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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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$10,000 rebate on Nissan Leaf extended to June 30

$10,000 rebate on Nissan Leaf extended to June 30

Nissan has extended the $10,000 rebate on new 2017 Leaf models for KIUC customers until June 30th - or until they sell out. With potential federal tax incentives, savings could total $17,500. The car has a 107-mile range; 30 kWh battery; 8 yr. / 100K battery warranty. The 2017 Leaf has a starting price of $30,680, although the cheapest I actually found in Hawaii is $31,745, I believe the difference is a destination charge. After taxes, fees etc. minus rebate and federal tax credits* this brings the actual price to around $16,000. The rebate is part of Hawaiian Electric and…
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Kekaha or Bust

Kekaha or Bust

Our family recently went on a beach trip to Kekaha from Wailua in our 2015 Nissan Leaf. This is about 70 miles round-trip, and we still have about 100 miles of range on the battery meter, so this was a good test of range in real-world conditions. Spoiler alert: we made it there and back without any issues, though we did stop in Lihue on the return to eat, so we went ahead and charged with 23 miles left (7 miles from home). Why Kekaha? Because we haven't been beyond Waimea in our Leaf, and I realized in 10 years…
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KIUC opens new Tesla Solar plus Storage plant

KIUC held an open house at the new Tesla Solar Farm, I was thoroughly impressed. 55 acres of solar panels, installed following the natural shape of the landscape, gently rolling hills, to be lawn-mowed by sheep, more Tesla power packs than I could previously imagine, new KIUC policy (Tesla powerwalls are permitted, and AC coupled now) super informed KIUC and Tesla company reps giving tours of the facilities and answering questions. And to make a good thing even better, Tesla Oahu brought over two fully loaded cars, a Model S and a Model X.
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Ride-and-Drive Event at Kauai Community Market

Blue Planet Foundation held an electric vehicle ride-and-drive event Kauai Community Market in Lihue. The enthusiasm was really encouraging and created a great energy for the day.   We had seven electric vehicles available for test drives including 3 privately owned Nissan Leafs. The Kia dealership brought 3 cars, Kia Soul EV, Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid, Kia Niro Hybrid, and  Kuhio Chevrolet brought a Chevrolet Volt. At least 23 people took over 35 test drives throughout the morning. The KCC automotive department was there with their KIA Soul EV and many volunteers as well. We are extremely grateful to Blue Planet, KCC automotive…
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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…
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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…
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