Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has entered a new partnership with energy platform Kaluza to develop a range of cheaper and more sustainable charging services for its customers.
The first stage of the partnership will see a jointly developed smart charging service offered to Fiat 500 EV customers, using the Kaluza platform. It will leverage live data from local grid operators to shift car charging to times when carbon intensity is lowest and energy is cheapest, without the need for a separate smart charge point.
Roberto Di Stefano, head of e-Mobility for the EMEA Region at FCA, said: “The agreement with Kaluza to explore smart charging technologies represents an excellent opportunity to reduce vehicles’ charging costs and subsequently the total cost of ownership. Furthermore, this innovation will allow our Fiat 500 EV customers to experience the benefits without the need to install specific charging equipment.”
A select group of Fiat 500 EV customers in the UK will be invited to trial the smart charging service during the first half of 2021, and provide ongoing feedback through dedicated forums.
At scale, FCA believes this would enable drivers to benefit from reduced bills, lower carbon emissions and a seamless in-app charging experience oriented around their individual needs.
Sara Wood, CEO at Kaluza added: “Collaboration between the transport and energy sectors will be crucial for the UK to reach net-zero emissions. We are excited to be working with FCA, a company that combines a unique automotive history with an ambitious vision for the future of e-Mobility. Together, we are putting a truly innovative technology in the hands of drivers, allowing them to unlock the full value of their electric vehicle and become active participants in a decarbonised energy future.”
FCA has also joined forces with Engie to launch a new company aimed at providing easy and convenient access to electric mobility.
The newly-created company will offer a full suite of products and solutions for electric vehicles to customers, such as residential, business and public charging infrastructures as well as green energy packages, enabling customers to charge at home and at any public charging point across Europe with a simple subscription at a fixed monthly rate.