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Singapore as Test Bed for Electric Vehicles


Operation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure


Since June 2011, Bosch Software Innovations has been supporting the city state of Singapore in a far-reaching project aimed at the successful operation of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The five-year test bed project involves various electric vehicles and charging technology prototypes, alongside the development of new business models.

In addition to developing effective infrastructure, the Electric Vehicle Taskforce – jointly chaired by the Energy Market Authority, the Land Transport Authority, and the Singapore Economic Development Board – has been exploring the economic potential of electric vehicles by carrying out an improved appraisal of the necessary regulations and by identifying possibilities for industry and research.

As the government of Singapore’s appointed infrastructure service provider, Bosch Software Innovations plays a key role in the design and development of the charging infrastructure as well as in its implementation, operation and maintenance. To date, Bosch Software Innovations has installed more than 57 charging stations in Singapore.

The charge spots are connected to each other by way of an internet service platform. Companies wishing to offer electromobility services can do so using the open architecture of this IT service platform, which was developed by Bosch Software Innovations. This enables, for example, other charging station manufacturers to join Bosch by contributing their solutions.

When using the system, registered drivers have the opportunity to find the nearest available charging station using a web-based portal. To take advantage of the services on offer, drivers have to identify themselves using their NETS CEPAS card (Contactless e-Purse Application), accepted throughout Singapore as a means of identification.

In order to be able to assess the impact of electromobility in Singapore, Bosch Software Innovations facilitates regular analysis of how charging stations are being used. Together with backing from the relevant authorities, examining this data lays a sound foundation for the possible expansion of electromobility in Singapore. A good example of this is determining how the inter-relationship between electric vehicles and charging stations can be used to best effect.

Until the project is completed in 2016, the range of services available through the Bosch Software Innovations internet service platform will continue to grow, allowing electromobility users in Singapore to benefit from innovative services.