When this journalist visited Robert Bosch’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany in 2010, the company personnel indicated that Indian automobile market will slowly shift to electrification due to increasing level of carbon emission by vehicles.
After eight years now, Bosch itself showcased to the Indian market about its strength in the electric vehicle sector at Delhi Auto Expo 2018, aiming to lead the clean energy vehicle segment in India.
Auto technology major Bosch is eyeing a major chunk of business in the electric vehicle sector while the Indian government has the vision of achieving 100% electric for public mobility and 40% electric for personal mobility by 2030.
Bosch Ltd, a subsidiary of German automotive technology giant, has demonstrated its skills in electric vehicle sector, attracting the journalists across the country in Delhi.
Bosch, which is so far known as diesel and gasoline vehicle solution leader in India, will get a new colour with its entry into electric vehicle sector too.
The electric vehicle sector is not new to Bosch as already it has been providing solutions to several EV manufacturing OEMs in the European market including Fiat and now it is bringing them to India to acknowledge sudden demand for EVs in the country.
Bosch’s battery electric – demo car showcased in Delhi Auto Show 2018 is fitted with 370V system – electric motor, invertor & battery and 3phase AC synchronous machine integrated with GKN gearbox and its energy source stands at 10kwh Lithium-ion-Battery with on board charger.
The Bosch personnel demonstrating the car said it is a fully electric car built with high voltage system. Integrated Bosch components include SMG 180 Motor by PS/PE manufactured at Bosch, High voltage Li-ion Battery by BBSD manufactured at Bosch, Coolant pump module by ED manufactured at Bosch, VCU Hardware & functionality by RBEI team, Inverter & BMS calibration by RBEI team.
Bosch said it will soon offer end-to-end solutions including drive components and intelligent charging infrastructures, geared towards making electromobility a sustainable reality for vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators in India. The auto technology giant claimed it is committed to the vision of electromobility and is thus providing scalable solutions from 0.25kW to 300kW across segments from two-wheeler to commercial vehicles to make the powertrain more powerful and energy efficient.
“Thanks to the government’s drive, there is a growing demand for more efficient electric vehicles. Bosch strongly believes that its current and future portfolio of electromobility solutions will be one of the key contributing factors that lead to a dynamic ecosystem in the country”, said Soumitra Bhattacharya, managing director, Bosch Limited and president, Bosch India Group, addressing media persons in Delhi.
Agile Project House
To drive forward electromobility business vertical, Bosch has set up a new “Agile Project House” at its operations in India. The project house is working on prototype development and system integration to feasibly get electric vehicles and electromobility solutions on Indian streets. With this approach, Bosch has demonstrated its indigenously developed, fully electric high-voltage vehicle systems with the 400 Volt, 85kW powertrain – one of the first of its kind in the Indian market at Bosch Technology Exposition 2018 in Delhi Auto Expo.
Bosch’s solutions for light electromobility offer a range of 0.25kW to 20kW and enable acceleration in e-scooters from 0-45kmph in less than five seconds. The company offers intelligent energy recuperation and high battery safety, apart from also offering a range of up to 125km on e-scooters.
According to Jan-Oliver Rohrl, Chief Technology Officer and Director, Bosch Ltd, “It is Bosch’s vision to create an urban environment that is free of emissions, stress, and accidents. This is tied to three technological developments: automation, electrification, and connectivity.
At Bosch Technology Exposition 2018, Bosch has showcased its electrified and Powertrain Solutions as the company is continuously refining system engineering in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) with advanced injection technologies, exhaust gas treatments and hybrid systems to reduce emissions and meet stringent emission norms, increase efficiency and make them more cost effective.
It has also displayed eAxle, which is an electric drive solution for battery-driven electric vehicles and hybrid applications that range from 50kW to 300kW. It combines the electric motor, power electronics and transmission into a modular and scalable electric drive unit, thus significantly reducing time to market.
Bosch’s iBooster, which attracted the visitors at the expo, enables vacuum-free braking and significantly enhances the performance of dynamic braking functions like automatic emergency braking for electric vehicles. The iBooster also offers an adaptable pedal feel which can be customized based on drive modes or customer preferences. ESP prevents wheel-lock during braking and prevents skidding in critical driving situations.
Bosch is also the world market leader in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Sensors technology that sends information about airbag-related events, ESP-related movements and more safety signals to drivers, and it produces close to 4 million MEMS sensors every day.
The company has also showcased its Motorcycle Stability Control, which is the world’s first all-in-one safety system for two-wheelers that provides safer braking over bends and optimized brake force distribution in every situation. Another attraction at its Auto Expo stall was Driver Assistance Systems, which are enabled by data fusion and smartphone integration that makes it possible for all OEM’s to support the driver in complex and critical traffic situations.