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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Hawaiian Electric and launch Smart Charge Hawaii to help electric vehicle drivers optimize charging

May 24, 2023 - Hawaiian Electric is partnering with global electric vehicle software provider to offer customers a smart charging mobile app that will enable EV drivers to optimize their charging sessions while helping inform Hawaiian Electric’s development of future charging programs and EV-specific rate options.

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States legislatures adapt to electric vehicles

May 29, 2023 - As President Joe Biden’s administration wants 50% of all new vehicle sales to be electric by 2030, some states are pushing bills to subsidize the industry.

In an analysis of state legislatures by The Center Square staff, actions so far this year in multiple states offer recognition to the emergence of the industry – whether trying to make up tax revenue shortfalls or simply boosting the move away from gas and diesel automobiles.

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Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

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Mercedes-Benz's message for Tesla: 'We want to be most desirable electric vehicle luxury brand'

May 28, 2023 - German automaker Mercedes-Benz has seen its share of the U.S. luxury market slip as customers traded in their V8 sedans and sport utility vehicles for Teslas. Now, the company is following in Tesla's footsteps by building out its own charging network, accelerating its electrified fleet and adding Level 3 autonomous driving technology to its vehicles.

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Tesla Charging Parking Space

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Ford and Tesla to partner on electric vehicle charging

May 26, 2023 - Rival automakers Ford (F) and Tesla (TSLA), may compete for electric vehicle (EV) market share but are teaming up to make EV charging more accessible, as the Biden Administration's push for American-made EV solutions takes shape.

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Hyundai-LG EV battery partnership

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Hyundai and LG announce $4.3 billion plant in Georgia to build batteries for electric vehicles

May 26, 2023 - Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solution announced Thursday they will build a $4.3 billion electric battery plant as part of Hyundai’s new electric vehicle assembly plant in southeast Georgia.

The companies will split the investment, starting production as soon as late 2025.

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Tesla Parking Lot

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Tesla Owners Drive Their EVs More Than Anyone Else: Study

May 24, 2023 - A new study says that Teslas are driven more per year on average than every other electric vehicle on the road, but still not nearly as much as vehicles powered by internal combustion engines. says that the four Teslas are driven at an average of just under 10,000 miles per year. All other EVs are being driven just 6,719 miles per year, and the average ICE vehicle gets about 12,760 miles put on the clock each and every year.

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2024 Toyota Tacoma

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Toyota, Ford and GM fight for midsize truck dominance

May 23, 2023 - Sam Wedll has been driving his Toyota Tacoma pickup on the rugged roads of Northern California for seven trouble-free years, racking up almost 100,000 miles, so he’s interested in the redesigned version of the truck coming later this year. He paid $34,000 for his truck in 2016, loading it with plenty of options. He’s eyeing the new gas-electric hybrid Toyota Motor Corp. is going to offer, but Wedll, who does his own repairs, isn’t interested in paying luxury prices.

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