Target: Constance H. Lau, CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries
Goal: Commend The Hawaiian Electric Company on plans to build electric vehicle charging stations
Hawaii is highly dependent on imported petroleum, and residents pay some of the highest energy prices within the nation. Due to these issues, the Hawaii State Energy Office is striving to reach a clean energy goal of seventy percent by 2030.
As outlined by the Office’s website, this goal is set to be reached in four ways including “Securing the Renewable Future,” including aligning government regulations and policies with clean energy goals and researching new technologies and new applications of existing technologies; “Achieving Efficiency,” including strengthening new construction policies and building codes; “Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative,” consisting of community-based efforts that will use business, government, and public partnerships to create effective solutions; and “Transportation on the Move,” including incorporating renewable fuels into transportation methods, and accelerating the use of electric vehicles (EVs).
While these goals are attainable, it is more difficult to accomplish transportation goals, as none of these can be enforced through law. The ability to accomplish these goals depends on how influential the State Energy Office can be in changing each resident’s personal behavior and habits. In order to help the Office achieve its goals, The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) has recently released plans to build high speed charging stations for EVs.
Currently, there are only six charging stations across the state. HECO plans to build twenty-five more, fifteen on Oahu, five on Maui, and five on the island of Hawaii. The high-speed stations will allow drivers to completely charge their vehicles in fifteen to twenty minutes; regular stations can take at least six hours to completely charge a vehicle.
The creation of these stations will make it much more convenient for EV drivers and will help persuade others to purchase these vehicles. Hawaii EV drivers consistently tout the benefits of their vehicles, often citing the money they save by no longer purchasing gas. However, just as consistently, these drivers express their issues with range anxiety which results in EV drivers moving very slowly due to worries over finding a charging station. HECO’s plans to build more stations will help eliminate drivers’ range anxiety.
By planning to build EV high speed charging stations, HECO shows a dedication to furthering the goals of the Hawaii State Energy Office. By signing the petition below, you will commend the company on its commitment.
Dear Ms. Lau,
HECO has recently released plans to build twenty-five more high speed charging stations for EVs. By doing so, HECO will help reduce range anxiety in existing drivers, as well as help persuade drivers of regular vehicles to switch to EVs.
Furthermore, by making it more convenient to own EVs, HECO is helping the State Energy Office achieve its goals for transportation. By creating these stations, HECO shows a commitment to preserving the environment and promoting the use of clean energy. We would like to commend the company on its plans.
[Your Name Here]
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