Hawaii is Making Progress on EV Fast Charging, But More is Needed

As more and more electric vehicles (EVs) hit the roads in Hawaii, the need for public fast charging stations is growing. Currently, there are only around 50 DC fast charging stations across the entire state. While this represents progress, experts say Hawaii will need hundreds more in the coming years to truly support widespread EV adoption.

Hawaii’s high gasoline prices and desire to reduce dependence on imported oil makes EVs an attractive option. However, many residents cannot easily charge an EV at home due to multi-unit dwellings or a lack of private parking. This makes public fast-charging infrastructure even more critical.

The good news is that Hawaii state officials have recognized this need and are planning for substantial growth in public fast chargers in the next two years. The state’s Department of Transportation has set a goal of installing at least 100 new fast-charging ports across the state by 2023. The majority of these will be DC fast chargers capable of adding around 80 to 100 miles of charge in under 30 minutes.

Here is a current Google Map showing locations of existing fast charging stations in Hawaii:

While 100 new fast chargers would certainly help, experts estimate Hawaii will actually need between 500 to 1,000 public fast chargers by 2025 to truly realize the full benefits of electric transportation. Achieving this will require support from both the public and private sectors.

In summary, Hawaii is making progress on EV infrastructure, but more work remains to be done. The potential benefits of reduced emissions, lower fuel costs, and improved energy security make expanding the public fast-charging network a high priority for the islands. With strong and sustained support, Hawaii can build out the EV charging infrastructure needed for a clean transportation future.