The Paradise of the Pacific is already a great place to drive an EV – islands around the world are expected to be early adopters of electrification, thanks to high fuel prices and short driving distances. This week, emission-free driving on Oahu became even more convenient, as gas station operator Aloha Petroleum installed AeroVironment DC fast chargers at three of its stores on the island.
The new chargers are equipped with CHAdeMO fast-charging outlets, and can fully charge an EV battery in less than 30 minutes. Charging will be free “for a limited time.”
“Use of electric vehicles is steadily increasing across Oahu,” noted Richard Parry, Aloha Petroleum’s CEO. “As our customers’ driving habits evolve, we’re proud to provide innovative, clean and reliable ways to fuel their vehicles, whether it’s gas-powered or electric.”
The Aloha Petroleum charging stations are part of the Hawaii EV Ready Grant Program, which will finance the installation of 200 new EV charging stations at 80 locations statewide.
“Conservation and environmental stewardship is part of our way of life and indeed our livelihood,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz. “Partners like Aloha Petroleum and AeroVironment, working with Hawaiian Electric Company, provide clean transportation solutions that make environmental responsibility a convenient part of everyday life and keep Hawaii at the forefront of the clean energy movement.”
“Hawaii shares our vision of an electric vehicle driving experience that is safe, reliable and easy,” said AeroVironment VP Wahid Nawabi. “With the opportunity to recharge in less than 30 minutes, it’s easy for drivers to stop at one of Aloha’s convenient locations, plug in and charge up while grabbing a snack or a cup of coffee.”