Utility study highlights the demand for public EV chargers through 2020s


Hawaiian Electric has conducted the region’s first study by a utility to reveal the demand for public EV chargers in a bid to improve the electrification of the transportation industry.

The study reveals how increasing public EV chargers can support the adoption of EV commuting, boosts the region’s tourism sector and help optimise grid operations.

 According to the study:

  • The five Hawaii Islands will increase public EV chargers by 10 times by 2030 to 3,600 units
  • 47,000 home and workplace chargers are forecasted to have been deployed by 2030
  • “Range anxiety” continues to discourage people from driving EVs
  • Areas with many high-rises and townhouses will need more public charging options due to increased demand for EVs

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The results of the study will be used by Hawaiian Electric to expand its Direct Current Fast Charger pilot programme into a full-scale project.

The results will be filed with the Public Utilities Commission as the firm seeks to expand the number of EV chargers from the current 17 units.

Jimmy Yao, acting director of electrification of transportation at Hawaiian Electric, said: “Today, the EV industry is positioned to disrupt the global transportation landscape with billions of dollars invested in technology platforms and value chains across the world.

“The transition to EoT is underway across all vehicle classes … and the future of transportation in Hawai‘i will require investment in charging infrastructure to meet the growing energy needs of those vehicles and their drivers.

 “An expanded public EV charging programme will provide security and access to more sites for the increasing number of EV drivers.

 “As we increase renewables, it’s essential to our clean energy future to reduce the largest use of fossil fuel in our state, which is transportation.”

To access the report, visit hawaiianelectric.com/GOEV.