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Aloha gas stations add fast charger for electric vehicles

By Alan Yonan

POSTED: 05:20 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2012

Aloha Petroleum today became the first gas station chain in the state to offer electric vehicle fast chargers, illustrating how businesses are adapting to growing public demand for infrastructure to support Hawaii’s evolving EV market.

The high-voltage “Level 3” units installed by AeroVironment are capable of delivering a full charge to a nearly depleted EV battery in less than 30 minutes, considerably faster than the four to six hours it takes using a lower-voltage “Level 2” chargers found at most other public charge spots.

“Use of electric vehicles is steadily increasing on Oahu. As our customers’ driving habits evolve we’re proud to provide innovative, clean and reliable ways to fuel their vehicles, whether its gas-powered or electric,” said Richard Perry, Aloha Petroleum president and chief executive officer.

The fast chargers were installed at three locations on Oahu: Aloha Island Mart Kahala,  Aloha Island Mart Wapio-Gentry and Kailua Shell. Aloha Petroleum acquired Shell’s Hawaii assets in 2010.

Aloha Petroleum will allow customers to charge their vehicles for free until the end of the year, Perry said. The chargers, which cost about $50,000 apiece, were installed by AeroVironment as part of a federally-funded grant program designed to encourage the adoption of EVs.

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