Mitsubishi, Kaluza and Chubu Electric Power Miraiz Co. have joined forces on a smart charging trial for electric vehicles (EVs). The initiative aims to expedite decarbonisation-focused services for the Japanese mobility sector.
Power company Mitsubishi will join forces with technology firm Kaluza and multi-energy services group Miraiz to launch the new initiative.
The initiative sees Kaluza’s platform deployed to optimise when EVs charge at users’ homes so they store cheap and green energy. This aims to help reduce society-wide energy costs and provide a rewarding charging experience for customers.
Satoru Tamiya, General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Utility Service Department, commented on the initiative in a statement, “We look forward to expanding our collaboration with Miraiz and other electric retailers and automakers who support our alliance with Kaluza to provide solutions for the electric vehicles of the future.”
Scott Neuman, CEO of Kaluza also commented, “This new initiative enables energy, transport and advanced software to come together and deliver low-carbon solutions centred around the customer.”
Taro Usui, Manager of Service Platform Development Department of Miraiz, reflected on the announcement in relation to the net zero challenge, “In line with the ‘Zero Emissions Challenge 2050’ announced by the Chubu Electric Power Group on March 23, 2021, we will continue to develop energy management services and other services to support electrification and reduce CO2 emissions.”
Based on the trial’s results, the three companies hope to continue to develop smart services for electric vehicles. Their aim will be to help increase adoption and power progress towards a decarbonised society.
The new initiative also builds on a partnership between Mitsubishi and Kaluza launched in 2021, which saw the two join together to develop a new suite of smart EV products and services.