Hawaii Plans Switch to Electric Cars

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Hawaii Electric Car Program on Track

On Wednesday, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle announced a plan that could see more than 1 million electric cars on the Aloha State’s roads by 2012, the first statewide project of its kind.

“Our path, the direction of energy independence, is not based on what happens to the barrel of oil ,” Lingle said at a press conference. “We have to reach a secure and clean energy future.”

Echoing a similar proposal unveiled in November in San Francisco, the state is partnering with Palo Alto-based company Better Place, which has put forward a plan worth up to $1 billion to fund some 100,000 charging stations around the state as well as possibly sponsoring incentives for drivers to purchase the electric cars.

The plan, which would draw financing from private sources, would also offer drivers state incentives to buy subscription-based electricity packages from Better Place, in partnership with Hawaiian Electric Co. The plans resemble those offered by cell phone providers, and would charge motorists up to 8 cents per mile for power. Gas in Hawaii currently averages some 13 cents a mile.

“Our goal is 1.2 million cars in Hawaii all going electric,” Shai Agassi, founder and chief executive of Better Place, was quoted as saying by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

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Hawaii’s short driving distancesthe longest continuous drive across the length of an island is some six hours across the Big Islandmake the state a prime candidate to take on electric car technology, according to Agassi. Most batteries cannot compete with a full tank of gas on total distance but can power about 120 miles of driving without recharging.

The electric car proposal is part of Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative, which seeks to have the state derive 70 percent of its power needs from green energy sources by 2030. The state is working to have upward of 3,000 electric cars on state roads in 2010, and more than 50,000 electric cars five years later. Better Place’s proposal sees electric cars up and running in Hawaii in less than a year and a half.

“Better Place is a grand scale step in the right direction,” Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said in a statement. “Let us not falter or recede from our commitment to reduce our dependency on foreign oil.”

In addition to San Francisco and Hawaii, Israel, Denmark and Australia have signed on for Better Place-organized electric car programs.

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