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Premiere at Solar Power International 2010.

· Bosch Solar Energy illustrates future key role photovoltaics will play in powering electric drive units

· Debut for this unique combination of Bosch solar modules and Bosch e-bike drive unit

· Bosch thin-film modules supply reliable, environmentally-friendly driving power, even at sub-optimal levels of sunlight

Los Angeles. Solar energy powers electric bikes – Bosch Solar Energy will present a future-focused energy concept at this year’s Solar Power International 2010 in Los Angeles. For the first time, Bosch’s newest division will team its high-performance thin-film solar modules with a new type of drive system for Bosch e-bikes. After all, bicycles operated by electricity are only 100 percent environmentally friendly if the electricity they use comes from renewable sources.

These e-bikes make it easier for their riders to pedal: the electric motor kicks in to help riders on uphill stretches, for example. The UL 1703-certified, thin-film Bosch Solar Module µm-Si plus NA 1110 modules can charge the bike’s eight ampere-hour lithium-ion battery in just two and a half hours. Bosch modules supply the battery with reliable, environmentally friendly energy – and not just under sunny, Californian conditions. With impressively high yields even at sub-optimal levels of sunlight, Bosch Solar Energy’s micromorph thin-film modules are also suited to the less sun-kissed regions of the world.

Come and see for yourself at Solar Power International 2010. You can find us at Stand 5309 in Kentia Hall.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 275,000 associates generated sales of 38.2 billion euros in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com.

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