Bosch backpedals on diesel
Robert Bosch has turned extremely bullish on electric vehicles just months after dissing those who believe diesel’s days are numbered. In 2018, Bosch acquired 30 electromobility projects worth several billion euros, leading chairman Volkmar Denner to boast that “in the future, people will say that there’s no electric car on the planet without a bit of Bosch inside.”
This is the same chairman who last year unveiled a new exhaust system to cut fossil fuel emissions, saying that the new tech would obviate the need for diesel driving bans in large cities (highly unlikely)
“There’s a future for diesel,” he said. “We want to put a stop, once and for all, to the debate about the demise of diesel technology.”
How many times is the word ‘diesel’ mentioned in a long press release covering the company’s 2018 results? That’s right, zero.
Last month, Bosch said it would pay $131 m to settle diesel emissions claims in the US from Fiat Chrysler. Bosch must “refuse to accommodate requests for software development and programming that could result in the installation of defeat device software,” the New York Attorney general’s office said.