Now that Honda has begun dabbling in discounted residential solar leasing, I suppose it’s only natural that the North American arm of the Japanese auto behemoth has teamed up with the University of California, Davis, to commence work on a solar-powered concept home complete with a state-of-the-art energy management system and a direct photovoltaic-to-electric vehicle charging system— “PV to EV,” if you will — geared to reduce the efficiency losses associated with DC to AC and AC to DC conversions.
Described as a “showcase for environmental innovation and renewable energy enabling technologies” and in line with the 2008 California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan that envisions all newly constructed homes in the state to produce just as much as energy as they consume by the year 2020, the Honda Smart Home (HSH) US isn’t the company’s first foray into solar home building. Last year, the company debuted a pair of homes — one strictly demo, the other habitable — in the Japanese city of Saitama to showcase Honda Smart Home System (HSHS) technology.
It’s also worth noting that Honda isn’t the only major automaker to wade into plug-in-centric net-zero home territory: Just the other week Ford announced a similar initiative in partnership with American mega-builder KB Home that showcases the company’s MyEnergi Lifestyle initiative.
As for the Honda Smart Home, there aren’t a ton of concrete details as of yet as the project broke ground just last week at the UC Davis West Village development.