Bosch is Bullish on DI
Gasoline direct injection implementation is already on the rise and is expected to gain even more energy going forward, thanks in large part to global demands for improved fuel efficiency.
Gasoline direct injection implementation is already on the rise and is expected to gain even more energy going forward, thanks in large part to global demands for improved fuel efficiency. Evidence: in 2012, Robert Bosch Corp. GmbH (bosch.com) supplied >5-million direct injection systems, and by 2015 the company plans on supplying 9-million systems.
There was considerable deployment of direct injection in Europe in 2013, with some 40% of new cars equipped with the technology, according to Dr. Rolf Bulander of Bosch, who is responsible for powertrain technology, “In a few years’ time, a lot of the action will also be taking place in America and China.” Consider the fact that more than 90% of the cars in the U.S. market are gasoline-powered, not diesel fuel powered, so there is a bigger deployment pool than in Europe (according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, in 2013, 53.3% of new car registrations in Western Europe were for diesels).
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