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JUMPSmartMaui Preps Island for Adoption of Electric Vehicles

June 6, 2013, 7:10 AM HST
* Updated June 6, 9:49 AM
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QKC Fast Charge Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

QKC Fast Charge Station. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A new renewable energy demonstration project created in partnership between Hawaiʻi, Japan and Maui launches next week.

The JUMPSmartMaui initiative aims to improve the integration of renewable energy resources into Maui’s electrical grid and prepare the island and state for the adoption of electric vehicles, according to program organizers.

JUMPSmartMaui is reportedly funded through a $30 million investment by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Japan’s largest public research and development management organization.

The launch will take place next Saturday, June 15, at the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center, one of five initial locations that are hosting DC Fast Charger stations.

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In addition to an electric vehicle program island-wide, program officials say JUMPSmart Maui will have an impact on households in the Kihei area. Full details will be unveiled next week as the program gains momentum.

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The contract to develop the project was awarded to Hitachi Ltd., along with Mizuho Corporate Bank and Cyber Defense Institute.

Island and state entities collaborating on the project reportedly include: the State of Hawaiʻi; the County of Maui; Maui Electric Company and Hawaiian Electric Company; Hawaii Natural Energy Institute; Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.; University of Hawaii Maui College; HNU Energy; and Nissan.

The launch runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on June 15, and includes performances by Willie K, remarks from Mayor Alan Arakawa, and comments from company officials at NEDO, Hitachi and Maui Electric Company. Admission is free.

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*** Supporting information courtesy Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.

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