IAB Report – Bosch vies to replace carburetors in Asian motorcycles with affordable FI technology
As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I’m, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Engine management system specially designed for Indian and Asian markets.
In what could be a significant step ahead for the Indian two wheeler industry, auto component leader Bosch has announced that it has developed an affordable and robust engine management system that is aimed at making low-cost two wheelers in the Asian markets including India more intelligent and efficient.
In stark contrast to the European two wheeler market which is dominated by sportsbikes, Asian markets are populated by sub-250 cc scooters and motorcycles which are used as means of transportation. A vast majority of these commuters run on IC engines with carburetors and hence provide massive room for improvements when it comes to efficiency and emissions.
Bosch estimates that by 2020, the global two wheeler industry will grow from 60 million units to 110 million units per annum. Asia is expected to account for 4 out of 5 two wheelers sold by the turn of the decade and this is the geography that the German auto component major is so bullish about.
In order to suit price-sensitive target markets, Bosch has developed an engine management system which will see FI technology replace the carburetors to achieve reduced fuel consumption of up to 16%. The new Bosch engine management system is not just limited to fuel-injection technology but also can be extended to give the vehicles a digital intelligence.
The ECU (engine control unit), apart from governing the combustion, can also be used to provide a comprehensive onboard computer (instantaneous fuel consumption, DTE, etc), diagnostics and smartphone-based anti-theft immobilizer. The functionality can further be extended to Bluetooth connectivity, vehicle-to-vehicle interaction, etc.
Given the wide usage of two wheelers in this part of the world, the switch to better technology would significantly reduce emissions and use of resources, while improving overall comfort and safety.
More details are available in the press release below.
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Bosch engine management system for Asia including India – Press Release
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