Hawaiian Electric deploys latest EV fast chargers in Mililani

Company now operates 27 fast chargers on four islands

Release Date: 8/2/2022

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HONOLULU, Aug. 2, 2022 – Electric vehicle drivers can now power up at a new Hawaiian Electric fast charging station at Town Center of Mililani. The Central Oahu location features two publicly accessible fast chargers that can provide more than 40 miles of additional range for a typical EV in 15 minutes.

This brings the total company-owned and operated fast chargers to 27, with 15 on Oahu, six on Hawaii Island, five on Maui and one on Molokai. Five more Hawaiian Electric fast chargers under construction on Oahu are expected to come online in the next few months. The chargers offer lower rates during daytime hours to encourage charging when solar energy is abundant.

The Mililani fast chargers are the latest deployed by Hawaiian Electric under a pilot program. The company is seeking regulatory approval to significantly expand its charging network to help Hawaii meet its decarbonization goals. The plan envisions 150 single-port fast chargers and 150 dual-port Level 2 chargers across five islands with a new, lower rate structure.

“With the number of EVs on Hawaii’s roadways more than tripling over the past five years there is clearly a need for more charging options,” said Aki Marceau, Hawaiian Electric’s director of electrification of transportation. “We hope our efforts will spark other providers to join the charging station build-out while we serve as a backbone of reliable charging for our community.”

Hawaiian Electric worked with site host Town Center of Mililani to deploy the new chargers.

“Town Center of Mililani is pleased to host new DC fast charging stations, for the convenience of residents and visitors alike,” said Shelley Morisaki, the center’s manager. “The new charging stations, located in the heart of Mililani and the Central Oahu region, are part of the center’s ongoing commitment to a more sustainable future.”

In Hawaii, ground transportation accounts for about 27% of petroleum consumption and 20% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Hawaii State Energy Office. Replacing fossil-fuel powered vehicles with cleaner, more efficient EVs will advance Hawaii’s decarbonization goals.

The state's four counties are committed to 100% public and private renewable-fueled ground transportation by 2045. In addition, Hawaii joined 15 states and the District of Columbia in 2020 with a goal of having 100% of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles sold be zero-emission by 2050. The interim target is 30% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030.