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Hawaii’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready Program

EV Ready Program News:

State Electric Vehicle Program Concludes With 700% Rise in Registrations, January 31, 2013
Honolulu Clean Cities Releases EV Charger Lessons Learned Report, October 23, 2012
State Energy Office Unveils New Guidebook for EV Charging Station Installations, October 3, 2012


EV Stations Hawaii Mobile App

The State of Hawaii has launched a new mobile application (app) designed to help drivers locate publically available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations statewide. The free “EV Stations Hawaii” app is available for Apple and Android smartphones and mobile devices.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations in Hawaii

The widespread deployment of EVs in Hawaii is a key approach toward the reduction of fossil fuel dependency, and Hawaii’s drivers have enthusiastically adopted EVs as their mode of transportation. This interactive map will help drivers pinpoint EV charging stations statewide as well as provide detailed information of the station.

Electric Vehicle Facts & Figures

This one-page fact sheet provides statewide data on registered EVs, publicly available charging stations, fuel cost comparison, and EV policies and incentives.

Report to the Maui Electric Vehicle Alliance Driving EVs Forward: A Case Study of the Market Introduction and Deployment of the EV in Hawaii

This report focuses on changes being made in Hawaii’s transportation sector, highlighting the steps towards greater adoption of EVs. This report was funded by the United States Department of Energy through the Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure Grant in Partnership with the University of Hawaii Maui College and Maui EV Alliance

Hawaii EV Ready Guidebook for Commercial EV Charging Station Installations

The State Energy Office has released a new guidebook designed to be a resource for commercial properties interested in installing an EV charging station. The guidebook serves as an introduction for installing and hosting EV charging stations at retail stores, hotels, businesses and multiple-use dwellings (i.e., apartments, townhouses and condominiums), as well as both privately- and publicly-owned parking lots.

Public EV Charging Stations in Hawaii

Statewide database for installed EV charging stations. Search for general directions and access to EV chargers by island, city, zip code, facility, parking lot, street address, charger location, station availability (hours), number of chargers, number of ports, charger level, charge fee, and manufacturer.

Lessons Learned: The Early Adoption of EV Charging Stations from the Perspective of Oahu’s Commercial Properties
The State Energy Office provided technical advice and information pertaining directly to the preparation and editing of Honolulu Clean Cities Coalition recently published report.
Hawaii EV Ready Program Details

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Hawaii EV Ready program was administered by the Hawaii State Energy Office. The Hawaii EV Ready Program helped to transform Hawaii’s transportation sector to become less dependent on liquid petroleum fuels by accelerating the adoption of electric drive vehicles and related charging equipment in Hawaii. The program ran from August 2010 through December 2012 and was composed of two categories: Hawaii EV Ready Rebate Program and The Hawaii EV Ready Grant Program.

DBEDT partnered with the state Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA) to manage the EV Ready Rebate Program, offering rebates up to $4,500 for eligible EVs purchased in Hawaii and up to $500 for the purchase and installation of EV charging equipment. The Rebate Program, provided rebates for Hawaii residents, businesses, State and County agencies, and nonprofit entities for the initial purchase of new, commercially available electric vehicles for use in Hawaii and for the purchase and installation of commercially available charging equipment in Hawaii. Officially completed in May 2012, the program provided 453 rebates for electric vehicles and 274 rebates for public and private charging stations. Applications are no longer being accepted, as the Hawaii’s EV Rebate Program is now closed. Questions pertaining to rebate application forms or materials may be directed to Electric Vehicle Rebate Project Administrator:

Office of the Director
Hawaii State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 541 Honolulu, Hawaii 96809

The EV Ready Grant program provided grants to attract and partially fund the deployment of full-speed electric vehicles, electric vehicle charging equipment, and supporting efforts in Hawaii via larger, more integrated, or more complex projects than funded through the rebate program. The EV Ready Grant Program awarded grants to six recipients – AeroVironment, Better Place, the County of Kauai, the City and County of Honolulu, GreenCar, and Plug In America. The EV Ready Grant Program was made possible by both private Hawaii business investment and $2.3 million from federal ARRA stimulus funds.These six organizations were selected from 19 applicants to DBEDT’s EV Ready Grant Program, established to speed up market acceptance of EVs, an important strategy in reaching Hawaii’s 70% clean energy goal.

The grants, backed by matching funds, were awarded to:

Better Place: $581,943, for charging stations on all islands and the introduction of EVs to a rental car fleet.
AeroVironment: $820,000, to also install charging stations on all islands, conduct grid integration analysis, and accelerate EV introduction to dealerships and vehicle fleets.
GreenCar Hawai‘i: $200,000, to introduce EVs to car-sharing services within the hospitality industry.
County of Kauai: $267,000 for charging stations on the Garden Island and EVs for County fleets.
City & County of Honolulu: $400,000, for charging stations on Oahu, EVs and an online charger permitting system.
Plug In America: $50,000, for an EV Ready Guidebook for Hawaii, along with education and outreach.

The EV Ready Grant program resulted in:

Installation of over 230 Level 2 public EV charging sites and six DC fast chargers at more than 100 locations throughout Hawaii
EV Ready Guidebook for Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installations, available free online at the Energy Office’s and Plug In America’s websites
Residential building permits were made available online by the City and County of Honolulu to ease the installation of EV charging stations
Car sharing company launched on Oahu, serving the hospitality industry with EVs and other fuel efficient vehicles
Allocation of $475,500 to the state’s Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) Automotive Management Division to purchase a total of 10 EVs (Chevrolet Volts and Nissan LEAFs) and install over a dozen Level 2 charging stations at the state motor pool and state-owned public parking lots

Hawaii EV Ready Grant Program EV Charging Station Network Maps
By providing easy access at local parking garages, shopping centers, hotels and other attractions, the new chargers will help Hawaii meet the demands of its growing electric vehicle market, reduce electric vehicle owners’ range anxiety when driving over long distances and will help reduce the state’s dependence on foreign oil.

Hawaii’s EV Grant Program Charging Network – State of Hawaii

Hawaii’s EV Grant Program Charging Network – Oahu

Hawaii’s EV Grant Program Charging Network Locations List
Hawaii EV Ready Shared Contact Directory

EV Shared Contact Directory

DBEDT is offering to post contact information for parties offering EV services. If you wish to provide contact information to be publicly available via this website for purposes of offering potential EV/charging equipment services, please complete this form and your contact details will be added to the directory. The directory will be updated periodically as requests to post contact information are received.

Register with this form
Hawaii EV Charging Station Location Database

If you are a property owner or manager with an EV charging station, please complete this form and your details will be added to our database. EV charging stations available to the public will be displayed via this database. EV charging stations with limited or restricted access will be recorded in an internal State database.

Register your EV Charging Station with this form
Department of Energy EV Charging Station Locator

The State Energy Office is working with the US. DOE to continuously update the The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center’s Alternative Fuels Station Locator. To use this map, select fuel choice (electric), zip code and mile radius.
Department of Energy EV Handbooks

The Department of Energy has produced a Plug In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Consumers. The comprehensive, 16-page guide answers basic questions about PEVs, including how they operate and are charged, the benefits of owning them, how to maintain them, which type fits your needs, and much more.

Clean Cities PEV Handbook for Public Charging Station Hosts provides information on charging equipment, installation considerations, station design, payment models, and more.

Clean Cities PEV Handbook for Electrical Contractors gives an overview of residential and public charging equipment, installation and inspection processes, site assessment, and worker training opportunities.

Clean Cities PEV Handbook for Fleet Managers provides information on vehicles, maintenance, safety, emissions, charging equipment, and more. The handbook also points fleet managers to a host of resources and information that can help them successfully incorporate EVs into their operations.
Federal and State Laws and Incentives

The Alternative Fuels Data Center references federal and state laws and incentives for alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.This information provides an overview of laws and incentives and should not be your only source of information for making decisions about vehicle purchases, taxes, or other binding agreements. Please refer to the federal or state contacts included to verify these laws and incentives are still applicable, and consult your tax advisor.
Federal Tax Incentives for EVs and Charging Stations

Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit (EV Charging Stations)

Fueling equipment for natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (propane), electricity, E85, or diesel fuel blends containing a minimum of 20% biodiesel installed between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2013, is eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost, not to exceed $30,000. Fueling station owners who install qualified equipment at multiple sites are allowed to use the credit towards each location. Consumers who purchased qualified residential fueling equipment prior to December 31, 2013, may receive a tax credit of up to $1,000. Unused credits that qualify as general business tax credits, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), may be carried backward one year and carried forward 20 years. (Reference Public Law112-240 and 26 U.S. Code 30C and 38)

Point of Contact
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Phone: (800) 829-1040

Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit

A tax credit is available for the purchase of a new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle that draws propulsion using a traction battery that has at least four kilowatt hours (kWh) of capacity, uses an external source of energy to recharge the battery, has a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 14,000 pounds, and meets specified emission standards. The minimum credit amount is $2,500, and the credit may be up to $7,500, based on each vehicle’s traction battery capacity and the gross vehicle weight rating. The credit will begin to be phased out for each manufacturer in the second quarter following the calendar quarter in which a minimum of 200,000 qualified plug-in electric drive vehicles have been sold by that manufacturer for use in the United States. This tax credit applies to vehicles acquired after December 31, 2009. For more information, see the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Plug-In Electric Vehicle Creditwebsite and IRS Form 8936, which is available via the IRS website.

A credit is also available for the purchase of a new qualified two- or three-wheeled plug-in electric drive vehicle that draws propulsion using a traction battery that has at least 2.5 kWh of capacity, uses an external source of energy to recharge the battery, has a gross vehicle weight rating of up to 14,000 pounds, is manufactured primarily for use on public roadways, and can drive at least 45 miles per hour. The credit is for 10% of the cost of the qualified vehicle, up to $2,500, and applies to vehicles acquired between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013.

(Reference Public Law 112-240 and 26 U.S. Code 30D)

Point of Contact
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Phone: (800) 829-1040
State of Hawaii EV Laws and Incentives

The Hawaii State Legislature website offers current and archived information about House and Senate procedures and members. The site also provides access to legislative information including Hawaii Revised Statutes, bill status, and current hearing information. Since the late 1990’s the state of Hawaii has taken steps to integrate EV’s into the state’s transportation policy goals.

Hawaii has made progress in providing policies to incentivize EV including:

Providing free parking
Providing access to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes
Providing access to preferential parking spots with charger
Defining EV to include electric and plug in hybrid EVs

The following policies will help prepare Hawaii for the deployment of electric vehicles, EV parking, and EV charging.

Act 168 / SB 2746 (2012)

Act 168 supersedes Act 290, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997.
For language within the Hawaii Revised Statutes see Note

In 2012 the state legislature repealed Act 290, with updated provisions, to address the present development and use of EVs. Act 290, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997, established incentives for the registration, licensing, parking, and operation of electric vehicles. Requires special electric vehicle license plates to be established and issued, free parking for EVs with EV license plates at State and County facilities including meters, and exemptions from high occupancy vehicle lanes.
Act 168 includes:
The department of transportation may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for the registration of, and issuance of special license plates for, electric vehicles.
An electric vehicle on which an electric vehicle license plate is affixed shall be exempt from payment of parking fees, including those collected through parking meters, charged by any state or county authority in this State, except that this exemption shall not apply:
For more than two and one-half hours of metered parking, or the maximum amount of time the meter allows, whichever is longer; or To parking fees assessed in increments longer than one twenty-four-hour day, including weekly, monthly, or annual parking permits.
An electric vehicle on which an electric vehicle license plate is affixed shall be exempt from high occupancy vehicle lane restrictions.
For the purposes of this Act: Electric vehicle means : (1) A neighborhood electric vehicle; or ( 2 ) A vehicle, with four or more wheels, that draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least four kilowatt hours of energy storage capacity that can be recharged from an external source of electricity.
This Act shall take effect upon its approval and shall be repealed on June 30, 2020.

HRS 103D-412 (2009)
The procurement policy for County and State agencies purchasing or leasing light-duty motor vehicles shall be to reduce dependence on petroleum for transportation energy. This law sets forth clear hierarchy whereby government will lead by example in selecting alternative vehicles.

Hydrogen/Fuel Cell vehicles
Alternative Fuel vehicles
Fuel Economy Leaders

Click HERE for more information on Vehicle Purchasing Guidelines.

Act 89 / SB2747 (2012)
Section 291-71, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

Places of public accommodation with at least one hundred parking spaces available for use by the general public shall have at least one parking space exclusively for electric vehicles and equipped with an electric vehicle charging system located anywhere in the parking structure or lot by July 1, 2012; provided that no parking space designated for electric vehicles shall displace or reduce accessible stalls required by the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines.
Spaces shall be designated, clearly marked, and the exclusive designation enforced. Owners of multiple parking facilities within the State may designate and electrify fewer parking spaces than required in one or more of their owned properties; provided that the scheduled requirement is met for the total number of aggregate spaces on all of their owned properties.
“Electric vehicle” means: (1) A neighborhood electric vehicle as defined in section 286-2; or (2) A vehicle, with four or more wheels, that draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least four kilowatt hours of energy storage capacity that can be recharged from an external source of electricity.
“Electric vehicle charging system” means a system that: (1) Is capable of providing electricity from a non-vehicle source to charge the batteries of one or more electric vehicles; (2) Meets recognized standards, including standard SAE J1772 of SAE International; and (3) Is designed and installed in compliance with article 625 of the National Electrical Code.
“Place of public accommodation” has the same meaning as that provided in section 489-2.
(a) Beginning January 1, 2013, any person who parks a non-electric vehicle in a space designated and marked as reserved for electric vehicles shall receive a warning.
This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

Act 186 HRS 196-7.5(2010)

Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, no person shall be prevented by any covenant, declaration, bylaw, restriction, deed, lease, term, provision, condition, codicil, contract, or similar agreement, however worded, from installing an electric vehicle charging system on or near the parking stall of any multi-family residential dwelling or townhouse that the person owns. Any provision in any lease, instrument, or contract contrary to the intent of this section shall be void and unenforceable.
Every private entity may adopt rules that reasonably restrict the placement and use of electric vehicle charging systems for the purpose of charging electrical vehicles in the parking stalls of any multi-family residential dwelling or townhouse; provided that those restrictions shall not prohibit the placement or use of electric vehicle charging systems altogether.
No private entity shall assess or charge any homeowner any fees for the placement of any electric vehicle charging system; provided that the private entity may require reimbursement for the cost of electricity used by such electric vehicle charging system.
Any person may place an electric vehicle charging system on or near the parking stall of any multi-family residential dwelling or townhouse unit owned by that person; provided that:
The system is in compliance with any rules and specifications adopted pursuant to subsection
The system is registered with the private entity of record within thirty days of installation;
If the system is placed on a common element or limited common element as defined by a project’s declaration, the homeowner shall first obtain the consent of the private entity; provided further that such consent shall be given if the homeowner agrees in writing to:
Comply with the private entity’s design specification for the installation of the system;
Engage a duly licensed contractor to install the system; and
Within fourteen days of approval of the system by the private entity, provide a certificate of insurance naming the private entity as an additional insured on the homeowner’s insurance policy.
If an electric vehicle charging system is placed on a common element or limited common element:
The owner and each successive owner of the parking stall on which or near where the system is placed shall be responsible for any costs for damages to the system, common elements, limited common elements, and any adjacent units, arising or resulting from the installation, maintenance, repair, removal, or replacement of the system.
The repair, maintenance, removal, and replacement responsibilities shall be assumed by each successive owner until the electric vehicle charging system has been removed from the common elements or limited common elements.
The owner and each successive owner shall at all times have and maintain a policy of insurance covering the obligations of the owner under this paragraph and shall name the private entity as an additional insured under the policy; and
The owner and any successive owner of the parking stall on which or near where the system is placed shall be responsible for removing the electric vehicle charging system if reasonably necessary or convenient for the repair, maintenance, or replacement of the common elements or limited common elements.
“Electric vehicle charging system” means a system that is designed in compliance with Article 625 of the National Electrical Code and delivers electricity from a source outside an electric vehicle into one or more electric vehicles. An electric vehicle charging system may include several charge points simultaneously connecting several electric vehicles to the system.
“Private entity” means any association of homeowners, community association, condominium association, cooperative, or any other nongovernmental entity with covenants, bylaws, and administrative provisions with which a homeowner’s compliance is required.

EV Programs

Programs that will help pave the way for the electric vehicles in Hawaii.
Honolulu Clean Cities

Clean Cities is a voluntary government and industry partnership coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy. The program is designed to achieve a cleaner environment in major U.S. cities, reduce dependence on imported oil, and stimulate local economies by increasing the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. Our local Clean Cities program, Honolulu Clean Cities, was designated by the US Department of Energy as the 38th Clean City in August of 1995. Today, Honolulu Clean Cities is a non-profit 501 3(c) organization working to advance the energy, economic, and environmental security of Hawaii by supporting local adoption of practices that reduce the use of petroleum in the transportation sector.
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) Transportation Working Group

The State of Hawaii’s most important economic enterprise is to pursue energy independence by building a clean energy economy and reaching the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) goal of 70% clean energy by 2030. Hawaii uses approximately 550 million gallons of petroleum per year for ground transportation. The HCEI transportation goal is to displace petroleum use by 70% and remove 385 million gallons per year by 2030.
Maui EV Alliance

Maui EV Alliance (Maui EVA) was launched by the University of Hawaii Maui College in November, 2011. The Alliance has partnered with the Hawaii State Energy Office, Honolulu Clean Cities and 30 other Hawaii government, business and organization partners. Their plan is to create and implement a Maui County wide plan for the infrastructure and adoption of electric vehicles.

The data shown on this website is measured and represented as accurately as possible and is subject to change as updates are provided by data sources.


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