Honda has joined a group of eight major automakers and 15 utilities organized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to demonstrate a standards-based, open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles.
The open platform will simplify and streamline V2G communications, enabling plug-in electric vehicles to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.
There are more than 3,300 utilities in North America and various global automakers providing plug-in vehicles. Collaboration of this nature is necessary to maximize the potential of vehicle-grid integration.
Honda has steadily advanced and expanded its knowledge of V2G systems through its participation in several projects. Leveraging IBM’s cloud-based PEV Enablement platform, Honda demonstrated a plug-in electric vehicles’ ability to receive and respond to charge instructions based on grid conditions and the vehicle’s battery state. Phase II of the project expanded the use of this network to schedule charge times based on the needs of the driver and preferred rate structures, including the use of renewable energy sources for charging.
In addition, in December 2013, Honda supplied an Accord Plug-In Hybrid with a bi-directional on-board charger to the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. In conjunction with the university and NRG Energy, Honda will investigate the potential of V2G technology to benefit the grid, vehicle owners and society.
In March 2014, Honda launched Honda Smart Home US at the University of California, Davis, which seeks to investigate the integration of the home with distributed renewable energy, the smart grid and the electric vehicle.