Honda is introducing a new Honda SmartChargeTM beta program that allows electric vehicle customers to reduce the environmental footprint of charging their car while earning monetary rewards.
Honda is the first automaker to introduce such a program of this kind and will roll out the program to Honda Fit EV customers.
Honda SmartChargeTM permits Fit EV customers to charge when electricity demand is low and when the availability of renewable energy is high.
It uses the vehicle telematics system and Enel X subsidiary eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet software platform to compute the best time to charge a vehicle from the electric grid, dynamically taking into account the driver’s daily schedule, the amount of renewable energy being generated, and the amount of CO2 emitted from power plants on the grid.
By recording the customer’s desired charging times, the system enables the vehicle to be fully charged when the customer needs it next without impacting their use of the vehicle.
As the Demand Response Provider (DRP) for Honda SmartChargeTM, eMotorWerks 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 study the results of the beta program among Fit EV customers, with an eye toward applying it to other electrified vehicles, including the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The Honda SmartChargeTM program is available on Apple devices for select California customers, with plans to expand to other areas in the near future.
To participate in the Honda SmartChargeTM beta program, Fit EV owners can download the free HondaLink EV app, create a profile, and select preferred charging times.
The company plans to make two-thirds of its global automobile sales from electrified vehicles by 2030, through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.