The Competence Center for Innovative Vehicle Technologies, part of the Bosch innovation ecosystem, was inaugurated Wednesday at the Faculty of Transport and Automotive Engineering of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).
The center, which is primarily dedicated to education and research on electric powertrains, was established by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) and Bosch, but the institutions is dedicated not only to future technologies, but also to old race cars.
The Bosch Group has been working with BME for 15 years, and both parties described the newly established center of excellence for innovative vehicle technologies, with its unique tools and simulation systems, as the most important milestone in Hungarian technical university education. In addition to the 60-80 students per year, faculty lecturers will also benefit from the development on the Technical University campus, and ideas developed here can be incorporated into EU projects.
A simulation and testing environment has been developed at the center to model the electric powertrain and its components more accurately than ever before to optimize the operation of electric vehicles.
The goal is to improve efficiency, increase range, and better predict energy consumption and battery capacity.
András Kemler, executive vice president for technical divisions and site operations at Robert Bosch, recalled the company’s motto “Designed for life,” which he now applied to the center of excellence, because this is where future specialists can acquire knowledge in line with international trends, and developments could be on the road in three to five years.
“It is important to shape the innovation industry together with science and to be an active partner in training the next generation of engineers,” András Kemler said before describing another achievement of the center.
In line with Bosch’s “New Way of Working” concept, which aims to employ more than 17,000 people in Hungary by the end of 2021, a 350-square-meter office space was created for education and research: The open office space features “in-house” meeting rooms, a soundproof library room and a “working café” that serves as a community, collaboration and dining space.
Tibor Czigány, BME’s rector, said the university is the home base for research and development and is in constant contact with industry. Bosch, for example, supports the university’s German-language engineering courses, and English-language physics courses will be introduced in the fall. Hungary’s long-term goal, he said, is to improve its position in innovation rankings.
László Bódis, deputy state secretary for innovation of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation, said that the link between higher education and business has reached another dimension after 2018, we have moved up to 21st place in the European innovation scoreboard, but as it concerns 27 areas, there is still a lot to do.
The number of high-quality publications and patents has also increased, as has the number of innovative companies, the politician continued, noting that we are in the middle of Europe when it comes to patents and that the number of 25-34 year olds pursuing doctoral studies per thousand inhabitants has increased from 0.3 to 0.4 percent further improvement in MTMI (mathematics, science, engineering and information technology) is needed to approach the OECD average in general.
A classic car test vehicle with state-of-the-art components was also presented, in which the components of the electric powertrain are modularly interchangeable and can be tested under real conditions, for example on the ZalaZone test track.
It is also being prepared for participation in the most famous event for classic cars, the Goodwood Festival in the UK, as well as for the more than 100-year-old Pikes Peak race in the U.S., a 20-kilometer race up the 4,302-meter-high Colorado mountainside.
Source: Hungary Today