Hawaiian Electric expands EV fast charger network

Pearl City’s Times Square Shopping Center is newest DCFC location

Hawaiian Electric Company has opened its newest electric vehicle DC fast charger at Times Square Shopping Center in Pearl City at 98-1254 Kaahumanu St., near VCA Family and Oahu Veterinary Specialty Center and Al Phillips Cleaner at the south end of the shopping center.

The charge station supports CHAdeMO (used mostly by EVs like the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i- MiEV and Kia Soul EV) and CCS (used by American and European EVs like the BMW i3 and as an option on the Chevy Bolt.) Tesla owners can charge using an adaptor. It will be on the Greenlots network and will accept credit cards. It is included in the Nissan LEAF® “No Charge to Charge” program.

Managed by Colliers International, the shopping center’s tenants also include Times Supermarket, Cattle Company, IHOP restaurant, Papa John’s Pizza, Tutti Frutti, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, and more. Hawaiian Electric Companies have nine chargers at eight locations on O‘ahu, five on Hawai‘i Island, one on Maui and one on Moloka‘i. In the coming year work will commence on fast chargers in Haleiwa on O‘ahu and Na‘alehu on Hawai‘i Island. These stations allow an EV driver to charge faster than at typical public or home charging stations.

The Hawaiian Electric mobile app for smart phones, available free at the Apple App and Google Play stores, shows where to find the utility’s EV fast charging stations across the islands. An interactive map shows nearby chargers type and location, with driving instructions. More information is available at hawaiianelectric.com. Instructions for the new app features can be viewed at https://youtu.be/l2fmd87TrEw

The Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission has authorized up to 25 utility-owned fast chargers across the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ service territory to encourage electric vehicle use by reducing range anxiety and providing a place to charge for those who cannot do so at home. In addition to the DC fast chargers, publically accessible Level Two charging is available at over 350 locations on O‘ahu, 100 on Maui, 50 on Hawai‘i Island and one on Lānaʻi. More information is available by contacting 808-543-GoEV (4638), GoEV@hawaiianelectric.com or Hawaiian Electric GoEV, CP10-SR, P.O. Box 2750, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 96840-0001.