Volta Expanding Free Electric Vehicle Charging Station Network

Ulupono Initiative today announced it has invested $175,000 in Volta Industries to help expand its Hawai‘i network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. This investment will help Volta more than double its current network in Hawai‘i with 15 new free-to-use charging stations planned for 2013 statewide.  To date, Volta and its sponsors have given away more than 120,000 miles of free charging to Hawai‘i EV drivers.

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“Mass adoption of electric vehicles has the potential to dramatically reduce the amount of fossil fuels imported to Hawai‘i for passenger cars and trucks,” said Murray Clay, managing partner of Ulupono Initiative. “One of the most important reasons consumers say they don’t choose EVs is concern about their limited range. Increasing the number of stations statewide means more consumers will be able to easily charge their vehicles and avoid range anxiety. This investment will increase the total number of EV charging stations in the state by 6 percent and help support an estimated 2,500 electric vehicles projected on Hawai‘i’s roads by the end of this year. By increasing adoption of EVs, we’re helping achieve our goal of reducing our dependence on imported oil with more efficient technology.”

Volta designs, installs and maintains public EV charging networks, and provides the energy to the EV driver, all free-of-cost to both the driver and the community.

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Companies sponsor each Volta station – providing free EV charging as a service to the community. The stations are designed and built by Volta and provide approximately 15 to 20 miles worth of range per hour of charging.

“Currently we have 14 active charging stations with another 15 in the pipeline on Oahu and Maui, all of which help facilitate the adoption of this clean technology,” said Scott Mercer, Volta CEO and Co-Founder.  “With the investment funds, we can speed up our plans to expand our network to reach more EV owners statewide.”

“We want this to create a greater impact than just providing a service to EV drivers,” said Steve Markowitz, Volta Vice Chairman. “Our goal is to excite people about electric vehicles and clean-tech in general.”

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Electric vehicle sales have been strong in Hawai‘i; the state saw the highest per-capita sales of electric vehicles in the nation in 2011. There are 1,437 electric cars registered on O‘ahu, according to state figures as of May 2013. To compare the efficiency of electric vehicles to conventional vehicles, the state Department of Business, Economic  Development and Tourism has tracked mileage for  the last two decades in Hawai‘i and estimated an average of 19 miles per gallon in 2011. The average mile per gallon equivalent for electric vehicles now on the road ranges from 90 to 115.

UH Hilo to Host Talk on Electric Vehicles

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo hosts a free public presentation featuring two members of the Maui EV (Electric Vehicle) Alliance on Tuesday, February 26 at 2 p.m. in UCB 127.

Maui EVAProject Director Dr. Anne Ku and Ethan Elkind, climate policy associate at the UC Berkeley School of Law, will discuss a recent study done to prepare Maui for EV’s. EV’s in Paradise: Planning for Developing Infrastructure in Maui Count, examined barriers, incentives, and other issues that can serve as templates for other isolated grids and island communities with similar challenges.

Ku, who lectures in mathematics and music (piano) at UH Maui College, holds degrees in electrical engineering, operations research/decision sciences, and music. She writes a regular column for Maui Weekly called “EV in Paradise,” and directs the monthly “Maui EVA TV” which airs on cable and YouTube.

Elkind has organized and facilitated high-level stakeholder meetings on various energy-related topics such as energy storage, renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. He has also written and published numerous studies on energy-related matters for California policy makers including “Electric Drive by ’25: How California Can Catalyze Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles by 2025,” published in September 2012.

Maui EV Alliance (Maui EVA) is the name given to UH Maui’s EV readiness project. Maui EVA was the only education institution to receive one of 16 planning grants awarded in October 2011 by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program. It was also named the most innovative electric vehicle readiness project in the country by Green Tech Media in December 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.mauieva.org/.