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The Electric Garage

Welcome to The Electric Garage! Getting more folks out of their gas-burning cars and into electric vehicles will go a long way toward helping Hawaii meet its ambitious decarbonization goals. Hawaiian Electric is deeply committed to this effort and is continually looking for ways to provide customers with the tools they need to take part in this transformation.

The Electric Garage provides another channel for Hawaiian Electric to engage with its customers and keep them informed as EV technologies evolve and the automakers increase their offering of EV models. There will be speed bumps as we forge ahead but Hawaiian Electric stands ready to serve as a trusted resource to its customers on this journey.

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EVs are all over Hawaii roads. So why aren’t there more charging stations?

Nov. 17, 2021 - In the past year, there was a nearly 32% increase in the number of passenger electric vehicles in Hawaii, according to the state. But there’s a big disconnect when it comes to charging those vehicles up. “We have the second-highest electric vehicles per capita,” said Aki Marceau, Hawaiian Electric’s director of Electrification of Transportation. “However, when you’re looking at charging ports per electric vehicle, we’re the lowest in the country.”

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Kia Concept EV9

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New electric vehicles and concepts: best of LA Auto Show

Nov. 21, 2021 - After a hiatus in 2020, the LA Auto Show – and AutoMobility LA, as its press and trade preview event has now become – returned to showcase the industry from a distinctly American perspective. Two years is a long time in the modern auto industry, and our pick of the seven most interesting cars and concepts from 2021 pretty much have the same thing in common: they’re all electric.

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Proposed build back better act includes $12.5K tax credit per EV

Nov. 19, 2021 - The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $7.5 billion to jump start Biden’s goal of having 500,000 EV charges nationwide by 2030. The $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act, which was passed Friday by the U.S. House, includes tax incentives of up to $12,500 per vehicle to spur consumer demand in electric vehicles.

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Reservations for electric Ford F-150 Lightning top 160,000

Nov. 19, 2021 - Electric pickup trucks are generating hype. Just ask Ford. The company recently announced that the upcoming F-150 Lightning, an all-electric remake of one of Ford's most popular truck models, has surpassed over 160,000 reservations. Of those reservations, more than half are customers who have never owned a Ford product before, and 79% had never owned a battery-operated vehicle before.

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EV trucks

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Buyer interest in EVs grows as automakers introduce more appealing models

Nov. 19, 2021 - President Joe Biden visited General Motors' Factory Zero in Detroit on Wednesday, where the new GMC Hummer EV will be assembled. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, automakers debuted a variety of new EVs at the 2021 auto show. These events are part of the growing momentum for electric vehicles, as some experts say EV sales may be nearing a tipping point due to rising consumer interest and an influx of new models from mainstream and startup auto manufacturers.

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Kia EV6 vs Tesla Model Y

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The Lucid Air is the 2022 MotorTrend car of the year

Nov. 15, 2021 - Automotive progress usually happens in baby steps. Slowly, like a white oak sapling growing in a forest. But every now and then a new car jumps off the automotive forest floor like a rainbow eucalyptus, advancing like crazy while making a colorful splash. The Air sedan from startup EV-maker Lucid is just such a car, and its level of innovation and sophistication are as fresh and unexpected as multicolored tree bark.

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Kia EV6 vs Tesla Model Y

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Kia EV6 challenges Tesla Model Y in market for electric crossovers

Nov. 14, 2021 - The Tesla Model Y is the best-selling electric crossover in North America. However, several compelling rivals have come to market, and more are on the way. The Kia EV6 is one such rival with plenty of promise, but is it good enough to lure people away from Tesla? Competitors like the Kia may have an advantage over Tesla, but only if they can make vehicles like the EV6 readily available in competing markets.

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Subaru EV

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Subaru's first EV expected to hit the market in mid-2022

Nov. 11, 2021 - Subaru and Toyota have teamed up once again. As part of a broader partnership that includes the GR 86 and BR-Z, the two brands are also working together to co-develop a pair of electric crossovers: the Toyota bZ4X and this, the Subaru Solterra. Unveiled in Japanese-market spec today, the Solterra offers 201 hp at the front wheels or, in higher trims, 215 total hp from a pair of smaller motors driving all four wheels.

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corporate fleets converted to ev

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Startup aims to make it easy for corporate fleets to go electric

Nov. 10, 2021 - Josh Green, CEO of Inspiration Mobility, sees a massive opportunity in helping companies switch their light- and medium-duty fleets from fossil-fueled to electric vehicles. This means planning, financing and implementing the changeover, all the way up to having his company own the vehicles and charging infrastructure.

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