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USA: Maui Celebrates Electric Vehicle Plug-In Day


National Plug-In Day got off to an early start on Saturday, Sept. 22, when electric vehicle owners and those interested in knowing more about them got together for a morning of information, demonstrations and test drives. The curious could not only kick the tires, but actually test drive a variety of electric cars, scooters and bikes neatly arrayed in front of the Maui Swap Meet entrance in the University of Hawai’i Maui College parking lot.

The Maui event, one of more than 60 across the country, was co-hosted by Maui Electric Vehicle Association (Maui EVA), the newly formed Maui Electric Auto Association and the swap meet. It brought together a bevy of exhibitors and vendors including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Jim Falk Motors and Maui Toyota Scion. Also on-hand were Maui Electric Cruiser, Bio-Beetle Eco Rental Cars and Paradise Scooters.

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Beyond oil. Anne Ku (left), project director of UH Maui College’s Maui Electric Vehicle Alliance, and Christine Andrews (right), president of the newly formed Maui Electric Auto Association, an organization for owners of electric vehicles, were both active in organizing and staffing the Plug-In Day event.

Chad Itagaki, Maui area manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, was pleased with recent interest in electric car rentals on Maui. He said Enterprise has recently added three Nissan Leafs and one Chevy Volt to its rental fleet and has found visitors and residents alike to be receptive to the gas-free vehicles.

Itagaki admitted he was “skeptical” at first about the cars. “I had range anxiety,” he said, referring to the fear that the car might run out of juice with no charging station nearby. But, he said, the popularity of the electric vehicles (EV) on O’ahu was encouraging and the cars are proving equally accepted here
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