POSTED: 04:52 p.m. HST, Apr 18, 2011
The Sheraton Waikiki tomorrow will unveil the initial phase of the state’s first network of electric vehicle charging stations.
The five charge spots in the Sheraton parking garage, capable of accommodating two cars each, were installed by Better Place, a California-based operator of electric car networks. The Sheraton installation is part of a project involving Better Place, Hawaiian Electric Co. and the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture.
Sheraton initially plans to use the charging station for two electric vehicles it has purchased to be used as guest shuttles. Better Place will monitor the usage as part of a pilot project before the charging station is opened up to hotel guests.
Better Place plans to install five more charge spots at HECO facilities as part of the project first announced last fall.
The Better Place model for charging stations requires users to sign up for an account that features a swipe card with a radio frequency identification tag that allows the company to keep track of who is using its system and how much electricity they're using.