08/03/2018

Hawaii to test alternative fuel technologies at Honolulu airport

This story appeared in Pacific Business News on Friday, August 3, 2018

Hawaii Gov. David Ige has taken a page out of President Donald Trump's playbook and took to Twitter to announce a new pilot program at Honolulu's airport.

"Pleased to announce that beginning 9/1, we'll be testing alternative fuel technologies to power shuttles between airport terminals and the temporary consolidated rent-a-car facility," the governor said Friday morning on his official Twitter account.

In a follow-up tweet, Ige said the one-year pilot program is intended to help the state determine the best technology for the future deployment of clean emission shuttle buses between the airport terminals and the permanent consolidated rental car facility, which is currently under construction.

While Ige did not go into detail about the specifics of the pilot program, he tweeted a rendering of a shuttle bus that is powered by renewable natural gas from Hawaii Gas. The state will test electric busses manufactured by California-based Proterra Inc.

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