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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.

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