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Lights on Rice – Photos

Lights on Rice – Photos

The parade was great! Our cars turned out beautiful, and had high recognition as electric cars. During most of the parade it did not rain, and as the photographer, jogging by the cars I got to hear a lot of positive reactions from the spectators. We also got new signups on the mailing list and (form is in the right sidebar, next to this article) on our Facebook Community right after the parade - we even hit 100 members on Facebook, the latest of whom bought a 10,000$ discounted Leaf at Kuhio Nissan right after the parade!  
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EV Decorating Party

EV Decorating Party

We got together yesterday morning to practice decorating our cars for the "Lights on Rice" Christmas lights parade next week. It turns out you can just tape strings of lights to the car with blue painter's tape, and it works. We tested our battery-powered lights and regular LED Christmas lights plugged into a small inverter in the 12V plug (cigarette lighter). It's amazing how many strings of LED lights you can run on 120W. We also finished our light-up signs, and Theresa's Leaf will drive around fully lit for a whole week! Best of all, we had so much fun.
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Lights On Rice

Lights On Rice

Do you want to show off your EV in the “Lights on Rice” Christmas parade? Please join us! Each car should be decorated with Christmas lights of some kind. We will meet Saturday Nov 25th (after Thanksgiving) at 9am at Sonja's house to experiment decorating Theresa's car sand sharing ideas that work. Please call, email, or comment on this blogpost for directions. It's also fine just to come, decorate and have fun, you don't have to be in the parade or even own an EV for that. The big event is Friday, Dec. 1st, we meet at 3PM at the…
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EV Cruizin’ Photos and Video

EV Cruizin’ Photos and Video

We met Sunday, a quarter to one, just as planned, had a nice chat for a while, explained the route and went cruzin' with our electric cars... It was beautiful, scenic and fun to drive our idyllic backroads, the land is green again and the mountains graced with waterfalls. We got a lot of attention with our parade of electric cars and the Kauai EV flags, Lots of shakas, waves and honks from other drivers especially once we went into Kapaa. At 2pm we arrived at Kealia, parked together by the ocean and took a lot of photos. Then we…
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Zero Emissions by Abhi Rama

Zero Emissions by Abhi Rama

by Abhi Rama soundspaceyoga.com, posted with permissionYoga, Back in 2001 I was part of a group of grassroots activists here on Kaua'i called Bio-diesel Kauai.  Mostly farmers, they were activly making bio-diesel in small batches from french fry grease and planting experiemental oil-producing crops to see if fuel supply could be "homegrown." I moved back to Kauai 15 years later and purchased a small, old Honda. I gave to the group my Mercedes 240 D car which I had run on bio-diesel and was hoping they would remember me.  Well they did, and welcomed me back to my island home warmly, however…
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EV Riders Cruzin’

EV Riders Cruzin’

Scenic EV Island Drive, Sunday 11/5, meet at Keahua Arboretum at 12:45 pm. KauaiEV is happy to co-organize "EV Riders Cruzin" with potluck at the end. We will meet 12:45 for the drive at the Keahua Arboretum just beyond the new bridge, leave promptly at 1pm and try to be at our potluck spot near Kealia at 2pm. We will drive the backroads of Wailua and Kapahi, which are surprisingly scenic. Part of the fun is to make a long line of EVs on the roads that people will notice. Only EVs, plug-in hybrids and fossil-fuel-free vehicles please. Rides are available for non EV owners, email or…
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Ride and Drive

Ride and Drive

The event was almost a month ago, but better late than never - right? I spent many hours organizing the event, and it really created some backlog in the rest of my life... but now I caught up. I revamped the logo and got a good start on the website. I even started to organize a real-life KauaiEV group again - please let me know if you are interested, just comment on the post or email me. And I'm back to blogging in my spare time. We were quite a few volunteers - many Thanks to everyone who helped -…
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Ride and Drive EVent on Sat. Sept. 16th at KCC

Ride and Drive EVent on Sat. Sept. 16th at KCC

KauaiEV, KCC and the National Drive Electric Week are holding an EV Ride-and-Drive EVent on Saturday September 16th at the Kauai Community College Farmer’s Market. It’s a no-pressure, no-hassle opportunity at no charge. We are offering free electric test drives or rides in several different electric vehicles, or you can just chat with EV owners. Do you have questions about electric vehicles? Tax credits? Rebates? Charging Infrastructure? Which EV to buy? Local and state policy? Electricity cost versus gas? EVs in the visitor industry? Purchase incentives? Do you already own an EV and would like to connect to others who drive one? Do you have…
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Nissan Leaf $10,000 rebate extended!

Nissan Leaf $10,000 rebate extended!

Update November 2017: Kuhio Nissan has several 2017 Leafs, still at the $10,000 rebate - If you are considering buying an EV in the near future don't wait, the federal tax credit might not last, and the rebate definitely won't. Together this will more than double the price of the Leaf. Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi, HI – 07/06/2017 – Nissan North America is again extending an offer to KIUC members to access a $10,000 rebate off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP4) on the model year 2017 Nissan LEAF® sedan at participating dealers. According to Nissan, the limited time offer expires September…
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EV Talk Story at Hā Coffee Bar

EV Talk Story at Hā Coffee Bar

Come hang out at Hā Coffee for talk story, chat with EV owners! Do you have questions about electric vehicles? Which EV to buy? Charging Infrastructure? Electricity cost versus gas? Rebates? Tax credits? Local and state policy? EVs in the visitor industry? Hā Coffee Bar 4180 Rice Street Lihue May 24th, 5-6:30pm
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