National Drive Electric Week
National Drive Electric Week in Hawaii - The Future of EVs in Hawaii
Oct 03, 2020
|This is an online only event with no physical location.
|Saturday, October 3, 2020 NOTE: this event has already happened, find current-year events on the Attend page.
|Aki Marceau - Director of Electrification of Transportation, Hawaiian Electric; Lauren Reichelt - Clean Transportation Director, Blue Planet Foundation; Melissa Miyashiro - Managing Director, Strategy and Policy, Blue Planet Foundation; Nicole Lowen - Hawaii State Representative, District 6; Riley Saito - Deputy Director, Hawaii County Research and Development
Our second webinar was also held over Zoom, from 9 AM - 11 AM on October 3. We had a decent turnout for a Saturday morning webinar. We estimate about 100 people joined or subsequently viewed our webinar recording.
We kicked off our event by announcing proclamations by our governor and 3 county mayors, an introduction of Hawaii EV, its mission, and it's leadership team. We made a brief mention of the EV 101 webinar and shared a video to help explain that EVs were not limited to passenger cars (see link below for a copy). We then transitioned to our panel discussion. This webinar focused on the barriers to the electrification/decarbonization of transportation and what's being done locally to address them. Our speakers covered a broad range of topic areas. The panel included:
Lauren Reichelt - Clean Transportation Director, Blue Planet Foundation. She discussed strategies being used to reduce vehicle miles traveled.
- Aki Marceau - Director of Electrification of Transportation, Hawaiian Electric. She discussed the role of the utility in the electrification of transportation and Hawaiian Electric's upcoming programs, including their electric bus charging infrastructure initiative.
- Beth Tokioka - Communications Manager, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. She discussed the EV trends in Kauai and the role of the energy cooperative that operates in that county.
- Riley Saito - Deputy Director, Hawaii County Research and Development. He shared the various Hawaii Island County strategies for the expansion of the electric car (battery and fuel-cell) charging infrastructure and the electrification of the county fleet.
- Melissa Miyashiro - Managing Director, Strategy and Policy, Blue Planet Foundation. She discussed the role of policy in enabling the changes that are needed for the decarbonization of our economy.
- Rep. Nicole Lowen - Hawaii State Representative, District 6, House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection. She discussed the relevant bills and priorities in the 2021 session.
- Sen. Russell Ruderman - Hawai’i State Senator, District 2. He discussed the importance of civic action and the role of citizens in effecting change. He offered insight into how to effectively engage with legislators and staff and how to track and provide testimony on legislation.
The panel discussion included a break where we shared a YouTube video on a school in Sacramento, California that has adopted electric school buses, Our discussion was followed by a brief Q&A (we ran out of time), an announcement of a couple of prize winners, and the sharing of the Why I Love My EV, produced by the Blue Planet Foundation.
Many thanks to Kauai EV, Big Island EV Association, Tesla Hawaii Club, Blue Planet Foundation, Drive Electric Hawaii, Tesla Hawaii, Plug In America, Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association, and Electrify America for making this event possible.
- EV Form Factors Video (not for distribution as attribution is not clearly listed; it was in the presentation)
photo by: Noel Morin
This is a screenshot from our presentation. It displays our panel of speakers.
In celebration of National Drive Electric Week, Hawaii EV is hosting a couple of Zoom webinars. We’ll have speaker panels, informative presentations, and giveaways.
This webinar - The Future of EVs in Hawaii - will discuss future EV trends, the opportunities to accelerate the electrification of transportation in Hawaii, the barriers to progress, and what are being done to address them.
Participants will also have the opportunity to learn from a panel of leaders who are paving the way to a zero-emissions future. Speakers include:
This webinar includes a panel discussion on what’s being done to accelerate our transition to a clean transportation future. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a panel of local leaders who are paving the way to our zero-emissions future. Our panel includes:
- Lauren Reichelt - Clean Transportation Director, Blue Planet Foundation
- Aki Marceau - Director of Electrification of Transportation, Hawaiian Electric
- Beth Tokioka - Communications Manager, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
- Riley Saito - Deputy Director, Hawaii County Research and Development
- Melissa Miyashiro - Managing Director, Strategy and Policy, Blue Planet Foundation
- Rep. Nicole Lowen - House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection
- Sen. Russell Ruderman - Hawai’i State Senator, District 2
For the latest information and to register, please use the blue RSVP button at the top of this page.
There are currently 12 attendees registered.
Registered attendees report 122,700 electric miles driven.