Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Networks in Hawaii

The adoption of electric vehicles is a key component in the state’s aggressive pursuit of 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045.  Hawaii’s network of electric vehicle charging stations helps to reduce any range anxiety EV drivers may have.

Most charging occurs at home, but for those who have a need to charge at a public location or for entities interested in installing a public charging station at their site, it’s important to understand available charging networks. Each network has a unique model, with the most common approaches being monthly subscriptions, pay-as-you-go (i.e., pay per charge), and free (free to charge and no subscription fee required).

To determine which charging networks have charging stations along your regular routes and close to your frequent destinations, the Hawaii State Energy Office has launched a smart phone application designed to help drivers locate publicly available EV charging stations statewide.  The EV Stations Hawaii app will help locate public charging stations across the state with convenience and ease. An online version is also available!   While charging station networks and charging infrastructure are frequently evolving, the following networks are most represented in Hawaii and are listed on the EV Stations Hawaii app:  AeroVironment, Blink, ChargePoint, Greenlots SKY, OpConnect, SemaConnect, Tesla, and Volta.

US Department of Energy Resources

Alternative Fuels Data Center Station Locator: EV charging manufacturers, and compatible networks
Companies that manufacturer EV charging stations do not necessarily always have charging networks. Similarly, companies that offer charging network services do not always manufacturer charging stations. As such, not every manufacturer in this list is compatible with a charging network. Please note that this list is not comprehensive. In addition, manufacturers highlighted in gray are, to the USDOE’s knowledge, no longer in business. The Alternative Fuels Data Center Station Locator can be found at (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/).

Electric Vehicle Charger Selection Guide
Published by the California Redwood Coast Energy Authority, The EV Charger Selection Guide provides a comprehensive list of available EV charging network providers and manufacturers. In particular, Table 2.1 lists EVSE hardware and software manufacturers for Level 2 and direct current fast EVSE, current as of November 2016. The table includes management software and payment system providers on pages 15 through 17. As for EVSE hardware manufacturers, pages 11 through 14 detail the features and compatible EVSE networks for each of the manufacturers

Common Electric Vehicle Charging Station Networks in Hawaii

For detailed information on each charging network, see below.

AeroVironment  (http://evsolutions.avinc.com/services/subscriber_network/)
Access: Monthly subscription, pay-as-you-go. Unlimited monthly access is provided for a monthly rate, or you may pay-as-you-go. To subscribe, call the company or fill out a form online. You will receive a key fob in the mail, which is needed to initiate a charging session. A one-time activation fee of $15 is required for new subscribers.  Contact: 888-332-2148, evscs@avinc.com

Blink (Car Charging Group) (www.blinknetwork.com) (http://www.carcharging.com/)
 Access: Pay-as-you-go. Start by registering a credit card with a Blink account. There are no required annual or monthly membership fees, and no minimum credit card balance. Once registered, you will receive an “InCard” and can initiate a charge using the card. Guests can also initiate a charge with Blink’s mobile application. Contact: 888-998-2546, support@blinknetwork.com

ChargePoint (www.chargepoint.com)
Access: Pay-as-you-go, free. Sign up for free by submitting your credit card information via the website. You will receive an access card in the mail. If you initiate a session at a networked station that requires a fee, ChargePoint will assess an initial deposit of $25. Stations can be activated by using the ChargePoint card or your registered credit card. Users who do not have a ChargePoint card can use the charging station by calling the number provided below, which is also listed on the charging station. Contact: 888-758-4389, support@chargepoint.com

Greenlots SKY (www.greenlots.com)
Access: Monthly subscription, pay-as-you-go. To start charging with the Greenlots SKY network, download the Greenlots mobile application, which will allow you to search for stations, view real-time status and pricing, and choose between a prepaid monthly subscription or pay-as-you-go. Contact: 888-751-8650, support@greenlots.com

OpConnect (www.opconnect.com)
Access: Pay-as-you-go, free. You do not need to be a member to use the OpConnect stations or third-party stations on the OpConnect Network. You can sign up for a free account via the OpConnect website. You can request and receive a free OpConnect access card in the mail. For stations that charge a fee, you can use an OpConnect card, credit or debit card, smartphone app or your account email or phone number. OpConnect cards require a prepaid balance added to them via the OpConnect website. Contact: 855-885-9571, support@opconnect.com

SemaConnect (www.semaconnect.com/)
Access: Pay-as-you-go. To sign up, log on to the SemaConnect website and open a new account with a $20 balance charged to a major credit card. You will receive a “SemaCharge Pass” radio-frequency identification (RFID) card that can be used to initiate charging at any SemaConnect location. SemaConnect also offers mobile payments via its smartphone application, toll-free number, or via a QR code scan. Contact: 800-663-5633

Tesla (www.teslamotors.com/supercharger)
Access: Free. Tesla Superchargers do not require an access card; Tesla Model S owners can drive up and plug in. The chargers are compatible with Model S vehicles equipped with the 85 or 60 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack that have been configured to use Superchargers. Note that other PEV models cannot access Tesla Superchargers directly. Some may have an adapter. Contact: 877-79-TESLA

Volta (http://voltacharging.com/)
Access: Free.  Hawaii founded EV charging network Volta Charging does not require an access card; EV drivers can drive up and plug in for free. Volta partners with brands and leverages advertising to build free electric car charging networks for communities. Contact: 888-264-2208, info@voltacharging.com

Multi-Network Access
Some companies have teamed up to facilitate access to multiple charging networks with one access/payment card. Nissan LEAF drivers, for example, can enroll in the EZ-Charge program (www.ez-charge.com) and use charging stations on the AeroVironment, Blink, ChargePoint, Greenlots, and NRG eVgo networks in certain markets.

Installation Costs

The Clean Cities Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Public Charging Station Hosts (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/pdfs/51227.pdf) provides cost estimates for public charging station installations starting on page 9. As stated in the handbook, equipment costs for Level 2 charging station can range from $1-$7,000, with the cost of DC fast charging equipment ranging from $20-$50,000. Installation costs could range anywhere from $860-$7,400. Finally, maintenance costs range between $25-$50 per station unit.  Overall, total installed cost estimates range from $12-$18,000 for a Level 2 charging station and $45-$100,000 for a DC fast charging station

The DBEDT Report to the Maui Electric Vehicle Alliance Driving EVs Forward: A Case Study of the Market Introduction and Deployment of the EV in Hawaii http://energy.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/EVReportMauiElectricVehicleAlliance2012.pdf  focuses on changes being made in Hawaii’s transportation sector, highlighting the steps towards greater adoption of EVs. The report provides a cost estimate for pubic charging station installations on page 11.  Based on data collected by the State Energy Office, charging station installations in Hawaii can range from $4,000 to $25,000. A relatively simple project in Hawaii typically costs approximately $6,000‐ $8,000 per station, however prices vary considerably.

Information provided by:

Hawaii State Energy Office
dbedt.energyoffice@hawaii.gov

U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Technical Response Service Team
technicalresponse@icfi.com  800-254-6735

 

 

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