E Noa Tours
E Noa Corporation was born 45 years ago. They are a locally owned tour and transportation company that operates the Waikiki Trolley.
When it comes to the Electric Vehicle (EV), E Noa's journey began over 23 years ago. In 1996, E Noa was the first Hawaiian company to operate an Electric Trolley. Unfortunately, battery technology was not quite ready yet. The batteries in the trollies were bulky, heavy, and required frequent charging. The longest they could operate on one charge was two hours. President and CEO, Maki Kuroda, comically remembers being, "one of the best customers for a heavy truck towing company."
Fast forward to 2019, because the journey of wanting to convert E Noa’s fleet to electric never stopped. The transportation sector in Hawaii emits more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other sector, and it’s for that reason that E Noa feels it must get involved in reducing the company’s carbon footprint. It’s a priority for them.
E Noa is now successfully operating 2-BYD electric trolleys in their fleet. Each trolley is 35 feet long, can accommodate 47 passengers, and travel up to 150 miles per charge. These two Trolleys are part of E Noa’s rich history and they wanted to continue that legacy by bringing the open-air concept into the future. Therefore, these electric buses have no windows, resulting in a memorable passenger experience while creating zero emissions. This open-air concept will be continued with E Noa Corporation’s future fleet as well.
The project has been extremely successful thus far. Most immediately, the vehicles’ recharging systems have become an energy-saving asset for the company.
Currently, E Noa is using these two electric trolleys for a partnership with ANA Airlines, in which they provide exclusive daily shuttle service for ANA Mileage Plus Members from the T-Galleria in Waikiki to the Ala Moana Shopping Center.
As E Noa Corporation evaluates the best pathway to maximize the transition to sustainable renewable resources in transportation, they plan to continue to learn and grow as technology improves, for our future generations.