AeroVironment Helping to Bring Fast Chargers to Fast Growing Hawaii


Hawaii is now con­sid­ered the fastest grow­ing elec­tric vehi­cle charg­ing sta­tion des­ti­na­tion, with charg­ers being placed all over the islands at gas sta­tions, con­ve­nience stores, and cof­fee shops, to serve the steadi­ly increas­ing num­ber of elec­tric cars. It’s fast and free charg­ing for now – 30 min­utes at no cost at this time. The infra­struc­ture is already there, which means new sta­tions wouldn’t 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.

CHAde­MO is short for “CHArge de Move” or “charge for mov­ing.”: They were devel­oped in Japan, and are being used on the Nis­san Leaf and Mit­subishi i-MiEV (while oth­er plug-in elec­tric vehi­cles are being charged using dif­fer­ent charg­ing sys­tems). The DC fast charg­ers can deliv­er a full charge to a near­ly deplet­ed EV bat­tery in less than 30 min­utes. “Use of elec­tric vehi­cles is steadi­ly increas­ing across Oahu,” not­ed Richard Par­ry, Alo­ha Petroleum’s pres­i­dent and CEO. “As our cus­tomers’ dri­ving habits evolve, we’re proud to pro­vide inno­v­a­tive, clean and reli­able ways to fuel their vehi­cles, whether it’s gas-pow­ered or elec­tric.”

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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