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Electric vehicle drivers can top off at MECO office

An electric vehicle parks recently in front of Maui Electric Co.’s new 24-hour, fast-charging station. Electric car owners can charge their vehicles 80 percent full in less than half an hour at the station, the utility reported. Maui Electric Co. photo

The Maui News

A new fast-charging station is available 24 hours daily at Maui Electric Co.’s Kahului office for owners of electric vehicles.

The station at MECO’s 210 W. Kamehameha Ave. office works for foreign or domestic electric vehicles.

“We’re excited to be able to offer EV drivers a new charging option in Central Maui, where they can quickly top off their batteries and save money,” said Gregg Kresge, director of renewable energy at Maui Electric. “By using a DC fast charger operated by our company, EV drivers will have more control over how much they pay to charge their vehicles. Rather than paying a flat rate, they will pay per kilowatt-hour of electricity at our time-of-use rates, which offer a lower rate during the day when solar energy is typically available and abundant.”

On Maui, the time-of-use rate is 49 cents per kilowatt hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 62 cents per kWh between 5 and 10 p.m. and 60 cents per kWh between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m.

The fast charger can charge a typical 100-mile EV battery up to 80 percent full in less than 30 minutes. Although mileage varies, a typical electric vehicle gets about 3.5 miles per kWh.

For more information, visit www.mauielectric.com/GoEV.