We've reported on why we think that Hawaii is the ideal testing ground for electric vehicles (EVs) before, but it's worth rehashing now that the island is getting a fresh taste of plug-in power. In Hawaii, the limited range of a battery-powered car is not likely to be an issue, except maybe for some drivers on the Big Island. Furthermore, citizens of Hawaii are often at the forefront of ecological issues. Additionally, any price difference between a conventional car and an EV can be negated by Hawaii's sky-high gas prices. Finally, with an abundance of sunshine, Hawaii is ideally positioned to run EVs on solar power.
So, Hawaii and
Why did Markevitch buy a battery-powered car? Well, his decision was partly due to environmental concerns, but he ultimately choose to purchase the Leaf due to the fact that his home has been equipped with solar panels for years and he's thrilled that the electricity he's generating topside is powering his car. Makes total sense to us.