Electric Car Plan Hatched In Hawaii

The state of Hawaii and auto manufacturer Mitsubishi are moving forward with an agreement to promote the advancement of electric vehicles across the islands. The plan calls for both partners to improve the blooming infrastructure for electric cars, including the installation of fast Level 3 charging stations.

We recently reported that Mitsubishi plans to rollout its i-MiEV in Hawaii later this year. The electric vehicle has a stated range of 85 miles when fully charged, and a top speed of 80 miles per hour. The car also has the option of being equipped with a DC port that would allow for fast charging at a Level 3 unit, which the company says would only take 30 minutes to reach 80% capacity.

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Under the new agreement, Hawaii is offering an additional clean energy rebate of $4,500 for electric vehicles; coupled with the federal rebate of $7,500, the i-MiEV could cost as low as $15,990, which would make it one of the most affordable green cars on the market.

Mitsubishi is also planning to set up a service training center at a dealership in the state, provide recommendations to Hawaii for community college programs, and create projects that will educate residents about the benefits of owning an electric car. These steps, according to one state spokesperson, will help Hawaii move closer to the goal of receiving 70% of the its power from clean sources.

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