• December 8, 2008

Hawaii to Roll Out Electric Car Stations

Hawaii will be the first US state to launch electric car stations all over the state. The governor has welcomed that move and called it a big step to wean off islands oil.

Hawaii has to import foreign oil for nearly 90% of its energy requirements and almost 25% of this oil is consumed by the buses and cars in the island.

According to Linda Lingle of the Gov. this new move will prove quite helpful for Hawaii to meet its targets of cutting petrol consumption up to 70% by 2030.

“Today is the day when we have done well enough for our energy independence, as it’s a huge step get rid off oil addiction.”

Better Place, which is a California based company, will erect its electric charging stations as well as offer recharged batteries for cars too.

Hawaiian Electric Co. that is quite well-known as Hawaii’s largest utility will sell renewable energy like wind power to the company.

Better Place is planning to open the stations by the end of 2011. The company is considering building around 50,000 to 100,000 stations statewide.

Similar sort of plans were announced by different communities including San Francisco Bay area to build Better Place power spots, however, Hawaii will become the first to develop these stations. Better Place has also signed deals to develop electric autos infrastructures in some other countries as well.AP

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