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Green Wheels: Hawaii Plugs Into Electric Cars
BIG ISLAND, HAWAII — On the grounds of the Natural Energy Lab on Hawaii's Big Island, I saw a Nissan Leaf, one of about 100 electric cars operating here. Doug Teeple founded the Big Island EV Association, which now has 70 members, and he points both to great natural advantages — great weather, ease of charging with renewable energy — and big challenges, which include high grid electricity costs, long distances between major towns (the Big Island is the size of Connecticut), and local car dealers who don't bother selling electric cars.
By Jim Motavalli
September 18, 2013