We've been saying for ages that Hawai'i is really the ideal electric vehicle target, and in one week, it'll be even more perfect. After all, the islands are small (no reason for range anxiety), it's warm (no cold weather effect on batteries), it imports a lot of oil, which makes oil-free cars doubly important. Starting January 23rd, the first public electric car charging station in Hawai'i will go into service in the Kaka'ako area of Honolulu. Until the end of March, people can plug-in for free. After that, the company that put the charger into service, Green Energy Outlet, will charge EV drivers to fill up 24-7.
Of course, Hawai'i is making other strides towards becoming EV paradise, making deals with Better Place and Phoenix Motorcars. OK, that Phoenix deal may never happen, but people in the islands have been working on electric cars for a long time. We checked out the EV situation in Hawai'i back in 2007. Read the two-part series here and here.