French automaker Renault is developing a highly innovative and technologically advanced smart-charging system that will make it easier than ever for owners of Renault electric vehicles to charge their vehicles, while minimizing the load of charging on the electrical grid.
The smart-charging system uses highly specialized charging stations that are designed to communicate with the vehicle. The systems are fully capable of calculating electrical costs at the location of each particular charging station, and can detect and warn consumers about peak rates. The charging station then charges the vehicle when the rate is lowest, and can even automatically pause charging when consumption peaks are noticed.
This smart-charging system will make it possible for electric vehicle owners to save money without expending their own brain power into thinking about how to be thrifty.