Group Working to Add More Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

Some 80 percent of the state's 5,000 electric vehicles are on Oahu, but only 60 percent of public charging stations are here.

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With electric vehicles getting more affordable and more popular, a newly-formed group is looking to change that.

Hawaiian Electric Co., the Blue Planet Foundation, and six other organizations have joined together to form Drive Electric Hawaii, whose goals include increasing  the number of charging stations on the island.

"Expect the adoption to go up pretty significantly in the next few years. That's going to be putting a lot of strain on the existing supply of public charging stations," said Shem Lawlor, Blue Planet Foundation's chief transportation director.

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