Hawaiian Mayor Hopes Electric Cans Generate 'Green Jobs'

Hawaiian Mayor Hopes Electric Cans Generate 'Green Jobs'

Published: 26-Jan-2009

KAHULUI - A special test vehicle used by the county as part of a national study of hybrid electric cars was unveiled at Maui High School on Friday morning.

The U.S. Department of Energy paid to upgrade the county's 2007 Toyota Prius with an extra battery and plug-in apparatus, so the vehicle can be recharged at a standard electrical outlet and get better gas mileage.

There are only two of the cars on Maui, with the other going to Maui Electric Co. The vehicles are part of a technology test program run by the Idaho National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity.


With seating up of four people who use all the large muscle groups, the car can easily cruise at speeds of up to 20 mph.

ZAP is hoping to keep the MSRP at $30,000 for the Alias three-wheeler pictured here.

Hero Motors Ultra Maxi uses a 250 watt motor to avoid falling into category that would require license fees, road taxes and registration.


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