August 17th, 2016
Blue Planet Foundation will host the “Electric Island Drive” at noon on Saturday, September 10, 2016, to kick off National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration to highlight the benefits of electric transportation. Hundreds of electric vehicle owners are expected to participate in the drive through Honolulu.
Participating electric vehicle owners will meet at various preselected locations from Sandy Beach to the Blaisdell Concert Hall and drive along a number of predetermined routes that come together to pass through Waikiki. The drive route will end at Kapiolani Community College, with a hosted reception that will include light pupu, drinks, and informational booths about clean transportation, as well as gifts and prizes for participants. The event is being made possible thanks to the generous support of Soichiro Fukutake, Executive Adviser of Benesse Holdings, Inc., and honorary chairman of the Japan-based Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles. The event is also presented in partnership with Nobuhiro Tajima, Chief Commissioner of Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles, and Chairman and CEO Tajima Motor Corporation.
The “Electric Island Drive” will raise awareness of the environmental, health, and economic benefits of zero emission vehicles and highlight their rapid growth in Hawaii—the state is among the top in the nation for electric car adoption. Data from the Hawaii State Energy Office show that as of July 2016, there were 4,536 electric vehicles registered statewide, 938 more than the same month last year, an impressive 26% year-over-year increase.
“With falling prices, increasing range, and an influx of new models coming onto the market, Hawaii is poised to see a dramatic increase in electric vehicles over the next decade,” stated Shem Lawlor, Blue Planet Foundation’s clean transportation director. “Hawaii residents are keenly aware of the need to reduce our reliance on oil and our footprint on the environment, and a growing number are recognizing that zero emission vehicles are a critical piece of Hawaii’s transition to 100% clean energy.”
Blue Planet Foundation is inviting all interested owners of electric battery or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles to take part in the event. Interested electric vehicle owners can register by contacting Blue Planet via email at [email protected] or by phone at (808) 954-6143.
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