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 department, the dealerships and car owners that gave us your time, energy, and vehicles for the day, and thank you to all volunteers! ...
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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 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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Amp up your commute

by Jessica Else - The Garden Island KOLOA — David Lee needed to figure out a way to use some of the extra energy his photovoltaic system generated when Kauai Island Utility Cooperative halved the amount paid to PV owners for excess energy. He bought a used Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Now he powers his treks around the island with extra energy generated at home. “Right now, there is so much PV generation in the daytime, KIUC has a plan to curtail buying from customers when there is too much supply,” Lee said. “Why not use it to charge car batteries?” Lee explained that it’s a “win-win-win situation,” with KIUC selling more energy, electric vehicle (EV) owners getting 40-80 miles per gallon depending on the rate discount, and a cleaner environment. Lee is getting the equivalent of 80 miles per gallon on his EV. That’s calculated by figuring the cost to charge the battery rather than selling the energy to KIUC after driving a known distance and...
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Drive Electric Hawai‘i

Drive Electric Hawai‘i is a partnership made up of eight key stakeholder organizations that have agreed to collaborate on electrification of ground transportation in Hawai‘i as an essential part of achieving the state’s clean energy goals.  Drive Electric Hawai‘i will seek to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles and expand vehicle-charging infrastructure in a way that brings more renewable energy onto the electric grid KIUC is one of the founding participants who have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.  Other participants are: Blue Planet Foundation Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) Hawai‘i State Division of Consumer Advocacy Hawaiian Electric Companies Rocky Mountain Institute Ulupono Initiative Other agencies and organizations are expected to join as the initiative moves forward.  Read more in the Pacific Business News...
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Kauai EV!

Kauai EV!

The main reason for us to go solar was to reduce our carbon footprint, and a large portion of the CO2 that we as a family produced was due to driving gas-powered vehicles.  So the easiest solution to that was to size the system so it could charge an electrical vehicle additionally to powering our household. While we were designing our photovoltaic system we already had an electric car in mind – a Nissan Leaf.  The general recommendations based on an average mileage of 12,000 miles per year are to add between 2.5 kW (recommended by Ford and SunPower) and 3.6 kW (BMW) to what the household needs. This number brought us close to 6kW, and the Leaf charges at slowly 3.3kW or fast 6.6 kW, so we decided to fill up the south side of the roof with a 6.8kW array. Sizing it above 6.6kW allows one additional benefit: 100% solar charge. In most areas, with time of use metering and cheaper night-time...
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