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Discount EV Charging
Rates Extended

Updated 08:53 AM HST, October 10, 2013
Posted 05:54 PM HST, October 9, 2013

Anne Ku, director of UH Maui’s Electric Vehicle Alliance, speaks next to Maui’s first electric vehicle fast charger fronting the Kalana O Maui building in Wailuku. County photo.

By Maui Now Staff

The Hawaiʻi Public Utilities Commission has approved of a request to extend discount rates for another year to customers charging electrical vehicles during off-peak hours.

“Electric vehicles are increasing here and nationwide, making a growing contribution to our clean energy future,” said Jim Alberts, of Hawaiian Electric, the company that filed the request with the PUC.

Alberts, who serves as senior vice president for customer service said, “Offering these special, discount charging rates encourages our customers to consider buying an EV. We also gain experience with how customers charge their vehicles to maximize the benefits that EVs can bring.”

The pilot program for reduced rates began in October 2010, and includes optional lower rates between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

According to Hawaiian Electric Companies, off-peak rates on the neighbor islands are about 7 to 9 cents per kWh lower than standard rates. The company reports that off-peak rates on Oʻahu are about 6 cents per kWh lower than standard rates.

Charging at other times is available, but officials say it is about 3 cents to 5 cents per kWh above standard rates.

Hawaiian Electric Companies also offers other pilot programs designed to promote clean energy use and support the EV industry in Hawaiʻi.

EV customers with rooftop solar photovoltaic systems, can combine the discount EV charging rates with net energy metering for the greatest economic benefit, according to company officials.

There is also a pilot rate program designed to “ease EV user’s range anxiety,” and a commercial facility service rate that makes it “financially attractive for businesses to install public EV fast chargers metered separately from other uses.”

QKC Fast Charge Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

QKC Fast Charge Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

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  • 50-cent

    This is another break for the people who have money and can afford toys like electric cars. I for one, drive a fourth-hand junk-a-lunka, cause it’s all I can afford. I don’t see anyone providing free parking and discount gas for me. People need to pass legislation that helps those that really need it, not the ones that are already able to afford things that we can only dream of.

  • My Two Cents

    MECO provides the electricity for the public EV pumps, and MECO is not “clean energy.” So… until MECO provides “clean energy” to Maui County, EV users are not “clean” energy users. Instead of pumping gasoline from the pumps… EV drivers are pumping gasoline converted into electricity at MECO. The electric car makes sense in a place where the electric company provides “clean energy” from solar and wind. Just because the dirty energy is not coming from the back of your car… doesn’t mean your carbon footprint is any smaller when it comes from the electric factory’s smoke stacks. That statement “Hawaii’s clean energy FUTURE” is a lovely euphemism. Why are we subsidizing dirty energy? It’s not clean to drive an EV car in Hawaii because we don’t have a clean energy source.

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