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Honda unveils smart EV power concept at Frankfurt Motor Show

Steve Rogerson
September 26, 2017

At this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Japanese car maker Honda presented a power manager concept, a fully-integrated energy transfer system designed to incorporate electric vehicles into a smart power grid.
It enables the collection and distribution of electricity between the grid, homes and businesses and electric vehicles, to balance demand and efficient storage of energy intelligently. Honda will apply its power manager technology as part of a smart grid pilot scheme in the west of France.
“We will incorporate electrified drivelines in two thirds of cars sold in the region by 2025,” said Philip Ross, senior vice president of Honda Motor in Europe. “The introduction of our power manager system supports and reinforces our commitment. It uses advanced technology to intelligently integrate the electric vehicle into the wider power network, so it is no longer just a consumer but also a contributor to the grid. It underlines our pledge to develop a more sustainable mobility model.”
The concept works by aggregating and distributing energy to and from the grid, solar panel-equipped homes or workplaces, and electric vehicles.
Electricity is received into the system from the grid or is generated by the solar panels and can be used to power and heat the building as well as to charge the EV. While the EV is plugged in, the energy can be stored and used at home or sold back to the grid, potentially generating value for EV owners.
This can help to stabilise the grid at times of either short or surplus supply, as well as representing a revenue opportunity for EV owners.
Honda will supply power manager units to the Smile (smart ideas to link energies) project in a smart grid pilot scheme that will see solar panels and power managers installed to create a smart power grid, where energy can be used to charge EVs, power the buildings and feed electricity back into the grid when required.
The Smile project, backed by the French ministries of industry and energy, is operating 17 interconnecting projects with the aim of creating a large smart power grid in western France by 2019.