Honda is pushing deeper into energy management through its partnership with UK-based energy platform Moixa.
The carmaker is set to launch its first smart electric vehicle charger with time of use tariffs across Europe via Vattenfall that rewards drivers for charging at times that best suit the grid.
Honda says the development will help it meet its own carbon targets, as the units enable greater penetration of renewables generation.
Moixa’s technology provides the smart charging aspect, Honda will provide the chargers and Vattenfall the time of use tariffs.
While the system is not bi-directional, Honda ultimately aims to enable vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services and has partnered with Swiss firm EVTec on bi-directional chargers. The companies, along with Moixa, are currently working on a vehicle-to-building trial with Islington Council, where five electric vehicles are capable of powering the entire town hall, which draws roughly 50kW.
Honda signalled intent to move into energy management and grid services last year, taking an £8.6 million stake in Moixa, which claims to manage some 70MWh of small batteries in the UK and Japan.
Other carmakers are looking to reestablish a foothold in the energy supply chain. Nissan has been pushing into energy services for some years. In January 2019 Volkswagen launched its own energy company Elli.
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