Robert Bosch’s start/stop technology to be featured on Fiat 500
5th December 2008
By Staff Writer
In the Fiat 500, the system will initially be available in combination with the dualogic automated manual transmission and a 1.2-liter engine. Fiat plans to install the system in other variants and models as early as 2009.
Bosch has adjusted the service life of the starter for a far greater number of starts. Its powerful electric starter motor as well as low-noise, enhanced meshing mechanics guarantee safe, fast, and quiet engine starts in all situations, according to Bosch.
Bosch also supplies the engine control unit for the Fiat 500, including the software used to analyze all the relevant sensor data, and to stop and start the engine.
In addition, the battery sensor is also supplied by Bosch. It computes the current state of battery charge and relays this information to the energy management system.
Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, president of the starter motors and generators division at Robert Bosch, said: “In 2008, roughly 5% of all new vehicles in Europe are equipped with a start/stop system. By 2012, we estimate this will be every second newly registered vehicle most of them with Bosch technology.”