Honda will introduce a new energy management service in the UK, offering electric vehicle (EV) owners a flexible smart tariff and smart charging.
The new service will be offered in collaboration with smart charging and aggregation specialist Moixa, and European energy supplier, Vattenfall
Charging will be optimised to use electricity from renewable sources including solar power, wind farms and hydropower. The service also allows charging at the most cost-effective time, relative to grid demand.
The preferred hardware solution for the new service is Honda’s Power Charger.
Through Moixa’s GridShare ‘smart charge’ system, customers simply specify their preferred parameters for minimum state of charge through a smartphone app, leaving the system to manage charging.
Jørgen Pluym, energy management project leader at Honda Motor Europe, said: “The introduction of e:Progress marks a key milestone for Honda in the development of our Energy Management business here in Europe, bringing together all of our work to date to offer real value to EV owners.
“This is our first move into a service business model in the energy space, and we are committed to continuing to invest and develop in this area as part of the move towards electrification and widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”
The launch of e:Progress follows Honda’s first vehicle-to-grid project going live in January, with the installation of bi-directional chargers in Islington, London.
Honda’s Power Charger will come to market in line with first customer deliveries of the Honda e this summer, with the full e:Progress service live within 2020.