"Within ten years 15% of all new vehicles worldwide will have an electric powertrain" - Bosch UK president Steffen Hoffmann

"Within ten years 15% of all new vehicles worldwide will have an electric powertrain" - Bosch UK president Steffen Hoffmann

Bosch UK estimates some 15% of new vehicles will feature electric powertrains in the next ten years.

The UK has been relatively slow to take up all-electric propulsion, but the popularity of hybrid vehicles is growing as technology improves.

"Electrification of the powertrain is an ongoing trend," said newly-appointed Bosch UK president, Steffen Hoffman at a press briefing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London. "We have all the ingredients in the company except for battery cells - everything else is developed and manufactured by us.

"We are sure this will become a reality - within ten years 15% of all new vehicles worldwide will have an electric powertrain. We believe the advancement in electromobility is identical to the development of the internal combustion engine.

"There is also another facet - that is in the fun of driving. An electric motor has this huge advantage - it [has] torque at very high revs."

The new Bosch UK chief also noted automated - the supplier prefers the term to 'autonomous' - driving was still in an incremental development stage but he expected such technology to appear in "relatively controlled" environments before the end of this decade while connected solutions were also important.

"Connected driving is capable of delivering real time information that can tremendously improve the quality of our lives, easing traffic congestion, locating petrol stations including price information, locating free available electric charging stations and so on," added Hoffmann.

"Bosch identifies products that really add value to people's lives. Our jobs is to find out what it is which really makes life easier for people."