Bohr: Legislators are illogical.
Europe’s legislative process is “not always guided by purely rational considerations,” said Bernd Bohr, chairman of Robert Bosch’s automotive operations.
Bohr was particularly critical of German public debate about particulate emissions and European Union limits, which he claimed “would be hard to comply with even in the fresh air of the North Sea Islands.”
The diesel passenger cars at the center of the debate generate only 3 percent of urban particulate matter pollution, Bohr said here at an annual press briefing.
He said it was not helpful to the industry when legislators deviate from the clear strategy linking Euro 3, Euro 4 and Euro 5 emission rules.
Bohr forecast growth in Bosch’s diesel-injector sales to 8.4 million systems in 2005. Even the US will adopt diesels, he predicted, and Bosch already has diesel development programs with both European and US automakers.
Bosch will add a new sintered-metal diesel particulate filter by 2006 and fourth-generation diesel injectors in 2008, said Ulrich Dohle, head of the diesel systems division. Those will help meet tighter Euro 5 rules in 2010.