Free test drives of electric vehicles offered

Dennis Fujimoto - The Garden Island  PUHI — Sonja Kass has not paid for fuel for her car for the last two years. “We put in a solar photovoltaic system to power up the batteries,” Kass said. “Ever since then, we charge up the car at noon and over the last 2.5 years, we have not gotten an additional charge from the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative for charging up our vehicle.” Kass was among the Kauai Electric Vehicle Alliance promoting a free electric vehicle ride-and-drive program which will take place at the Kauai Community Market from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kauai Community College. “I have a home PV system, too,” said Al Pugsley, a visitor from Kansas City. “It’s not as big as I wanted it to be, but since last year, it is enough for my two cars — a Tessler and a Nissan Leaf. Our system has three panels and it generates enough to drive the two cars more...
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Nissan in partnership with KIUC was Offering $10,000 Rebates On Nissan LEAF

Sadly the deal ended after they sold the current stock of 9 Leafs on Kauai! The main dealerships on Oahu are sold out as well. Updated 2/17: While most articles claimed the utilities offered the rebate, at least Hawaiian Electric stated clearly that no ratepayer funds were used to fund the rebate, and we believed as well that the rebate on Kauai came from Nissan North America and no KIUC funds were used. I will verify this with KIUC. In support of the state’s Drive Electric Hawaii program, KIUC and Hawaiian Electric offered rebates of up to $10,000 in addition to federal incentives, for those that purchase a new Nissan LEAF. The deal would have lasted until  March 31st 2017, but as soon as it was published in in Utilitydive the dealerships sold out. The 9 lucky new EV drivers got their new Leafs for about $13,500, after all rebates and incentives which totaled $17,500. With the help of a similar program, Missouri expanded its EV drivers from 50 to over 1,200 in 2015 alone. There are about...
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