Bosch’s DC-DC start-stop converter on Driving the Nation

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Bosch’s DC-DC start-stop converter on Driving the Nation

Oliver Korasiak is an Engineering Manager at Robert Bosch. Korasiak talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about Bosch’s start-stop dc-dc converter.

Autonomous engine stop-start systems have been in Europe for quite some time. With the high price of fuel in Europe, consumers can be 5-10 percent more fuel-efficient if they have start-stop on their vehicles.

Once the EPA starts using the start-stop technology in their calculations start-stop will become more advantageous to the car company. According to a January, 2012, paper by the Office of Transportation and Air Quality Idle test requirements for vehicles equipped with stop-start systems will be addressed in future EPA guidance. The initial thought is that the EPA approval will be required and that each start-stop design will be evaluated on a case-by­-case basis (because each stop-start design is likely to have different operation
characteristics and calibration parameters).

Korasiak shows us why the Bosch system is different from other systems.

About the Author:

L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s. Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website www.carlist.com. Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website, www.drivingthenation.com, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.