Honda launches ‘SmartCharge’ pilot program, initially for Fit EV owners in California

Honda launches ‘SmartCharge’ pilot program, initially for Fit EV owners in California

In a notable announcement, Honda has revealed that it is launching a ‘SmartCharge’ pilot program under which the owners of electric vehicles (EVs) will get rewards for charging their vehicles.

The ‘SmartCharge’ pilot program introduced by Honda is essentially aimed at bringing a further reduction in the running costs of EVs, in comparison to gas-powered cars. Already, the EVs have lower running costs than their gas-powered counterparts.

According to Honda, ‘SmartCharge’ pilot program is presently only available as a beta test. The program is limited to a few owners of the Honda Fit EV in California. These Honda Fit EV owners need to have access to iOS and should be getting their electricity supply from a participating utility.

The ‘SmartCharge’ pilot program essentially marks a newer version of so-called ‘off-peak charging’ of EVs. The program facilitates cloud communications between the Fit EVs and the utility, so as to pave the way for automatic charging of the vehicles during periods of low electricity demand and high availability of renewable energy.

Revealing that the ‘SmartCharge’ program will make Fit EV owners eligible for actual monetary rewards upon the completion of five charging sessions after signing up for the program, Honda said that “additional rewards will be calculated based on a customer's participation rate over each two-month period.”