September 9th, 2016
At a ceremony on September 9, 2016, at the Hawai‘i State Capitol, Governor David Ige declared September 10, 2016, “Electric Vehicle Day,” signing a proclamation in support of efforts to increase electric vehicle awareness and adoption and to underscore Hawai‘i’s commitment to a clean energy future. The Governor presented the proclamation to the Blue Planet Foundation ahead of their “Electric Island Drive” scheduled to take place on September 10th, beginning at 1:00 p.m. The “Electric Island Drive” will bring together electric vehicle owners from across the island for a collective drive through Honolulu to highlight the environmental, health, and economic benefits of zero emission vehicles.
“Hawai‘i continues to move toward a renewable energy future, and electric vehicles will play a critical part in reducing petroleum use for ground transportation by 70% or 385 million gallons by 2030. While we are still early in the adoption process, electric vehicles are growing in popularity and the development of the infrastructure to support them is underway. The day is coming when most vehicles will be electric,” said Governor Ige.
Blue Planet Foundation, whose mission is to clear the path for 100% clean energy, is hosting the “Electric Island Drive” to kick off National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration to highlight the benefits of electric transportation.
“With falling prices, increasing range, and an influx of new models coming onto the market, Hawai‘i is poised to see a dramatic increase in electric vehicles over the next decade,” stated Shem Lawlor, Blue Planet Foundation’s clean transportation director. “Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i’s transition to 100% clean energy.”
The “Electric Island Drive” will also highlight their rapid growth in Hawai‘i—the state is among the top in the nation for electric car adoption. Data from the Hawai‘i State Energy Office show that as of August 2016, there were 4,632 electric vehicles registered statewide, 882 more than the same month last year, an impressive 24% year-over-year increase.
Electric vehicle owners participating in the “Electric Island Drive” will meet at 1:00 p.m. at various preselected locations in Honolulu and Windward O‘ahu and will drive along predetermined routes that come together to pass through Waikiki. The drive route will end at Kapi‘olani Community College, with a hosted reception at 2:00 p.m. that will include light snacks, 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 Mr. Soichiro Fukutake, Executive Advisor of Benesse Holdings, Inc., and honorary chairman of the Japan-based Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV). The event is also presented in partnership with Mr. Nobuhiro Tajima, Chief Commissioner of APEV, and Chairman and CEO Tajima Motor Corporation.
Blue Planet Foundation is inviting all interested owners of electric battery or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles to celebrate “Electric Vehicle Day” by taking part in the event. Interested electric vehicle owners can register by contacting Blue Planet Foundation at [email protected].
“Zero emission vehicles are the future,” added Lawlor. “We applaud Governor Ige for his leadership and for recognizing the central role of clean transportation options in reducing Hawai‘i’s reliance on imported fossil fuel.”
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