Stuttgart – Berlin-based Bosch Software Innovations GmbH has developed a smartphone app that allows drivers of electric cars and plug-in hybrids from Mercedes-Benz and smart to find and use almost any Internet-enabled charging station, regardless of provider. Users can also pay using their smartphone. Corresponding cooperation agreements have been signed between various e-mobility players.
A team from CMS Germany headed by lead partner Dr Christian Haellmigk advised Bosch Software Innovations GmbH on implementing the project. This included an evaluation of the project in terms of energy and tax law, in particular with regard to obligations arising from the Energy Industry Act and Electricity Tax Act and adaptation of the agreements concluded between the partners. The app has been available in Germany since December 2014, with other European countries scheduled to follow.
Bosch Software Innovations GmbH is the Bosch Group’s software and systems house. It designs, develops and operates software products worldwide for uses including mobility, energy, manufacturing and smart home. The company has some 500 employees at seven locations around the globe. Bosch is a leading international technology and services company. In the 2013 financial year, it had approximately 281,000 employees and posted sales of EUR 46.1 billion.
CMS Hasche Sigle
Dr Christian Haellmigk
Agnes Wippich, all Energy/Competition
Dr Björn Demuth
Jakob Billau, both Tax
Dr Malte Grützmacher
Dr Bernhard Freund, both Intellectual Property/IT
Dr Gerald Gräfe
Dr Kai-Oliver Giesa, both Commercial