Moixa, the developer of smart battery and electric vehicle charging software has, alongside Honda, unveiled a smart EV charging project with Islington Council to optimise its vehicle fleet at the town hall. The project will reduce harmful air pollution, save money for essential services and help Islington achieve its 2030 net-zero carbon emissions target.
It is the first step for the Council to achieve its ultra-low emissions zone (ULEZ) emissions standard across its fleet of 500+ vehicles, a hugely ambitious goal that will see the electrification of its entire fleet and cutting 1,400 tonnes of dangerous CO2 emissions from local air pollution every year.
“The EV revolution will put millions of ‘batteries-on-wheels’ on our roads in the next decade. By using AI-driven charging technology, we can intelligently manage these fleets of batteries, securing lowest-cost charging and highest-impact carbon savings,” said Chris Wright, Moixa’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our project with Honda and Islington shows what is possible and provides a blueprint for all large organisations to follow.”
Five bi-directional vehicle to grid (V2G) chargers, manufactured by Swiss company EVTEC, have been installed with Moixa’s GridShare software outside Islington Town Hall. In short, the system charges the EV batteries when power on the local network is cheapest and cleanest, and discharges power from the car batteries when it is most expensive and carbon intensive. When all stations are in use, the smart technology can provide enough power to cover the whole town hall base load.
“As the shift towards electrification accelerates, we must continue to innovate with projects like these – helping to drive awareness and uptake of charging solutions and advanced vehicle-to-grid technologies. Honda is committed to promoting sustainable future energy management in Europe, and this project in Islington represents an important part of our vision for future energy solutions,” said Jorgen Pluym, Project Leader of Energy Management, Honda Motor Europe.
Get Smart – Moxia’s Intelligent EV Charging Software
Moixa has implemented its GridShare software, which enables real-time aggregation and smart charging of EV batteries by optimising their charging patterns based on factors such as driver behaviour, cost of energy and weather forecasts. The system can also enhance the resilience of local power networks to prevent overloading and blackouts.
Moixa is also partnering with Flexitricity to provide grid flexibility services to help balance the local network.
“We’re delighted to be able to utilise our expertise in aggregating and dispatching flexibility to help Moixa and Honda realise this innovative project,” said Alastair Martin, Chief Strategy Officer and founder at Flexitricity. “There is huge value in flexibility and Flexitricity’s job is to make sure all types of energy users have access to it – from large commercial and industrial energy users down to every EV customer.”
Moixa’s GridShare platform already hosts the world’s largest single fleet of domestic batteries across more than 14,500 homes in Japan, growing by more than 1,000 a month. The company is using this experience to deliver intelligent, AI-driven optimisation for EV users.
Pioneering London’s Clean Energy Drive
Councillor Rowena Champion, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport was present at the unveiling, who focused on the “climate emergency” and net-zero carbon emissions, which she hopes will expand beyond Islington and across London.
“We’re working to ensure our residents have clean air to breathe, while also saving money that can be spent on delivering essential services for the people of Islington,” she said. “We’re working with industry leaders, Honda and Moixa, to electrify our fleet in the most effective way for our residents and acting as a pioneer for others to follow.”
Following the declaration of a climate emergency, the Council has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, and is on target to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2020.
By facilitating the transition towards EVs, all three parties hope that this project will cut carbon emissions and harmful pollution from Islington’s roads. Let’s hope that this is the stepping stone for future partnerships with different Councils across the city of London.