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The teaching profession catches a lot of political flak these days, so it's nice to see a story like this, where a deserving educator gets what we would consider a pretty cool prize. Chad Miller, a high school teacher in Kailua, Hawaii, will be rolling around in a Mitsubishi i MIEV for a year, provided by his local Mitsu dealer. Miller will also get two charging stations – one for home and another for his school – courtesy of AeroVironment. The EV was awarded to Miller for being named State Teacher of the Year.

We've written before about how Hawaii represents a perfect environment for electric cars, and this prize seems like a good grassroots marketing effort for both Mitsubishi and EVs in general. No doubt Miller will be the focus of some amount of attention from Kailua High's thousand-plus students, especially since a charging station will be installed at the school. Although he is a language arts teacher, we hope Miller will be generous in letting some of the science teachers at the school develop some curriculum around the car, as well.

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      You would think that having this contest every year would be much more effective than spending it on TV commercials. Plus, you add in some public chargers at schools so other teachers might be interested in EVs. You still have to solve the problem on how do you charge 3 EVs(or more) with 1 charger. You need 3 plugs, and to have a charger that is smart enough to switch...plus place it in a spot where ICE cars won't park.
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      Congratulations to Chad Miller, and also to Mitsubishi and AeroVironment for providing the prize! Islands are perfect for EVs as the maximum travel distance is limited. Hawaii needs to get to non-polluting power source. I understand they have various projects in wind, solar and geo-thermal, all of which is good. I would think geo-thermal would be the best for Hawaii and I hope this goes well and is expanded. From http://www.punageothermalventure.com/PGV/16/equipment-technology Since Ormat Technologies, Inc. acquired Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) in 2004, the facility has undergone a $32 million enhancement, returning the plant’s generating capacity to 30 megawatts (MW) and getting it ready for additional production. PGV saves the Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) more than 144,000 barrels of imported oil a year, providing electricity for about 30,000 Big Island residents and visitors. PGV, the only commercial geothermal power plant in the state, is in the Puna District of Hawai‘i Island. It’s located about 21 miles south of Hilo. The facility is situated on about 30 acres of a 500-acre plot along the Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) of the Kilauea Volcano. Powered by natural heat from the earth, PGV’s power plant has provided stable, sustainable electricity for the Big Island of Hawaii for more than a decade. The plant generates about 20 percent of the electrical energy—and energy diversification—to that market under a Power Purchase Agreement with HELCO. So they already have about 20% and should be working towards 100% and spread to all major islands.
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      The girl to the right is gorgeous. I'd marry her. LOL