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Hawaii to roll-out large scale public electric vehicle charging infrastructure

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March 20, 2011

Up to 320 AeroVironment charging docks will be installed in Hawaii

Up to 320 AeroVironment charging docks will be installed in Hawaii

AeroVironment and Better Place are among six organizations to receive a share of US$2.6 million in federal stimulus funding as part of Hawaii's push to boost electric vehicle infrastructure. AeroVironment's $820,000 contract will see up to 320 of its EV charging docks rolled-out on the islands while the $854,000 awarded to Better Place will support the introduction of EVs to a rental car fleet as well as installation of charging stations.

The contracts were announced by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) as part of the EV Ready Grant Program.

AeroVironment will install public and semi-private charging docks throughout Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, and Kauai. Data collection and analysis of the effect of charging infrastructure on the power grid forms part of the contracts and the company will partner with The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), University of Hawaii at Manoa on this aspect of the project.

The remainder of the $2.6 million grants went to GreenCar Hawai'i ($200,000) , to introduce EVs to car-sharing services within the hospitality industry, Countyof Kauai, ($267,000), City & County of Honolulu ($400,000) for charging stations on Oahu, EVs and an online charger permitting system Plug In America ($50,000 for public education including an EV Ready Guidebook for Hawaii).

A rebate of up to $500 for installing charging docks is on offer from the State of Hawaii while EV purchasers are eligible for a rebate of up to $4,500. Hawaii has set a target of 70 percent clean energy by 2030. Currently around 268 of Hawaii's 900,000 + vehicles are registered as EVs.

Via Aerovironment, Better Place.

6 Comments

I don't mind when silly people buy volts, but when Federal funds are spent on what obviously is a failed concept it ticks me off.

Michael Mantion
21st March, 2011 @ 12:42 am PDT

Electricity is not cheap! The only way for electric cars to be a hit is to fix the battery. A battery needs to be designed that can repair itself so it never wears out. Or at least maintainable.

Cars need a station where the battery can be replaced with a fully charged one in less time than it takes to fill a tank of gas and cost much less. All cars must be universally designed so there is one standard system. The car must not have an inflated price - save that for the tires!

The car must have a small hybrid diesel to insure the driver that they will not be stranded. Solve these issues and I will have cash in hand to buy one.

donwine
21st March, 2011 @ 06:57 am PDT

Electric cars are a must for Hawaii - New alternative energy sources can supply the electricity to replace imported oil. The key is pumped storage to even out the variable alternative sources like wind and solar which are plentiful in Hawaii. The distance from one end of Oahu to the other is only 40 miles, yet most of the two hour commute is spent sitting in traffic which uses little energy.

Teacher41
21st March, 2011 @ 09:02 am PDT

yes! The beginning! We can field test an improve as we go along!! Great news!!

Facebook User
21st March, 2011 @ 11:46 am PDT

The 300 Hawaii buyers of the LEAF are waiting for their vehicles. Gasoline prices here are the highest in the nation, averaging over 4$/gallon. The LEAF seems ideal for Honolulu because most commutes are in the 10-20 mile range. The slow down of traffic during rush hours is because more lanes are needed. This problem will be addressed. We do need more renewable energy sources and the waves of the north shore would be ideal for 24/7 electricity generation.

Adrian Akau
21st March, 2011 @ 03:17 pm PDT

Renewable energy needs to take much more of the load in the Hawaiian islands in order for EVs to be viable. Right now almost all of the energy comes from imported oil so if you look at the current embedded investment in diesel generators, etc, and compare that to the cost of adding wind and solar to see if it is a viable alternative. I suspect that to convert over to sustainable sources we are talking a bunch more monies. You either look to the local taxpayers or try and garner from the larger Federal sources but I know that both sources are strained past bearable limits already. I put forth the idea to harvest all that plastic floating not too far away from Hawaii and convert it to oil which can then be used in the existing generators to produce power for EVs. This idea might well garner a large grant from the Feds. Contracts could then be put out for islanders to collect the plastic and take it to a mother processing ship to be converted to oil for the islands. This would be good for everyone by cleaning up some of the plastic garbage polluting our Pacific ocean (less fish dieing), lessen the need to import as much foreign oil to Hawaii, boost the island economy by putting islanders to work, and perhaps give EV users a break on cost of electricity thereby encouraging EV purchase and use! Sounds like a quadruple win to me!

Will, the tink
1st September, 2011 @ 04:59 pm PDT
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