Bosch is setting up an operating unit specifically for electromobility, which will be part of the new Powertrain Solutions division, as the company regards electromobility as an area of future importance.

From the start of 2018, this will include the company’s electromobility activities as well as today’s Gasoline Systems and Diesel Systems divisions, therefore in the future it will supply existing and new customers with all powertrain technologies from a single source.

Besides that, the supplier of technology and services will work intensively on further improving combustion-engine technology.

Bosch estimates that nearly 20 million hybrids and electric vehicles will be produced in 2025, as well as around 85 million new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.

Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector and member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH Dr Rolf Bulander said the company is strategically well prepared for the shift to electric driving.

“Whether fuel or electricity, Bosch will drive the powertrain in the future as well.

“As it is still unclear which powertrain or which combination of the various types will dominate when, we are taking a two-pronged approach, and continuing to extend our expertise and knowledge in both electromobility and combustion engines,” he said.

In the future, the new Powertrain Solutions division will offer a wide-ranging portfolio of technologies that will “make getting from A to B more efficient, economical, and eco-friendly for people around the world.”

Each year, Bosch spends several billion euros on further improving powertrain solutions, with 400 million euros spent annually in electromobility alone, mostly into battery research and development.

With its new Powertrain Solutions division, Bosch aims to offer its customers powertrain-related support from a single source, and increasingly offer complete systems solutions in addition to individual components.

Bulander said its customers’ requirements are increasingly going beyond the combustion engine.

“This dynamic shift toward electrification will play a leading role in shaping the new division.

“In this transformation process, we will be there to support our customers with knowledge and technology,” he said.

Powertrain Solutions will focus on three core segments – passenger cars and trucks with combustion engines and hybrid powertrains, and electric vehicles – which will involve wide-ranging challenges.

The company sees growth potential in electromobility and commercial vehicles, and is focusing on improving efficiency for passenger cars with combustion engines.

It plans to develop all the technologies in parallel in order to be able to react quickly and flexibly to changes in the market, across all areas relating to the powertrain.

Bosch plans to start operations of the new division and its three units at the beginning of 2018.


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