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Israeli-owned electric vehicle corporation Better Place began deploying Hawaii’s first car-charging infrastructure on Tuesday, by opening 10 charge spots on the island of Oahu.
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The charge stations, five located at the Sheraton Waikiki and five at Hawaiian Electric sites, were launched in cooperation with Kyo-ya Hotels & Resort, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Waikiki, Hawaiian Electric Company and the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture.
While the cars to accompany the charging stations have not yet arrived in Hawaii, Better Place said the pilot program would include seven vehicles, two of which would be operated by Kyo-ya and five by Hawaiian Electric, at a total cost of approximately $1.1 million, of which about $500,000 was provided by the US Department of Energy and the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture.
The hotel cars will probably be used as shuttle vehicles for guests,
while the the University of Hawaii’s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
will track usage and performance, the company said.
what we’re looking specifically to do is to open a small pilot
[project],” Better Place spokeswoman Julie Mullins told The Jerusalem
She said the project would focus on managing the grid at
the company’s operation management center, while raising awareness
around the state about the advantages of electric vehicles.
“The goal is that by November this year, once cars start coming in, the guests will have access to the charge spots.”
Hawaii has an abundance of renewable energy resources, the state hasn’t
yet seen substantial harnessing of such energy, according to Mullins.
has set a goal of reaching 70 percent renewable power by the year 2030;
Israel hopes to reach 10% renewables by the year 2020.
breaking ground in Hawaii,” Mullins said, adding that Better Place hoped
to expand to at least the four largest Hawaiian islands by late 2012.
“The biggest [interest] in Hawaii is that they’re very strong renewable energy targets.
now they’re basically dependent on gasoline for almost all of their
energy needs and have to import about 90% of their oil,” she said.
Hawaiian government officials were equally enthusiastic about the venture.
Place’s electric vehicle network is an innovative approach to
integrating electric vehicles into our island grids,” US Sen. Daniel
Inouye, 86, said in a statement issued by Better Place.
network made up of federal, state and private sector investments is
transforming Hawaii’s transportation system into one powered by clean
energy from electricity instead of imported oil. I am pleased to have
been able to play a small role in reaching this important milestone.”
Wolf, vice president of Better Place North America, added in the same
statement: “The electrification of transportation will speed the
adoption of renewable energy in Hawaii.”
While Better Place will
soon launch a electric taxi program in California that will have four
battery switch stations and 60 cars by the beginning of next year –
similar to its program already running in Tokyo – Hawaii was the first
state to benefit from a “managed charging” network, like the networks
already implemented in Denmark and Israel, Mullins said.
Place Israel, which already has more than 1,000 charging spots around
the country, launched its first battery switching station in Kiryat
Ekron, south of Rehovot, on March 23 and announced that it would deliver
cars to customers here by the end of this year.
seeing in Israel and Denmark is that a lot of the technology is being
designed and tested and implemented,” Mullins said. “Israel and Denmark
will serve as blueprints as to how we scale this out.”