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Volta to expand free electric charging stations

HONOLULU —Ulupono Initiative announced Tuesday it has invested $175,000 in Volta Industries to help expand its Hawaii network of electric vehicle charging stations.

This investment will help Volta more than double its current network in Hawaii with 15 new free-to-use charging stations planned for 2013 statewide. To date, Volta and its sponsors have given away more than 120,000 miles of free charging to Hawaii EV drivers.

“Mass adoption of electric vehicles has the potential to dramatically reduce the amount of fossil fuels imported to Hawaii for passenger cars and trucks,” said Murray Clay, managing partner of Ulupono Initiative. “One of the most important reasons consumers say they don’t choose EVs is concern about their limited range. Increasing the number of stations statewide means more consumers will be able to easily charge their vehicles and avoid range anxiety. This investment will increase the total number of EV charging stations in the state by 6 percent and help support an estimated 2,500 electric vehicles projected on Hawaii’s roads by the end of this year. By increasing adoption of EVs, we’re helping achieve our goal of reducing our dependence on imported oil with more efficient technology.”

Volta designs, installs and maintains public EV charging networks, and provides the energy to the EV driver, all free-of-cost to both the driver and the community. Companies sponsor each Volta station — providing free EV charging as a service to the community. The stations are designed and built by Volta and provide approximately 15 to 20 miles worth of range per hour of charging.

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