At the upcoming Automechanika exhibition in Frankfurt from Sept. 14 to 19, Robert Bosch GmbH will be demonstrating its expertise in maintaining a hybrid-vehicle. The company is a global leader in automotive electronics, driveline technology, hybrid-vehicle systems, and diagnostics. On this year’s stand, the company is expected to position itself as a customer's “Partner for the Future of the Workshop.”
Hans-Peter Meyen, head of engineering and manufacturing for Bosch's automotive aftermarket division, said that even when the hybrid vehicle has a twin drive; troubleshooting remains “difficult.”
Meyen also said that specialist knowledge is needed to handle the high electrical voltages and currents safely. Meyen added that Bosch is supportive of the workshops with its diagnostics systems, as well as the latest technical information and practical training courses.
Bosch’s FSA 050 handheld tester, which was purposely developed to be used on hybrid vehicles' high-voltage systems, will debut at Automechanika. The tester is able to communicate wirelessly with Bosch's basic to high-end vehicle-system diagnostic devices. It can also be used as a stand-alone device.
The main advantage is that the FSA 050 provides an affordable way to get inside and test things such as wiring connections in an electric car or hybrid. Bosch's Esitronic software used in the FSA unit already has the technical data and diagnostics values for hybrid vehicles, including the Toyota Prius I, II and III; and the Honda Civic II and Honda Insight. Since the software gets an update every quarter, more new models will be added. The Volkswagen Touareg will be included in the system in April 2011. [via autonews - sub. required]