Honda has announced plans to debut its domestic intelligent charging service – ‘e:PROGRESS’ – in the UK.
The manufacturer claims its e:PROGRESS charging solution is the most comprehensive and innovative from an automotive manufacturer in Europe, and it is also Honda’s first energy management service to be launched in the region.
It features a connected charger and software developed by smart charging and aggregation firm, Moixa, which sets a charging schedule to ensure the car is always adequately charged when it’s needed based on the requirements of the owner, while optimising the use of low-price clean energy. Customers can also change their charging requirements at any time through the e:PROGRESS app.
Jørgen Pluym, general manager of Honda’s Energy Solutions division, said: “Introducing e:PROGRESS to the market is a significant statement of Honda’s ambition in the provision of energy solutions as part of the continued move towards electrification and the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”
Electricity is provided by Octopus Energy and its combined tariff for both the EV and home which allows customers access to lower prices during renewable-heavy, off-peak periods. The preferred connected charger for the service is the Honda Power Charger S+ (4G), which connects remotely to e:PROGRESS to schedule access to low-cost electricity.
Honda says that e:PROGRESS will also support active grid management to help stabilise demand and to optimise the use of renewables. It also aligns with the manufacturers 2030 Vision, part of which outlines the company’s ambition to create ‘new value’ by moving into areas other than mobility, including energy services.
Pluym continued: “This unique and innovative service, our first energy solution for Europe, gives Honda e customers a highly-advanced intelligent charging solution offering considerable cost savings, while our partner Octopus Energy guarantees that 100% of its electricity comes from renewable sources.”
Offered exclusively to Honda e customers, e:PROGRESS is available in the UK now and customers are able to check their eligibility online.