Bosch braces up for BS-VI norms

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Bosch, a world-lead­ing multi­na­tional en­gi­neer­ing and elec­tron­ics com­pany based in Ger­many, sup­plies tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices in the ar­eas of mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions, in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy, con­sumer goods, and en­ergy and build­ing tech­nol­ogy. In Ben­galuru Bosch has the largest devel­op­ment cen­tre out­side Ger­many, for end to end en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions. Bosch In­dia is gear­ing up with prod­ucts to sup­port the up­com­ing BS-VI norms in the coun­try.

“We are work­ing on a lot of BS-VI prod­ucts and we want to sup­port the OEMs for the timely launch in 2020. We have a big team of sys­tem en­gi­neers and cat­e­gori­sa­tion en­gi­neers who are work­ing on the BS-VI so­lu­tion. On tech­nol­ogy-ag­nos­tic so­lu­tions, we are work­ing closely with var­i­ous OEMs, and leg­isla­tive agen­cies and are try­ing to par­tic­i­pate in leg­is­la­tion and tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ment for the fu­ture,” San­deep N, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Mo­bil­ity So­lu­tions, Bosch, told Au­toCom­po­nents In­dia.

The Bosch Group is present in more than 150 coun­tries. In In­dia it op­er­ates through 12 com­pa­nies that carry out func­tions in both au­to­mo­tive and nonau­to­mo­tive busi­nesses through sev­eral man­u­fac­tur­ing sites. The ac­tiv­i­ties of Bosch in In­dia are fur­ther em­pow­ered with R&D cen­tres, and na­tion­wide ser­vice and sup­port net­works.

Tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port

In­dia plans to achieve BS-VI im­ple­men­ta­tion from April 2020 and adopt elec­tro­mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions built for In­dian con­di­tions. Bosch of­fers the right tech­nol­ogy to sup­port both ini­tia­tives. The com­pany be­lieves that the ICE (In­ter­nal Com­bus­tion En­gine) will con­tinue to be the main­stream so­lu­tion for freight and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. How­ever, a key role here will be played by Bosch In­dia’s elec­tri­fi­ca­tion ini­tia­tives, to ad­dress the trans­for­ma­tion in ur­ban mo­bil­ity. Keep­ing in mind the coun­try’s cli­mate change tar­gets, Bosch views the co-ex­is­tence of fos­sil fuel en­gines and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion with hy­bridi­s­a­tion as an in­terim so­lu­tion.

Hy­brid tech­nol­ogy will be a vi­tal con­trib­u­tor to­wards the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion goal in In­dia due to the na­tion’s unique stop­start driv­ing pat­terns and road con­ges­tion. In the light of that, fleet op­er­a­tors and smaller ve­hi­cles are poised to adopt elec­tri­fi­ca­tion as soon as fea­si­ble op­tions are avail­able in the mar­ket. Bosch ex­perts be­lieve that the use of syn­thetic fu­els as a sched­uled sup­ple­ment to elec­tri­fi­ca­tion will play a vi­tal role to re­duce CO2 emis­sion.

To make low emis­sion traf­fic a re­al­ity, the com­pany is mak­ing heavy in­vest­ments – both in mak­ing elec­tro­mo­bil­ity a mar­ket suc­cess and in en­hanc­ing the com­bus­tion en­gine. Both tech­nolo­gies ben­e­fit the de­mand of the In­dian mar­ket. Bosch has now achieved a break­through in diesel tech­nol­ogy: with their new diesel tech­nol­ogy, Bosch en­gi­neers have suc­ceeded in get­ting NOx emis­sions mas­sively down.

An­other field of growth in In­dia’s thriv­ing au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is the ris­ing de­mand for con­nected mo­bil­ity. Bosch con­tin­ues to drive for­ward its trans­for­ma­tion into a provider of mo­bil­ity ser­vices. The com­pany re­cently es­tab­lished a Con­nected Mo­bil­ity So­lu­tions di­vi­sion to de­velop and sell dig­i­tal mo­bil­ity ser­vices. In In­dia, the new busi­ness di­vi­sion will work to de­velop a global telem­at­ics plat­form that will be en­abled and op­er­ated by lo­cal en­gi­neer­ing tal­ent. The key of­fer­ings will in­clude ve­hi­cle shar­ing, rideshar­ing, and con­nec­tiv­ity-based ser­vices for car driv­ers.

With the new reg­u­la­tions com­ing in, Bosch is work­ing

on the changes needed to be made in the com­po­nents also. For the two-wheel­ers, there is a tran­si­tion from the car­bu­ret­tor to en­gine man­age­ment sys­tems and the firm is work­ing in that space. It is work­ing on the safety fea­ture also. For the pas­sen­ger cars and com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, the fo­cus is on the ex­haust gas treat­ment sys­tems.

For the BS-VI, most of the com­po­nent will be man­u­fac­tured in In­dia. Speak­ing about the com­po­nents pric­ing, San­deep said, “The main thing is that there is an abil­ity to de­velop smarter sys­tem con­fig­u­ra­tions. With smarter sys­tems, we will have the chance to have cost-ef­fec­tive com­po­nents. This is the way for the in­dus­try to go.”

Bosch pro­vides a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts for fuel in­jec­tions, low-pres­sure fuel sup­ply, air man­age­ment, trans­mis­sion, e-mo­bil­ity. For pow­er­train, it has prod­ucts in cool­ing sys­tems. Speak­ing about the pow­er­trains, San­deep said, “We are ba­si­cally look­ing at the au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy in 3 do­mains: elec­tri­fied, con­nected and au­to­mated. Although we term it as elec­tri­fied, we are look­ing to pro­vide so­lu­tions for emis­sions-free. Zero emis­sion is the ul­ti­mate tar­get.”

In­no­va­tions

Bosch R&D stands up to its cor­po­rate prin­ci­ple of ‘In­vented for life’. The de­part­ment holds around 60,000 as­so­ciates who sup­port Bosch world­wide. The cen­tre is also the big­gest soft­ware devel­op­ment cen­tre out­side Ger­many. The com­pany also has an elec­tro­mo­bil­ity cen­tre in Ben­galuru, spear­head­ing the lo­cal in­no­va­tion in the area of e-mo­bil­ity. The devel­op­ment ca­pac­ity in In­dia is now ex­ten­sively work­ing for BS-VI. Talk­ing about the new de­vel­op­ments in the soft­ware side, San­deep said, “From a soft­ware point of view, there are quite a few ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing. We are de­vel­op­ing our own soft­ware plat­forms and go­ing for­ward, this space will be a busy space. The first step is to es­tab­lish con­nec­tiv­ity. We have our con­nec­tiv­ity con­trol unit called the i-trans, which is a lo­cally-de­vel­oped so­lu­tion. This helps us in set­ting up the first level of con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween car and cloud.”

Adding more about in­no­va­tions, San­deep said, “We have been tra­di­tion­ally a com­po­nents man­u­fac­turer and a sys­tem in­te­gra­tor. We are now try­ing to go up the value chain and we are also try­ing to go both sides of the value chain. Con­nec­tiv­ity is go­ing to be a do­main where you will see a lot of in­no­va­tion com­ing up. As­set util­i­sa­tion and shared mo­bil­ity are the ar­eas where you will see more in­no­va­tions.”

Lo­cal­i­sa­tion

Shar­ing his views on the new tech­nol­ogy for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, San­deep said, the big­gest chal­lenge for the truck seg­ment would be BS VI, telem­at­ics and con­nec­tiv­ity. He feels that there is a lot of po­ten­tial in trucks, es­pe­cially in the light duty and the last mile seg­ments for im­prove­ment of as­set util­i­sa­tion. This is where he ex­pects the tech­nol­ogy of the fu­ture to come in.

“As the mar­ket in In­dia is ex­tremely dy­namic in terms of leg­is­la­tion, the com­pany has to im­prove not just in propul­sion and emis­sion, but also in safety and con­nec­tiv­ity. We ex­pect that most op­ti­mum tech­nol­ogy def­i­ni­tions to be from here. We have a very ex­ten­sive pro­duc­tion work, and we are pro­duc­ing a lot in China and in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. We would def­i­nitely lo­calise in In­dia. Our depth of man­u­fac­ture in In­dia is proven and it is just a ques­tion of how the mar­ket is,” he said. The com­pany will be ex­pand­ing its ca­pac­ity to cater to the in­creas­ing vol­umes. “There will be in­vest­ments in terms of elec­tro­mo­bil­ity and soft­ware devel­op­ment ca­pa­bil­ity in In­dia in the pow­er­train side. In­vest­ment is in­deed cov­er­ing the en­tire spec­trum of mo­bil­ity so­lu­tions,” he said.

Shar­ing his view on the elec­tric ve­hi­cles, he said, Bosch is very clear on the e-mo­bil­ity seg­ment and it will come. “We be­lieve that the e-mo­bil­ity will emerge out of the spe­cific used case. The two-wheel­ers and three-wheel­ers are in the form of pilot seg­ments in achiev­ing com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity which will be fol­lowed by com­mer­cial and taxi ap­pli­ca­tions. We be­lieve in this roadmap and we are get­ting equipped to pro­vide so­lu­tions. It will come, and how long will it take? We have to wait and see,” San­deep said.

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