Electric vehicle registrations skyrocket

EV rebate and grant program helped with 700 percent rise in registrations

Published  2:09 PM HST Jan 31, 2013

The Hawaii Energy Office announced Thursday the completion of the state’s successful electric vehicle rebate and grant program, along with a 700 percent increase in EVs on island roads since the program began.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the “Hawaii EV Ready” program was administered by the Energy Office, a division of the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

From August 2010 through December 2012, the program provided consumer rebates and assisted with the installation of hundreds of EV charging stations statewide.  Its purpose was to help accelerate EV adoption across Hawaii by providing rebates and grants to stimulate the demand of EVs and charging infrastructure.  At the end of 2012, there were 1,136 EVs registered in the state, compared to 162 when the program began.

“The Hawaii EV Ready program was a critical component in helping Hawaii’s electric vehicle market grow as part of our journey toward a clean transportation future,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “This administration is committed to providing strategic pathways that will lead to more EVs on the road.”

DBEDT partnered with the state Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs to manage the EV Ready Rebate Program, offering rebates up to $4,500 for eligible EVs purchased in Hawaii and up to $500 for the purchase and installation of EV charging equipment.  Officially completed in May 2012, the program provided 453 rebates for electric vehicles and 274 rebates for public and private charging stations.

The EV Ready Grant Program awarded grants to six recipients -- AeroVironment, Better Place, the County of Kauai, the City and County of Honolulu, GreenCar, and Plug In America.  The EV Ready Grant Program was made possible by both private Hawaii business investment and $2.3 million from federal ARRA stimulus funds.

The EV Ready Grant program resulted in the following:

“The success can be seen in the increased number of electric vehicles on our roads and available charging stations,” said DBEDT Director Richard Lim.  “While we celebrate surpassing the 1,000 registered EV mark, the challenge will be to continue our work toward widespread acceptance of EVs in support of Hawaii’s clean energy goals.”

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“We’d like to thank Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota for their support in designating Hawaii as one of the flagship states to receive their new electric vehicles,” added Mark Glick, State Energy Administrator.  “We would also like to recognize the Hawaii Auto Dealers Association for its support, and DCCA for all of its heavy lifting in approving hundreds of rebate applications.”

The federal government continues to offer Plug-In Electric Vehicle Credits up to $7,500. For more information on the federal credit, visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Plug-In-Electric-Vehicle-Credit-%28IRC-30-and-IRC-30D%29.

For more information on electric vehicles in Hawaii, visit electricvehicle.hawaii.gov.

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