Programs & Partners
Following is a list of programs and partners that are paving the way for electric vehicles in Hawaii.
Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust
Gov. David Ige designated the DBEDT as the lead agency for purposes of administering the State of Hawaii’s $8.125 million allocation per the Volkswagen Settlement’s Environmental Mitigation Trust. HSEO is the primary state agency charged with expending and executing the Eligible Mitigation Actions funded by the Trust. In addition to fully mitigating the excess lifetime NOx emissions of the VW vehicles
subject to the Settlement, the State of Hawaii’s overall goal for the funds is to support projects which will aid the State in meeting many of Hawaii’s clean energy goals including supporting “the ultimate elimination of Hawaii’s dependence on imported fuels in ground transportation” per the State’s planning goal. To support this goal, HSEO will prioritize Eligible Mitigation Actions that will make a transformational investment in Hawaii’s clean energy economy with special emphasis on projects that facilitate the adoption and deployment of grid-connected EVs. Accelerating the adoption of EVs will reduce Hawaii’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and serve as a high visibility catalyst in advancing Hawaii’s leadership in decarbonization of the electric and ground transportation sector.
Hawaii joined a group of 15 states and the District of Columbia to announce a joint memorandum of understanding pledging to expand the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses, and long-haul delivery trucks (big-rigs). The goal is to ensure that 100 percent of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales be zero emission vehicles by 2050 with an interim target of 30 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030.
City and County of Honolulu, Maui County, Hawaii County and Kauai County
The City and County of Honolulu, Maui County, Hawaii County and Kauai County have committed to transform Hawaii’s public and private ground transportation to 100 percent renewable fuel sources by 2045.
Drive Electric Hawaii
Drive Electric Hawaii seeks to promote the use of EVs, cut fossil-fuel transportation and add more renewable energy through collaboration on education, promotion, advocacy and infrastructure to make electric mobility easier for all. Drive Electric Hawaii is a coalition of eight public, private and nonprofit organizations with a shared vision of supporting and promoting electrification transportation options in Hawaii.
Elemental Excelerator works to catalyze new solutions that help Hawaii transcend oil by finding and funding entrepreneurs that can help redesign underlying systems in energy, agriculture, water, mobility, and circular economy.
Hawaiian Electric provides optional time-of-use rates which provides an opportunity for EV drivers to save by using energy during certain times of day when solar power is most abundant. To support clean transportation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies received approval from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to own and operate publicly accessible DC Fast Chargers across Oahu, Maui County, and Hawaii Island.
Hawaii Energy provides state-funded rebates to help offset the costs of installing public EV charging stations at commercial facilities, retail centers, and qualifying multi-unit residential properties, including affordable housing complexes. Their mission is to empower island families and businesses to make smarter energy choices that reduce consumption, save money, and pursue a 100% clean energy future.
Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association (HADA)
The mission of HADA is to help auto dealers comply with the laws so as to make car buying by the public trouble free. HADA is a nonprofit 501(c)6 Trade Association.
Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii
The Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii (STCH) is a program coordinated by Blue Planet Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to clear the path for clean energy in Hawaii. STCH supports locally driven efforts to reduce the use of petroleum in Hawaii’s transportation sector through education and outreach. The Coalition is a source of information and can provide technical assistance regarding the benefits of using alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, as well as reducing petroleum consumption through VMT reduction and mode shift. The Clean Cities program is a national alternative fuel/advanced technology deployment program administered by U.S. Department of Energy’s office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program. The Clean Cities program has a network of over 90 volunteer coalitions across the nation.
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