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Bosch offers electric van-sharing service in Germany

Bosch will test the service at toom’s hardware stores

Bosch is launching a new sharing service for electric vans in Germany. From December 2018, it will only take a few clicks for customers at five selected stores to directly book an electric van on site with sufficient space to carry heavy and bulky purchases.

“Bosch is growing with digital services for urban mobility. A service for sharing electric vans has huge potential for growth,” says Dr. Rainer Kallenbach, president of the Connected Mobility Solutions division at Bosch.

The new sharing service will enable a roomy electric van to be reserved, either a few hours in advance or at the last minute when making the purchase. Users will be required to pay a flat hourly rate that includes mileage and battery recharging. Vans can then be returned to the same station that the shopper picked them up from.

“As a company committed to sustainability, we are always eager to constantly improve our contribution to environmental protection. We’re therefore very pleased that we can now offer our customers an eco-friendly way of taking their purchases home,” says Wolfgang Vogt, toom’s managing director for finance and personnel.

Bosch is already well versed in the sharing services business, as demonstrated by Coup, its rental service for electric scooters. Since its launch in 2016, Coup has constantly expanded, and now has a fleet of 3,500 scooters in Berlin, Paris, and Madrid. By 2025, the car sharing service is projected to have as many as 36 million users worldwide (Frost & Sullivan).

In Germany, one in every ten shared cars now has an electric motor. In its Coup and van-sharing schemes, Bosch has opted exclusively for electrically powered vehicles. The van-sharing service will initially be offered in Germany, at hardware stores in Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Troisdorf, and Freiburg. At these stores, charge spots are already in place for the small electric vans, which are provided by StreetScooter. Bosch also supplies the powertrain components for these vehicles.

If the new sharing service proves popular, Bosch could potentially expand the new sharing service to include other partners, whether these be other toom stores, furniture stores, supermarkets, or electronics stores.

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