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We’re beginning to see more and more electric vehicles on Hawaii’s roads, so that means we need more public charging stations. That’s where Hawaii Energy is stepping in to help! HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with Susan Tai from Hawaii Energy and Ashley Norman with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to learn about the new Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Incentive Program.
The state is committed to achieving its 100 percent clean energy by 2045 goal and having clean transportation methods are critical to getting there. To encourage more electric vehicle (EV) driving, it’s important that the state’s infrastructure keeps up, which means making charging available to everyone statewide. This is especially true for those like condo residents or other renters who may not have a charging option at their home and for employees who can charge their vehicles during the work day.
Several rebates are available, depending on whether someone is installing a brand new station or upgrading an existing station.
For “Level 2” alternating current (AC), multi-port charging stations with network connectivity:
$4,500 for new installation
$3,000 for retrofit
For direct current (DC) fast-charging stations with network connectivity:
$35,000 for new installation
$28,000 for retrofit
To qualify for a rebate, stations must be publicly available, serve multiple customers, and be installed and operational by June 30, 2021. Funding is first-come, first-serve, so it’s encouraged that everyone apply as soon as possible.
For property owners, there are a number of benefits to installing an EV charging station. With a networked station, EV owners can search their location and will need to stick around for a while as their car charges, meaning they’re more likely to visit your business. You may also find that by charging a fee (which is typical), over time you can offset operating costs and supplement income. Lastly, installing a station demonstrates that you’re committed to being “green” and providing great service to your customers and visitors.
Visit hawaiienergy.com/evcharging for a list of EV station installation contractors who are ready to help you get started. You’ll also find a downloadable rebate application and other FAQs for further assistance.
For more information: HawaiiEnergy.com/evcharging, or on Instagram and Twitter: @myhawaiienergy