertrain Solutions division will focus on three core segments - passenger cars and trucks with combustion engines and hybrid powertrains, and electric vehicles. Bosch said that this involves wide-ranging challenges. While the company sees huge growth potential in electromobility and commercial vehicles, the main focus on passenger cars with combustion engines will be on improving efficiency. Technical innovations will be needed for all powertrain solutions, as only companies with products that further reduce fuel consumption and emissions will remain competitive over the long term, Bosch noted.
Bosch will develop all these technologies in parallel, since this is the only way it will be able to react quickly and flexibly to changes in the market, across all areas relating to powertrain. Powertrain Solutions will bring together roughly 88,000 associates at more than 60 locations in 25 countries around the world.
Dr Rolf Bulander, Chairman, Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector and Member, board of management, Robert Bosch GmbH, said the company is strategically prepared for the shift to electric driving. As it is still unclear which powertrain or combination of powertrains will dominate when, Bosch is taking a two-pronged approach by continuing to extend expertise and knowledge in electromobility and combustion engines, he added. Dr Bulander noted that in future, the Powertrain Solutions division will offer a wide-ranging portfolio of technologies that will make travel more efficient, economical, and eco-friendly for people.