Electric cars, washing machines, or manufacturing equipment — electricity makes them all possible. It’s what drives us forward and inspires us to innovation after innovation. Our need for electricity is growing, making the drive toward sustainable electricity all the more crucial.
The evolution of electricity
About 150 years ago, electricity was introduced to private homes and factory buildings. As early as the 18th century, politician and scientist Benjamin Franklin had proved that lightning isn’t a punishment from God, but rather an electrical phenomenon.
Today, we can’t imagine our daily lives without electricity. It brings light to the dark, sets machines in motion, and is the foundation of the digital era. And it is conquering new territory — the field of electromobility, for instance, is a rising star.
The growing need for electrical energy also poses challenges to the world. Putting a stop to climate change means investing in energy-saving solutions. Bosch development and production methods are already climate neutral. For example, Bosch uses an energy platform to manage and minimize machine energy consumption.
A spark that changed everything
In 1902, a huge electrical spark was ignited at Bosch: That’s when high-voltage magneto ignition for car motors was invented, a success story in the making. Since then, Bosch has sparked many dynamic ideas based on electrification and spearheaded innovative products ranging from electrical appliances and fuel cells for power generation all the way to electric vehicle drive systems. Electromobility is nothing new at Bosch. The research department at Bosch built and tested an all-electric car as early as 1967. In 1973, a prototype was introduced to the public: a modified mid-range station wagon fitted with both an internal combustion engine and an electric drive.
“Energy efficiency is the motor of innovation.”
Shaping the future with energy efficiency
Many Bosch products such as power tools and household appliances are equipped with energy saving motors, making them highly energy efficient. Bosch is also developing stationary solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), a solution for climate-friendly energy production. And in the future, Bosch electrical solutions will continue making our daily lives more efficient, convenient, and sustainable, whether on the road, in industry, or at home.
Formula E — electrically charged racing
Formula E is the cradle of electromobility, where big brands and teams develop technologies for worldwide racing events that are later incorporated in consumer model vehicles. That’s why Bosch is a Formula E partner and is also working to develop a fully electric powertrain for the Dragon Penske Autosport team.
Through desert and ice as far as the eye can see
Extreme E is the new and spectacular off-road series of fully electric SUVs. With the Extreme E, extreme conditions are the rule, not the exception. The goal of the Extreme E is to promote awareness of the consequences of climate change that are already visible today against the backdrop of stunning vistas, from Saudi Arabia to Greenland. Bosch supplies the power tools for the designers and technicians of the off-road series.