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National Drive Electric Week highlights the benefits of making the switch to an EV

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Sponsored by Ulupono Initiative and Hawaiian Electric

This year, the 10th annual National Drive Electric Week runs through October 4th. The nationwide celebration aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in vehicles.

Electric vehicles are fun to drive, provide cost-savings (especially over the life of the vehicle), are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

“Now is the time to consider an EV because prices have come down significantly as economies of scale are achieved and battery technology has improved,” says Greg Gaug, Senior Vice President of Investments & Analytics at Ulupono Initiative. “EVs are actually less expensive than an average internal combustion engine vehicle because 31 percent of the total cost of ownership for an ICE vehicle is from fuel. That number is only 9 percent for the average EV.”

Electric vehicles also give off no greenhouse gas emissions into air. EVs are about three times more energy efficient than ICE vehicles, and they’re more easily powered by renewable energy. These vehicles also help support the electrical grid and further the integration of renewable energy.

“As a driver of an electric vehicle, you’re part of a growing ohana of more than 12,000 EV owners statewide helping Hawaii reach its clean energy goals and reduce air emissions,” Gaug explains. “However, EVs still represent less than 1 percent of all passenger vehicles in the state.”

Gaug says increasing adoption will only accelerate and expand the benefits that EVs bring to our communities, including reducing our fossil fuel dependence and providing cleaner air for the people of Hawaii.

This year, for the 10th annual National Drive Electric Week, there are several online events for the first time. has an events page for more information about national, state and local events.

“At Ulupono Initiative, we feel so strongly that EVs are part of our clean transportation that we partnered with Hawaii Energy to offer a limited-time incentive for installing or upgrading EV charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings,” says Gaug.

As Hawaii looks toward recovery, Ulupono is partnering on a new affordable housing bonus incentive to help increase the number of EV charging stations and make charging – along with the cost-savings associated with driving electric – more accessible to members of our community, statewide.

For more information:, Facebook: @DriveElectricHawaii, or on Instagram and Twitter: @DriveElectricHi