Blue Planet Foundation and Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii to host 2017 Electric Island Drive and Fair

HONOLULU — To wrap up celebrations for National Drive Electric Week, Blue Planet Foundation and the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii (STCH) will host their second annual Electric Island Drive on Sunday, September 17th. The event will feature a caravan of electric vehicles (EVs) cruising through Honolulu and Waikiki and conclude with a fair highlighting the value and opportunity for EVs in Hawaii. Governor Ige has proclaimed Sunday, September 17th, as “Electric Vehicle Day,” and the event will showcase the rapid growth of electrified transportation in Hawaii and the associated environmental, health, and economic benefits.

Over one hundred EV owners will gather at staging areas throughout urban Honolulu at 11:00 AM before heading off in a caravan of electric vehicles through Honolulu and Waikiki. The event will culminate in an Electric Vehicle Fair from 12:00-2:00 PM in the Kapiolani Community College parking lot. The fair is open to the public and will offer live music, food vendors, booths, and information from car dealerships, Hawaiian Electric, and solar companies. A diversity of EV models and electric bikes will be on display. This event will be an opportunity for current EV owners to share their experiences and for everyone to learn about new electric vehicle models and technologies available.

Hawaii continues to be a national leader in electric vehicle adoption. Hawaii State Energy Office data shows that as of August 2017, there were 6,216 EVs registered statewide, setting a record for with an impressive 34.2% increase in EV registrations from the same time last year.

“With falling prices, increasing range, and an influx of new models coming onto the market, Hawaii is poised to see a dramatic increase in EVs over the next decade,” stated Shem Lawlor, Blue Planet Foundation’s clean transportation director. “Hawaii residents are keenly aware of the need to reduce our reliance on oil and our footprint on the environment. A growing number are recognizing that EVs are a key component of Hawaii’s 100 percent clean energy future.”

The 2017 Electric Island Drive and Electric Vehicle Fair is being made possible thanks to support from Ulupono Initiative and Hawaiian Electric Industries.

“We’d like to encourage EV drivers and those considering an EV as their next vehicle to join in on the fun at the Electric Island Drive and Fair,” said Greg Gaug, vice president of investments for Ulupono Initiative and an EV owner. “By asking questions and sharing stories with other EV drivers, we hope consumers will realize that EVs can provide real benefits for both the owner and the environment, making them a practical choice for a wide variety of Hawaii drivers.”

“We appreciate Blue Planet Foundation’s work in creating public events like the Electric Island Drive and Fair and Ulupono Initiative joining in providing the support that enables more people to experience and learn about the benefits of electric mobility,” said Brennon Morioka, Hawaiian Electric general manager for electrification of transportation.

Blue Planet Foundation invites all interested owners of full-electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles to take part in the Electric Island Drive. Interested EV owners can register to participate and learn more details by going to electricislanddrive.org or by contacting Blue Planet at lauren@blueplanetfoundation.org.

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