Hawaii Announces Big Electric Car Plan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Honolulu (AP) Hawaii aims to become the first state with electric car stations statewide.

A company called Better Place in Palo Alto, California, will build up to 100,000 charge spots in parking lots, downtown streets, and neighborhoods by early 2012. The electricity would come from renewable energy such as wind power.

Gov. Linda Lingle says the program will help Hawaii meet its goal of slashing fossil fuel use 70 percent by 2030.

The head of Better Place says the auto alliance of Nissan and Renault has agreed to make cars that would use the stations. He says they wouldn't cost any more than gasoline-powered cars, and would eventually be cheaper because they have far fewer parts.

He says he's also talking to other automakers, including the big three.

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