“There have been at least two recent victories in what electric car advocates say has been a long uphill battle to make the vehicles viable on Hawaii Island.”
States West Hawaii Today.
Those two victories include the following: a new fast-charge station for EVs was unveiled in South Kohala in July and Kona Nissan began selling the Nissan LEAF.
We’ve covered the electric vehicle/charging situation extensively here at InsideEVs, with most of our focus being on failed efforts, lacking infrastructure and so on, but recent developments are encouraging.
Justin Ako, service adviser at Kona Nissan stated:
“We sold a bunch [of LEAFs] and just got a bunch in. The sales department tells me a lot of people have been asking about them, and that’s a good thing.”
Douglas Teeple, founder of the Big Island EV Association and owner of a LEAF, stated:
“We’ve been pushing so hard on these guys [at Kona Nissan].”
Prior to Kona Nissan selling LEAFs on the Big Island, the EVs were either shipped in from Oahu or from the U.S. mainland. Service was conducted in Oahu too, meaning that owning a LEAF on the Big Island wasn’t all that pleasant an experience.
Michael Oh, general manager at the Shops at Mauna Lani, commented:
“Without the infrastructure to support it, we’re all reluctant to purchase right away.”
The goal is for fast chargers to circle the Big Island. Per Charge Bliss CEO David Bliss:
“You can take a car with a 75 mile range and will easily get cut down to 50 miles.”
“You just can’t wait four hours for your vehicle to charge. It’s not realistic. Our plan is for eight to nine charging stations around the belt road, but also on Saddle Road. We’re looking for places to partner with, like the Shops at Mauna Lani.”
We must say that we’re enthusiastic to see the Big Island finally warming up to electric vehicles. Solar is apparently gaining traction there too.
Source: West Hawaii Today