Better Place announced Tuesday the activation of the largest electric car charging network in Hawaii offering free charging via more than 130 charge points by the end of 2012.
The network allows drivers to charge their electric cars at convenient locations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. It includes hotels, resorts, office buildings, shopping centers, parking garages, businesses and public venues.
"The Better Place network of Charge Spots on four islands offers more public charge points per capita in Hawaii than any other state," said Brian Goldstein, director of Better Place in Hawaii.
To use the network, drivers can sign up for a free membership and see an interactive map of Charge Spot locations.
Membership includes free network access for 2012. Beginning on January 1, 2013, drivers will have the option to sign up for an affordable Better Place membership plan.
The Better Place network is compliant with the current standard for plug-in vehicles in North America, such as the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi i and other vehicles in the future.
The network is intended to support charging for periods of up to four hours, rather than overnight or long-term charging.
In April 2011, Better Place installed its first Charge Spots in Hawaii in the parking structure of the Sheraton Waikiki and The Royal Hawaiian Hotel. There are also Better Place Charge Spots at five Starwood hotels and resorts on Oahu, Maui and Kauai.
Electric vehicle owners can also park at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Lower Campus Parking Structure for free, on a space available basis. UH is partnering with Better Place Hawaii to have two charging stations on the ground level, Row F, of the parking facility near the University's Athletics Complex. Charging is limited to four hours per day per vehicle. The six parking spaces adjacent to the chargers are reserved for EV use only.