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City streamlines permitting for EV charger stations

May 30, 2011

A variety of electric vehicles were displayed around the Sky Gate sculpture at Honolulu Hale.

Honolulu, May 27, 2011–The city held a press event timed to synchronize with today’s Lahaina Noon.  With the sun exactly overhead, and Isamu Noguchi’s Sky Gate casting a perfectly centered round shadow, Mayor Carlise announced new electric car initiatives.

Permits for the installation of electrical vehicle charging stations will be made easier with online permitting processes.  The announcement was made in conjunctioin with the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association, the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and Hawaiian Electric Company.

The electric vehicles, many of which were on display, have begun arriving in Hawaii from a variety of manufacturers.  Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and plug-in Hybrids from Toyota are among the earliest arrivals.  Mitsubishi is also taking reservations for its new MiEV all-electric vehicle which is expected to be delivered later this year.

Mitsubishi's futuristic looking, four-seater, the MiEV

DBEDT’s Electric Vehicle Rebate Program, supported by federal stimulus funding, will provide rebates of up to $4,500 toward the purchase of new electric vehicles, with rebates of up to $5oo for installation of the chargers.

“We’re making it easier for people to start using electric vehicles and help decrease our dependence on fossil fuels that harm our environment,” said Mayor Carlise before quietly speeding off in one of the demo cars.

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