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A law designed to provide incentives and ease the minds of electric vehicle owners isn’t meeting its expectations because there’s no enforcement to ensure it works. Act 89 was signed into law last April and went into effect immediately. It requires all parking lots with more than a hundred spaces to provide an electric vehicle charging station and a designated stall.

“We are spending $4 to 6 billion dollars every year importing over 40 million barrels of oil. The law is designed to decrease that amount of oil that we’re importing and to help those that purchase electric vehicles,” explained State Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Senate’s Energy and Environment Committee.

When Act 89 was passed in 2012, there were only 600 electric vehicles on the road, now there’s close to 2,000.

“We really need to look statewide and give a fairly high degree of certainty that no matter where you drive you’re going to be able to charge up and that you’re really going to be able to use these cars comfortably in Hawai’i,” said Robert Harris, Director of the Sierra Club of Hawai’i.


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