Honda has announced its plans to roll out a pilot program called SmartCharge to reduce demand on the grid during peak load times by moving the charging to times when the amount of renewables is high. Honda Fit EV drivers located in Southern California will be able to set their preferred charging times and thus reduce the environmental impact of charging their car while earning monetary rewards.
Honda SmartCharge program will be using the vehicle telematics system and eMotorWerks' JuiceNet software platform to compute the most optimal time for charging. eMotorWerks will become the Demand Response Provider (DRP) for this program and allow for real-time control via cloud to cloud communication. Having received the utility approval, the drivers should complete at least five charging sessions to start earning rewards.
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