Bosch defends diesel technology image

Even if Volkswagen is in the middle of the emissions storm, the German auto supplier of diesel components Bosch says the technology is a must for lowering the levels of harmful emissions.

Such a statement is at least contradictory with the US Environmental Protection Agency which found up to 40 times higher oxides of nitrogen on real world driving tests for approximately 499,000 2.0-litre diesel vehicles sold in the United States by Volkswagen. But Bosch, a key supplier of diesel components to the German automaker, has publicly defended the technology saying that urea-based catalytic converters can meet all US diesel standards and that diesels are needed to help cut carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and Europe. “We are definitely convinced that the emissions systems will work,” Werner Struth, US chairman of Robert Bosch, recently told Automotive News. The emissions “targets in Europe can be achieved only with the help of diesel engines, and the same is true in the United States.”

The US authorities are also investigating the supplier over its role in Volkswagen’s massive scheme to cheat emissions standards or if it had any knowledge about it. Bosch is making the engine control module that adjusts how a vehicle cleans burned-up fuel before it is expelled as exhaust, and basic software for nearly all the four-cylinder diesel cars sold in North America, including by Volkswagen AG, BMW AG and Mercedes-Benz. “We are disclosing and delivering the information that has been requested,” Struth said. “We are in the midst of an investigation. We have not made any conclusions.” According to the Automotive News list of top suppliers, the world’s biggest automotive supplier had an estimated global original-equipment parts sales of 44.24 billion dollars in 2014.

Via Automotive News