Charging must keep up with EVs - Editorial

This story appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Editorial on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hawaii is second only to California in per capita count of electric vehicles (EVs). Nearly 7,000 are motoring fume-free along our roads and highways.

Still, the green-minded shift adds up to less than 1 percent of all vehicles in the islands — just a drop in the state’s larger clean energy bucket, in which nearly 30 percent of our primary energy usage is linked to ground transportation that relies almost exclusively on imported fossil fuels.

Spurred on by state law that directs utilities to draw all electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2045, Hawaii’s largest utility now envisions an ambitious “road map” in which 27 years from now, most cars here will be powered by electricity generated by solar, wind, biofuels, geothermal and other renewable resources.

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