1942 The Cooper-Bessemer GN-8 was first build as the first diesel powered engine using Common Rail technology. This technology was only used in very large machines such as maritime and locomotive engines.
1960 Mr. Hiber of Switzerland devises a Common Rail system using fuel injectors. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology works on further developing this technology. Common Rail was not ready for mass production as this time.
1990s Magneti Marelli, Centro Recerche Fiat and Elasis collaborate to develop the Common Rail System for the Fiat Group. Fiat is able to make many break troughs with this technology however they are not able to develop a product that is ready for mass production.
1990s Bosch acquires the patents from the Fiat Group and works towards making a mass produced version of the common rail system. Bosh develops the entire fuel delivery system using a Bosch fuel Injector, Bosch fuel pump, as part of the entire Bosch fuel injection system.
1994 The first Common Rail Bosh injection pump is installed in a truck. This Diesel injector pump is referred to as the P7100.
1997 Installation of the first Common Rail system in a passenger vehicle is completed as part of the overall Bosch fuel component strategy.
1998 Bosh pumps used in truck applications are improved and the second generation of diesel injection the VP44 pump for the Common Rail System is developed.
2003 The division of the company that makes Bosch injection pumps introduces the third generation of diesel injection for trucks the CP3 Bosch pump Common Rail System.