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Bosch to supply infrastructure for electromobility project in Italy

  • Companies for eMilan - Zero-emission driving for associates
  • Companies from diverse industries set up supply network
  • “eMobility Solution” already in operation in Singapore
  • Service platform can be extended at will

Milan, 12/06/2011 -

The Bosch Group and the fleet operator Arval are to set up an infrastructure in Milan for the operation of electric vehicles, which will then serve several companies. An agreement to this effect has now been signed by the participants in this pilot project. The infrastructure is based on the “eMobility Solution” service platform supplied by Bosch Software Innovations. The Bosch Group's software and systems unit is already installing a charging infrastructure for electromobility in Singapore.

In Milan, it is planned to set up charge spots across the metropolitan area, at the locations of the companies involved. The idea is to make zero-emission driving around the metropolitan area possible for these companies’ associates. The partners in the project include the utility company Sorgenia, the mechanical engineering company Schindler, the financial services providers Cofely BNP and Paribas Real Estate, as well as Bosch Rexroth. All in all, these companies employ more than 2,100 associates in the greater Milan area. In the initial phase, each company will run up to eight electric vehicles. They may be used as a driving pool for associates or as a fleet for technical maintenance teams, for example. Further companies have already signaled their interest.

“Here, Bosch can contribute its broad knowledge in the area of electromobility,” says Dr. Gerhard Dambach, Executive Vice President Finance and Administration at Robert Bosch S.p.A. In Arval, he said, Bosch had found a partner that wanted to be equally bold in putting this innovative project into practice. “We are confident that companies and their fleets can provide significant stimuli for electromobility,” said Paolo Ghinolfi, the managing director of Arval. He felt that the joint project with Bosch was an important step on the road to zero-emission mobility.

The company-owned electric vehicles will allow the associates of the participating companies to continue to move freely within the Milan city center, to which access will be restricted for conventional vehicles in the future. In addition, they will be allowed to use special bus and taxi lanes. Starting in spring 2012, the first charge spots will be installed at the participating companies. Vehicles belonging to the participating countries will also be able to charge up there. Within this supply network, the greatest distance between two charge spots will be 43 kilometers, and the shortest will be four kilometers.

Open for companies to integrate their business models

The Bosch “eMobility Solution” service platform allows the business models of any number of companies to be integrated into any given infrastructure. Those companies might include operators of parking garages or facility managers, for example. The solution can easily be adapted to existing information and energy networks, allowing an e-mobility network to be tailored to the existing infrastructure in a given city. eMobility Solution was specifically designed to be open enough to allow even competing companies to participate, and the charge spots of different providers to be integrated. The approach deliberately encourages unrestricted competition for creative ideas relating to e-mobility. It is accessible and flexible, offering customers a broad range of services and a high level of information security at the same time.