Mitsubishi i Electric Vehicle Owners Benefitting from Expansion of EV Charging Network in Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii, March 29, 2012 – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today has announced the installation of an ultra-fast DC electric vehicle (EV) quick charger for public use that will be the first of its kind in Hawaii.
The Japanese auto manufacturer, along with invaluable aid from Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) and the State of Hawaii, are helping to lay the foundation for a bright future for 100% electric-powered vehicles in America's island paradise through the development and ongoing expansion of a safe and convenient electric vehicle (EV) charging network.
Mitsubishi Motors and Eaton
Thanks to the cooperative efforts of Mitsubishi Motors and diversified power management solutions company Eaton Corporation – an official electric vehicle charging equipment supplier for MMNA and supplier for commercial Level 2 charging stations at its EV certified dealerships – the Honolulu area and the island of O’ahu are seeing a rapid expansion in the number of safe and convenient Eaton electric vehicle (EV) charging stations installed on Hawaii's most populous island.
Eaton will soon have an ultra-fast DC electric vehicle (EV) quick charger at Ko Olina Resort – one of the premier vacation destinations in Hawaii. The Eaton DC Quick Charger can replenish an empty 2012 Mitsubishi i main lithium-ion battery pack to 80% full in under 30 minutes.
Sitting on the western side of the island of O’ahu approximately a 30-minute drive from Honolulu, Ko Olina is an expansive oceanfront resort that includes a world-class marina, award-winning golf course, Marriott hotel and timeshare properties, and Disney’s new Aulani resort.
Under the “Electric Vehicle (EV) Ready” grant program, the Hawaiian government plans to reduce the use of imported petroleum fuels for ground transportation and achieve 70% clean energy use by 2030.
The Eaton DC Quick Charger at Ko Olina will be free-to-use by anyone with an electric vehicle equipped with the CHAdeMO standard charging port at this busy tourist destination as soon as it is up and running, making EV recharging convenient for the citizens of Hawaii and vacationing visitors.
The Eaton DC Quick Charger will be installed by Volta Industries, the official distributor/installer of Eaton EV chargers in Hawaii.
Volta Industries has recently unveiled a plan to develop a Volta Hawaii network, a local business-sponsored, free-to-use electric vehicle charging network that includes an initial rollout of four (4) Volta-designed/Eaton-powered Level 2 EV charging stations at popular shopping destinations Pearlridge Mall (located approximately 10 miles west of downtown Honolulu) and Kahala Mall (approximately 5 miles east of downtown Honolulu). The company plans on installing several dozen free-to-use, Volta designed, Eaton powered Level 2 EV charging stations across the island of O’ahu over the next year.
“Thanks to the cooperation of the State of Hawaii and Eaton Corporation, Hawaiian residents and visiting tourists driving 100% electric-powered vehicles like the 2012 Mitsubishi i will soon have an ever-expanding and easy-to-use electric vehicle charging network that’s also extremely cost-effective when compared to gasoline alternatives,” said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. “Many of the goals outlined in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement between our company and the State of Hawaii to help foster electric vehicle acceptance are quickly becoming a reality.”
The deployment of a safe and convenient electric vehicle (EV) charging network of Level 2 and DC Quick Chargers by Mitsubishi Motors and Eaton Corporation is helping to make 100% electric-powered vehicles like the 2012 Mitsubishi i an ideal choice for affordable and sustainable transportation in Hawaii.
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About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.
About Ko Olina Resort
Ko Olina is a 642-acre master-planned resort community on the western shore of the island of O‘ahu. Resort partners include the iconic J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Marriott’s most successful vacation club product in the world, Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort luxury condominium residences, the new Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Disney’s first family destination resort outside of its theme park developments, and the state-of-the-art Ko Olina Marina. The resort, known as Honolulu’s premier vacation destination, also features seven pristine oceanfront lagoons connected by 1.5 miles of shoreline pathways, access to a diverse selection of ocean and outdoor activities and the island’s best weather. For more information, visit www.koolina.com.
About Eaton Corporation
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com