Honda is starting a trial programme with select California customers of the Fit EV (Known as the Honda Jazz in Europe) called Honda SmartCharge, in which customers can earn money by only charging their vehicle during off-peak grid hours.
The system determines the best time to charge the vehicle from the grid, taking the drivers daily routine into account, as well as the energy mix of renewable energies in the grid. The data is computed between the vehicle and “eMotorWerks [,which] interfaces with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to allow for real-time control via cloud to cloud communication, enabling EVs to participate in demand response events to support the grid.”
Honda will use the data gathered from the test run and will test the system in other major cities, regions and vehicle models, such as the Clarity Electric or Clarity plug-in hybrid.
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