When it comes to enforcing a Hawaii state law mandating operators of large parking lots to provide electric-vehicle charging stations, the Aloha spirit is a little too laid back for some plug-in advocates. Long considered a pioneer for widespread plug-in vehicle adoption, Hawaii's having trouble enforcing Act 89, the law that requires all parking lots with more than 100 spaces to have an electric-vehicle charging station and a special stall, Hawaii News Now says.

The number of EVs in the islands has more than tripled (to almost 2,000) since the law was passed in April 2012 and, with about 350 charging stations statewide, Hawaii has the largest number of charging stations per capita in the US, the publication says. Still, no enforcement protocol was spelled out when the law was passed, meaning some parking lots are not getting EV ready, as it were.

With relatively short driving distances no matter where you want to go and some of the country's highest gas prices, Hawaii remains ripe for EV adoption and some of its public entities have pushed for that. Last month, the Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) got the Okay from the state's Public Utilities Commission to offer lower rates for businesses that install fast-charging stations. Last year, the state provided EV advocate Plug In America a $50,000 grant to make a 48-page guidebook targeting EV novices.


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hawaii...the gayest state! (Not that there's anything wrong with that)
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand why so often the enforcement clause is "forgotten" by people whose job it is to write laws. It seems like a fundamental part of lawmaking.
        brotherkenny4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        Because it typically is the part that requires increased government resources and spending. As your quotes suggest, it is not forgotten. However preditermining the type of enforcement that will be necessary can lead to unneeded expendatures, since it is how the population responds to new laws that determines the correct level of enforcement, and you can't always anticipate that.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure that most cops feel like they have more important issues to deal with.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Cops have nothing to do with this, it is not a criminal offense. It would be a code violation of some sort for the property owner.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The whole idea is a colossal waste of money and resources by PC government.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It needs to be rolled out is a smart way. Not every big parking lot needs it, but they need to be spread out around cities and destinations.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear God No!
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