Published on October 25th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Bosch shares the eMobility Solution concept at the inaugural Malaysian-German Sustainable Automotive Mobility Conference
Bosch – a leading global supplier of technologies and services in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology, software and systems solutions – presented on the eMobility Solution concept at the inaugural Malaysian-German Sustainable Automotive Mobility Conference in Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur last week. Mr Anuj Jain, Managing Director of Bosch Software Innovations (Asia Pacific) said, “We are very pleased share our thoughts on the trends of the electromobility and to be part of the first Malaysian-German automotive mobility conference here in Malaysia.” There is currently no clear answer to the kind of propulsion system that will power the car of the future. What is certain is that the system will be based closely on drivers’ specific mobility needs. In the long term, electric motors will play an important role. They will offer the greatest benefits in short-distance driving in the world’s growing megacities, reducing emissions in major population centers. The best option for medium and long distance trips, in contrast will be improved, fuel-efficient diesel and gasoline engines. Hybrid-drives, a combination of internal combustion engines and electric motors, will be an option for any type of driving. Bosch has based its long-term strategy on these considerations, refining diesel and gasoline engines, while at the same time investing major effort in the electrification of the powertrain.
Bosch already has a full portfolio for hybrid and electrical powertrains. It includes core components such as the power electronics systems which control the energy flow in hybrid and electrical vehicles, as well as high-torque electric motors.With all these products, plus the lithium-ion batteries from the SB LiMotive joint venture set up with Samsung SDI, Bosch is in a position to supply the entire electrical powertrain – from the energy storage medium to the electric motor. Each year, Bosch makes some 400 million euros available for powertrain electrification. Since 2010, the parallel full hybrid system, a Bosch innovation, has been available in two premium class models. 2011 will see the premiere of our hybrid technology in combination with a diesel engine. When it comes to electric vehicles, Bosch can draw on a wealth of experience not only in powertrain technology, but also in the corresponding infrastructure. In Singapore, Bosch is the appointed infrastructure service provider by the Singapore Government for the country’s electric vehicle test-bed program. It involves a software-based service platform for electromobility, as well as the requisite charging and communication infrastructure. The target users of the test-bed are corporate fleet owners that can either own or rent electric vehicles. Bosch’s eMobility solution connects the charging infrastructure to car and driver, complying with the highest security standards to ensure data integrity and stability. The interconnectivity between the various components of the charging infrastructure forms part of the eMobility platform. The platform is based on the ecosystem philosophy, which allows future stakeholders to be integrated. In addition, this technology allows real-time connectivity, monitoring and remote software updates for the charging stations. New software and hardware modules can be easily included as the network and usage expands. The software enables the EV driver to locate the nearest available charging station. To complement the software, a bi-lingual 24/7 call center support is available to assist EV users. Mr Jain said, “The eMobility solution is designed as an open solution in the best interest of the end consumer to keep the overall cost of maintaining an EV and its related services more affordable.”