Roaming platform to make future of electromobility more customer-friendly

  • Six German companies launch an initiative for an open platform to simplify data exchange in the charging infrastructure of the future
  • New platform for roaming and clearing will offer customers a nationwide uniform access to charging points, as well as convenient billing processes
  • Start of joint venture planned by mid-2012

Germany is on its way to an emission-free future. With the aim of making Germany a leading market for electromobility, the German federal government's National Development Plan for Electromobility combines climate protection and industrial policy. Its target is to have one million electric vehicles on the country's roads by 2020. However, achieving this will require greater customer acceptance. Improved user-friendliness is a vital condition for this acceptance, and has prompted six German companies to sign a memorandum of understanding.

Throughout Germany, driving electric vehicles is to be made far more convenient, thanks to a cross-industry, open data platform that will create an integrated charging infrastructure for mobility and vehicle providers. With this goal in mind, BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE, and Siemens have agreed to form a joint venture by mid-2012. The six partners signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect in Stuttgart.

The companies' common objective is to use cross-industry integration to drive forward the establishment of a nationwide, easy-to-use charging infrastructure and to facilitate the provision of supplementary services. In the future, drivers of electric vehicles will be able to recharge their vehicles quickly and simply, wherever they are, and without having to worry about which provider operates the nearest charging point. Such an infrastructure will also include standardized authentication processes at charging points and transparent billing by the individual contract partner.

At present, hardly any of the authentication and billing processes used by the market players offering a public charging network are compatible. In launching this initiative, the six companies aim to establish a software-based, open platform that will boost the further development of electromobility in Germany.

Apart from supporting diverse billing systems, the new platform focuses on networking access, charging, and service processes, as well as on adding new features to the range of products and services associated with electromobility. As far as possible, it aims to integrate stand-alone technical solutions. A uniform data-exchange standard is also being developed. This will form the basis of a standardized network that can supply the data required by utility companies, automakers, charging point operators, and providers of value-added services. For data protection purposes, the data will be provided in anonymous form. The purpose of the joint venture is to develop this platform and facilitate the involvement of a large number of further market players.

It is hoped that the open platform will allow providers from diverse electromobility-related industries and their customers to use a Germany-wide infrastructure system at a cost they can afford. This will create the conditions for new, user-oriented business models that promote rapid market penetration and a wider acceptance of electromobility.

Tags: Electromobility, Elektromobility, Vernetzung Mobilität, Platform, Customer

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2018, its sales came to 47.6 billion euros, or 61 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector pursues a vision of mobility that is accident-free. emissions-free, and fascinating, and combines the group’s expertise in the domains of 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 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. 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 deliver innovations for a connected life. 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 460 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

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