Electric Car Plan Rolled Out in Hawaii

June 22, 2011 / No Comments

Hawaii doesn’t seem to back out from its set motto of promoting the use of electric vehicles across the state. Recently, Mitsubishi Motors North America and the State of Hawaii have signed an agreement that seeks to vastly improve the infrastructure and deployment for the new Mitsubishi i and other advanced 100% electric-powered vehicles (EVs) for residents of America’s tropical island paradise.

mitsubishihawaii Electric Car Plan Rolled Out in Hawaii

The deal is aimed at reducing its dependence on imported oil. Under terms of the cooperative agreement, Mitsubishi Motors and State of Hawaii will foster a host of EV-related advancements throughout the state in different areas.

Now, the news is that Mitsubishi plans to unveil its i-MiEV in Hawaii later this year. Expected to feature a range of 85 miles on full charge, the EV can hit a top speed of 80 miles per hour. Besides, the car also has the option of being equipped with a DC port that would allow for fast charging at a Level 3 unit, which would only take 30 minutes to reach 80% capacity.

As part of the bipartite agreement, Hawaii offers an additional clean energy rebate of $4,500 for electric vehicles. The best part of the news is that i-MiEV could cost as low as $15,990, which would make it one of the most affordable green cars on the market.

There have also been speculations that Mitsubishi is also planning to set up a service training center at a dealership in the state. It is reportedly intended at providing recommendations to Hawaii for community college programs, and create projects that will educate residents about the benefits of owning an electric car.

However, it remains to be seen how far the agreement will help in improving the infrastructure for electric cars.