Toyota Teams Up With WattTime To Help Customers Identify Low-Emission Charging Times
This new collaboration is in line with Toyota's goals of providing cleaner and sustainable energy solutions for its customers. The goal is to provide certain health and environmental impact data to Toyota and Lexus customers who own a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). This will be done through the Remote Connect features, which can be found within the Toyota and Lexus apps. WattTime is a nonprofit organization founded in 2014 – it stad with software coders in a computer-filled room trying to find an answer to a seemingly simple question: "How clean is the electricity I'm using right now?". With support from over 200 volunteers and various universities, it grew into a full-on organization offering multiple technological solutions that make it easy for anyone to achieve emissions reductions. As part of Toyota's agreement with WattTime, the Japanese company will be the sole auto manufacturer to also offer WattTime data related to human health to its customers. Basically, customers will receive recommended charging schedules that can reduce the health impact of electricity being pulled from the local utility. This is especially important for disadvantaged communities where high-emission power plants are clustered in the same area.