…says Peter Tyroller, member of the board of management of the Bosch Group responsible for Asia Pacific, during his speech at 'Electromobility in India' roundtable. Here is an excerpt from his speech...
On the future of mobility
There are three trends that Bosch sees for the future mobility: it is automated, connected and electrified. When it comes especially to urban mobility, Bosch has a clear vision: zero local emissions, zero stress, zero
accidents. With technological solutions, we can help improve quality of life in megacities and conurbations. The main means to this end is local emissions-free, stress-free, and accident-free mobility.
Looking at India, this becomes especially relevant, as over 40 Indian cities are home to more than a million residents each. With mobility requirements at its greatest in urban sprawls, we foresee electrification as a
future growth area in India. And, as a company leading the technology curve in the mobility space, Bosch is ready to offer its portfolio of electrified solutions for the local market.
We especially see the small-vehicle segment driving the transition to mass electrification, as urban dwellers seek a simple and affordable alternative to conventional standards. Despite the focus on electromobility,
let me also emphasize that as a long-term alternative, the internal combustion engine will still play a major role in the near future - the powertrain of the future will be a mix of electromobility and combustion engines.
A two-wheeler, for example, could be completely electrified, a limousine intended for long distance travel could be hybridised, and a long haulage truck for now will likely be diesel driven.
Importance of electrification for fleet operators
First, getting ‘more people into fewer cars’ has the potential to cut congestion and, therefore, contributes to reduce stress caused by traffic jams as well as emissions. On an average, there are 1.2 people in one car
at any given point in India, with the average asset utilisation rate as low as five per cent. Additionally, the distances traveled in cities are only short, usually no more than 40 kilometers a day. Increasing the
occupancy to even 1.3 people per car may reduce local pollution concerns. According to these figures, carpooling and ride-sharing can actually improve urban mobility in India.
There is definitely an ‘appetite’ for more options for reliable and efficient ways to get to and from work. Therefore, we believe that electrification in India will first gain momentum via fleet operators. The
pre-requisite for the same is shared and connected mobility. As for personal mobility, small vehicles will be essential for this as they make it easier to weave quickly through traffic. Bosch is ready to start its
electrification journey in India first through light vehicles. As the opportunity expands Bosch India will foray into other segments.