Toyota is teaming up with non-profit organization WattTime to help its customers reduce their environmental footprint.
“We are providing an easy and affordable way for customers to determine when they can charge their vehicle, which helps reduce their environmental impact,” said Steve Basra, group vice president of Connected Technologies for Toyota, in a January 11 press release.
Toyota and Lexus customers with a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will now be able to determine charging times with less impact on health and the environment.
“With WattTime data, Toyota and Lexus have pioneered a feature in their phone apps to help customers determine when they can charge their electric vehicle with electricity from some of the greenest power plant options available,” said Gavin McCormick, chief executive. from Watttime.
WattTime, founded in 2014 by UC Berkeley researchers, is a non-profit environmental technology organization that provides information on the best predicted time to get electricity from the lowest carbon footprint grid.
How it works?
Customers who own eligible vehicles can download the Toyota or Lexus APP and register their vehicle, and then they can subscribe to the APP remote connection service.
With the ECO Charging feature, the app collects electricity forecast data from WattTime and combines it with the customer’s own charging and mobility requirements to offer a charging schedule.
An additional schedule will be presented to the client in his application. Customers can use the data to match their charging schedule to the time of day that offers the best potential for lower carbon footprint and health impacts.
ECO Charging is now available on the Toyota and Lexus apps, both of which are available for download on any smartphone.
“Toyota and Lexus apps offer a convenient and simple solution for our customers, and we are confident that it will improve their electric vehicle experience,” Basra said.
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