The state of Hawaii has become the latest addition to a growing list of countries and regions to partner with Better Place to establish a market and supporting infrastructure for electric cars. (Earlier post.)
|Better Place Hawaii deployment map. Click to enlarge.|
Better Place plans to begin permitting for the network in Hawaii within the next year and begin introducing vehicles within 18 months, with mass-market availability of electric cars in 2012. Hawaiian Electric Companies and Better Place Hawaii also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the infrastructure and energy needs to power Better Place’s network of public charging spots and battery swapping stations with renewable energy.
Hawaii spends up to $7 billion a year on oil imports and drivers pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the US. The carbon produced from consumer vehicles accounts for nearly 20% of the state’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
The arrival of Better Place Hawaii furthers the progress of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) signed in January, with the goal to meet the state’s energy needs from 70% clean energy by 2030, as well as fostering economic growth and building the workforce of the future.