Robert Bosch is reportedly planning on launching a new electric van-sharing service in Germany by this year. With the new move, the company will expand its reach in the arena of pay-per-minute rental service while locking horns with some of its automaker clients.
The company is expected to collaborate with Toom, a subsidiary of German retailer Rewe, for the supply delivery vans at hardware stores enabling clients to rent a van for the transportation of mass purchases.
The services will be first flagged off in Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Troisdorf and Freiburg. Reports suggest that the vans will be provided by Deutsche start-up, StreetScooter, the company iterated.
“Bosch is growing with digital services for urban mobility. A service for sharing electric vans has huge potential for growth,” Rainer Kallenbach, president of the Connected Mobility Solutions division at Bosch said in a statement.
Apart from the upcoming services, Bosch also runs an electric-scooter rental service in Paris, Berlin and Madrid with Toom. Hence, the alliance in the electric van-service might hint at a further step into the market for on-demand vehicle rental services.
Bosch, however, has no plans to compete against the traditional automakers in the market due to the fear of alienating its clients such as Volkswagen and Ford which purchases components from the company.