Honda Joins Effort to Create Open Charging Grid for Plug-Ins

Honda FCEV Concept NAIAS

Honda’s investment in alternative energy can be seen not only through their efforts to create an open charging grid for plug-ins, but also through one of their latest concept vehicles, the Honda FCEV pictured here.

Sometimes two heads are better than one. In the effort to create an open charging grid for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), it appears that the more heads, the better. Honda recently joined a group of eight automakers and 15 utilities organized through the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to showcase a standards-based, open grid integration platform for PEVs.


“This project is an important step in enabling plug-in vehicles to reach their potential as a valuable distributed resource that can increase grid stability, improve power quality and reduce demand peaks,” said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office at American Honda. “Honda is participating in several projects aimed at accelerating vehicle-to-grid integration, which has the potential to reduce the total cost of owning a plug-in vehicle while enabling higher concentrations of renewable energy.”


Through this open platform, the charging network is simpler, while also streamlining vehicle-to-grid communications, therefore increasing the overall value of PEVs.


Honda’s partnership comes on the coattails of the recent launch of Honda Smart Hone US at the University of California, Davis, which looks at the integration home, the smart grid, and the electric vehicle.


For a glimpse at the electric vehicle options Honda has to offer, stop in to Basney Honda today to see them first hand!

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