‘EV Showcase’ set at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center Saturday

Maui residents who are curious about electric vehicles or hybrids will have a hands-on opportunity to learn about them at the “EV Showcase” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Presented by the Maui Economic Development Board, the event will feature a variety of EV and hybrid makes and models, including Kia, Tesla, Toyota, Chevy, Nissan and BMW; experts on the benefits of these vehicles; advice on financing from Maui County Federal Credit Union and HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union; tips on what someone should know before purchasing or leasing an EV or hybrid; Maui Electric Co.’s EVWatt Plan to compare an EV or hybrid to a conventional vehicle; and refreshments, prize drawings and giveaways.

EVohana by JUMPSmartMaui will also be launched during the event. Membership in EVohana provides access to 44 chargers across 13 Fast Charger stations islandwide. MEDB accepted ownership of these stations to assure continuity of the fast-charging network service in Maui.

According to the vehicle registration database, there are 737 all-electric vehicles registered in Maui County in addition to 3,425 hybrid-electric vehicles.

“Consumer demand for EVs and hybrids has never been higher. Batteries with more charge capacity, more charging stations, the price of gasoline and residents becoming more environmentally conscious are all contributing factors,” said Leslie Wilkins, MEDB’s president and CEO. “The EV Showcase will be an excellent way to get answers to frequently asked questions about these vehicles.”

For more information, email info@jumpsmartmaui.com or call 875-2300.