Articles by Martin Schmid
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You know cars, you know fleets of cars, you know airports – all these things are quite sophisticated already today. But what happens when you connect them to the internet – in an Internet of Things and Services (IoTS)?
You also know what happens as soon as you cross borders: outside EU Schengen area chances are that you need a passport, and you might even need foreign currency to refill your gas tank. Electromobility in combination with connected charging stations and charging service providers is going to be more convenient. Bosch Software Innovations provides solutions to transfer the roaming concept known from telecommunication to electromobility, e.g. in the Crome project.
Catch a quick insight from my colleague Patrick Lobert into what’s happening to mobility as it is being reloaded with IoT technologies.
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Together with our partner Vodafone we had a close look at what is driving the global transition from combustion engine powered vehicles to electric vehicles. Coming from global trends such as the increasing scarcity of crude oil, we also paid special attention to commercial fleets and the aspects that motivate fleet managers to consider electric vehicles as a viable alternative to conventional vehicles.
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CROss-border Mobility for EVs – CROME is a project jointly funded by the German and French governments. Mobility with electric vehicles (EVs) is in the midst of becoming part of our daily lives. And it certainly is not locked within the borders of one country. Travellers will cross borders when travelling from one country to another; and they will have the need to charge their EVs. Read more…
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In one of my last blog posts I asked for examples of SMEs going electric . Also on our website I am asking readers to contribute good ideas on how they would bring eMobility a step forward. Earlier this summer I received a very good example, not directly from our neighbourhood but from Down Under. That makes it even more interesting.
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More and more electric vehicles for commercial use are available to the end user. Solutions for charging cars at home and at public places are elaborate and accessible at more and more places. Cloud solutions to manage charging infrastructure and electric fleets are being rolled-out in applications worldwide. Is this the breakthrough for eMobility in commercial use? Read more…
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There is a lot of research and development going on in the arena of electromobility. Dozens if not hundreds of projects are carried out worldwide on a local level and even on supranational level like the Green eMotion project. Why is this and what are the success factors?
Singapore also found electromobility very appealing for their specific geographic and economic situation. The Singaporean government therefore created the EV Test Bed Programme. A program to attract high-tech manufacturing and research activities in Singapore and to create innovative business models to be exported to other countries. The agencies behind the EV Test Bed programme chose Bosch Software Innovations to develop and operate the charging services in Singapore. Read more…
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The number of patent applications relating to electromobility is rising all the time, as is the number of market-ready products and solutions in this field. This can be seen not least by how many new electric and hybrid vehicles automakers are announcing and bringing to market. Many places are seeing investments in charging infrastructure, and strong media interest in the topic of electromobility shows no sign of abating. Read more…
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Electric mobility quite often is associated with hindrances, obstacles, not thoroughly evaluated technology that is not suited for day to day usage. “We need to do more R&D to come to solutions that make eMobility user-friendly” is a common saying even in eMobility trade shows. Why sit and think? The solutions are there, ready available, proven technology that only needs to be applied.
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There is a new business in town. It is growing steadily and gaining momentum. Multi-billion dollar companies invest heavily. This year you will see sophisticated end user products.
Yes, I am talking about electric vehicles, the necessary charging infrastructure and business models relevant for public utility companies.
By looking at the active players in eMobility you will see instantly a few players standing out against the rest – it is the big utility companies I am talking about. This is not only a German phenomenon; you can see this in a lot of countries. So, why is this and what are the implications for smaller utility companies? Read more…
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Only recently, we exhibited at the eCarTec, one of the major trade shows for eMobility in Europe – so the organizer says and so the attendance approved. During the show I had the chance to take a walk through the halls and take a look at the exhibits.
My first impression is, that this “philosophy” is about to become reality. Read more…