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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Miki, an Autonomous Electric Passenger Shuttle, introduced at Honolulu Airport

April 16, 2024 – In a move towards sustainability, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) unveiled Miki, a new autonomous electric passenger shuttle at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). It's set to complement the existing Wiki Wiki shuttle bus service. Named after the Hawaiian word for “agile,” the department says Miki aims to offer travelers an additional transportation option in the airport.

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Ford E-Transit Custom Electric Van

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Ford launches E-Transit Custom fully electric van

May 22, 2024 – Arriving on the back of the diesel and plug-in hybrid and joined by the E-Tourneo Custom passenger variant, the all-electric E-Transit Custom reinvents Europe’s best-selling one-tonne van with up to 209 miles (337km) of range plus a string of productivity-enhancing Ford Pro services that include a new home charging offering.

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BYD Co. Seagull at the Beijing Auto Show

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China’s $10,000 EV is coming for Europe’s carmakers

May 21, 2024 – Cheap electric vehicles from China are already pushing into Europe, undercutting one of the region’s biggest industries. BYD Co., which overtook Tesla Inc. late last year as the biggest global EV maker, is about to raise the stakes.

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Highway Sunset

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Electric Road Trip: The pros and cons of electric vehicle ownership, with Kristin Hayes

May 21, 2024 – In this week’s episode, host Daniel Raimi talks with Kristin Hayes, senior director for research and policy engagement at Resources for the Future, about her experience at the wheel of an electric vehicle (EV). This episode continues a multipart series on EVs, which covers the most practical matters that EV users need to know.

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2024 Chevy Silverado EV

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Pickup trucks become the new battleground for EV market

May 20, 2024 – As electric vehicles (EVs) charge full-speed ahead, a new frontier emerges: electric pickup trucks. These beasts, which once guzzled gallons of petrol, are now poised to conquer the electric highway, promising robust performance, lower maintenance, and eco-friendly credentials. But are they really the game-changer automakers claim?

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Tesla in front of dealership

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How to test drive a Tesla, Rivian, or other EV

May 18, 2024 – EV-only brands want to distance themselves from the traditional dealership experience, and one of the ways they're doing this is by revamping the test drive. Rather than make small talk with a salesperson to get behind the wheel of the vehicle you're interested in, Fisker, Lucid, Polestar, Rivian, Tesla, and VinFast let you schedule a time to stop by a nearby store and take a car out for a short stint, sans the pressure of a salesperson breathing down your neck.

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Low Mileage EV

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Could electric vehicles feed China’s grid?

May 16, 2024 – In January, China’s biggest trial of two-way charging took place in Wuxi, Jiangsu. Across 30 minutes, 50 electric vehicles (EVs) discharged almost one megawatt-hour into the grid – enough electricity to meet the needs of 133 households for a day.

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