Gravity taketh away but gravity giveth back, Nissan is trying to teach all of us. The Japanese automaker has posted a two-minute video about Maui resident Neil Wagner using his Nissan Leaf to catch the legendary sunrise over the volcano in Haleakalā National Park. After climbing the more-than-10,000-foot elevation, the Leaf is shown having lost about 84 percent of its usable battery capacity.
Aloha, indeed. While California will unsurprisingly add the most plug-in vehicles out of any state over the next decade, Hawaii will have the highest number of plug-ins as a percentage of overall vehicle sales. That's the one-sentence summary of a recent study from Navigant Research (formerly Pike Research), which estimates that plug-in sales will increase by about 19 percent a year through 2022. And, while such a pace represents a slowdown of sorts (plug-in sales through August jumped 89 percen
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 fallout of the Better Place bankruptcy is still being felt in Hawaii and leaving some plug-in vehicle drivers with far fewer charging opportunities than they originally suspected. According to an article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, OpConnect took over the Better Place charging infrastructure in Hawaii – made up of 77 charging stations there – after the Israeli company went out of business in May. If you had an account before the bankruptcy, then things have been fine for you a
One of the smallest US states continues to be one of the biggest proponents of electric-vehicle adoption, and is now offering special electric-use charging rates for folks who install EV charging stations. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has received approval from the state's Public Utilities Commission to offer electric-vehicle pilot charging rates, in which businesses that install fast-charging stations get special, lower electricity-usage rates. Additionally, the state will allow HECO to ope
Hawaii is taking a novel approach to reducing the average wait time in the state's DMV offices. All five O'ahu locations now feature live webcams showing exactly how many patrons are in line at any given time. Visitors can simply check the office's web site ahead of time to see if its clear to stop in. The system uses cheap cameras sourced from eBay, and the change has helped shorten overall waits to as little as 10 minutes. Officials now offer pre-screening to help visitors make sure they have
Despite odd circumstance, he's in no rush to change environment
At first glance, it appears a Hawaii man lives at a local car dealership. Look a little closer, and you'll find that Bishop Kamahiai and his family don't actually live there. His house is just engulfed by the dealership.
The U.S. Army unveiled a fleet of General Motors-made hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles in Hawaii as part of that state's efforts to cut down its use of fossil fuels and its dependence on non-renewable energy.
The state of Hawaii is ramping up efforts to encourage electric-vehicle adoption by increasing the number of electric vehicle and charging station rebates it gives out this year. There's little wonder why this is important, since Hawaii is the country's most oil-dependent state and is looking to boost renewable-energy use.
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 name
Environmentally conscious vacationers will likely be thrilled to know that if they rent a plug-in vehicle in Hawaii and stay at the Marriott Waikiki, then they will have no problem juicing up their vehicle since AeroVironment has installed a charging station on the hotel's grounds.
Mitsubishi Motors North America and the State of Hawaii have teamed up to improve the infrastructure and advance the deployment of electric vehicles – especially the Mitsubishi i – in the tropical island. Estrella Seese, acting energy program administrator at Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, says that the project is part of an overall mission by the state to have 70 percent of its energy come from "clean energy" by 2030.
Residents of Hawai'i have less than four months to take advantage of up to $4,500 in rebates for plug-in vehicles and $500 in incentives for the purchase and installation of a home or business charging system.
On Thursday, Monrovia, CA-based AeroVironment (AV) announced that it struck up a deal to install 320 Level 2 public charging stations throughout the state of Hawaii. The $820,000 contract from Hawaii's Electric Vehicle Ready Program calls for AV to not only deploy an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure statewide, but also to collect and analyze charging data to study the impact on the state's electrical grid and to provide public outreach programs to promote the adoption of plug-ins in Hawaii.
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.
Hawai'i is no stranger to biodiesel cars or electric vehicles (EVs), but with Better Place's push to get an electric vehicle infrastructure set up (wonder how that's going) we might see an increase in EVs in the islands – as we should. Should that happen, news about the Hawaiian Electric Company shift to renewable energy should cheer up potential EV drivers there.