AeroVironment Helping to Bring Fast Chargers to Fast Growing Hawaii


Hawaii is now con¬≠sid¬≠ered the fastest grow¬≠ing elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cle charg¬≠ing sta¬≠tion des¬≠ti¬≠na¬≠tion, with charg¬≠ers being placed all over the islands at gas sta¬≠tions, con¬≠ve¬≠nience stores, and cof¬≠fee shops, to serve the steadi¬≠ly increas¬≠ing num¬≠ber of elec¬≠tric cars. It‚Äôs fast and free charg¬≠ing for now ‚Äď 30 min¬≠utes at no cost at this time. The infra¬≠struc¬≠ture is already there, which means new sta¬≠tions wouldn‚Äôt need to be built.

Ear­li­er this month, AeroVi­ron­ment and Alo­ha Petro­le­um, Ltd. unveiled Elec­tric Vehi­cle (EV) DC fast charg­ers at three loca­tions, two of them Alo­ha Island Marts and at a Shell sta­tion. For a lim­it­ed time, elec­tric vehi­cles equipped with a CHAde­MO fast-charg­ing out­let, such as on the Nis­san Leaf and Mit­subishi i-MiEV, can be charged for free at these Alo­ha sta­tions.

CHAde¬≠MO is short for ‚ÄúCHArge de Move‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúcharge for mov¬≠ing.‚ÄĚ: They were devel¬≠oped in Japan, and are being used on the Nis¬≠san Leaf and Mit¬≠subishi i-MiEV (while oth¬≠er plug-in elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cles are being charged using dif¬≠fer¬≠ent charg¬≠ing sys¬≠tems). The DC fast charg¬≠ers can deliv¬≠er a full charge to a near¬≠ly deplet¬≠ed EV bat¬≠tery in less than 30 min¬≠utes. ‚ÄúUse of elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cles is steadi¬≠ly increas¬≠ing across Oahu,‚ÄĚ not¬≠ed Richard Par¬≠ry, Alo¬≠ha Petroleum‚Äôs pres¬≠i¬≠dent and CEO. ‚ÄúAs our cus¬≠tomers‚Äô dri¬≠ving habits evolve, we‚Äôre proud to pro¬≠vide inno¬≠v¬≠a¬≠tive, clean and reli¬≠able ways to fuel their vehi¬≠cles, whether it‚Äôs gas-pow¬≠ered or elec¬≠tric.‚ÄĚ

The Alo­ha Petro­le­um charg­ing sta­tions are part of the Hawaii EV Ready Grant Pro­gram, which received Amer­i­can Recov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act funds to accel­er­ate the adop­tion of elec­tric vehi­cles and lim­it Hawaii’s depen­dence on petro­le­um. As part of this pro­gram, the Hawaii Depart­ment of Busi­ness, Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment & Tourism Ener­gy Office is man­ag­ing instal­la­tion of 200 new EV charg­ing sta­tions at more than 80 loca­tions statewide.



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