Honda has announced plans to begin real-world demonstration testing of EV charging technologies in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The testing will be conducted jointly with the government of the Marshall Islands using Honda’s Fit EV and the Honda Power Charger solar power-ready AC normal charger.
On Monday, Honda held a ceremony to mark the start of demonstration testing in front of the Marshall Islands government building. The ceremony was attended by Christopher Loeak, the President of the Marshall Islands, Japan’s Ambassador in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Hideyuki Mitsuoka, and Fumihiko Ike, Chairman and Representative Director of Honda Motor Company.
If you are wondering why Honda chose this remote nation in the Pacific Ocean for testing, the answer is simple: as many other island countries in the Pacific Ocean, the Republic of the Marshall Islands is almost totally dependent on imports for its energy supply.
The country faces the important challenge to increase energy self-sufficiency and reduce energy costs, including transportation costs. Furthermore, the Marshall Islands is susceptible to the effect of rising sea levels, which means it is critical to address the issue of global warming through the reduction of CO2 emissions.
By using the Fit EV and Honda Power Charger, Honda and the government of Marshall Islands will verify the possibility of widespread use of electric mobility products and installing of infrastructure for EV charging in the country. The results are expected to lead to solving the issues facing the country such as energy independence.