Thanks to a cooperative effort by Mitsubishi Motors, Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) and the State of Hawaii, the first of a network of DC fast charging stations will soon be installed at Ko Olina Resort, an upscale hotel, marina and golf course complex near Honolulu.
Eaton’s partner Volta Industries will be installing the CHAdeMO-compliant chargers as part of The Volta Hawaii network, which will include several dozen locations on the island of Oahu, and will be built over the next year. The network will be sponsored by local businesses, and will be free to EV drivers.
Under the “Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready” grant program, the Hawaiian government plans to reduce the use of petroleum products, and achieve 70% clean energy use by 2030.
“Thanks to the cooperation of the State of Hawaii and Eaton Corporation, Hawaiian residents and visiting tourists driving 100% electric-powered vehicles like the 2012 Mitsubishi i will soon have an ever-expanding and easy-to-use electric vehicle charging network that’s also extremely cost-effective when compared to gasoline alternatives,” said Mitsubishi North America CEO Yoichi Yokozawa. “Many of the goals outlined in the memorandum of understanding between our company and the State of Hawaii to help foster electric vehicle acceptance are quickly becoming a reality.”