Bosch introduced its start/ stop technology back in 2007 and has since sold more than 1.5 million of the fuel-saving systems to car manufacturers across the world.
Most of the start-stop systems have been placed into vehicles that are equipped with manual transmissions and the Bosch Group recently began working with manufacturers such as Fiat, Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen.
The system has been particularly introduced in combination with existing engine technology and modified even further in the Volkswagen Passat, Porsche Panamera with dual-clutch transmission, Fiat 500 in combination with an automated manual transmission and in the sleek Audi A8 with torque converter clutch.
As Bosch points out, there are modifications for the automotive transmission application which include adjustments to the system’s electric starter motor and ECU modifications that help keep the individual car model fast and dynamic on the road.
Bosch claims that the start/stop system can reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 8% with an everyday driving usage and that the group spends more than 3.5 billion euros a year on research and development.
The innovative engineering giant applies to 3,800 patents across the world and prides itself on enhancing the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial in over 150 countries worldwide.
The company has also produced its 10 billionth spark-plug which makes the leading Bosch brand the world’s most fruitful manufacturer of spark plugs to date after having started over a century ago by manufacturing just a few hundred.