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Maui residents who are curious about Electric Vehicles (EV) or hybrids will have a hands-on opportunity to learn about them at the “EV Showcase,” on Saturday, August 12th at Queen Kaahumanu Center, 10 am to 2 pm.
Presented by the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), the event will feature a variety of EV and hybrid makes and models including Kia, Tesla, Toyota, Chevy, Nissan and BMW; experts on the benefits of these vehicles; advice on financing from Maui County Federal Credit Union and HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union; tips on what someone should know before purchasing or leasing an EV or hybrid; Maui Electric Company’s EVWatt Plan to compare an EV or hybrid to a conventional vehicle; and refreshments, prize drawings and giveaways.
EVohana by JUMPSmartMaui will also be launched during the event. Membership in EVohana provides access to 44 chargers across 13 Fast Charger stations island-wide. MEDB accepted ownership of these stations to assure continuity of the fast charging network service in Maui.
According to the vehicle registration database, there are a total of 737 all-electric vehicles registered in Maui County in addition to 3,425 hybrid-electric vehicles.
“Consumer demand for EVs and Hybrids has never been higher. Batteries with more charge capacity, more charging stations, the price of gasoline and residents becoming more environmentally conscious are all contributing factors,” said Lory Basa, MEDB Project Manager. “The EV Showcase will be an excellent way to get answers to frequently asked questions about these vehicles.”
“As we work to achieve a complete clean energy future, electrification of ground transportation will play an integral role in reducing our state’s overall carbon footprint and increasing use of renewable resources on our islands,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of Maui Electric Company (MECO). “It’s through partnerships like the EV Showcase that we hope to fuel interest to get more EVs on our roads.”
“Options for electric vehicles are expanding rapidly as new models are being introduced by almost every car manufacturer,” said Fred Redell, Energy Commissioner for the County of Maui. “New options and an expanding market mean opportunity and the County of Maui is pleased to see MEDB and MECO increasing awareness.”
The EV Showcase is sponsored by the County of Maui, Maui Electric Company, Hitachi, Aloha Kia Maui, Maui Toyota, Maui County Federal Credit Union and HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 875-2300.
Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Categories: Auto-Related, FREE, Mall / Shopping, Non-Profit Community Event, Sustainability Event
Queen Kaahumanu Center
275 W Kaahumanu Ave
Kahului, HI USA 96732
Island Area: Central Maui
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Contact: Maui Economic Development Board
Phone: (808) 875-2300