Electric vehicle drivers now have two free places to charge up in Kailua | Business
KAILUA, HAWAII – www.VoltaCharging.com and www.RevoluSun.com – Electric vehicle drivers will have new places to “charge up” for free in Kailua, as Volta Industries (Volta) and RevoluSun power up the first of two electric vehicle charging stations today outside of Whole Foods Market, located at 629 Kailua Road. The second station is to go live in two weeks at the Kailua Long’s Drugs located at 609 Kailua Road. These stations are part of the Volta Hawaii network, a community-sponsored, free-to-use electric vehicle (EV) charging network.
“Volta’s unique business model helps companies like RevoluSun leverage their advertising to actually benefit the Hawaii community,” said Scott Mercer, Volta Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re excited to expand the Volta network so that EV drivers on the Windward side have a free place to charge up, and proud to have RevoluSun as a sponsor for both stations.”
Volta designs, installs and maintains the EV charging station and provides the energy to the EV driver, all free of charge. Companies such as RevoluSun purchase a sponsorship of the vTower, an aesthetically pleasing charging kiosk that can support a sponsor both on the front and the back. The stations are designed by Volta and assembled in Hawaii. They are able to provide approximately 15 to 20 miles worth of range per hour of charging.
“RevoluSun has always embraced innovation, from our own cutting-edge approach to solar design and installation to the way we share our message of a solar Hawaii with homeowners,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. “Volta has created an entirely new way to engage with electric vehicle consumers, and we are excited to partner with them to provide Oahu EV drivers with free electricity.”
Both Kailua stations will offer free charging for up to two hours, during the respective store hours – Whole Foods Market from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Long’s Drugs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The Kailua stations are the fifth and sixth in the Volta network. Volta expects to have several dozen EV charging stations in up to 30 locations on Oahu by year’s end.
“We want this to create a greater impact than just providing a service to EV drivers,” said Christopher Ching, Volta Co-Founder and President. “Our goal is to excite people about electric vehicles and clean-tech in general.”
Electric vehicle sales have been strong in Hawaii; the state saw the highest per-capita sales of electric vehicles in the nation in 2011. There are 495 electric cars registered on Oahu, according to state figures for January 2012.
About Volta Industries
Founded by local entrepreneurs Chris Ching and Scott Mercer in 2010, Volta has a proven track record in the design and installation of EV charging projects in Hawaii and California, including the first charging station for the State of Hawaii installed at the state capitol in July 2011. For more information about Volta, please visit www.voltacharging.com or call (888) 264-2208.
RevoluSun is Hawaii’s leading solar provider, designing and installing more than 1,000 photovoltaic projects for 20 MW of energy. Providing the highest quality of service, technology and design in renewable energy, RevoluSun is bringing cleaner, smarter energy to communities, one rooftop at a time. With its extensive network of alternative energy partners and detailed knowledge of federal and state tax incentives, RevoluSun makes renewable solar energy an affordable, attractive option for both homeowners and businesses. For more information about RevoluSun visit www.RevoluSun.com or call 808.748.8888.
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