Fiat Chrysler and intelligent energy firm Kaluza have partnered on exploring cheaper and more sustainable EV charging services.
As part of the first phase of the deal, the two companies will develop a smart charging service for Fiat 500 EV customers using the Kaluza platform. The direct-to-car technology 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.
At scale, this technology would enable drivers to benefit from reduced bills, lower carbon emissions and an in-app charging experience for their needs. A 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.
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.”
Sara Wood, CEO at Kaluza said: “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.”