04/09/2018

Electric cars overtake gas cars in isle road map

This story appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Monday, April 9, 2018

Cheaper electricity. Quieter streets. Less pollution.

These are envisioned benefits for Hawaii if the state’s largest utility can pave the way for most personal vehicles in the state to run on electricity within 27 years, up from fewer than 1 percent today.

Hawaiian Electric Co. filed a report it calls a “road map” with the state Public Utilities Commission last week to reach that 2045 goal.

“This road map lays out the steps for meeting the changing needs of our customers and communities and adapting to the new technologies we know are coming,” Brennon Morioka, Hawaiian Electric manager for electrification of transportation, said in a statement. “This is a global movement that is transforming the way that individuals, families and businesses use vehicles and we have to be ready.”

It won’t be easy.

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