SINGAPORE--Bosch Software has availed a fast-charger facility for electric vehicles in a local shopping mall, enabling these cars to be powered up in mere minutes instead of hours.
According to the company's press statement released Thursday, the facility is located at Changi City Point shopping mall and is integrated into its current network of over 50 charging stations in the city-state. Bosch is the appointed e-vehicle charging service provider for Singapore's e-vehicle testbed initiative, which looks at infrastructure requirements and business models for this market segment.
At the new fast-charger facility, participants of the testbed can power up their vehicles within 30 minutes instead of six hours at a standard charging station. Bosch offers a map, accessed via a mobile app, which shows the locations of charging stations in the country and displays its availability in real-time.
As the appointed charging service provider involved in the testbed, the vendor is in charge of the design and development, implementation, operation, and maintenance of the local charging infrastructure.
Thomas Jakob, Asia-Pacific managing director of Bosch Software, noted that software plays an important role to "intelligently network" charging stations. "This allows seamless usage by all drivers with a single subscription, and on the other hand, it also allows for other value-added services to be provided. This includes, for instance, roaming across multiple charging networks operated by different service providers," Jakob said in the statement.
Emily Fong, senior center manager of Changi City Point, added that a fast charger was set up at the mall to improve customers' shopping experience, so customers can shop and dine while they charge their vehicles.