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HECO to add high speed charging stations

Andrea Baptista Andrea Baptista
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Andrea Baptista is enjoying the spoils of owning an electric vehicle.

"The good part about it is you don't buy gas, because it's very expensive now" she said.

However, she is also dealing with an issue all too common to EV owners.

"The only problem is, we have very few charging stations, I can only run from here to Waipahu and back, and maybe a little bit of running around in town".

She has what's known as ‘range anxiety'.

"Range anxiety is when you see an electric car driver, going very slow, and looking back and forth for a charging station" said HECO spokesman Peter Rosegg.

The only cure for range anxiety is more charging stations. Fortunately, HECO is about to begin construction on 25 high speed charging stations statewide. 15 will be on Oahu, five will be on Maui, and five will be on Hawaii Island.

Currently there are only six high speed charging stations in the state, with four of them on Oahu.

High speed chargers are different from others in the amount of time it takes to "fill a tank". With high speed chargers, it takes between 15-20 minutes. Others take six hours or more.

HECO is underwriting the installation, so there won't be an increase in electrical rates due to the project.

There is no firm timetable for completion, but the installations will begin before the end of 2013.


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