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Coming to Hawaii, National Drive Electric Week

 

Transportation puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other sector in the U.S. economy. In Hawaii, the percentage of transportation-related pollution is higher than on the mainland, and represents an excess of 40% of all local greenhouse gas emissions.  Hawaii is now following a global trend in the electrification of transportation, and off fossil fuels.

Tesla CybertruckIf you are curious about all-electric and zero emissions vehicle alternatives to your gas guzzler car, SUV, or truck, then you should not miss the 10th annual National Drive Electric Week (September 26 – October 4), which promises to answer your questions and excite anyone interested driving electric.

Locally, this year’s National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) event is locally hosted by the newly formed Hawaii EV Association (HEVA), a grassroots, multi-island, all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping Hawaii accelerate its transition to zero-emission transportation. The statewide organization brings together expertise from EV stakeholders across the islands.

Hawaii Electric Vehicle Association, a newly incorporated statewide organization representing Hawaii’s electric vehicle owners in Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, will host two separate webinars designed to assist Hawaii’s residents interested in and owners of electric vehicles.

Whether you’re curious about electric vehicles or an experienced EV driver, this national celebration, offers a local emphasis through exciting virtual workshops, expert presentations, and everyday EV owner experiences — all shared in an interactive two-day online event held on two consecutive Saturdays:

Saturday, September 26th  

Webinar Event begins at 9 AM, ends at 11 AM

To register online visit: https://hawaiiev.org/events

Session 1        EV 101 – Buying and Owning an EV

(with webinar Audience Q&A)

  • EV Buyer Benefits and Incentives
  • EV Buying Tips
  • EV Charging
  • EV Owner’s Panel – Experiences with electrification
  • EV Owner’s Panel – Audience Q&A
  • Contest Give Away

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Saturday, October 3rd  

Webinar Event begins at 9 AM, ends at 11 AM

Session 2        EV 102 – Accelerating EV Adoption within Hawaii

(with webinar Audience Q&A)

  • What the Future Holds for Electric Transportation in Hawaii
  • Hawaii’s EV – Clean and Renewable Energy Connection
  • New EV Models Coming – beyond EV Cars and SUV’s: Trucks, Buses, and other EV vehicles form factors
  • EV Speed Bumps part 1  – Panelist presentations: Blue Planet, Hawaiian Electric, Hawaii County, and Rep. Nicole Lowen, Chairperson, House Committee, Energy & Environment
  • EV Speed Bumps part 2 – Panelist – Audience Q&A
  • EV Resources and Recap

For more information and to register for the free community events, visit:  https://hawaiiev.org/events


— Big EV News today

  • CA mandate to go all electric with cars and auto-trucks beginning 2035

– drivers throughout the U.S. may want to start a rainy day car fund in the wake of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s climate-change-focused ban on sales of new gas-powered autos-SUV’s and light trucks, beginning in 2035.

California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and the state that created U.S. car culture, will stop selling gasoline-powered automobiles within 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Wednesday.

Facing a record-breaking wildfire season as well as years of heat waves and droughts exacerbated by climate change, the Golden State is seeking to accelerate the shift away from combustion engines on its roads, which account for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other source.

“For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe,” Newsom in announcing an executive order Wednesday. “You deserve to have a car that doesn’t give your kids asthma. Our cars shouldn’t make wildfires worse — and create more days filled with smoky air.”

Under Newsom’s order, the state’s air regulator, the California Air Resources Board, will develop regulations that ensure every new passenger car and truck sold in the state is electric or otherwise “zero-emissions” by 2035.

  • ChargePoint, the world’s largest provider of electric-vehicle charging stations, said on Thursday it is going public with a reverse-merger agreement worth $2.4 billion.

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— EV 2020 Political News

The Biden campaign has previously underlined the important role electric vehicles (EV) will play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the US.

To encourage EV adoption, the campaign has three key targets: deploying 500,000 new public EV charging outlets, restoring the full EV tax credit, and developing a new fuel economy target.

Wood Mackenzie’s projection for public charging infrastructure deployments in the US is 800,000 new outlets by 2030. “A promise of 500,000 new charging outlets rings hollow considering organic growth is projected to be higher,” said Ram Chandrasekaran, Wood Mackenzie Principal Analyst.

However, according to Wood Mackenzie’s analysis, fewer than 20% of the projected charging outlets are fast chargers.

“Range anxiety – running out of charge before reaching your destination – is one of the biggest consumer hurdles for EV adoption. Deployment of fast chargers is arguably the best way to combat range anxiety regardless of the size of the car’s battery pack,” added Chandrasekaran.

While fast chargers are 15 times quicker to charge the vehicle, they are 30 times more expensive to construct and operate.

Electric vehicle share across major markets, 2015 to 2020 H1

Ev Market Share Graph

 

“A higher share of fast chargers will be harder to achieve without well-directed efforts from the federal government. If the policy support promised by the Biden campaign is effective in increasing the number of fast chargers, it could ease some consumer concerns and boost EV sales,” said Chandrasekaran.

The current tax credit system is capped at the first 200,000 vehicles sold by a manufacturer. As of 2020, Tesla and General Motors have reached the cap, while Nissan and Ford are rapidly approaching it and other automakers are below the halfway point.

While previous efforts to increase the cap failed last year, Wood Mackenzie believes the Biden campaign’s promise to restore the full tax credit would mean increasing the cap to 600,000 as outlined in the previously down-voted bill.

“The average price difference between a number of internal combustion engine vehicles and their battery electric vehicle counterparts is $8,000. Raising the cap would immediately help Tesla and General Motors. All other automakers would likely welcome the opportunity to achieve the economies of volume before feeling the pressure to reduce the sale price of their EVs,” added Chandrasekaran.

Increasing the cap to 600,000 would positively impact over 7.5 million new EV sales, whereas the current cap helps only 2.2 million EVs. “A cap change for the tax credit system would certainly boost the share of EVs in the US for the next four to five years,” said Chandrasekaran.

As noted in Wood Mackenzie’s research, the most impactful policy change for EV adoption would be increasing federal fuel economy targets.

On 31st March, during the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration passed the SAFE act. The directive reduced fleet-level fuel economy targets and implemented less stringent goals for 2021-2026.

The Obama-era regulations targeted a 5% improvement in fleet fuel economy every year. The Trump administration’s new rules reduced this target to 1.5% annually.

“Going beyond the Obama-era regulations or even reversing the new targets set by the Trump administration would definitely increase EV adoption.

“This has already been evidenced in other global markets. Setting a target at an automaker fleet level forces the automaker to manufacture more efficient cars. Automakers would also be required to spend more money on effective marketing campaigns and automaker-provided subsidies,” added Chandrasekaran.

Passing stricter emissions regulations would push US EV sales over the 4 million mark by 2030, 50% higher than Wood Mackenzie’s base case projection.

 

 

 

 

4 replies
  1. Shannon Rudolph
    Shannon Rudolph says:

    Aloha!
    Wondering why you did not endorse Colehour Bondera in HD 5, who has 2 Master’s degrees in Ag, is a longtime community advocate who has been running his Kona farming business & household with solar for the last 20 years.

    colehourbondera.com

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    • BeyondKona
      BeyondKona says:

      BeyondKona does not endorse candidates, however, for this election cycle, and as previously explained, we have recommended certain candidates for voter consideration. We appreciate you bringing Colehour Bondera to our attention, who’s background certainly merits consideration and who could bring an important voice to the state legislative in advancing sustainable and local agricultural; a subject of particular importance to Hawaii Island’s future.

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  2. Doug Perrine
    Doug Perrine says:

    Stacy Higa certainly says the things that many of us in West Hawaii want to hear. But if you weren’t around for his term on the County Council, you should read up on it before considering him for a position of even higher authority. To understate the matter, Higa’s term on the Council was marked by considerable conflict with other council members, with journalists, and with his own staff. It resulted in lawsuits which cost Hawaii County taxpayers dearly.

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