Investment in traffic infrastructure a requirement for future mobility
Technical potential of traffic management not exploited
Exploratory field tests of solutions and concepts in Germany
Berlin – Franz Fehrenbach, the chairman of the supervisory board of Robert Bosch GmbH, is calling for more investment in an intelligent infrastructure to facilitate future mobility. “The transportation of the future must be realized in Germany first. To enable this, we need more investment – and more sensible investment – in our mobility infrastructure,” Fehrenbach said at the 30th German Logistics Congress in Berlin. Above all, Fehrenbach sees the country lagging behind considerably in the area of traffic infrastructure. Catching up will involve not only bridge repairs and the construction of more freeways, he said. It will also require investments in infrastructure to be oriented toward the fundamental trends in mobility. According to him, electrification, automation, and connectivity are placing new demands on infrastructure. One of these is efficient traffic management. A first step toward this could be made by implementing a road toll, he explained. “The potential offered by traffic management as well as the other technical possibilities of a networked traffic infrastructure are currently still being ignored in public debate,” Fehrenbach said. Instead, the argument is centering on the question of scope and how the revenue generated by a vignette-based road toll system should be used.
Germany: exploit opportunities offered by trend towards connectivity Fehrenbach believes that the global trend toward digital connectivity will also fundamentally transform mobility – and with it, traffic. “We must make Germany a hub for this technology. In order to do this, we need the necessary infrastructure,” he said. The shape of future traffic flow – whether of people or goods – is still to some extent the subject of research. However, the mobility trends of the future are already clear. “Achieving electrified, automated, and connected mobility will only be possible if we create the necessary technological conditions and framework in advance,” Fehrenbach continued. This includes, for example, interfaces between renewable energy and alternative powertrains, telematics services, and the efficient management of traffic flows. “With a modern, integrated system, Germany could further extend its expertise in the realm of intelligent traffic management.” The limited discussion surrounding the topic of a road toll is thus disappointing, he said.
Mobility concepts are an export opportunity In particular, the megacities that are emerging worldwide need new mobility concepts. “Intelligent, resource-conserving, and hence sustainable mobility could be the next big export opportunity for Germany,” Fehrenbach said. However, Germany has up to now been lacking the necessary infrastructure to “field test” new concepts and solutions, he argued. “The role of infrastructure as a vehicle of innovation has been fundamentally underestimated. This has been demonstrated in the discussions about investment priorities and their financing.”
Competition: engine of progress rather than threat to it Fehrenbach currently sees considerable potential for efficiency in many of Germany’s markets and sectors. He believes that in some areas, a lack of competition, state intervention, and over-regulation could be leading to a lack of transparency, inefficiency, and undesirable market developments. “Competition is perceived as a threat rather than as an engine of progress,” Fehrenbach emphasized. Only by strengthening the principles of Germany’s social market economy will the country’s future as an industrial location be assured. “Competition as a core element of a social market economy guarantees progress, growth, and thus prosperity.”
Shaping the future: no letting up now With respect to the coalition negotiations between the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats, Fehrenbach pointed to the great need for reform which continues to exist in Germany. He warned against letting Germany’s momentarily strong economy divert attention away from the real challenges. “If we let up on shaping the future now, we will fall behind globally.”
About the German Logistics Congress The German Logistics Congress has been staged by the German Logistics Association (BVL) since 1983. It has become the most important annual logistics event in Europe. It is an important forum for German industry. The share of international participants is constantly increasing. The anniversary event is taking place from October 23–25, 2013, in Berlin.
More information on the event and the BVL is available online.
Stuttgart – Bosch will be playing an active role in this year’s celebrations in Stuttgart to mark the day of German Unity. On October 2 and 3, the supplier of technology and services will be presenting products and services relating to the mobility of the future. The focal point of the exhibition, on show in Stuttgart’s “Schlossgarten” park, is electromobility. There, Bosch will present products and solutions for electrically powered bikes, scooters, and cars. “Our systems for e-bikes and e-scooters also serve to give people a feeling of what driving electrically is like. In this way, we are supporting multimodal traffic concepts in large cities,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management.
Apart from smart operating units, the European market leader Bosch eBike Systems offers long-life rechargeable batteries and powerful drive units. True to the motto of the celebrations - “curiosity meets motion” - visitors can try out e-bikes fitted with Bosch technology in the Schlossgarten park.
Also outdoors, the Bosch Power Tools Indego robot lawnmower will demonstrate just how effortless it can be to look after the garden. The Indego mows lawns up to a size of 1000 square meters completely automatically. Musically as well, Bosch will be present at the celebrations. At 6 p.m. on October 3, the Bosch Allstars will be giving a concert on one of the four stages on Königstrasse, Stuttgart’s main shopping street.
Bosch is involved in many electromobility projects Baden-Württemberg is one of four German “Schaufenster Elektromobilität” (electromobility showcases). In this context, Bosch is involved in many projects to research and develop the electromobile future. For example, LivingLab BW is studying electromobility in everyday life in more than 40 individual projects. Its aim is to test the technologies that are already available and to develop viable business models. The “Get eReady” project is examining how vehicle fleets can be operated economically. As part of this project, it is planned to have 750 hybrid and all-electric vehicles on the roads in the Stuttgart region by 2015. In addition, Bosch is an active member of the Cluster Elektromobilität Süd-West (electromobility cluster southwest).
The company is working on challenges of electromobility that go far beyond classic product business. It annual investments in this field come to roughly 400 million euros.
From 1 to 3 p.m. on October 2, the Bosch exhibition will be visited by Peter Friedrich, the Baden-Württemberg state minister for the Bundesrat, Europe, and international affairs.
The complete program of events to mark the Day of German Unity is available online (German only).
Project forms part of the Baden-Württemberg Showcase Region for Electric Mobility
Information event for fleet operators on October 30 at Bosch in Gerlingen
Stuttgart – Wala Heilmittel GmbH is the first participant in the Get eReady project. This is a large-scale field trial to analyze how electric vehicle fleets can be run cost-effectively. The plan is to register a total of 750 new hybrid and electric vehicles in the Stuttgart region by the end of 2015. Get eReady is one of approximately 40 projects included in Baden-Württemberg’s “LivingLab BWe mobil” e-mobility showcase and is receiving 4.7 million EUR in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in the framework of the Federal Government’s Showcase initiative. Cooperating in the project are Bosch Software Innovations GmbH, Athlon Car Lease, the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), electrical and communications specialist Heldele GmbH, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
“We are delighted to be the first participant in this project,” says Stefan Weiland, environmental officer at Wala Heilmittel GmbH. “Our company feels an obligation toward future generations to take responsibility for nature and the environment. This includes systematically implementing measures to reduce our CO2 emissions. Participation in the Get eReady project is an important element.”
“To find out which factors influence the cost-effective use of electromobility in fleet vehicles, it is important to have participants from as wide a variety of sectors as possible,” explains Dr. Michael Schlick, who is responsible for publicly funded mobility projects at Bosch Software Innovations GmbH. “That’s why the project is aimed at a broad range of commercial, public, and non-commercial fleet operators who are interested in using electric vehicles in their fleet. Wala Heilmittel is a good example, because we also want to attract companies that haven’t had much contact with electromobility to date. Further interested parties from a variety of sectors – such as social services providers, small trade businesses, advertising agencies, and architecture and engineering offices – are currently having their individual requirements analyzed.”
Operators of vehicle fleets that are already up and running have the opportunity to get to know the project first without making any commitment and to obtain a free analysis of their existing fleet. Those who then sign up to participate in the field trial receive a monthly subsidy of around 160 euros per newly licensed electric vehicle. At the same time, the project participants will be putting in place a networked charging infrastructure for their shared use. “Participation in Get eReady also offers companies the opportunity to position themselves as eco-friendly. That boosts their corporate image and increases their attractiveness as employers,” emphasizes Schlick.
Fleet operators from the Stuttgart region can find out more about Get eReady and the possibilities for adding electric vehicles to their fleets at a special information event taking place at Bosch’s Gerlingen-Schillerhöhe location on October 30, 2013 from 1 p.m. They will also have a chance to experience e-mobility in action by test driving various electric vehicle models.
In April 2012, the German Government selected four regions in the country to act as ‘Showcase Regions for Electric Mobility’. Based on a decision by the German Bundestag, research and development into alternative drive systems is to take place across each of these regions. The Federal Government is providing a total of €180 million in funding for these large scale demonstration and pilot projects. The aim is to test electric mobility within the overlapping systems of energy, vehicle, and transport. For further information, please visit http://www.schaufenster-elektromobilitaet.org (German language only).
In the Showcase Region for Electric Mobility of Baden-Württemberg – LivingLab BWe mobil – more than 100 partners from industry, science and the public sector explore application-oriented mobility solutions. Besides the Federal Government, the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Stuttgart region support the project network, too. The activities of the projects take place in the region of Stuttgart and the city of Karlsruhe and generate a big international visibility. LivingLab BWe mobil is a systemic approach towards electric mobility, connecting all projects. Electric mobility can be experienced by everyone. There will be electric bikes, e-cars, plug-in hybrid busses and electric commercial vehicles. The projects in the Showcase Region Baden-Württemberg address issues related to intermodality, fleets and commercial transport, energy, infrastructure and ICT, living and electric mobility, urban and traffic planning, vehicle technology, communication and participation as well as training and qualification.
LivingLab BWe mobil is promoted by the State Agency for Electric Mobility and Fuel Cell Technology Baden-Württemberg e-mobil BW GmbH and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH). Please visit www.livinglab-bwe.de for further information on the LivingLab BWe mobil (German language only).
New infrastructure solutions make electromobility feasible
Bosch offers integrated vehicle systems for electromobility
Berlin – In light of the global trend toward urbanization, our mobility needs are increasing rapidly. At the same time, standards for clean air, noise control, and climate protection are becoming stricter. At the UN conference on implementing Rio+20 decisions – held in Berlin from June 19 to 21 – internationally recognized experts are meeting to discuss the resource-conserving transportation of the future. Bosch is taking part, with both detailed presentations and exhibitions of its pioneering technological solutions. To quote Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH: “For ensuring personal transportation has a future, while at the same time improving air quality, especially in megacities, electromobility is an attractive solution.”
Bosch – partner for electromobility Integrated perspective: Bosch offers a complete portfolio of electrical powertrain solutions for different vehicles. It ranges from components for e-bikes and e-scooters to systems for hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric vehicles. The automotive supplier’s systems competence is apparent not only when it comes to integrating them into vehicles, but also in its integrated consideration of the entire life cycle. Even now, for example, Bosch analyzes the entire life cycle of the lithium-ion battery, from repair and maintenance by the Bosch Car Service, to the possibility of re-use, to proper recycling.
Bosch software solutions: These are the basis for linking the energy and charging infrastructures. Bosch e-roaming makes electromobility possible across regional boundaries and different technical systems. Once this is achieved, electromobility becomes feasible for everyday use, since drivers will be able to use any charge spot regardless of provider. The new eMobility Starter Package provided by Bosch Software Innovations operates on two of the main open interface protocols for connecting with roaming platforms and charging infrastructure systems. Additionally, Bosch offers software for the vehicle-power grid infrastructure – for example, in the Hubject consortium. To create new mobility concepts, a Bosch software platform interconnects mobility providers from diverse industries.
Continuity and determination: At the moment, electromobility is still an investment in the future. Bosch spends 400 million euros each year and employs more than 1,100 associates in this area.
Outlook: By the end of 2014, Bosch will have completed 30 orders relating to powertrain electrification. It expects that large-scale series production will start in the next decade. The global forecast for 2020 is 3 million electric vehicles, 3 million plug-in hybrids, and 6 million hybrids out of an approximate total of 115 million new cars.
Invented for life: from the e-bike to the electric car Electromobility is starting small: more than 50 bicycle manufacturers already rely on Bosch e-bike systems, which range from drive systems with electric drive units (electric motors) to power packs (lithium-ion batteries) and a combined computer/operating unit. For all-electric e-scooters, Bosch provides an electric drive system, complete with a wheel-hub motor and control electronics.
Modular system for vehicles: Bosch covers the entire electrical powertrain portfolio, encompassing lithium-ion battery systems, battery management, power electronics, electric machines of various types, and comprehensive systems integration expertise. It currently supplies complete solutions for the electrical powertrain of the Fiat 500e and for the plug-in hybrid system in the Porsche Panamera.
Battery management systems: Bosch battery management systems monitor and control the cells making up the complete system. They are essential for the safe and efficient operation of battery packs.
Power electronics: The power electronics device is indispensable for any electric powertrain. It converts the direct current stored as energy in the battery into alternating current for the electric motor. The more efficient the power electronics, the greater the range.
Lithium-ion batteries: For Bosch, progress in the development of batteries for storing electrical energy is the most important driver of the market success of electrical powertrains: “We are working to develop lithium-ion batteries that will at least double the range of the electric vehicles we now have, and this at half the cost per kilowatt-hour,” says Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.