Mihai Boldijar, Bosch: “The mobility of the future will become a core business for us”
“The mobility of the future concerns both the private sector and customers, as well as governments, to a greater or lesser extent. This mobility can be electric, but not only electric. From our point of view, total electrification is not the only solution. We see a well-balanced balance between all forms of mobility.
It is not possible to switch to electric mobility in a very short time, as long as things are not set up from a technological, social and legislative point of view,” Mihai Boldijar, General Manager Bosch Romania, said during e-Mobility Forum 2021 organized by The Diplomat-Bucharest.
“We can’t move from one technology to another until we prepare very well. We cannot talk about the mobility of the future without having a strategy. I don’t know how solid this strategy is in Romania. The objective is to meet the targets proposed by the Green Deal and the European Commission. The well to wheel chain must be rethought so that we have a production with zero carbon footprint.
A connected, intelligent car is fascinating, but it must also have a fair price. Any technology must have an affordable price, so it becomes a luxury product. If the subsidies disappear, the appetite for the purchase of electric vehicles will disappear.
Regarding the infrastructure in Romania, there are no concrete data on the number of charging stations. Instead, in the Netherlands there are 66,865 stations, in France there are 45,751. There are 44,538 stations in Germany. This means that three countries own 70% of the total number of charging stations in Europe, but cover only 30% of Europe’s surface.
The current electrical network would not support tens of thousands of charging stations at this time. The mobility of the future will be a mixed one, it will not be only electric. The Bosch Group achieved a turnover of one billion euros for emobility solutions alone. In 2025, this turnover will be 5 billion euros. This business will become a core one for Bosch. Investments so far have been 5 billion euros. In 2021 alone, we have invested 700 million euros. In 2035, about 60 percent of registered cars will be electric or hybrid.
We need time for this transition to future mobility. There is a discrepancy between the technological advance and the infrastructure we have.”
Full recording of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY8U4Ak0f2U&t=5616s