Hilo introduces a smart charging solution for electric vehicles

Hilo is looking for electric vehicle drivers to test and assess its new smart charging solution, which uses one of the province’s best-selling charging stations—the EVduty (EVC30), made in Québec by Elmec.

The pilot project will run from November 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the solution’s assessment and optimization ahead of its official launch by the Hydro-Québec subsidiary, scheduled for 2022.

Just like Hilo’s smart home service customers, smart charging customers will be able to earn cash rewards by taking part in Hilo challenges during peak periods.

The smart charging solution relies on a technological device that, with the customer’s consent, enables Hilo to program the charging times and prevent too many drivers from charging their electric vehicles at the same time. In recent years, the number of electric vehicles on our roads has risen rapidly and is expected to increase further. To charge these vehicles without saturating the power distribution system, it is important to rethink charging and find smarter solutions by shifting charging outside of peak periods.

For this pilot project, Hilo joined forces with Elmec, which designs and manufactures its charging stations in Shawinigan, Québec. Additional brands will be added eventually to the list of compatible charging stations, after having been tested and certified by Hilo. An open ecosystem approach will be privileged to recruit a maximum number of participants.

“This is a first step. Hilo is already working on pushing the boundaries of EV smart charging even further. One day, we will provide a turnkey solution that enables your electric vehicle to power your home during power outages. You will also be able to store the energy generated by your home in your vehicle’s battery via our mobile app.”

Sébastien Fournier, President and CEO of Hilo

EVduty (EVC30), made in Québec by Elmec

About Hilo

Hilo is a Hydro-Québec subsidiary whose mission is to develop innovative, value-added products and services designed to position Hydro-Québec as a major provider of new energy services. In addition to smart home offerings, Hilo will soon launch services to help companies reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs. Other products and services will gradually be deployed, including electric mobility offerings, smart energy storage and solar self-generation. For more information about Hilo.


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