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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NEVI Funded EV Charging Station

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1st NEVI-funded electric vehicle charging station being built on Maui

Feb. 5, 2024 – Maui’s first electric vehicle charging station funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program is undergoing construction, announced the Hawaii Department of Transportation last week. Work began Feb. 1 on four 150kW chargers at the Kahului Park & Ride on Kuihelani Highway around Puunene Avenue. A portion of the lot will be closed during construction, but the lot will still be accessible to users.

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President Biden speaks at GM EV plant

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US climate goals: EVs are on track, but clean power is lagging

Feb. 21, 2024 – Based on headlines alone, you might expect that the U.S. is cruising toward its clean electricity goals while sputtering toward its EV goals. But in a counterintuitive turn, a new report finds the opposite to be true. Electric vehicles are on track to meet the country’s goals of decarbonizing transportation — even if EV sales growth is slowing down after years of record-setting increases.

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EVs providing power

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EVs are one step closer to becoming roaming grid batteries

Feb. 20, 2024 – University of Delaware professor Willett Kempton is a pioneer of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. In fact, he and his team of EV researchers at the university have been turning electric vehicles into grid batteries since 2007, when they kicked off a first-of-a-kind experiment that’s since been replicated in V2G projects around the world.

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Tesla and Bolt comparison

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WCCO tests the long-distance capabilities of electric vehicles

Feb. 19, 2024 – Scientists agree that burning oil, coal and gas is overheating the planet — but we have the technology to tackle that problem. One solution: Making the switch to electric vehicles. Home charging options might make them convenient in cities, but what if you want to drive your EV further? WCCO's Erin Hassanzadeh and producer Joan Gilbertson took a 191-mile trip from St. Paul to Two Harbors in electric vehicles and discovered a few bumps in the road.

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EV Rental Lot

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2024’s 10 Best electric sports cars

Feb. 18, 2024 – As electric vehicles (EVs) become more and more commonplace, new models and vehicle types are constantly being introduced to the market. A few years ago, the EV was a relatively new market — which meant that options were limited. Now, consumers may feel overwhelmed with choices. There are a handful of factors that determine an EV’s purchasability. One of them is vehicle range — a growing concern due to the lack of EV charging stations throughout the nation.

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Nissan Ariya in Factory

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Japan carmakers forge ahead with EV investments despite slowdown

Feb. 18, 2024 – Japan’s carmakers are keeping their foot on the accelerator when it comes to investing in electric vehicles. Yes, EV sales growth is slowing, executives have said this earnings season. But this hasn’t come as a shock to manufacturers that largely have been content to let the rest of the world race to electrify before batteries are cheap and enough charging infrastructure is built. In other words, Japan’s auto companies knew car buyers weren’t ready just yet to go electric as quickly as some hoped.

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President Biden speaks at GM factory

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Biden administration considers slowing key emissions rules – a potential blow to EV growth

Feb. 18, 2024 – The Biden administration is considering relaxing stringent vehicle emissions rules it proposed last year, giving automakers more time to meet requirements that would make them sell more electric vehicles, according to two sources familiar with the plan. The Environmental Protection Agency’s vehicle emissions rule is a key plank of President Joe Biden’s climate agenda. Biden has made the transition to EVs a signature issue of his presidency, stressing the economic impacts in addition to the boost for the climate.

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