Hawaii Says Aloha to Better Place


betterplacehawaii2On the heels of announcing its first U.S. electric-vehicle charging network planned for California’s Bay Area, Better Place says this afternoon that Hawaii has signed on for the second U.S. network. The governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, and Better Place CEO Shai Agassi plan to make the announcement this afternoon (more on this after the event) about the partnership that has been rumored for months.

The Bay Area might have managed to eke out news of the first network, but it actually makes a lot of sense for Hawaii to turn to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Hawaii has some of the highest gas prices in the U.S. and has been aggressively courting ways to reduce fossil fuel consumption. The state has its Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), which is aiming to have 70 percent of the states electricity from renewable sources.

Hawaii’s deal with Better Place plans to start permit work for the network next year, with electric vehicles first appearing in 18 months and becoming widely available by 2012. The startup didn’t put a price on the network investment, but the company tells us it will be similar to the planned investment in Israel and Denmark; Israel is supposed to cost around $200 million to buildout. Hawaii utility Hawaiian Electric Company has also signed on, in what it says is the first Better Place utility deal, to collaborate on infrastructure and energy production.

Hawaii has been trying to spur its cleantech industry over the past year and has used state incentives and purchases to help the market grow. Solar thermal startup Sopogy has said the state legislature has approved up to $35 million in special purpose revenue bonds for Sopogy to build and operate a solar plant locally. For the deal with Better Place, Hawaii plans some sort of public-private partnership; we’ll update with more on that after the media event.


Joyce Baker

A Fantastic idea.
A solution to the final major obstacle to all electric cars – a method to quickly replace spent batteries. Now we have a way to solve long distance travelling. Much more to read at http://www.planetbetterplace.com. And we should all send a message to Detroit that we want all electric cars NOW, not hydrogen cars in 50 years as we continue to export our wealth for crude.


Hawaii is not a bad place for PBP, but it would be cheaper to build PHEVs that ran on biomethane that could be produced locally. That would be lower in cost. Their range wouldn’t be fantastic (but far better than PBP), but that’s not so important on Hawaii.

Plus, the vehicles could be fueled quickly, without the need for battery swapping.

Mark Goldes

A Much Better, “Better Place” is Coming!
Project Better Place reflects a commendable vision “an oil-free future and a healthier, safer planet”. The program projects fully electric automobiles – with a battery swapping program as well as numerous recharge outlets. However, to the surprise of almost everyone, batteries may soon be technologically obsolete. When that occurs, all new cars and vehicles, of every conceivable variety, are likely to feature all-electric propulsion.

Hans Coler, a German inventor, demonstrated an electronic alternative to batteries in 1926. His work was examined by two teams of university professors. A distinguished scientist found there to be “no fraud, hoax or fault” involved. Coler stated that the magnet strength remained constant. Space, since the time of Paul Dirac, is believed by eminent scientists to be chock full of energy. Converting some of this energy, seemingly from nowhere, as well as a second new source of energy, is now the subject of new science and technology. The second source is ambient heat and reflects Maxwell’s interpretation of thermodynamic laws. Both open a path to powering our planet without the need for fossil fuels. They can replace the need for batteries of all sizes with a power source which maintains constant output and never needs to be recharged.

The ultimate application is the potential to turn parked cars into power plants. Equipped with fuel-free generators that produce perhaps an average of 100 kW – parking lots can be equipped so that power can be sold to the local utility. No physical connection will be necessary, as technology already exists that can wirelessly transmit up to 150 kW to the power grid. Car owners can be paid. Many vehicles may even pay for themselves over a reasonable period of time.Those who experience these changes will be living in a far better place.

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Arthur Schopenhauer


Jeff Wilson talked about this in his recently released book The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW. I found it fascinating but thought it a bit futuristic. It is exciting to see the very plans he talked about in his book beginning to unfold NOW. Go Hawaii, Go Better Place, show the rest of the world how to do it…and go Jeff Wilson and your new book The Manhattan Project of 2009

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