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.
Ear¬≠li¬≠er this month, AeroVi¬≠ron¬≠ment and Alo¬≠ha Petro¬≠le¬≠um, Ltd. unveiled Elec¬≠tric Vehi¬≠cle (EV) DC fast charg¬≠ers at three loca¬≠tions, two of them Alo¬≠ha Island Marts and at a Shell sta¬≠tion. For a lim¬≠it¬≠ed time, elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cles equipped with a CHAde¬≠MO fast-charg¬≠ing out¬≠let, such as on the Nis¬≠san Leaf and Mit¬≠subishi i-MiEV, can be charged for free at these Alo¬≠ha sta¬≠tions.
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 Alo¬≠ha Petro¬≠le¬≠um charg¬≠ing sta¬≠tions are part of the Hawaii EV Ready Grant Pro¬≠gram, which received Amer¬≠i¬≠can Recov¬≠ery and Rein¬≠vest¬≠ment Act funds to accel¬≠er¬≠ate the adop¬≠tion of elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cles and lim¬≠it Hawaii‚Äôs depen¬≠dence on petro¬≠le¬≠um. As part of this pro¬≠gram, the Hawaii Depart¬≠ment of Busi¬≠ness, Eco¬≠nom¬≠ic Devel¬≠op¬≠ment & Tourism Ener¬≠gy Office is man¬≠ag¬≠ing instal¬≠la¬≠tion of 200 new EV charg¬≠ing sta¬≠tions at more than 80 loca¬≠tions statewide.