EV Charging Comes En Mass To Hawaii

Hawaii’s EV Ready Grant Program has selected AeroVironment to receive an $820,000 contract to deploy up to 320 electric vehicle charging docks across the islands. AeroVironment will install two types of its 240-volt charging stations: the two-port or four-port EVSE RS+ and the commercial EVSE-CS model.

AeroVironment will partner with the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) to design and build public and semi-private stations strategically placed throughout Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai. The company and HECO will also work the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) at the University of Hawaii, Manoa to collect data from the public chargers to determine the impact electric vehicle charging has on the power distribution grid.

image via AeroVironment

We recently reported on AeroVironment’s upgrade to the EVSE RS+, one of the models planned to be deployed in residential buildings under the Hawaiian program. The State of Hawaii is offering a $500 rebate for consumers who purchase a charging dock through the Hawaii EV Ready Rebate Program, and an additional $4,500 for those who purchase an electric vehicle.

Hawaii’s electric charging station initiatives come at the same time West Coast states like California and Oregon are supporting similar programs through The EV Project, which features charging stations by ECOtality. However, we believe that once the 320 AeroVironment stations are installed across the various islands, Hawaii will be the first in the nation with statewide public electric charging service networks.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.