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Bosch establishes new powertrain division

Company says the combustion engine remains an important part of the powertrain mix

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Bosch views electromobility as an area of future importance
Bosch views electromobility as an area of future importance

Bosch estimates nearly 20 million hybrids and electric vehicle will be produced in 2025

Bosch will supply existing and new customers with all powertrains from a single source

Bosch has announced it is restructuring its powertrain activities and is setting up an operating unit specifically for electromobility. The unit will form part of the multinational engineering and electronics company’s new Powertrain Solutions division.


Bosch estimates that nearly 20 million hybrids and electric vehicles will be produced in 2025 and, for this reason, regards electromobility as an area of future importance.


Powertrain Solutions will incorporate the company’s electromobility activities as well as existing Gasoline Systems and Diesel Systems divisions from the beginning of next year. From thereon in, all powertrain technologies will be supplied from a single source, the company said


Bosch also regards the combustion engine as an important part of the powertrain mix and intends working “intensively” on further improving combustion-engine technology. In addition to the 20 million new hybrids and electric vehicles by 2025, it predicts there will be some 85 million new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles on the world’s roads.


“Whether in diesel technology, gasoline technology, or electromobility, Bosch is the number-one engineering and technology partner for automakers. We are strategically well prepared for the shift to electric driving,” said Dr Rolf Bulander, chairman of the Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector and member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.


As well as offering its customers powertrain-related support from a single source Bosch said with the new division it increasingly wants to offer complete systems solutions in addition to individual components. Strategically, Powertrain Solutions will focus on three core segments: passenger cars and trucks with combustion engines; hybrid powertrains; and electric vehicles.


“We see huge growth potential in electromobility and commercial vehicles. When it comes to passenger cars with combustion engines, our main focus will be on improving efficiency,” added Bulander. “Technical innovations will be needed for all powertrain solutions.”


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


Powertrain Solutions will bring together roughly 88,000 associates at more than 60 locations in 25 countries around the world. Headcount will remain “practically unchanged” as a result of the reorganisation, the company said.


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