By Nadine Kam
Photo courtesy Volta
First Insurance is sponsoring a Volta vTower outside Longs Drugs at Kamehameha Shopping Center, providing EV drivers with two hours of free charge time (worth about 15 to 20 extra miles) to power up their vehicles.
Electric vehicle rivers have a new place to charge up for free with the opening of a new EV charging station today outside of Long’s at Kamehameha Shopping center, 1620 N. School St. The new service is being made available through a partnership between Volta Industries and First Insurance.
This station was already on the Plugshare.com map when I was test-driving the Mitsubishi i-MiEV a couple of weeks ago, so I guess I was lucky I didn't go looking for it or depend on it then. I had considered going there on a Saturday just in case I needed extra power to get me to the Waimalu dealership on Sunday, but found I didn't need it after all after "filling up" at the HMSA building on Keeaumoku Street.
First Insurance is also providing Pearlridge drivers free electricity through its sponsorship of a Pearlridge Downtown EV charging station.
These stations are part of the Volta Hawaii network, a community-sponsored, free-to-use EV charging network.
In a press release statement, Scott Mercer, Volta co-founder and CEO, said: “As more EV drivers hit the road, the primary concern seems to be running out of electricity. We’re glad our system addresses this challenge to helping Hawaii embrace electric vehicles.”
In the same release, Allen Uyeda, President and CEO of First Insurance, said: “By supporting the expansion of Volta’s charging network, we hope more Hawaii drivers will see the exciting clean energy changes taking place and be encouraged to make their next car an EV.”
Both stations offer free charging for up to two hours during the respective location hours. Kamehameha Shopping Center from 7 a.m. to p.m. and Pearlridge Downtown from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There are now seven free EV charging stations in the Volta network, and emerging technologies firm expects to have several dozen EV charging stations in up to 30 locations on Oahu by year’s end.
They need to get busy at Ala Moana Center. I'd say 10 stations would be great, to start.
For more information about Volta, visit www.voltacharging.com or call (888) 264-2208.