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Hawaii Preparing for Electric Car 'Era'

First Hawaiian International Auto Show to feature BMW Mini-E electric cars.

Published: 19-Mar-2010

People attending Hawai'i's biggest new-car show will be greeted by a Hawaiian Electric Co. display in what may mark the dawn of the era of the electric car.

Besides the usual spotlighting of the latest car models and improvements, the show figures to offer a glimpse into types of electric cars that are expected to increasingly dot Hawai'i's roadways over the next few years and decades.

HECO has signed on as a sponsor of the First Hawaiian International Auto Show and will be among exhibitors touting the coming age of electrics. There will be an expensive electric roadster, an electrified version of a Mini Cooper, as well as companies that install charging stations.

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