The Story of Electric Cars in Hawaii06/30/2010
Hawaii is considered ideal for electric vehicles because the size of the islands limits driving distances and it has some of the highest gas prices in the nation.
The state’s mix of renewable power sources, including wind, geothermal and solar, is another draw, because it means that the overall carbon footprint of electric vehicles here would lower than in many other parts of the country.
As battery technologies have improved over the past decade and car manufacturers are preparing to roll out all-electric vehicles for commercial sale later this year, Hawaii stands to benefit as an early adopter of electric cars. The move would help the state achieve its goals in the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which aims to reduce the state’s dependence on imported oil for power and transportation.
Today we're publishing an in-depth look at electric vehicles in Hawaii, along with an article on Korean electric vehicle manufacturer CT&T and another article on its plans for an electric vehicle assembly plant on Oahu. This topic page broadens our focus to consider issues beyond those raised by the Korean vehicle manufacturer, such as charging stations, the electric grid, the cost of power, the history of electric vehicles in the state, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and who the key players in this area are.
DISCUSSION: Share your thoughts on the potential of electric vehicles in Hawaii and what should be done, if anything, to encourage their use here.