Nissan, KEPCO and Sumitomo Electric Industries testing remote charging of EVs


Nissan, Kansai Electric Power Co (KEPCO) and Sumitomo Electric Industries are in the process of testing tools to charge electric vehicles via remote control.

Sixty electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles owned by customers and KEPCO will be outfitted with EV switches – control instruments for electric vehicle charging developed by KEPCO and Sumitomo Electric. Nissan, KEPCO and Sumitomo Electric will link their servers to enable remote-control charging, collect vehicle information, and identify available charging capacity.

It is the first test of its kind in Japan, part of the Kansai VPP Project, a demonstration of virtual power plants – systems that integrate many types of power sources to create a reliable and flexible power supply. The purpose is to build up technical expertise and collect and analyze data to evaluate the use of electric vehicles as power sources.


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