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With the state of Hawaii adding cash to its EV-rebate kitty, more electric-vehicle enthusiasts will likely be saying "Mahalo."

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Just because the overall mood in the advanced automotive technology field has shifted pretty much into a plug-in vehicle direction doesn't mean that hydrogen fuel cells are dead and buried. Even in a place as tailor-made for electric vehicles as Hawai'i, the fight for H2 continues.

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Better Place, in partnership with Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts' Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Hawaiian Electric Company, has stepped up its efforts to electrify Honolulu. The trio will launch a project aimed at incorporating electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Honolulu, kicking off with the installation of a limited number of charging stations in Waikiki and O'ahu, followed by the introduction of seven undisclosed EVs.

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As we've said before, the islands of Hawaii appear to be ideally suited for electric vehicles (EVs). The picturesque beaches, sparkling blue water and breathtaking mountain ranges are a sight to behold. EVs, often tagged as zero-emissions vehicles, are believed to have less environmental impact than other vehicles types and appeal to people in Hawai'i for a variety of obvious reasons, which are discussed in detail here.

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We've been saying for ages that Hawai'i is really the ideal electric vehicle target, and in one week, it'll be even more perfect. After all, the islands are small (no reason for range anxiety), it's warm (no cold weather effect on batteries), it imports a lot of oil, which makes oil-free cars doubly important. Starting January 23rd, the first public electric car charging station in Hawai'i will go into service in the Kaka'ako area of Honolulu. Until the end of March, people can plug-in for free

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Curious about what Phoenix Motorcars has been up to? Taking trips to Hawai'i, apparently. The California company behind the all-electric Phoenix SUT (above) and SUV has announced it will bring electric vehicles to Maui by next year. What's interesting is that the Hawai'i-Phoenix joint press release also talks about Phoenix building "an electric vehicle infrastructure" there. In the statement, Gov. Lingle said that this project, part of the Hawai'i Clean Energy Initiative will "capitalize on Hawa

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I'm currently in sunny Hawaii doing research on a book. Having come from Michigan, where gas prices had dropped down to $2.20 a gallon or so before I left, the $3 a gallon signs up at all the local stations here reminded me that transportation fuel is a big cost here in "paradise". Walking around the other day, I had the most obvious brainstorm: Hawaii is the ideal testing ground for electric vehicles. Seriously. Electric car companies should be falling over each other to release EVs here, and t

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