• Mar 19th 2010 at 6:49PM
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There are four big reasons why Hawai'i is an ideal electric vehicle market: no real range anxiety, a lot of eco-minded citizens, current high energy costs, lots of solar potential. We've been saying as much since 2006. Since then, there has been some progress made: a partnership with Better Place in 2008 and the first public charging station that opened up earlier this year. This year's First Hawaiian International Auto Show shows that the electric car movement is still moving forward in the islands. For example, a sponsor is the Hawaiian Electric Co., which will be on hand "touting the coming age of electrics." A Tesla Roadster and a Mini E will also be on display. Good signs in a state that is dependent on petroleum for 90 percent of its energy. The Honolulu Advertiser says that one prediction estimates up to 10,000 of the state's million vehicles could be electric in five years. In ten years, that already ambitious number could climb to 43,000. Yowza.

Some groups have been working to bring electric vehicles to Hawai'i a long time. We posted a two-part series on those efforts here and here.

[Source: Honolulu Advertiser]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      The islands are an ideal place for EVs, because of the proximaty to everything. On Catalina many people have just used golf carts for 40 or 50 years.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hawaii would be perfect for Project Better Place. A few dozen battery swap stations on each island would be able to serve a majority the population.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Except for the fact that they wouldn't have a business there.

        As it has been stated, range is not a problem on these islands.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I can't imagine why they think this ambitious. It is rather like the US plans for high speed rail, where they may, all being well, build 80 miles to Las Vegas, whilst in China they are going for 18,000 miles in the next few years.
        • 8 Months Ago
        On the upside, we'll keep the #1 polluter title!!
      • 8 Months Ago
      I was just in Honolulu last week thinking that it was a perfect location for EVs. It's only 20 miles from one side of Oahu to the other, and the maximum speed limit anywhere is a few stretches of 60 mph on the freeway. Even out in the "country" wide open surface roads are 25-35 mph. I made a stop at the Hawaiian Nature Center and noticed the Center had a cute little red EV out front. Don't know what it was (I snapped a picture), probably a NEV.
      • 8 Months Ago
      that NEV is a Dynasty....out of Canada, or at one time it was....I thought they were being made in part in Pakistan? a pretty well made machine, and good looking one....but too expensive
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