Hawaiian Electric’s New Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station Opens at Waianae Mall

HONOLULU, Feb. 1, 2016 - Hawaiian Electric Company has opened a new electric vehicle (EV) fast charger at Waianae Mall at 86-120 Farrington Highway, the seventh utility-owned and operated charger on Oahu and 10thacross the Hawaiian Electric service territories.

Waianae Mall is a primary shopping destination and community center on the Leeward Coast. It is anchored by Longs/CVS drugstore and City Mill. Other tenants include Bank of Hawaii, Burger King, Goodyear Tire, Jamba Juice, American Savings Bank, Pizza Hut, Radio Shack and Starbucks.

"We're glad to give residents of the Waianae community an inducement to consider electric mobility and drivers of electric vehicles reduced 'range anxiety' when visiting the Leeward Coast," said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president for customer service. "Electric vehicles are a great way to save money while helping Hawaii reach a clean energy future, reduce fossil fuel use and protect the environment."

A fast charger can recharge a typical EV battery to 80 percent capacity in less than half an hour, reducing "range anxiety" and helping more people take advantage of the benefits of electric vehicles. In addition to electric vehicles being less expensive overall to drive and needing less maintenance than gasoline vehicles, Oahu EV drivers get free parking at municipal lots and metered parking and may use high-occupancy vehicle lanes with only one person aboard.

The Waianae Mall fast joins publicly accessible fast chargers at Dole Plantation in Wahiawa, Koolau Center in Kaneohe, Kapolei Commons, 7-Eleven in Hawaii Kai and two at Hawaiian Electric's Ward Avenue customer parking lot, as well as two chargers on Hawaii Island and one on Maui. Additional sites on Oahu and neighbor islands are being sought. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has authorized up to 25 utility-owned fast chargers across the Hawaiian Electric Companies' service territories.

Hosting a fast charger helps with compliance of the Hawaii state law that requires public parking lots with at least 100 parking spaces to have at least one exclusive parking space equipped with a charging station for electric vehicles. Hawaiian Electric will operate the equipment at no cost to the host for installation, maintenance or electricity. Hosts must be willing to provide the requested space and minimal assistance for operation. More information is available by contacting 808-543-GoEV (4638), GoEV@hawaiianelectric.com or Hawaiian Electric GoEV, CP10-SR, P.O. Box 2750, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96840-0001.