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.
The Electric Garage spotlight
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Hawaii among select group of states to get Solectrac electric tractors
Sept. 19, 2022 - Ideanomics, a global company focused on accelerating the commercial adoption of electric vehicles (EV), is pleased to announce that its subsidiary Solectrac is continuing with the rapid expansion of its certified sales and dealer network. For the first time, Solectrac climate-smart tractors are available in Hawaii, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.
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Demand on the rise for electric vehicle charging at multifamily properties
Sept. 21, 2022 - In August, the California Air Resources Board adopted a rule requiring all new cars and light trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2035. Sixteen other states already follow California’s vehicle rules, constituting an estimated 40% of car sales nationwide — though they will need to decide by individual referendum whether to adopt the new rule.
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Hertz to order up to 175,000 electric vehicles over 5 years
Sept. 20, 2022 - Hertz plans to order up to 175,000 electric vehicles from General Motors over the next five years. The agreement announced Tuesday includes electric vehicle deliveries through 2027 and will include SUVs, pickups and luxury automobiles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and BrightDrop. The companies expect deliveries of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will start in the first quarter of next year.
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Why electric vehicles won’t break the grid
Sept. 19, 2022 - A searing heat wave was pushing California’s electric grid to the brink of blacking out earlier this month when, in a frantic bid to keep the lights on, officials implored electric car owners to wait a few hours before plugging in their vehicles. That request from the California Independent System Operator came just days after state regulators approved a plan to ban sales of new gas cars in 2035.
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EV 'range wars' could boost V2G potential
Sept. 19, 2022 - Consumers will need access to a variety of EVs with different battery capacities and ranges in order to fully make the switch from internal combustion engine vehicles, automakers agreed at the Michigan battery conference last week. “Consumers are always looking at a combination of attributes, price being always one of them, especially for vehicles,” said Michael Maten, director of EV policy and regulatory affairs at General Motors.
Audi U.S. chief says popularity of EVs is creating a challenge
Sept. 16, 2022 - Audi has traveled far since those early days and now the Volkswagen subsidiary is moving steadily toward electrifying its fleet. "Audi has always been playing a leading role in electrification," Daniel Weissland, president at Audi of America, said in an interview, "and we're going to continue to invest in electric vehicles and you will see more products in in the near future actually."
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How much does it cost to charge an electric car?
Sept. 8, 2022 - When you compare the cost of driving a gas-powered car one mile to the price of going the same distance in an electric vehicle, the EV almost always comes out ahead. Drivers of gas-powered cars always know gas prices because they are advertised in big numbers at every local gas station. Not as many people know the cost to use an EV charging station to fill up an EV, largely because the cost of electricity is not as prominent in people’s minds.