Mitsubishi and Hawaii Join Forces to Enhance EV Readiness

Hawaii is a major adopter of the electric vehicles, as it pretty much meets all the needed conditions for that, including a viable charging infrastructure and state rebates. As the first state to receive the North American-spec production version of the Mitsubishi i, the State of Hawaii has partnered with the Japanese manufacturer to improve the existing infrastructure and deployment of EVs.

For example, service training will be made available by the automaker through their Cutter Mitsubishi dealership. The deployment of DC Quick Chargers, such as the CHAdeMO protocol utilized in Level 3 Quick Charging EV charging stations, in the State of Hawaii, is also on the list.

Hawaiian residents and local businesses to be educated about the use of EVs and workforce deployment helping create job opportunities in the area of green technologies. There will also be several activities meant to train technicians to provide support and maintenance of EVs and their related infrastructure.

Licensed drivers will be able to test drive the new Mitsubishi i at Cutter Mitsubishi in Aiea, Hawaii later this fall. The vehicle comes with an MSRP of $27,990 for the base ES model before a federal tax credit of $7,500 and Hawaii's clean energy rebate of up to $4,500 (subject to availability of funding).

"Mitsubishi's agreement and its choice of Hawaii as one of its launch states are important and welcome steps toward the State's clean energy goal of 70 percent by 2030,"
said Estrella Seese, Acting Energy Program Administrator, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, in Hawaii's State Energy Office.

"Car buyers interested in electric vehicles can reduce the cost of owning these cars with purchase rebates and incentives for installing chargers in their homes being offered by DBEDT with support from federal stimulus funds. We encourage people to take advantage of these great offers because more EVs on the road means Hawaii reduces its dependence on imported oil," added Seese.
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