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Better Place, Sheraton Waikiki and Hawaiian Electric Partner on EV Charge Network in Hawaii

Better Place has started its initial deployment of EV infrastructure in Hawaii, with the launch of a project to incorporate its electric-vehicle infrastructure in Honolulu, in partnership with Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts’ Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Hawaiian Electric Company.

The project will start with a small number of charge spots in Waikiki and around Oahu and includes seven electric vehicles. Better Place will manage the charging of the vehicles via a network operations center located in Palo Alto, California.

This project marks the beginning of our initial, pre-commercial infrastructure deployment in Hawaii. It supports the state’s goal of leading the nation in renewable energy use, which Better Place will integrate into the grid via electric cars.

—Jason Wolf, Vice President of Better Place’s North American Operations

Better Place was among five clean-energy companies awarded funding from the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV), a project of the local nonprofit Pacific International Center for High Technology Research that allocates US Department of Energy funds.

Better Place’s initial charging stations will be based at partner Kyo-ya Hotel & Resorts’ Sheraton Waikiki Resort where two electric vehicles will be used as fleet vehicles and guest shuttles. Other charging stations will be at three Hawaiian Electric sites. Hawaiian Electric has been collaborating with Better Place on the infrastructure and energy needs to power the public charging spots with renewable energy and this program will further advance that collaboration. The Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies, which will provide the facilities for maintenance, will also have charge infrastructure onsite.

The deployment of the infrastructure is expected to begin in early 2011, with the focus of the project on measuring vehicle performance, battery-charging metrics, the impact on the electrical grid, driver behavior and the software systems that manage the charging network.

Kyo-ya will operate two of the electric vehicles. The remaining five will be owned by Hawaiian Electric. In addition, the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute/University of Hawaii will be a research partner conducting data acquisition and analysis, reporting on vehicle and recharge performance and grid and driver behavior.

The project will cost approximately $1.1 million, of which about $500,000 in funding will come from the US Department of Energy. Better Place, which started its Hawaii operations in December 2008, is the prime contractor and operator and will provide project management, charge spots, network management and software.

Comments

Henry Gibson

How many GFI standard outlets can be put in the parking garage of the hotels for 1.1 millions. Canada already has a lot of standard outlets at parking stalls to plug in the engine heaters. ..HG..

HarveyD

What an ideal place for BEVs and Better Place. A small Nuclear Power plant would also help.

Installing 110/220 VAC outlets in garages and outside parking places is very easy to do. NO NEW TECHNOLOGY is required. All materials and labor required already exist.

Reel$$

This is exactly what is being done in my present neighborhood. The local Credit Union has installed 20 110/220VAC, outlets in the outdoor parking lot - likely for their employees and customers to recharge free. A small perq here in the PNW where hydro is cheap.

One might speculate that Mr. Agassi is partnering with hotels in Hawaii because... well, why not Hawaii??

BTW, the Volt test drive tour starts in Seattle and we have a reservation. More on that later.

SJC

If they can develop more renewable electric power, this would be good on all the islands. You do not need all that much range and no tailpipes at stop lights and on the road would be great. They just need plenty of charging stations at the hotels.

Less gasoline brought there by tankers from the mainland would improve their economy. They could be an example for the rest of the country on what can be done if we work together. Wind turbines, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources of energy could make them self sufficient.

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