Turns out, OpConnect cannot get any more of the Better Place account fobs, the little devices that tell the charging station to turn on, even from the original supplier to Better Place. The solution? Expensive replacement of the Better Place charging stations with OpConnect-branded ones that don't need those special account fobs. An OpConnect representative told the Star-Bulletin this will start happening in the next few weeks.
It's not all bad news for Oahu-based EV drives, since there remains a network of free charging stations run by Volta, like the ones at Ala Moana Center (pictured). Sadly, this network is much smaller than the troubled Better Place one, roughly 15-20 by the looks of things. The Star-Bulletin says there are a total of 85 EV charging stations on Oahu.