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Eliminating range anxiety: New services are making electromobility fit for everyday use

Annett Fischer

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Presentation by Dr. Rainer Kallenbach,
president, Connected Mobility Solutions division,
at the Bosch ConnectedWorld press briefing
on February 21, 2018, in Berlin.

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Thank you, Mr. Denner.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I would like to offer you a closer look at our system!e concept. In technical terms, system!e connects the electric powertrain to the Bosch Automotive Cloud Suite. This yields web-based services that improve the everyday benefits of electromobility – and lowers the barriers to purchasing an electric car. In the future, electric cars with system!e will know precisely when their power will run out, but also where they can find the next charging station. It will also be easier to integrate them into the owner’s home power grid. Let me illustrate this with three specific applications:

  • First, an extended range forecasts. This helps overcome a key concern regarding electromobility. According to all relevant surveys, buying an electric car falls through most often due to “range anxiety” – car buyers rank the limited range of these cars ahead of the high price and long charge times as reasons for their “no.” Our extended range forecasts can allay drivers’ fears that their electric car will leave them stranded somewhere. The forecasts use data from the environment and the vehicle itself – traffic and weather forecasts, current battery charge, energy consumption of heating and air conditioning, tire pressure, and of course the driver’s personal driving style. All this feeds into highly accurate forecasts of the remaining range.
  • Second, a charging assistant for longer journeys. This is another service that seeks to counter range anxiety. It starts with a new kind of route planning, which is based on the extended range forecast and makes suggestions according to when charging stops are required. Additional information about, for example, restaurants, cafés, and shopping options near the stop allow drivers to make the most of the charging time. And because the charging stations are connected to the internet, the service can arrange for payment online. As a result, driving even longer stretches with an electric car is less stressful. Driving electric, yet stress-free – that is the goal.
  • Third, our concept of energy management for charging at home, which can cut costs considerably. Specifically, this means that we will be able to integrate the electric car into the smart home’s electricity grid. Its battery can then, for instance, supplement the stationary storage device for the house’s photovoltaic system. During the day, the car absorbs surplus solar power; the battery feeds it back at night to, say, operate a heat pump. Still, the homeowners will want to drive their electric car again in the morning – all they need to do is tell the car the minimum charge needed for the desired destination. That is an example of how efficiently car and home will work together in the future.

Connecting electric cars with the smart home is a prime example of a cross-domain ecosystem, the supreme discipline on the internet of things. Implementing it requires a versatile company – a company like Bosch, whose expertise extends beyond the car. That is why we also see system!e as a toolkit; we will use it to derive solutions for established automakers as well as start-ups. This is no far-off vision, either: together with our customers and partners, we will be able to supply the corresponding services within the next few months. Many talk about the future of mobility. We’re making it ready for the market.

For more on what we are launching on the market besides mobility, some of which we are presenting here at Bosch ConnectedWorld, I now turn things over to Stefan Hartung.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. It generated sales of 42.1 billion euros in 2020, and thus contributed 59 percent of total sales from operations. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is safe, sustainable, and exciting, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of personalization, automation, electrification, and connectivity. For its customers, the outcome is integrated mobility solutions. The business sector’s main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 395,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2020). The company generated sales of 71.5 billion euros in 2020. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 129 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 73,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 34,000 are software engineers.

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