Doug Teeple is the only person I’ve ever met who converted a car from gas-powered to Electric Vehicle (EV). When he converted it in 2005, Doug’s eGhia was just about the grooviest little car I’d ever seen. A lemon yellow Karmann Ghia you would see around town, but never hear. You expected the VW engine sound, but it didn’t deliver. Instead, it delivered Doug where he needed to go, within limitations (30-40 miles before recharging), while simultaneously delivering him from the evils of gasoline consumption.
Today, Doug is President of the Big Island EV Association, a coalition of EV enthusiasts specifically focused on the issues of EV ownership on the Big Island of Hawaii. Statewide we are spending around $4 billion annually on petroleum consumption, and Big Island EV Association is advocating for more energy independence on the Big Island. They’ve been working for years on finding the right partnership and host for installation of the first EV Direct Current Fast Charge (DCFC) station here — and it’s finally happening!
Grand Opening of the First DCFC EV Charging Station
In association with The Shops at Mauna Lani, Charge Bliss, Inc. and Island-Wide Solar LLC, the Big Island EV Association is announcing what they say is a critical next step to the advancement of clean transportation on this island. The very first Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) for Electric Vehicles is becoming operational on July 6th at The Shops at Mauna Lani, where a ceremony is planned starting at 10:00 am with Senator Mike Gabbard as Master of Ceremonies and the Reverend Danny Akaka performing a blessing. Senator Russell Ruderman, Vice Chair of Energy & Environment committee will also attend.
This event is free, open to the public and is keiki friendly.
Food and entertainment will be available.
Here’s the difference between the typical charge station and this new charge station. The new DCFC station can charge electric cars to 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes, and can accommodate Japanese, European and American car models with both the SAE combo and CHAdeMO style chargers. This is the very first of it’s kind in the state!
Currently, the Charge Bliss DCFC stations are on a Pay-as-You-Go basis. You may opt to use the credit card swipe or to scan the QR code at each site with your smartphone. To use the QR code you will need to preload an account with their network provider, Greenlots.
Big Island EV Association and Charge Bliss are hoping to build a network of DCFC stations here on the island, and the biggest challenge they’re faced with now is to locate retailers interested in hosting charging stations. Locating these devices where consumers accomplish other necessary daily tasks such as grocery shopping will make charging even more central and productive. For the long term, the plan is to have stations in most major locations on the island, approximately 30 miles apart.
Charge Bliss is currently working with several Hawaii retailers to bring EV CHARGING and ENERGY MANAGEMENT infrastructure to strategic locations around the island. Interested business owners, media, or EV drivers may contact Doug March of Charge Bliss, Inc.:
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