Hawaii ranks 11th among states in electric vehicle progression, report finds

February 4, 2021 - Hawaii ranked 11th out of all 50 states — and the District of Columbia — for its electric vehicle policy progress, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, or ACEEE.

Hawaii scored 40.5 out of a possible 100 points in a scoring system for the rollout of EVs spanning areas like planning and goals, incentives for deployment, and transportation system efficiency. California, a national leader in this effort, scored a 91.

It was the first ratings system specific to EVs put out by the nonpartisan ACEEE.

“Transitioning to electric vehicles is vital for the climate and for reducing costs for households and businesses,” Bryan Howard, state policy director at ACEEE and lead author of the report, said in a statement. “The leading states are embracing this transition, but many more are just starting, even as the automakers are preparing a burst of new electric models.”

Hawaii, along with California and New York, was credited as a policy area leader in electricity grid optimization to reduce carbon emissions from that sector. The Islands ranked third in that metric, its best category, with a score of nine out of 10.

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