Auto Show Opens Today

HONOLULU - (HawaiiNewsNow) Gas prices are on the rise and more consumers are looking for options on more fuel efficient GREEN vehicles. Cars and energy will be part of the display at this year's First Hawaiian International Auto Show that opens at Noon. Ramsay Wharton headed down to the Hawaii Convention Center this morning to check out the new cars. Click thru the Video Gallery to check out several Webxtras on the hot Mercedes with Gull Wing doors, Ford's New Models and the Fast Ferrari. Did we mention....Ramsay got to test drive the Ferrari!  Zoom, Zoom.

First Hawaiian International Auto Show
Friday - Sunday, March 18-20, 2011. -Discount admission coupons available here.

HOURS: Friday: Noon to 10 pm / Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm (Military 2 for 1 Day) / Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm (Kids Day, Under 12 Free)
Admissions: $7 Adults , $5 Military, Students, Seniors (62 over), $4 Children (7-12) Free Kids 6>.

The Cars and Energy display at the upcoming auto show uses the fact that there are 650,000 blue/green tiles in the Tadashi Sato mosaic in the State Capitol rotunda.  This number coincidently coincides with the 654,000 passenger vehicles on Oahu.  According to the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, these 654,000 vehicles will have to transition, at least 46% we believe, to electric, hydrogen, or some other type of alternative energy use—in one generation—by 2030, to hit the state's Hawaii clean energy in vehicles goal.

The display shows that as the alternative energy sources come on line (propellers and turbines turn, etc.) the tiles in the mosaic turn red, up to 46%, symbolizing Hawaii's transition to electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen vehicles, and others, during the 20 year period, while the 500 million gallon barrel of oil drains down to 150 million gallons—the state goal in 2030.  Show-goers at this year's First Hawaiian International Auto Show at the Hawaii Convention Center can visit the display…and see GM's new VOLT, Nissan's LEAF, Toyota's plug-in Prius, Mitsubishi's "I",  and many "future cars" (2012 pre-production models) in the four acres of car displays.

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