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Electricity is a vital part of our daily lives — it also makes many aspects of life more sustainable

A woman leans on a car with a smartphone in her hand. She is watching a man plug a charging cable into the car’s charging port.


Electricity drives us. It inspires us to constantly invent new things. It also confronts us with new challenges, such as climate change and the increasing global demand for energy. Energy-saving solutions are in demand, and sustainable electrification will become even more important in the future. One thing’s for sure: nothing works without electricity. Bosch is shaping the how with innovations for the sustainable power supply of the future and for technology that makes your everyday life easier and more energy efficient. You can visit our topic page to find out what’s behind our developments and how you can benefit from them. And you can also explore other technology that has been invented for our lives in the story about Bosch’s eBike technology. It makes bikes intelligent and significantly more convenient — and it makes cycling safer. The all-electric SUVs in the Extreme E off-road series have to handle extreme tasks. Bosch supports this courageous project by using innovative power tools. You’ll learn exciting facts about the history of electricity, in addition to many other examples of helpful technology for electrification. The initial misconception that it was the punishment of the gods turned into a promise, as well as motivation and inspiration — for Bosch, too.

Bosch sees itself as the number one supplier for electrical powertrains on the road.

Dr. Markus Heyn, chairman of the Bosch Mobility Solutions business sector

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.

One of the racing SUVs drives through a desert and churns up sand. The sun shines in the sky.

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.

How Bosch eBike technology makes cycling less stressful

Open road — not stressful traffic: bikes are becoming intelligent and significantly more convenient — thanks to electrification — because cyclists using the Bosch eBike on-board computer on their tours stay very well informed. The computer is embedded in an AIoT ecosystem, enabling it to calculate your ETA with precision. It takes individual parameters (such as the type of e-bike) into account in the process and incorporates data from the cloud. The on-board computer uses this data to continually suggest the optimal route.

A cyclist in the middle of chaotic traffic
AIoT on the bike: a navigation system on the bike’s handlebars shows the way, and the road is clear.

Three times as clever – questions about electrification

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