02/27/2019

Electric vehicle donated to MEO

This story appeared in the The Maui News on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Maui Electric Co. and the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation have donated an electric vehicle to the Molokai transportation program of Maui Economic Opportunity.

The new Nissan Leaf electric vehicle was presented to the nonprofit organization in Kaunakakai on Saturday. Debbie Cabebe, chief executive officer of MEO, said that adding an electric vehicle would save the nonprofit money on fuel and make one-on-one transports more efficient.

“There are many times we have clients who need a ride to and from an appointment and the time is not in alignment with other runs, therefore a shared ride is not possible,” Cabebe said. “Having access to a sedan, and an electric sedan at that, makes operations more efficient and reduces operating expenses. With the high cost of living on Molokai, any way we can save is a benefit to the community and an overall good for the environment.”

MECO and the HEI Charitable Foundation also donated $5,000 toward the purchase and installation of a Level Two electric vehicle charger at MECO’s Molokai baseyard.

A blessing was also held for the island’s first public electric vehicle charging station, which MECO installed in front of Kalele Bookstore in Kaunakakai town. The blessing was followed by an electric vehicle fair, GoEV Molokai, sponsored by MECO, the county Office of Economic Development and the Maui Economic Development Board.