POSTED: 04:11 p.m. HST, Sep 13, 2011
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $300,000 to the University of Hawaii Maui College to promote the use of electrical vehicles on the island.
The project is one of 16 funded by the DOE under an initiative to help communities that want to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles to update their permitting processes, revise codes, train workers and promote public awareness.
The grant was announced Tuesday at the opening of the 2011 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center.
“Our strategy is to capitalize on Maui’s unique features that wil support the mass adoption of electric vehicles, such as our short driving distances, high cost of gasoline and the large number of rental vehicles that make up our vehicle population,” said Susan Wyche, UHMC special projects coordinator.
She said Maui’s goal is to have the highest EV ownership per capita in globally. “Maui will serve as a case study for the other islands in Hawaii and the world,” she said.