Whether as a transportation option for the emerging mass markets or as an element of multimodal mobility in megacities: two-wheelers are increasingly in demand. By 2021, the annual global production of two-wheelers is forecast to reach around 160 million units, one-third more than today. This makes motorcycle technology a remarkable driver for business. Bosch’s Two-Wheeler & Powersports business unit, based in Yokohama, Japan, continues to gain momentum in the important global motorcycle and powersports market.
The business unit has registered sales growth of more than 20 percent compared to 2016, twice as fast as the market. And by 2020, Bosch is set to reach sales of one billion euros with motorcycle technologies. The company offers assistance systems, connectivity solutions, and modern powertrain and electrification systems for two-wheelers and powersport vehicles.
One of Bosch’s goals is to make riding accident-free. At Bosch, two-wheeler safety starts right from the e-bike. With the market’s first production antilock braking system for eBikes, the success-story of Bosch assistance systems for two-wheelers continues. With this system, the braking distance can be shortened and the risk of flipping over the handlebars is reduced. According to a Bosch accident research study, around one-fourth of pedelec accidents could be reduced if all bicycles were equipped with the ABS system.
As the world’s leading supplier of motorcycle technology, Bosch has made motorcycle assistance systems such as ABS, MSC (motorcycle stability control), and side view assist a firm feature in the market. Yet the possibilities for developing innovative technology for safer riding have by no means been exhausted. For this reason, Bosch is creating connectivity systems that allow riders to communicate with vehicles, the infrastructure, and other road users in general, like the digital protection shield. It allows motorcycles and cars to talk to each other. Long before drivers or their vehicles’ sensors catch sight of a motorcycle, this technology informs them that a motorcycle is approaching, allowing them to adopt a more defensive driving strategy.
Another solution which allows the rider to be connected and safe is the connected horizon; riders can look around the next bend and get advance warning of possible hazards. By 2025, more than 70 percent of newly registered motorcycles worldwide will be connected.
It is not only connectivity that is continuing to pick up pace at Bosch, but also electromobility. In the years ahead, the market for light electric vehicles like eScooters is expected to grow by about 40 percent.
Studies indicate that some 100 million such vehicles will be manufactured worldwide by 2020. This is why Bosch has developed scalable powertrain systems that enable the electrification of light vehicles on four, three, or two wheels, such as the Govecs eSchwalbe or the AIMA eScooter. The systems comprise a motor, control unit, battery, charger, display (HMI), and connectivity box, as well as an interactive app that connects the rider’s smartphone with the vehicle.
Bosch’s electrified powertrain solutions are scalable across all performance classes between 0.25 and 20 kW. Vehicle manufacturers benefit from a comprehensive systems solution that can be quickly integrated, and that also means less development effort. This reduces complexity, variants, and cost, for manufacturers and thus also for anyone who wants to drive electrically through their city. One further advantage: the small vehicles not only reduce emissions, but noise as well.
While Bosch is stepping up its efforts related to electrified mobility, it is also continuing to improve the combustion engine with electronic engine management solutions. These allow two-wheelers and powersport vehicles to satisfy the latest emissions regulations, such as Euro 5 and BS 6 (Bharat stage), and can reduce CO2 emissions, while still meeting the demand for the latest functionalities and improved performance.