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Volta opening first EV station on Maui

December 4th, 2013
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Volta is opening its first EV charging station at Whaler's Village on Maui this month. Courtesy photo.

Volta is opening its first EV charging station at Whaler's Village on Maui in January. Courtesy photo.

Lucky we live Hawaii.

Volta Industries continues to expand the number of free-to-use EV charging stations in its Volta Network in Hawaii, including a sixth station at Ward Warehouse (in front of Executive Chef) in November and its first station on Maui in January.

As of Nov. 1, Volta says it has given away over 60,000 miles of charging over a two-year period at its charging stations in Hawaii, Arizona and California. Companies, including the First Insurance of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank and Honolulu Ford, purchase a sponsorship of the charging stations.

Scott Mercer, Volta founder and CEO, estimates EV drivers in the three states have saved about $100,000 in gasoline charges and offset enough CO2 to fill 117 Washington Monuments. He added that Volta hopes to have given away 5 million miles in five states by the end of next year, 2014.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is expected to be held at Whaler's Village, which will be the site of Volta's first EV charging station on Maui, in late January.

As of September 2013, state figures show there are 1,869 electric cars on Oahu. The average mile per gallon equivalent for EVs on the road ranges from 90 to 115 miles per gallon.

National Plug In EV contest

September 23rd, 2013
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Volta is holding a social media contest highlighting EVs in Hawaii for National Plug-In Day. Courtesy photo.

Volta is holding a social media contest highlighting EVs in Hawaii for National Plug-In Day. Courtesy photo.

Volta Industries is holding a social media contest to celebrate National Plug In Day Sept. 28 and 29.

To enter, snap and share a photo of Hawaii's EV scene, whether it's a Tesla cruising down H1 or a Nissan Leaf charing outside of Whole Foods Market at Kahala Mall. Post it on to Facebook (www.fb.co/voltacharging) with the hashtag #NationalPlugInDay. Participants will be entered in a drawing for dozens of prizes.

The  grand prize is a premium auto detailing worth $200 for your car (EV or not).

Arden Penton, director of operations for Volta, which operates the Volta Network (offering free-to-use EV charging stations) says there are 1,783 EVs in Hawaii – more per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. On Oahu, a total of 1, 371 electric cars were sold on Oahu as of August 2013.

"We're thrilled Hawaii is charging ahead on the course to clean energy, and hope this contest highilights how Hawaii has embraced EVs."

On the Big Island, the Big Island EV Association is hosting EV talkstory sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Hilo Home Depot (corner of Makaala and Roalroad Ave.) and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Kona Commons near Sports Authority. Email leaf@evhawaii.org to learn more.

The Tesla S is here

October 8th, 2012
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The Tesla Model S has arrived in the Hawaiian islands. Photo from Teslamotors.com gallery.

The Tesla Model S has arrived in the Hawaiian islands. Photo from Teslamotors.com gallery.

The Tesla Model S electric sedan has arrived in Honolulu and will be introduced at a presss conference Tuesday morning (Oct. 9) hosted by the Blue Planet Foundation and Volta Industries.

Concerns over limited travel range, limited seating and "sexiness" were all adressed in the new Tesla Model S, which travels up to 300 miles per charge (at 55 miles per hour), seats up to seven and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds.

The Tesla S interior features a 17-inch WiFI control center.

The Tesla S interior features a 17-inch touchscreen with WiFi-enabled control center. Photo from teslamotors.com.

Prices start at a more affordable $49,000 (with federal tax incentives up to $7,500). The Tesla Roadster, by contrast, starts at prices over $100,000. There are also battery options that include 40, 60 and 85 kilowatt hours. Inside the Model S offers a 17-inch touchscreen with a WiFi-enabled control center.

They come in signature red, black, silver and white.

Hawaii commuters currently drive a total of 29 million miles a day, burning an average of $5.4 million in gas, emitting 13,500 tons of carbon dioxide pollution, according to Blue Planet. Electric cars offer an alternative.

Hawaii is on its way to reaching an expected milestone of 1,000 registered EVs this month.

Tesla's first run of the Model S included 3,000 vehicles. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company plans to manufacture 20,000 of the Model S for 2013. Reservations are available at www.teslamotors.com/own.