Bosch has announced that it sees electrification as a future growth area in India, with the small-vehicle segment driving the move towards mass electrification. In line with being able to address this future trend, the company said it is ready to offer its portfolio of electrified solutions for the local market. Bosch is currently in advanced stages of development and plans to move into series production in Indian market after 2018 by its Indian entity, Bosch Ltd, providing end-to-end electrified solutions adapted to the Indian market.
Bosch is claimed to offer a wide range of electrification solutions for two-wheelers, with the scooter segment being the one where it sees particular potential for electromobility in India. Additionally, Bosch Ltd is set to increase the regional competence for electrified solutions. Bosch is following its localisation strategy and aims to develop a comprehensive electrification system for India, taking the country’s environmental conditions and powertrain requirements into account. As a pilot project, the powertrain system was integrated to define the adaptations required in order to create a powertrain platform specifically tailored to the India market, the company said. Bosch Ltd will also work with other relevant Bosch entities in India to develop electrification solutions.
Bosch’s electrification systems can be integrated with any light vehicle, thus helping manufacturers with their go-to-market strategy. The solution is scalable across all performance classes between 0.25-20 kW, and delivers high performance even under challenging circumstances, the company said. The team at Bosch India is said to have been working on this solution since 2016, and worked on areas such as prototype development and system integration.
The company noted that the Central Government’s initiative of targeting to have an all-electric fleet in India by 2030, and the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles (FAME) program offer it a competitive edge. Bosch provides customised solutions to be able to contribute in achieving this target, given that necessary infrastructure is being set in place. It has also developed an integrated electrification system including motor, control unit, battery, charger, display, and app that can power light two, three and four-wheel electric vehicles.
Additionally, with India currently being the largest two-wheeler market in the world, Bosch believes that electric two-wheelers can resolve the mile connectivity concerns of the country. Bosch said that according to a study, about 1.2 mn electric two-wheelers are set to hit the local market by 2020, and that demand for electromobility has grown substantially over the past few years. Bosch is said to offer the full-line of solutions required to meet the needs of the Indian two-wheeler market, with its technology being adaptable to meet demands of the performance segment.
The company noted that electromobility will play an important role in meeting the requirements of intra-city travel, with added advantages including lower maintenance requirement and noise-free vehicle. There is also the fact that shared, and connected mobility is pre-requisites to electromobility.
Peter Tyroller, Member, Board of Management, Bosch Group, responsible for Asia Pacific, said Bosch sees three trends for future mobility – automate, connected and electrified. He added that small-vehicle segments will drive the transition to mass electrification, as urban dwellers seek a simple and affordable alternative to conventional standards. “Today, the Indian supplier base is fragmented for electromobility solutions. With the current powertrain offerings from Bosch India, the company is aiming to bridge this gap and have the first mover advantage,” Tyroller noted. He also said there are many vehicles in the Indian automotive market at present that have the scope to be electrified, and this makes India a great incubator for an electric future.