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Intelligent charging for electric cars

Bosch Software Innovations presents apps for electric car drivers.

Charging apps already available in five European countries

By offering the ability to quickly find charging stations and pay for their use with one click, innovative charging apps are making electromobility even more practical for everyday use throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and France. The key to all of this is the smartphone: charging apps on the phone allow drivers of electric cars to quickly find available charging stations in their area and then use them simply and conveniently.

The charging apps are currently available at no cost from smart and Mercedes-Benz, and Renault. Around 13,200 public charging points in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and France are already accessible through the apps. The charging apps form a part of Bosch's global connectivity strategy. Electric cars and their charging infrastructure are parts of the Internet of Things (IoT): “The connected electric car is the best electric car,” says Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH.

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Apps provide access to charging points of multiple operators

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A key advantage of the charging apps lies in their broad scope. Approximately 13,200 of the web-enabled, public charging points in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, and France have already been made accessible through the app network. More European countries will later follow. In addition to the technical implementation, which features services such as the intercharge eRoaming platform, Bosch Software Innovations has also signed contracts in advance with a host of charge point operators. This means that app users can conveniently use the displayed charging stations without the need for cash, and without having to resolve complex technical and contractual issues themselves before doing so. Instead, all they need is a PayPal or credit card account and to have completed a one-time registration. Even the payment process is completed from within the app in a convenient and secure fashion.

Automakers smart, Mercedes-Benz, and Renault are using the charging apps in an effort to win over more electric car customers. This is because, aside from attractive vehicle offerings, a straightforward recharging procedure plays a critical role in the continued advancement of electromobility in Europe. The operators of the charging stations profit here as well, as the apps help them to increase utilization of their charging points.

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Connected charging stations are a prime example of an IoT application

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The charging apps are an ideal example of an Internet of Things application in which intelligent objects – in this case charging stations – are connected together. With its technology, Bosch Software Innovations lays the foundation for bringing together various players such as automakers, charge point operators, energy providers, retailers, and electric car drivers on a single software platform. But what customers do not see is the powerful network of systems behind the app that are connected with one another in real time. The cloud-enabled Bosch IoT Suite software package for the development of IoT applications forms the technological basis for the charging apps. It incorporates a broad range of regional electricity and charge point providers, in addition to the intercharge eRoaming platform and the partnered services that ensure convenient payment functionality.

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IoT and electromobility – the perfect combination

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“With the charging apps, we are bringing the Internet of Things and electromobility together. To us this is the perfect combination, since we have been actively promoting new developments in both of these areas for several years now,” says Kai Weber, product manager at Bosch Software Innovations. Aside from its numerous e-mobility projects and its participation in the EMI³ standardizing body, Bosch's involvement also includes its roles as a consortium partner, IoT systems partner, and platform vendor for eRoaming provider Hubject GmbH in Berlin. This joint venture regularly brings together leading players in the e-mobility marketplace. The charge point operators are connected to the network mainly via the intercharge eRoaming platform.

The charging apps are available both for iOS and Android operating systems.

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Germany

The charging apps give access to the following charge point operators:

  • Allego
  • Belectric
  • Bosch
  • EnBW
  • has.to.be
  • Heldele EMiS
  • Innogy
  • Ladenetz.de
  • Stadtwerke Leipzig
  • Vorarlberger Kraftwerke

France

The charging apps give access to the following charge point operators:

A01, Etablissement Public Aménagement Mantois Seine Aval
CN1, Compagnie Nationale du Rhône
E04, Sodetrel Corri-Door
M31, Métropole de Toulouse
S02, Union des secteurs d'Energie du Département de l'Aisne
S03, Syndicat Départemental d'Energie de l'Allier
S05, Syndicat Mixte d'Electricité des Hautes-Alpes
S07, Syndicat Départemental des Énergies de l'Ardèche
S09, Syndicat Départemental d'Énergies de l'Ariège
S12, Syndicat Intercommunal d’Energies du Département de l’Aveyron
S24, Syndicat Departemental d'Energies de la Dordogne
S26,Syndicat Départemental d'Energies de la Drôme
S28, Syndicat Départemental d’Energies d'Eure et Loire
S29, Syndicat Départemental d'Energie et d'Equipement du Finistère
S30, Syndicat Mixte d'Electricité du Gard
S31, Syndicat Départemental d'Énergie de la Haute-Garonne
S32, Syndicat Départemental d'Electrification du Gers
S33, Syndicat Départemental d'Energie Electrique de Gironde
S34, Syndicat Mixte d’Energies du Département de l’Hérault
S35, Syndicat Départemental d’Energie de l'Illet-Vilaine
S37, Syndicat Intercommunal d’Énergie d’Indre-et-Loire
S38, Syndicat des Énergies du Département de l’Isère
S40, Syndicat d'Equipement des Communes des Landes

S42, Syndicat Intercommunal d’Énergies de la Loire
S46, Fédération Départementale d'Energies du Lot
S47, Syndicat Départementale Electricité Energie Lot et Garonne
S48, Syndicat Départemental d'Energie et d'Equipement de la Lozère
S56, Morbihan énergie
S61, Syndicat de l'Énergie de l'Orne
S64, Syndicat d'Energie des Pyrenees-Atlantiques
S66, Syndicat Départemental d’Energies et d’Electricité des Pyrénées Orientales
S74, Syndicat des énergies et du développement numérique de la Haute-Savoie
S76, Syndicat d’Energie et d'Equipement de la Vendée
S77, Syndicat Départemental Des Energies De Seine-Et-Marne
S81, Syndicat Départemental d'Energies du Tarn
S82, Syndicat Départemental d'Energie du Tarn-et-Garonne
S85, Syndicat d’Énergie et d’Equipement de la Vendée
SEO,Séolis
V75, Mairie de Paris

Belgium

The charging apps give access to the following charge point operators:

  • Allego
  • Blue Corner
  • Last Mile Solution

Austria

The charging apps give access to the following charge point operators:

  • Elektrodrive / Salzburg AG
  • eMobility Graz / Steiermark
  • Energie AG Oberösterreich
  • Energie Burgenland
  • Enio / T-Systems
  • EVN AG
  • has.to.be
  • Kelag
  • Linz AG
  • Vorarlberger Kraftwerke
  • Wien Energie GmbH

Switzerland

The charging apps give access to the following charge point operators:

  • Alpiq E-Mobility AG
  • BMW Schweiz AG
  • Energie Service Biel
  • Green Motion
  • Groupe E
  • has.to.be
  • IB Aarau
  • Vorarlberger Kraftwerke AG