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In Japan, utility Ennet Corporation has selected Driivz for the provision of smart EV charging services.

The deal will enable Ennet to pursue new business opportunities in the area of smart energy.

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Driivz will provide its SmartChain Energy Manager and operations management platform modules, as well as a tailored self-service app for EV drivers in Japanese.

The solution provider will help the utility to integrate EV charging to Ennet’s smart energy and EV charging management solution to create a greener and more effective energy ecosystem in the Japanese market.

Ennet’s solution is called EnneEV and has been designed for local governments and companies.

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The integration will allow the utility to analyse the power usage patterns of its customers, identify when energy grids receive the least demand for charging and make sure fleets are sufficiently charged for use the following day.

Functionality to remotely start and stop charging will also be enabled.

Doron Frenkel, Founder and CEO of Driivz, said: “We are impressed with Ennet and its mother company NTT’s anode energy vision of creating a greener environment for the people in Japan. Our vast experience and advanced smart energy management technology allow us to assist Ennet with integrating EV charging into the ecosystem of local power generation, batteries and demand response solutions.” 

 Yuji Kawagoe, President of Ennet, added: “We have been using the latest technology and artificial intelligence to provide energy efficiency services and data analysis for a number of years, so moving into smart charging is a logical step on our business journey. We are looking forward to working with Driivz and its internationally-proven system, which is already managing tens of thousands of EV chargers in the North American and European markets.”

Currently, EVs only account for 0.5% of all new cars sold in Japan. However, several Japanese automakers are preparing to launch electric models in the next couple of years which is expected to increase the adoption of EVs in the country.