Hawaii has celebrated the milestone of having its 5,000th electric vehicle registered in the state.

For some perspective on the growth, in September 2015 it was about 3,750.

That's about 0.3% of the total fleet of of over 1 million light cars and trucks, which is second highest results per capita in the US (after California).

"Hawaii is second in the nation (after California) in per capita electric vehicle registrations and a leader in charging facilities. Despite low gasoline prices, plug-in passenger vehicles registered in the state increased 26 percent last year. At the same time, gasoline and diesel vehicle registrations fell by 4 percent and 3 percent respectively."

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Hawaii’s EV laws and incentives include:

  • Free parking is provided in state and county government lots, facilities, and at parking meters.
  • Vehicles with EV license plates are exempt from High Occupancy Vehicle lane restrictions.
  • Parking lots with at least 100 public parking spaces are required to have at least one parking space, equipped with an EV charging system, reserved exclusively for EVs.
  • Non-EVs parked in a space designated and marked as reserved for EVs shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $100.
  • Hawaiian Electric Co. offer EV Time of Use Rates designed to incentivize customers, through lower rates, to charge their EVs during off-peak times of day.
  • Multi-family residential dwellings or townhomes cannot prohibit the placement or use of EV charging systems altogether.

On crossing 5,000 EV registrations, eight energy companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding and launched Drive Electric Hawaii organization to promote electric transportation for a clean energy future.

Drive Electric Hawaii seeks to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles through coordinated collaboration, and to make it easier to expand vehicle-charging infrastructure in a way that brings more renewable energy onto the electric grid.

The new organization’s launch coincides with registration of the 5,000th electric vehicle in Hawaii.

Founding participants are:

  • Blue Planet Foundation
  • Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation (HDOT)
  • Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT)
  • Hawaii State Division of Consumer Advocacy
  • the Hawaiian Electric Companies (including Maui Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light)
  • Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
  • Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Ulupono Initiative
The Drive Electric Hawaii shared vision includes:
  • Building a broad coalition in support of renewable transportation
  • Encouraging use of electric vehicles
  • Increasing electric vehicle charging opportunities that support 100 percent renewable energy
  • Developing policies, regulations and laws to unlock the full value of electrified transportation
Hawaii generates about 36% of electricity for renewable sources. The goal by 2023 is 50%.

Richard Wallsgrove of Blue Planet Foundation said:

“We are in the midst of a massive transformation. Electric vehicles can use renewable energy, enabling us to drastically reduce our state’s carbon pollution. At the same time, electric vehicles can help to lower the cost of energy for everyone. This can be a true win-win.”

More about EV progress in Hawaii here and here.