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September 08, 2010

Hawaii and Nissan Agree to EV Partnership

Hawaii and Nissan North America on August 31 announced a partnership to promote development of electric vehicles (EV) and charging networks throughout the state. The compact Nissan Leaf EV, powered by lithium-ion batteries, will be available in Hawaii beginning in January 2011. According to the carmaker, the partnership marks Nissan's first such definitive agreement in the United States. State officials noted this was part of a strategy begun in 2008, when it launched the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative in conjunction with DOE. The initiative aims to have at least 70% of Hawaii's power come from clean energy by 2030.

Hawaii offers consumers a $4,500 state rebate towards the purchase of an electric vehicle and $500 towards the purchase and installation of a home charging station. That means that the Leaf, with a 100-mile range and a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $32,780, could sell for as little as $20,780 after state and federal credits. Nissan isn't the only EV manufacturer targeting Hawaii. CODA Automotive announced on September 2 that it intends to distribute its CODA Sedan EV in Hawaii by the third quarter of 2011. The five-passenger car is powered by a 33.8–kWh, lithium-ion battery. It has a 120-mile range. See press releases from Nissan and CODA, as well as the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Web site.