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USA: Maui College leads electric vehicle alliance

The University of Hawaiʻi Maui College is spearheading a cooperative effort on Maui that aims to make the island a green energy model for electric vehicles and smart grids.

A consortium including UH Maui College, Hawaiʻi State Energy Office, Honolulu Clean Cities and 30 other Hawaiʻi government, business and organization partners recently launched the Maui Electric Vehicle Alliance (Maui EVA), which will create an overall county-wide plan and infrastructure for the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

The initiative was seeded with a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its Clean Cities Initiative Awards. The grant was given to UH Maui College, in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, to prepare Maui for the widespread adoption of EVs. UH Maui College was the only college or university that received a community planning grant in this initiative.

The college will play a critical role in preparing the workforce needed to sustain this effort by training auto repair technicians as well as electricians, contractors, engineers and managers through its Sustainable Construction, Trade Apprenticeship, Engineering Technology and Sustainable Science Management programs.

“This grant fits with the college’s goals of providing leadership in sustainable solutions for island-based economies,” said UH Maui College Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto.
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