Bosch looks to the future as it updates its battery range

Solving the puzzle often associated with battery selection, Bosch has restructured its award-winning battery range. With a battery for everything from ATVs to agricultural vehicles, the refreshed range has been updated to make selecting the right battery quicker and easier than before.

In a move that aligns the entire range of Bosch batteries, it has redesigned its colour coding system to move the EFB and AGM batteries into its three main ranges, making battery identification straightforward and efficient. A range of pictograms – signifying key specifications and uses – helps garages and customers make certain that they are fitting the right battery every time, resulting in optimum vehicle performance.

The comprehensive range of batteries covers a wide variety of car, truck, motorcycle and leisure applications, and is constantly evolving to accommodate developing vehicle technologies, such as Start/Stop systems. Depending on the nature of the vehicle and the features it has, a different Bosch technology has been applied to ensure that performance is never compromised, while remaining cost effective.

Car battery technologies and their applications

For car applications there are three levels of battery performance that suit the needs of different vehicles.

  • S3: Grey labels

S3 is the entry level range; these products are suitable for older vehicles with smaller engines. S3 products should only be used in vehicles with limited electrical demands, such as from ABS, heated rear screen, alarm and electric windows or mirrors. The S3 range has Standard Flooded Lead Acid technology and is not suitable for vehicles with Start/Stop systems. This makes them cost effective for older vehicles (pre-2000).

  • S4: Blue labels

The next step up from S3 is the S4 range, with some part numbers having Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB) technology. Any vehicle from 2000 onwards requires at least an S4 battery, as the range has the capability to deal with the greater level of specifications now expected on smaller cars. This includes air conditioning, heated seats, immobilisers and cruise control. EFB technology is becoming increasingly utilised by OEM’s, thanks in part to the rise in popularity of superminis.

  • S5: Black labels

S5 batteries are the top-of-the-range products for use in cars. Some part numbers in the range feature Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) technology and products are capable of dealing with additional electrical demands. Premium vehicles and those with large diesel engines require an S5 battery, which can deal with electrical demands such as those from parking sensors, climate control, ESP and satellite navigation.

There are no changes to the ordering process for the range, but a number of products have updated part numbers. The updates have already come into effect, for more information on the range of batteries provided by Bosch please contact your local distributor.

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About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth.

In 2013, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.”

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. 92 percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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