If you own an EV and drive in Europe, you may have as many as 6 charging apps on your smartphones, as well as a half dozen charging system access cards. Bosch says it will take just a few clicks to register, recharge, and pay with its new app – and it includes cost transparency.
Elmar Pritsch, president of the connected mobility solutions division of Bosch, tells Robotics and Automation News, “With our recharging services, we are developing a universal key to one of the biggest pan-European recharging networks. In doing so, we are making electromobility even more viable. Recharging has to be simple and smooth for everyone. Bosch’s smart recharging services are crucial for the widespread acceptance of electromobility.”
Bosch says its solution makes payment simpler. The app pays using the credit card details uploaded to it and provides users with a monthly statement of recharging costs.
The Bosch app includes 150,000 chargers. The company says it expects that number to grow to more than 200,000 by the end of this year. 27,500 of those charge points are located in Germany. The Bosch Charge My EV app allows drivers to locate available chargers anywhere in Europe.
Convenience is critical to convincing more people to drive electric cars. They want to be able to charge just as quickly and easily as they fill their gas tanks. At the dawn of the EV revolution, there was a certain spirit of adventure that went along with driving an electric car. It was sort of like early settlers finding a watering hole along the Chisholm Trail on the way to California.
But not everyone wants to be a pioneer, looking for a functioning charger on a dark winter’s night. In fact, most people would consider such a challenge a good reason not to drive electric at all. The Bosch app will go a long way toward giving EV drivers peace of mind when on the road away from their normal charging network or home chargers. That’s a huge step forward in the quest to increase the number of electric cars on the road.
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