An effort to free Hawaii from oil dependence - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

An effort to free Hawaii from oil dependence

Pete Cooper Pete Cooper

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

KIHEI, Maui (KHNL) - It's an effort to shift Hawaii out of its dependence on gas. A group called Better Place is hoping to help the State out with this.

They're a sustainable transportation company that's building electric vehicle re-charge networks around the world, including in Hawaii.

Friday on Maui, the company's Hawaii developer spoke about plans to put a 100,00 electric cars on island roads.

"This idea can accelerate adoption of the electric vehicles and hopefully put vehicles in those idle plants and give people jobs in the auto industry and hopefully that translates to dealers selling those vehicles in Hawaii," Better Place Global Developer Pete Cooper said.

The plan includes the use of re-charge stations around the islands and at people's homes.

Cooper spoke to Hawaii auto dealers at their annual convention. He says there are many challenges facing his group, but they hope people in the Aloha State will show some Aloha for the project.

"The locals in Hawaii, the businesses in Hawaii, they have been supportive," he said. "The biggest challenge is taking all this energy that everyone has to move towards renewable fuels, electricity and actually focus it. Move everybody in the same direction."

It's a hard sell for them, but so far, some dealers are buying in to the plan.

"I think dealers are the most adaptable people on earth, so they're adapting to ideas like the electric car and other thoughts like that and I'm sure they'll find ways to meet the public's need for transportation," Hawaii Auto Dealers' Association Executive Director Dave Rolf said.

Better Place developers say a driver who drives 15,000 miles per year has an annual gas bill of $3,000. They estimate the yearly cost for electric cars would be around $1,000.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

    Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of US adults light up

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:10:52 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 6:03 PM EDT2018-06-21 22:03:37 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data relea...(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to about 14 percent in 2017, according to new data relea...
    Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes.More >>
    Smoking by US adults hits another all-time low; about 14 percent smoke cigarettes.More >>
  • Added stress: Lava evacuees struggle with thieves, trespassers

    Added stress: Lava evacuees struggle with thieves, trespassers

    Thursday, June 21 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-06-21 21:59:01 GMT
    Rivers of lava flow from fissure no. 8 toward the sea off Kapoho. (Image: Andrew Hara)Rivers of lava flow from fissure no. 8 toward the sea off Kapoho. (Image: Andrew Hara)

    There have been more than a dozen reported property-related crimes in the lower Puna area since evacuees have been forced to leave their homes in early May. 

    More >>

    There have been more than a dozen reported property-related crimes in the lower Puna area since evacuees have been forced to leave their homes in early May. 

    More >>
  • Immigrant kids seen held in fenced cages at border facility

    Immigrant kids seen held in fenced cages at border facility

    Monday, June 18 2018 9:00 AM EDT2018-06-18 13:00:17 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-06-21 21:57:20 GMT
    (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...(U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP). In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the...
    Hundreds of unaccompanied child immigrants arrested at the U.S. border are being held in metal cages at a family detention facility in McAllen, Texas.More >>
    Hundreds of unaccompanied child immigrants arrested at the U.S. border are being held in metal cages at a family detention facility in McAllen, Texas.More >>
Powered by Frankly