Charging is a way of life for Lucia Seale and
her hybrid electric vehicle.
"I embrace every little thing I can do
for the environment," said Lucia Seale, electric vehicle owner.
That's because she can't charge at home
because her condo building doesn't have a station.
"I depend on the public availability to
charge my car," said Seale.
Like many of the thousands of EV owners she
wishes there were more stations. A law forcing parking lots with 100
stalls to have stations passed, but it didn't have any power because there is
no penalty for noncompliance. A proposal to fine property owners who
break the law failed last session.
Bill Markevitch was the first electric
vehicle owner in Hawaii. He thought there would be more charging stations at
"Absolutely. Yes definitely, especially
the bigger places like Costco's and Wal-Mart's. I really expected them to jump
on the bandwagon earlier," said Markevitch.
"It's a balance. I don't want to force
my choice an electric car on other land owners and make it too much of an
onerous responsibility," said Michael Tepper, electric vehicle owner.
Companies like Volta will pay to install the
stations and even reimburse some or all of your electric bill. Still
property owners have to dedicate stalls to electric vehicles and those stalls
sometimes go unused.
"The downside mainly is when you are a
parking garage and you sell parking, you're limiting the amount of money you
are going to earn," said Andrew Friedlander, Colliers International
Principal Broker. "It's good for the electric vehicles, it's good for the
environment, I'm all in favor of it, but you're being forced to do it by
Hawaii has the most electric vehicles in the
country per capita and it's expected to climb. We'll see if the number of
charging stations goes up as well.
Electric vehicle owners get a lot of other
perks besides free charging. They don't have to pay for metered parking
and can use the high occupancy vehicle lane with only one person.