When it comes to squeezing more life out of electric vehicle batteries, Robert Bosch GmbH has its head in the cloud.

The German supplier announced today development of a new service called Battery in the Cloud that it claims can help extend the life of electric car batteries by as much as 20%. Batteries connected to Bosch’s cloud system are constantly monitored and analyzed based on how much stress the battery is under due to driving style, environmental factors. That information is then used to not only forecast a battery’s remaining run time, but to optimize the charging process and deliver tips on how to conserve battery power to drivers through a dashboard display.

“Its data-based services mean we can substantially improve batteries’ performance and extend their service life,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, in a statement.

It’s all about extending a battery’s life by reducing what Bosch calls “stress triggers,” such as rapid battery charging, “overly sporty driving style,” and extreme high and low ambient temperatures.

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