As Hawaii moves towards an increasingly renewable grid, electrification of transportation offers an opportunity to decrease fossil fuel use in the transportation sector. Our EV program focuses on legislative advocacy for policies that support electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure, the creation of EV partnerships and projects, and coordination of EV “ride-and-drive” events, the annual Electric Island Drive, and other EV education and outreach.
EV Ride & Drives
Blue Planet Foundation and Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawai‘i, along with local business and institution partners, host a number of Electric Vehicle (EV) ride and drive events every year. These educational events give participants the opportunity to drive a variety of EV models, learn about EV technologies from dealerships and owners, and to receive information on the charging options and technologies available that make EVs a feasible transportation choice.
Ride and drives are fun and interactive, bringing people an easy opportunity to experience a diverse lineup of plug-in EVs and plug-in hybrids at a single event. Participants can choose from multiple models to test drive, and garner valuable information about EV incentives and benefits, what it's like to own an EV, and EV charger access. Host organizations can showcase their commitment to sustainability and our community, and encourage their employees to drive electric. A typical selection of vehicle models may include: Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, BMW Mini Countryman, BMW plug-in hybrid models, Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla models, Kia Soul EV, Kia Optima plug-in hybrid, and/or Chrysler Pacifica (based on availability).
If you are interested in attending our next ride and drive event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and information.
Drive Electric Hawaii
Drive Electric Hawaii (DEH) is a coalition of public, private, and non-profit organizations with a shared vision of promoting electrified transportation in Hawaii. STCH, as it is administered by Blue Planet Foundation, participates in DEH regularly.
The coalition is committed to promoting the use of electric vehicles, cutting fossil-fuel transpiration, and adding more renewable energy through collaboration on education, promotion, advocacy, and infrastructure to make electric mobility easier for all.