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Marriott Waikiki becomes second Hawaii hotel to get EV charging station

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:16 p.m. HST, Sep 15, 2011

AeroVironment has installed Hawaii's second hotel-sited electric vehicle charging station as part of the state’s effort to encourage wider adoption of EVs.

The charging station at the Marriott Waikiki is one of up to 320 AeroVironment plans to install across the state under an $820,000 state grant paid for with federal stimulus money.

AeroVironment also announced plans to install additional charging stations at Outrigger’s OHANA Waikiki East, Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk and Wailea Beach Marriott on Maui.

The charging infrastructure initiative helps to comply with a new state law requiring that a portion of all publicly available parking lots of a certain size become EV-ready. The deadline for charging station installations is midnight, Dec. 31.

“Our work with partners such as Marriott and Outrigger, both leaders in the sustainability movement, demonstrates our commitment to helping Hawaii build the foundation for a cleaner transportation future,” said Kristen Helsel, vice president of EV Solutions at AeroVironment.

The state’s first hotel-sited charging station was installed in April by Better Place at the Sheraton Waikiki.

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