Quantcast
  

Sunday, April 20, 2014         

KOKUA LINE


 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Electric cars still get benefit of no-cost parking at meters

By June Watanabe

POSTED:



Question: With all of the electric cars now being produced, are they still allowed to park for free?

Answer: Yes.

In 1997 the state Legislature passed Act 290, which provided incentives for electric vehicles, such as special license plates, free vehicle registration and free metered parking.

All the perks ended after five years, except for the free parking in metered state and county parking spaces.

Last year there was a legislative proposal to allow electric vehicles that could go at least 55 mph to travel in HOV lanes, regardless of the number of passengers, but it did not advance.

Question: Recently there have been several news stories about “charge spots” for electric cars. How long does it take to fully charge an electric car?

Answer: On average it takes six to eight hours, said Joe Paluska, vice president/communications for Better Place, the electric vehicle services provider that’s involved in a pilot proj­ect testing charge spots on Oahu.

The idea is that “when you come home at night, you’ll plug in and charge,” he said. “Same when you go to work.”

Although it depends on the size of the battery, he said a fully charged vehicle will be able to go 100 miles. It’s not known how much it would cost to plug in once public charging stations are set up. Paluska said each market is different.

“In Denmark, for example, which is the only market so far where we’ve announced a price, Danish drivers can select from one of five packages for mobility services — all of them fixed price over four years — including an all-you-can-drive option,” he said.

He didn’t provide a figure, but said Danish drivers, on average, will save 10 to 20 percent a year on total vehicle and fuel costs versus similar gasoline-powered cars.

Better Place has installed five charging spots at the Sheraton Waikiki as part of a $1.1 million pilot proj­ect. Five more will be installed at Hawaiian Electric facilities on Oahu.

Question: When Colleen Hana­busa ran for Congress, she pledged that she would move into the district she represents if she got elected. Did she move?

Answer: Not yet. Hana­busa, who represents District I (Urban Hono­lulu), still lives in Ko Olina. However, she has put her house up for sale and has been looking at apartments in downtown Hono­lulu.

She “is still looking,” said spokes­woman Ashley Naga­oka.

“She would eventually like to buy a home somewhere in Manoa or maybe East Oahu, but until she sells her current home — and we all know how difficult the market is for everyone right now — she will most likely have to rent an apartment,” Naga­oka said.

While state and country elected officials have to live in the districts they represent, the U.S. Constitution only requires members of the U.S. House of Representatives to live in the state they represent.

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, for example, lives in East Hono­lulu and not in the 2nd Congressional District, which covers rural Oahu and the neighbor islands.

Meanwhile, Hawaii’s two U.S. senators represent the entire state.

Mahalo

To the new city groundskeeper at Nahele Park in Newtown Estates. I am impressed at the workmanship of the weed-whacking and grass-cutting being performed at the park recently. Even the weeds look beautifully manicured even if it lasts only a few days. It takes a lot of personal pride to do beautiful maintenance work at a public park, which will last only a week or two. As a retired former supervisor of public workers, I am glad that there are public workers out there who still take pride in their work, as menial and repetitive as it may be. — Appreciative Taxpayer

———

Write to “Kokua Line” at Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu 96813; call 529-4773; fax 529-4750; or email kokualine@staradvertiser.com.





More From The Star-Advertiser

Father-in-law dragged deeper into Powell saga




 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(0)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
IN OTHER NEWS