Hawaii #2 Behind California In Electric Car Registrations Per 1,000 Vehicles


The EV Battery Charger at the Demonstration Site for Japan-U.S. Island Grid Project in Hawaii - Lots of Chargers And EVs Here

The EV Battery Charger at the Demonstration Site for Japan-U.S. Island Grid Project in Hawaii – Lots of Chargers And EVs Here

EV / Hybrid Growth Chart

EV / Hybrid Growth Chart Through 2012

This is rather surprising:

“Hawaii ranks second in the nation behind California in the number of electric vehicles registered in the state, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.”

Second In The Nation?

Well, yes.  If second in the nation means that we count how many electric cars are registered out of every 1,000 registered lights car and trucks.

The number for Hawaii is 4.2, according Nicholas Chase, an economist with the Energy Information Administration.  Meaning that 4.2 out of every 1,000 registered light cars and trucks in Hawaii are electric vehicles.

California Easily Leads The Way

According to Biz Journals:

“With 5.5 out of every 1,000 registered light cars and trucks on its roads, California leads the country in the number of electric vehicles. The state registers nearly half of all of the electric vehicles on U.S. roads.”

Notable Mentions

Washington state is third, Oregon fourth and Georgia fifth.

Additional Info

Biz Journals adds:

So far in 2014, electric vehicles represent 0.7 percent of new car and truck sales in the U.S.

The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association reported that during the first three quarters of 2014, 2,878 new electric and hybrid vehicles were registered in the state.

Source: Biz Journals

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18 Comments on "Hawaii #2 Behind California In Electric Car Registrations Per 1,000 Vehicles"

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Not surprising when you consider the cost of gasoline due to all of it having to be brought in by ship. Also Hawaiians are very environmentally conscious.

True, but their main grid electricity is also ‘brought in by ship’ and very very expensive. Combine that with the effective moratorium on most home solar installs (a relatively new development), and I see it as possibly surprising. What I’d really like to see is the % of EV users in Hawaii with existing solar systems; I’ll bet THAT will be the highest in the country by a long shot.


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In addition the mild climate gives ev’s close to an optimum performance environment for the batteries, and the populous is rapidly developing solar whereas eventually many, after an initial outlay, will be able to realize The 12th dream of Doctor Musk:
“Drive Free on Sunlight Forever.”

I see our last posts crossed paths, but I think we’re in agreement. They do need to figure out their solar install issues though.

Yes. Good point. I was not really not up to snuff on the latest opposition to solar, though I was aware of that counter trend, or counter attack, in general.

Looks like the industry attack on solar is well underway. This seems like a pretty good summation of the story. The gist is the Hawaiian Electric wants to charge solar installers 1k for each kw of production a year, an average system of 5k would cost 5 thousand dollars. Monies that would go to the utility to upgrade it’s networks to handle the electricity flowing back to them from solar installations, if you can believe that..and so it goes.

Wow, $1k/kW? That’s pretty close to saying “why don’t you just install batteries and walk away from the grid?”

And hmm, Rocky Mountain Institute has a paper that projects that within ten years or less (“early 2020s”) it will be economical to do just that in Honolulu even absent punitive grid-tie fees.


Wow! $1,000/kW per year? So for a 5 kW nameplate system you have to pay $5,000/year? On top of your other electric utility charges?

That would be insane!

What are they really tring to charge PV owners?


Oh! I had missed the “per year”. I retract my previous comment. It’s not “pretty close” to telling people to walk away from the grid, it absolutely *is* telling them that.

I read that RMI article I posted a little more carefully and interestingly, it says that in 2015 it will be economically advantageous for businesses in Honolulu to unhook from the grid and rely on battery solar with a wee bit of diesel backup. (The diesel backup is too bad.)

That argument doesn’t seem to apply to people that want to be entirely off the grid with solar panel and battery combo installations.


NOTE: Data presented by EIA is active “registrations” for all model years, not just sales in the current year (or few). With the average vehicle age in the U.S. being over 12 years old vs. PEVs which average less than 2 years old. Fact: 99.9% of all PEVs were registered in the last 4 years (Jan 2011+). Of ~290,000 PEVs now registered in the U.S. over 110,000 PEVs registered for first time in 2014!

If registrations were filtered to only include models newly registered on the last 4 years, the number of PEVs per 1000 registrations would be ~3x higher.

EIA’s comparison is not really balanced as includes registered vehicles for model years prior to 2010 which had virtually zero PEVs manufactured and registered. EIA’s comparison is between averages of babies (under 2 years) to teenage average (12+ years). If the groups were kids, and the metric was IQ … the milage of the results wouldn’t travel very far.

Good for Hawaii.

I’ve been in Southern California the last week and have been really surprised how few plug-ins are on the road considering the number of cars. Compared to Portland, it is night and day. I see Tesla’s about as frequently here, Volt’s slightly less frequently and Leaf’s way way less frequently. Considering that the roads have 2-3 times the number of lanes filled with cars, it seems like there % of plug-ins compared to non plug-ins is very small here. I’m sure that will change as we head up to the bay area tomorrow.

In addition to the other points made, it’s also not surprising given that you can drive pretty much anywhere on (for example) Oahu without straining a Leaf’s range, the more so since there’s not much need for either heat or A/C.

I was unable to find that data on EV registrations by state at the EIA. Can someone provide a link to that report?


Since it is litterly impossible to take a long trip in hawaii without back tracking, it should not be too suprising. NOt that hawaii’s use is good for america. Low population along with oil for electricity means that plug-ins only have a tiny impact when put in hawaii. Off the list are Texas and Florida who although they sell small percentages of plug-ins sell a lot because of the large auto market.

Hmm, I find this hard to believe. In all of Hawaii there are only 36 Leafs for sale. However within 100 miles of Seattle there are 10X that. Inventory wise I don’t think the Hawaii dealers are even trying. They need to switch their allocation to about 90% Leafs if they want to keep up.

Hawaiian electric grid: 75% oil, 15% coal, with geothermal, wind, solar, etc., only the remaining 10%. So electric cars in Hawaii are still oil (and coal) burners, and therefore a waste of resources, since their batteries will be spent and/or cars retired long before the Hawaiian electric grid is off fossil fuel. The primary reason offered in insisting on subsidizing them from public funds is non existant in Hawaii today, and in the foreseeable future. Public funds are a limited resource and should not be wasted on electric cars in Hawaii.