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Hawaii regulators approve new electric vehicle charging rates

Hawaii regulators have approved two new electric vehicle pilot charging rates that may encourage ownership of plug-in EVs in the state by easing the fears of a vehicle not reaching its destination because of insufficient range, the Hawaiian Electric Cos. said Wednesday.

The first rate — a commercial public EV charging facility service rate — aims to make it more financially viable for business customers to open new public EV charging stations that are metered differently from other uses.

The new rate hopes to encourage businesses to provide fast charging, which can bring an EV battery to an 80 percent charge in about 30 minutes after being nearly empty.

The second new rate, the commercial public EV charging service, allows HECO to operate up to 25 publicly accessible fast-charging stations across Oahu, Maui County and the Big Island where drivers could quickly recharge their vehicles for a per-session fee.

This allows the utilities to work with the EV industry to manage vehicle EV charging more effectively and do research on some of the issues with EV charging, HECO said.

The state Energy Office says that increased use of EVs can reduce Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil and encourage use of electricity from locally generated renewable resources, such as wind and solar.


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