Bosch representatives have said that its engineers have developed a new diesel exhaust system that cuts emissions by far more than needed to meet the legal limits that will take effect in 2020, and that this new breakthrough can help automakers avoid potential diesel bans in Europe, Bloomberg reports.
Bosch is the biggest supplier of diesel engine technology to global automakers.
“This breakthrough offers the opportunity to shift the heated debate over diesel into new territory and, hopefully, bring it to a close”, said Volkmar Denner, Bosch CEO. “We have the technology to resolve the problem of nitrogen oxides in road traffic,” he added.
Diesel engines’ market share is eroding as a result of the emissions-cheating scandal at Volkswagen, started in 2015. Tens of thousands of jobs are dependent on the technology, but cities like Paris and London have been considering bans on diesel to improve air quality.
According to the CEO, Bosch’s new process optimizes thermal management of exhaust temperature, lowering nitrogen oxide emissions to one tenth of the legally allowed limit, without the addition of any new hardware.